Eleven years ago, Methodist Rehabilitation Center researchers made a ground-breaking discovery when they were the first to link West Nile Virus to polio-like damage to the spinal cord. 

MRC has since grown into an internationally recognized center for WNV research and treatment of the neurological complications of the infection, attracting patient referrals from as far away as Washington and Virginia. 


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Methodist Rehabilitation Center was selected as one of four nationally recognized rehab institutions to receive a Tier II Multi Year Quality of Life Initiative Grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.  With these funds, Methodist has established the new Navigator Program for spinal cord injured persons to ease the transition from hospital to home.  Arash Sepehri is care coordinator for the Navigator Program.


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Methodist Rehabilitation Center and Paralyzed Veterans of America will sponsor a free boccia training clinic on November 15.

Boccia is a precision ball sport similar to the Italian game of bocce that was developed to be played by persons with physical disabilities. It has been a Paralympic sport since 1984.


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  1.  Educate yourself properly. Know and identify the possible scenarios for injury regarding your activity in order to prevent them. Learning basic first aid is also invaluable for outdoor recreation.
  2. Always pack accordingly for your activity. A first aid kit with basic, versatile supplies is a must, and tools such as a hatchet or compass can be essential in the outdoors. Also make sure you have packed an ample supply of drinking water, especially during the summer.

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Man vs. nature—everyone’s heard the harrowing tales of people succumbing to the elements, disappearing in the woods, or hurting themselves in the middle of nowhere with little hope of rescue.

It’s enough to make any Mississippian reluctant to leave the safe, air-conditioned confines of their homes, particularly in the sweltering summer.


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In his younger years, Roy Eavenson survived four bruising fights a night as a ham-fisted boxer known as The Ox.

In his rodeo days, he endured cracked ribs, a busted head and a broken right leg before he gave up bull riding.

But losing his left hand in an industrial accident—now, that put the tough guy in a tailspin.

“I was depressed for a long time,” said the Covington County resident. “There were so many things I couldn’t do.”


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Prosthetic patients, family members and health care professionals are invited to attend an educational meeting on i-limb hand technology from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 at Methodist Orthotics & Prosthetics, One Layfair Drive, Suite 300 in Flowood. Staff members and users will demonstrate the capabilities of the i-limb ultra revolution, a bionic hand with five fully functional fingers and 24 pre-programmed grips that can be accessed via iPod or smart phone apps.


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Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson will host a kick-off meeting of the hospital’s new brain injury support group at 4:30 p.m. June 24.

The group will address the concerns of brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers and will be directed by Methodist Rehab staff, including brain injury specialist Dr. Zoraya Parrilla, neuropsychology director Clea Evans, Ph.D. and psychologist Danny Burgess, Ph.D.


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Bill Kitchens still can’t believe he heard the tiny cry that nudged him awake in the wee hours of Aug. 29.

“It was a faint little noise,” he said, “and I woke up on the couch and thought: What was that?”

Thinking his wife, Terri, had left on the TV, Bill headed down the hallway of his New Albany home, never expecting to walk in on a real-life medical drama.

“Terri was sitting on the side of the bed, wobbling, barely able to support her weight,” he said. “She was saying: ‘I can’t breathe. Call an ambulance. I’m not going to make it.’


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After a paralyzing car crash during his 10th-grade year, Drew Thomas of McCool left the classroom for the therapy gym.

At Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, the then 17-year-old learned to adjust to life in a wheelchair. But it wasn’t until he moved to Methodist Specialty Care Center in Flowood—the hospital’s long-term care facility for the severely disabled—that Thomas got his studies back on track.

With the help of center volunteer Patricia Powers of Jackson, the 21-year-old recently became a proud GED recipient.


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