Bradley Boisvert enjoyed his active lifestyle. An avid runner, he knew something was wrong when he woke up one morning with numbness in his toes and fingers. A visit to the doctor told him it was only neuropathy, but three days later, Brad was on a ventilator after having suffered complete paralysis from a little-known illness called Gullian-Barre syndrome.
After spending more than 20 days in the hospital and in long term acute care, Brad arrived at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Mechanicsburg to begin five days of intensive inpatient rehab. Although Brad was able to walk when he began his rehabilitation, he still suffered from numbness in his feet and was moving very slowly. He also developed an infection that required intravenous antibiotics and medical management by HealthSouth’s internal medicine physicians.
“My therapists worked with me and built up my strength so I was able to walk on my own again after five days! I had one goal, to be home by the Super Bowl and we made sure I achieved that!” Brad said enthusiastically.
Outpatient therapy continued for three weeks and within three months Brad was happy to report that he was back to 85% strength and he is currently able to resume his love of running.