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Reece Barham keeps stats for the Hartfield Academy baseball team, and he loves it.

So when a looming leg surgery threatened to keep him out of the dugout, the then 13-year-old handled the challenge like a major leaguer.

As soon as he finished the 2020-2021 school year, he underwent surgery. Then he took a no-excuses approach to his rehabilitation at Methodist Outpatient Therapy in Flowood.

Astride a stationary bike, strapped into a Pilates machine or sweating it out with boot camp diehards, 51-year-old Faith Martin is a model of fitness as she teaches classes at the Flowood YMCA.

So her students might be surprised by her recent appearance at a Citywide Stroke Support Group meeting at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

It’s hard to imagine she once spent a month at the Jackson hospital, fighting to recover from a near fatal stroke.

Kendarious Greenwood had been hospitalized for a month. Thirty long days in the hospital were taking a toll on the Canton native. Greenwood felt like the walls of his hospital room were starting to close in on him. The 24-year-old National Guardsman’s body was broken, weak and struggling to fight infection. He wanted to see more progress, and there was just one thing in his way—his left leg. 

Miller King of Greenwood had one thing running through his mind as rescuers raced to remove him from his crumpled tractor cab on Feb. 15.

“Keep breathing. You’ve got to get back to them.”

King was thinking of his wife and three kids, and whether he’d survive being hit from behind by a 1-ton, dually truck pulling a gooseneck equipment hauler.

Michael Chambless of Brandon remembers nothing of his 23 days in ICU fighting COVID.

But he does recall his brother, Danny, telling him how bad it had been. “He said he’d take a COVID booster every month to avoid having COVID like I did,” said the 60-year-old.

“The last day I was on a vent, the doctor told my sister I had a 50-50 chance. They were already making plans for my funeral.”

Ever since he lost his right leg at hip level, Michael Savage has embraced every breakthrough in the field of prosthetic limbs.

So he welcomed the chance to receive the first Ossur Next Generation Power Knee to be fitted and delivered in Mississippi.

As part of a global launch of the prosthetic knee at Methodist Orthotics and Prosthetics in Flowood, Savage praised its one-of-a-kind, built-in motor. Since he has no hip or upper leg muscles to power a prosthesis, the motor provides the force to keep him moving.

Every time she fell and didn’t hurt herself, 71-year-old Sara Batia of Brandon brushed off her balance problems.

Then a dizzy spell on her front porch caused a brain-rattling fall.

“I ended up with a concussion,” she said. And the retired nurse realized she couldn’t ignore her unsteadiness any longer.

“I was getting more afraid,” she said. “My mom had two friends die from falls.”

ER nurse Tiffany Wilson of Brandon thought she knew what to expect after being diagnosed with a virulent form of breast cancer on April 12.

But the triple whammy of chemo, radiation and a double mastectomy ravaged her body in ways she never imagined. The normally active 48-year-old spent weeks barely able to move.

“I couldn’t do anything. I wasn’t even able to lie down flat,” she said. “It was like someone wrapped barb wire around my chest and was tightening it. It was unbearable, and I have a pretty high pain tolerance.”

Dr. Joan Hou has joined the staff of Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson as a brain injury specialist. She is also a member of the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Methodist Rehabilitation Center has announced Clinical and Support Service Employees of the Quarter for its Jackson hospital and external campuses.

The honorees include K.K. Ramsey of Madison, a nurse practitioner for MRC’s outpatient hospital clinic; Lisa Webster, a rehab tech for the spinal cord injury/orthopedic program; and Methodist Specialty Care Center employees Joyce Dempsey of Flowood, a registered nurse supervisor, and Mary Triplett of Carthage, a certified nursing assistant.