Success Stories

Richard Russell

When Richard Russell required cardiac rehabilitation, he knew that Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital was the right choice.

Richard Russell is a family man. He counts spending time with his wife and his pets among his favorite things to do. He also enjoys shooting pool. A recent health issue put all of this in jeopardy.

Difficulty breathing and tight pain in his chest left Richard alarmed. He visited a local emergency room, where it was determined he had a mild heart attack. After a series of tests were conducted, doctors discovered that Richard had major blockages in his heart. He would require double bypass surgery. This was most shocking to Richard, considering that exactly one year prior he had suffered a stroke.

When Richard suffered his stroke, he spent time recovering at Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital. Although he wished the circumstances were different this time around, he was glad to see the staff at CCRH. “I was here a year ago, and everybody, from the staff, nurses, and therapists were fantastic, so naturally, there was no other choice for me.”

The staff played a major impact on his recovery. Richard states, “all the therapists are dedicated, and you can tell they care, and their ultimate goal is to have your health improve.” After spending a week in the hospital for recovery, Richard transferred to CCRH. A week into his rehab, Richard states that his therapy is going well, and he is slowly, but surely, regaining his endurance and strength.

Richard’s gratitude is so overwhelming, that he had a difficult time trying to pinpoint a particular staff member to single out, but they were all superb – “even the lady that comes in for housekeeping,” states Richard.

Richard is looking forward to resuming his lifestyle once he gets the clear from his surgeon to use his arms again. He is also looking forward to taking a long and well-deserved vacation with his wife.

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John Mills

John’s desire to golf again is his motivation for rehabilitation

In November of 2016, Thanksgiving week, John Mills suffered three strokes. Immediately, John’s doctor recommended he undergo double bypass surgery. Eight months later, in July 2017, he was scheduled for the operation.

During the operation, John’s surgeon discovered he was also suffering from a major cerebral vascular accident. Two of John’s heart valves needed replacement. Then, just one day after his surgery, Mills had another stroke.
Prior to John’s elaborate medical episode, he was in the business of designing and creating golf clubs. When he lived in San Diego many years ago, he worked for a prestigious golf course. There he met many influential people and personally made golf clubs for them. Additionally, John would often get in one or two rounds of golf per week in his spare time. If this sounds like a luxurious way to live, you are right. It was.
Now eighty-four-years-old, John has retired in the comfort of his own home. He looks forward to the day he hopes to play golf again.
On the day after John’s post-surgery stroke, he woke up paralyzed on the right side of his body. That is when he admitted to Corpus Christi Rehabilitation Hospital (CCRH). At CCRH, John would undergo extensive physical therapy to regain movement in his arms and legs.

“The whole administrative staff and the folks in the physical therapy area were wonderful,” John said. “I cannot say enough good things about them.”

John explained how grateful he felt for the CCRH team and their positive outlook. Their continued happy dispositions greatly influenced his recovery and helped him to heal faster. The medical staff pushed John to go as fast as he could in terms of regaining mobility because they truly cared about him being able to get back to what he loved doing: playing golf.
After a two-month stay at CCRH, John was well enough to return home. Nowadays, John knows he will have to continue to work towards a full recovery, and uses his desire to get back on the golf course to motivate his overall rehabilitation.
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