What patients and families say about Methodist Rehabilitation Center
"Standing. That's what Nicole was doing today. Standing...on her own...for about 30 seconds. Without assistance, without support, but on her own two feet! Each day she gets stronger and stronger! Her steps are still awkward, but I see more and more control as she takes more and more steps. I arrived this morning to find Nicole in the gym, wearing those weird contraptions on her hands and boxing a balloon. It's so funny to watch, but so amazing to know that the therapists have a real method to their madness and each and everything they do has a real purpose in Nicole's recovery. This afternoon, she spent some time in the research lab...the motion analysis lab to be exact. She and PT Heather walked down a runway that has special sensors, and computers analyzed her gait. It's amazing to see how they can discover where her weaknesses are so that they can focus on them. The research done at Methodist Rehab is so important to not only Nicole's situation, but for the people who will unfortunately follow her. The time she spends in the research lab is her small way of giving back, and paying it forward at the same time."
Susan Marquez, mother of patient Nicole Marquez who miraculously survived a six-story fall in August, 2008 and, despite severe injuries and being told she would never walk again, is learning to walk again and participating extensively in research at Methodist Rehab.
“I did not know Methodist Rehab existed until I needed it. Then I was pleased to find it was chosen one of the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report. They are doing great things for people that no one else can do. This is an absolutely fantastic facility.”
- U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton, who came to Methodist Rehab to recover from a bruised spinal cord suffered in a Jeep accident. [ Read Dunn Lampton's story ]
“They taught me how to write, to use the telephone, to feed myself. They freed me. I was able to enjoy independent mobility, something I had not been able to do for five years. I’m a believer in what Methodist was founded for and what it can do. I can remember people coming in young frightened and uncertain and I saw their lives change and they had hope again."
- Bruns Myers III, a quadriplegic who was among Methodist Rehab’s first patients in 1975 and later became center chaplain in 1992. [ Read Bruns Myers' story ]
“Everyone told me how good Methodist Rehab is, and I saw how good it is, too.”
- Danny Beard, who recovered from a paralyzing case of Gullain-Barre’ Syndrome at Methodist Rehab. [ Read Danny Beard's story ]
“I had a brother-in-law in a racing car accident 25 years ago that was hit so hard it broke his leg in two places and he also had a stroke. He stayed at Methodist Rehab for five or six weeks, and he’s walking now. That impressed me.”
- John White, who sought out treatment at Methodist Rehab after contracting Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome [ Read John White's story ]
“We begged to come to Methodist because my dad had rehabbed here after his 1998 stroke. He came in unable to even stand and walked out on a cane.”
- Judy Packer, who made sure her mother was transferred to Methodist after she sustained a brain injury in a fall. [ Read Marjorie Taylor's story ]
“People wanted to send him to Memphis or Little Rock. But we went to Methodist Rehab because they were determined to make him walk. The therapists have done wonders.”
- John Savage, whose son Michael came to Methodist to be fitted with a high-tech computerized prosthesis after losing his right leg and hip in an industrial accident. [ Read Michael Savage's story ]
“The case worker for his Worker’s Comp insurance suggested Methodist Rehab, and he consistently got better from the moment we got here.”
- Norma McNair, whose husband Mike overcame paralysis and regained the ability to walk after being crushed by an 800-pound pine tree. [ Read Mike McNair's story ]
“I owe a lifetime of gratitude to Methodist Rehab and Ginny Boydston, director of Methodist Rehab’s therapeutic recreation program. So many of their sports programs have strengthened my mind and body and made me more fit so I can try to make a difference.”
- Tom Burnley, a chronic pain sufferer who says he has greatly benefited from Methodist Rehab’s team approach to pain management. [ Read Tom Burnley's story ]
“Since coming to Methodist Rehab, the change has been borderline miraculous. Brandon’s second day at Methodist Rehab, he was in speech therapy and it was like something clicked. He progressed from that day forward. From what we came in with to what we have now – it’s astonishing.”
- Angela Young, whose son Brandon came to Methodist after sustaining a severe brain injury in a car crash. [ Read Brandon Young's story ]