These are stories of some of our patients. We will be posting more as they come available.
Sharon Wright suffered a devastating stroke in the Spring of 2012 and spent 50 days at Cardinal Hill following her acute stay at Central Baptist. All the while, her husband Steve never left her side. Sharon's stroke damaged the tissue on the left side of her brain, leaving her with speech and language disorders as well as severely compromised movement on her body's right side. Despite the gravity of her situation, Sharon has remained positive and upbeat each step of the way. Through their faith, hard work and unconditional love for one another, Sharon and Steve show us not only how best to handle tragedy but also how to courageously overcome it! This is their story ...
Ben Brown was admitted to Cardinal Hill from the VA Hospital in Richmond, Virginia in 2002 after being injured in a motorcycle accident while serving in the Navy overseas. His main goal was to walk again, but realizing that might not happen, he set additional goals for himself. He was able to regain his independence, live on his own and become a productive member of society. Ben credits Cardinal Hill for teaching him how to get his life back and so much more. Today, Ben is busy pursuing a master's in Public Relations from Georgetown University and continues to give back to the Hospital through his membership with the Cardinal Hill Junior Board, involvement in the Peer Mentoring Program and Adaptive Recreation Programs. Ben and his wife, Tiffany, are the proud parents to their beautiful, young daughter, Lorelei Grace. Ben, you continue to inspire us daily! Thank you for your service to our country and now to Cardinal Hill!
Alex Otte's childhood was much like yours and mine - carefree days laughing with friends, sports filled summers, and trips to the lake with her family. Then the accident happened. A happy, summer day on the lake with family and friends turned into a nightmare. While on the water, Alex was hit by a boat driven by a drunk driver. In a flash, Alex's life changed forever as she suffered a broken neck and lost her left leg. Alex was admitted to Cardinal Hill where she spent several weeks healing from her extensive injuries and learning how to embrace her new life. Upon being fitted for her prosthetic limb, she quickly realized there was a whole new road to recovery. While most teenagers might regress after sustaining such tragic injuries, Alex hasn't let this tragic accident stop her from living her life and being Alex. Today, Alex just turned 17 and just went on a cruise with her mother. She is living every day to the fullest and loving every second!
Ethan Daniel was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy when he was almost 1 year old. A month later, he received a heart transplant. Before his diagnosis and transplant, Ethan was not crawling, walking, and only minimally talking. Following his surgery, he lost all of his words and only communicated via grunting and pointing. Since being in therapy at Cardinal HIll, Ethan has built his vocabulary significantly and is now attempting to imitate words on command. He already graduated from Occupational Therapy due to being at age level and he progresses in speech therapy weekly!