Patient Success Stories

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Amber Milano | Pelvic floor weakness

Amber Milano was overjoyed with the birth of her third child but concerned about the persistent pelvic floor weakness she continued to experience. Her midwife recommended a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Outpatient Therapy Landry clinic in Dallas.

The therapist conducted a thorough evaluation and developed a treatment plan for Amber that included exercises to help strengthen her pelvic muscles and address the related issues of urinary incontinence. She was also provided with home exercises to build on the training she did during her sessions at the Landry Center. Over 10 weeks, Amber showed great improvement. “Pelvic floor therapy has been empowering – both physically and mentally," she said. “I was thankful to retain my dignity in such a vulnerable situation due to my therapist’s respect, encouragement and support.”

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A.T. Montgomery | Stroke

One day he was fine and then next day he couldn't stand, walk or move his hand. At the age of 42, A.T. was sitting on the couch waiting for his wife to get off work when he began to realize he couldn't feel his right side. A.T. spent two weeks in inpatient rehabilitation, six months in our Day Neuro Program and another three months in outpatient therapy recovering from his stroke. He improved every step of the way and continues to push himself to reach his goals.

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Audrey Self | Traumatic brain injury

College student Audrey Self barely survived the car accident that battered her body and brain. When she woke up from a month-long coma, she was unable to move on her own. "The physical and occupational therapists at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation worked with me in the hospital and in outpatient rehab." Little by little, Audrey regained her mobility. "They helped me take tiny steps, which added up to big steps, which turned into leaps and bounds." Now, Audrey is back in school, walking across campus unassisted and even participating in local marathons. "What we set our mind to we can do. Nothing is impossible."

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Dale LeBeck | Stroke

Every stroke patient is different and Dale LeBeck’s biggest challenge was his ability to swallow. After his stroke, Dale had severe difficulties swallowing which led to the placement of a feeding tube. For the following two months, he was unable to take food or drink by mouth. During that time, Dale paired with Heather Knight, a speech-language pathologist at our Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Outpatient Therapy Fort Worth clinic. Heather worked with Dale to improve his swallowing through a number of techniques and strategies. Heather began reintroducing thickened liquids to test Dale’s ability to swallow safely. As he progressed, they added puddings, purees and soft-textured foods. Two months later, Dale’s feeding tube was removed, and he could eat normally. Dale now enjoys full meals without restrictions. He told his therapy team his favorite foods include pizza and chicken wings.

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Deborah Waldrop | Stroke

Deborah Waldrop’s stroke came out of the blue. "I was in good shape, playing tennis or walking five miles a day." She was admitted to a Baylor Scott & White Medical Center with a brain bleed that resulted in her left side being paralyzed. "I couldn’t even sit up." Her first sign of progress was when she could wiggle her toes. That’s when her husband started searching for rehab facilities and found a clear winner: Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation. "We were impressed by their comprehensive therapy approaches and individualized attention." Deborah made excellent progress at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation – Frisco, completing rehabilitation in about six weeks. "They gave me a big send-off, complete with tears of joy." Today, Deborah is functioning well. "I’m working on my agility, so I can get back on the tennis court."

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Decina Garrick Bradford | Stroke

Decina is one determined woman. She suffered a blood clot and a stroke that left her unable to do a lot of the things she was used to doing, but she never looked back. She is always talking about the next goal in her recovery. When she first started rehabilitation, she couldn't walk and had several cognitive issues due to her injury. As our first-ever patient at our Neuro Transitional Center in Dallas, Texas, Decina reminded us exactly why we do what we do. We were able to provide her a safe home-like recovery environment where she could regain her skills for daily activities, walking and cognitive thinking.

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Emily Pool | Orthopedic rehabilitation

Moments after Emily Pool's car accident, she glanced at her contorted hand and wondered if she'd ever play flute again. Her wrist was fractured in six places. At a friend's recommendation, Emily saw an orthopedic trauma surgeon at a Baylor Scott and White hospital. He reviewed the X-rays with her, explaining how screws and a metal plate would secure the delicate bones. After the successful procedure, she worked with a certified hand therapist at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Outpatient Therapy to restore the function she needed to play flute. "I'm back to playing. Life is good."

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Erica Shannon | Orthopedic rehabilitation

A car accident left Erica with a broken hip knee and ankle - but it didn't break her spirit to get better. She started out in a wheelchair, graduated to crutches and eventually crossed the finish line of a local race on the one year anniversary of her accident. Erica went through inpatient rehabilitation at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Frisco and continued her outpatient therapy at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Outpatient Therapy Dallas Carroll clinic. She always came to rehabilitation with a positive attitude and was always pushing herself to the next level!

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Justin Riggs| Orthopedic rehabilitation

As an active fitness enthusiast, Justin wanted to waste no time getting back to doing what he loves. After bicep tenodesis surgery, he knew he needed physical therapy to get back the strength in his arm. He went through physical therapy at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Outpatient Therapy Lake Highlands clinic and now he's back in the gym and back to full strength.

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Mark Morgan | Traumatic brain injury

Mark Morgan is an avid motorcycle rider. He’d been on countless rides over the years without a single issue. However, on one fall day, Mark lost control of his bike, skidded off the road and hit a tree. He also wasn’t wearing a helmet.

In he field, he was reported as a three on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS). The GCS scale ranges from zero-15, the lower the number, the worse the injury. Anything under eight is considered severe. Mark’s condition was extremely severe. At the scene of the accident, he was unresponsive with no noted movement in his arms and legs.

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Pat Cooper | Severe expressive aphasia

Following surgery for a brain tumor, Pat Cooper came to the Day Neuro Program at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Fort Worth. As a retired math teacher who enjoys playing with her grandkids, traveling, working out and journaling, she needed to regain her physical and cognitive skills and overcome severe expressive aphasia, a communication disorder that makes it difficult to speak fluently.

Pat participated in the Day Neuro program’s daily physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions and quickly showed progress toward her goals: regaining her ability to take five-mile walks, write letters and speak fluently.

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Ragina Watkins | Traumatic brain injury

Ragina Watkins considers herself lucky to be alive. Involved in motor vehicle accident, she was ejected from her vehicle, sustaining fractures to her collarbone and wrist and a traumatic brain injury. She was rushed to the local hospital and treated for her injuries. Although stabilized, Ragina had to deal with a range of physical, functional and cognitive deficits. She chose to participate in the specialized Day Neuro Program at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation (BSWIR) - Fort Worth.

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