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Life Care Center of Cleveland gets Lawson back on her feet

Left to right: Claudia Castano, physical therapist assistant; Aubrey Taylor, wound care nurse; Krista Lawson; Amanda Brenizer, unit manager; Eileen Nudd, occupational therapist assistant; and Lydia Sandberg, social services director

Krista Lawson is finally walking again after several months of health issues that kept her off her feet.

It all started in August 2018 when a surgery went wrong, leaving Lawson with an incision all the way across her belly that became infected at both ends. She developed MRSA and two other types of infection, and at one point even had pneumonia...

Life Care Center of Cleveland helps Hester regain independence

Phyllis Hester with Ariel McFadden, occupational therapist assistant (left) and Claudia Castano, physical therapist assistant

As a retired daycare worker, Phyllis Hester used to watch babies as they learned to walk. She never expected to have to learn to walk again herself.

However, after a surgery went bad and left Hester with an accidental puncture in her lung, she found herself on life support and then in the intensive care unit...

Life Care Center of Cleveland helps McClellan recover after stroke

From left to right: Eileen Nudd, occupational therapist; Margret McClellan; and Anya White, physical therapist

In October 2018, Margret McClellan came to Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee, in need of rehabilitation after suffering from a severe stroke that numbed the left side of her body.

“I had just come home from work when I had the stroke,” said McClellan. “I hadn’t felt good all day, but I went to work anyway. That night, I fell out of bed when I had the stroke....”

Moreland goes from bedbound to walking at Life Care of Cleveland

Left to right: Rebecca Otis, physical therapist assistant; Gary Moreland; and Aundrea Davis, occupational therapist assistant

Gary Moreland has gone from bedbound and thin as a rail to walking and managing stairs. Rehabilitation made the difference.

Moreland’s health started deteriorating rapidly in September 2018...

Life Care Center of Cleveland helps Rowland heal from edema

Left to right: Rebecca Otis, physical therapist assistant, and Keisha Rowland

When Keisha Rowland was referred to Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee, on Dec. 7, 2018, she was severely swollen with an edema that caused fluid buildup throughout her entire body.

The edema caused Rowland’s mobility to decrease, and she required nearly complete assistance upon her arrival to Life Care Center of Cleveland...

Life Care Center of Cleveland helps McPhetridge heal after fall

Left to right: Cami Hilton, physical therapy assistant; Shirley McPhetridge; Aundrea Davis, certified occupational therapy assistant.

After an accident that left her right leg broken with a tibia fibula fracture, Shirley McPhetridge began her journey of rehabilitation in need of almost total assistance.

McPhetridge came to Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee, in the beginning of September.

At first, McPhetridge needed extensive assistance with bed mobility and independently performing daily tasks. But now, she only needs contact-guard assistance and mild supervision...

Life Care Center of Cleveland helps Duncan heal after fractures

Left to right: Jessica Cook, occupational therapist; Cami Hilton, physical therapist assistant; Elizabeth Duncan and Eileen Nudd, occupational therapist assistant.

After a fall that fractured her left femur and a vertebrae of her spine, Elizabeth Duncan needed rehabilitation to recover before she would be able to return home.

Duncan came to Life Care Center of Cleveland during the last week of July 2018 ...

Echols recovers from broken ankle at Life Care Center of Cleveland

Left to right: Emily Salter, occupational therapist assistant; Evaline Echols; and Becca Otis, physical therapist assistant

Evaline Echols, a long-time employee at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, is up and walking again after breaking her right ankle in June 2018.

After surgery and some time in the hospital, Echols came to Life Care Center of Cleveland for physical and occupational therapies...

Medlin overcomes meningitis, stroke at Life Care Center of Cleveland

Left to right: Rebecca Otis, physical therapist assistant; Laylah Medlin; Amanda Gosnell, speech therapist; and Emily Smith, occupational therapist assistant

Laylah Medlin’s life got interrupted in July 2018 when she developed bacterial meningitis.

Due to the nature of her illness, local hospitals couldn’t take her and she had to go to Knoxville, Tennessee, for care. She began to recover, but the day before she was scheduled to return to her home in Cleveland, Tennessee, she had a stroke...

Life Care of Cleveland gets Rubin well for granddaughter’s wedding

Left to right: Kelly Newbould, physical therapist assistant; Betty Rubin; and Eileen Nudd, occupational therapist assistant

Cleveland, Tennessee, resident Betty Rubin is heading to Florida for her granddaughter’s beachside wedding.

It wasn’t long ago that she thought she wasn’t going to make it to the grand event.

Rubin had a fall in May 2018 when her left knee suddenly gave out on her...

Life Care Center of Cleveland helps Lee nurse restore independence

Beth Crooms with Camila Hilton, physical therapist assistant

Beth Crooms, a part-time nurse at Lee University’s Health Clinic in Cleveland, Tennessee, didn’t expect to be on the receiving end of care this summer, but after a fall broke her left hip, she went through her own recovery experience...

Rehab at Life Care Center of Cleveland gets amputee home for wedding

Left to right: Jeremy Wilson, occupational therapist assistant; Mike Ogle; and Shelbie Gerard, physical therapist assistant

Retired Methodist minister Mike Ogle tied the knot on June 16, 2018, but it wasn’t an easy journey that got him to this point.

Ogle, whose wife of 52 years, Judy, passed away in August 2017, developed a diabetic ulcer on his heel and collapsed at his home. In October, he had to have his right leg amputated....

Former teacher recovers from pneumonia at Life Care of Cleveland

Left to right: Lisa Palen, occupational therapist; Mary Ann Armstrong; and Anna White, physical therapist assistant

Hard work has gotten 90-year-old retired elementary school teacher Mary Ann Armstrong back home after a bout with pneumonia.

“I was really sick,” remembered Armstrong.

She was very weak and on supplemental oxygen when she arrived at Life Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee...

Life Care Center of Cleveland gets Pierce home after back surgery

Left to right: Kelly Newbould, physical therapist assistant; Richard Pierce; Aundrea Davis, occupation therapist assistant; and Rocco Sarli, physical therapist

Cleveland, Tennessee, resident Richard Pierce walked into a hospital in Chattanooga for a decompressive laminectomy back surgery on Feb. 2, 2018, not dreaming it would be more than a month before he would be able to walk again.

Complications during the surgery left Pierce almost paralyzed from the waist down. He could only barely move his feet and was experiencing extreme pain in his right leg....

Abear recovers from bypass surgery at Life Care Center of Cleveland

Left to right: Jessica Cook, occupational therapist; Chad Grisham, physical therapist; Carol Abear; Cami Hilton, physical therapist assistant; and Eileen Nudd, occupational therapist assistant

After bypass surgery and a hemorrhage, Carol Abear needed rehabilitation in order to get back to her normal life.

Abear came to Life Care Center of Cleveland for physical and occupational therapies on Dec. 27, 2017. When she arrived, she needed assistance with walking, getting in and out of bed, standing, grooming, bathing, getting dressed and managing her medication....

Betty recovers from heart attack 500 miles from home

Norma Sue Betty with her therapists (left), husband and daughter (right)

Norma Sue Betty was staying with her daughter, Cindy Boler, at her Cleveland, Tennessee, home, when she had a heart attack on Oct. 4, 2017.

Betty was about 500 miles from her home in Lafayette, Indiana, and her husband, Bob, was traveling for work when the incident occurred. She was rushed to the hospital and ended up spending 22 days there....

Life Care Center of Cleveland helps forklift driver lift his arm again

Left to right: Lisa Palen, occupational therapist assistant; Darold Gipson; and Todd Hanna, occupational therapist

Darold Gipson is a forklift driver at a local warehouse, used to managing heavy objects.

In September 2017, however, a bacterial infection in his shoulder and hand left him weak and unable to move his arm more than 15 degrees....

Life Care Center of Cleveland gets Doris Williams moving again

Left to right: William Whittington; Tara Coe, occupational therapist; Doris Williams; Kelly Newbould, physical therapist assistant; Brittney Furgerson, speech therapist; and Rocco Sarli, physical therapist

Doris Williams wasn’t able to do anything for herself after having gastrointestinal surgery.

“I was immobile,” Williams remembered. “I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t move my head and I couldn’t do anything....”