Airforce Senior Airman, Jayson Philips, suffered a stroke in September of 2011 after running and exercising with a friend just the day before. He was admitted to a local short term acute care hospital where he was diagnosed with a left large MCA territory stroke caused by thrombophilia. Jayson’s stroke resulted in him having right hemiplegia, a total paralysis of one side of the body.
Days later he was transferred to Healthsouth RIOSA to begin the recovery process in our Stroke Rehabilitation Program. When Jayson was first admitted to RIOSA, he was unable to walk, unable to use his right arm or hand, and had trouble communicating. In November, only two months after suffering his stroke, Jayson was discharged from RIOSA with the ability to once again walk, communicate appropriately, and utilize his right arm again. Although Jayson has not completely regained full use of his right arm and hand he is hopeful that he will be able to soon with outpatient therapy.
Jayson said that his main goal throughout rehab at RIOSA was to be able to walk again. “I kept getting mad and upset at night that his had happened to me, but I kept telling myself “don’t get upset, it’s already happened, just look forward to getting better and work for the future.” I would wake up in the morning to start a new day thinking I have to get better and the only way to do that is to get up and get started and give it my all.”
Jayson was awarded Healthsouth RIOSA’s “Resilient Hero Award” in January of this year for demonstrating motivation, hard work and determination during his recovery process following a debilitating stroke.