On March 17, 2011, Jason Mitchell had a brain stem stroke. He was in the hospital for two weeks when the doctors told him that there was nothing else that they could do. The hospital sent Jason to HealthSouth.
When he arrived, Jason was not able to stand on his own. The stroke had affected his right side. Jason was unable to walk and had limited use of his right arm/hand. He was determined to get back to normal. The doctors at HealthSouth told him that he would be there for one month. Jason told them that he would be walking out of there by himself.
The second day that Jason was at HealthSouth, the nurse came in to take him to physical therapy. “It was very painful and trying at times, but the PTs would not let you give up,” Jason said. “They would have different goals for you to reach and they would give you the encouragement that you needed to reach those goals. I had to relearn everything. So the simplest everyday task like putting on clothes, brushing your teeth, and even going to the restroom was difficult for me. Sometimes I felt like giving up, but no one would let you. Sometimes they would push me so hard to do something and before I knew it, I was doing it.
I believe with all my heart that every person that works at HealthSouth are God sent people. Each person has the patience to deal with each and everyone’s needs.” Jason comments that “if it wasn’t for the people of HealthSouth, I would not be the person I am today. I kept my promise and I walked out of HealthSouth after only about 17 days. Today it is hard for people to believe that I had a stroke.”