FLOWOOD, Miss.—For Reggie Methvin, hearing a doctor suggest that he should consider an amputation of his right leg below the knee was a good thing.

After his heel was severely fractured in a fall off a ladder in December 1999, the Brandon resident hobbled around on crutches for nearly two years with a chronic draining infection before he found a physician who realized that an amputation and prosthetic leg would probably bring an end to the pain and give him back the one thing he coveted more than anything else—the ability to walk without aid.

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JACKSON, Miss.--Two members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 401 will be honored for having earned the prestigious title of Eagle Scout at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

Aaron Miller and Jason Bridges, both of the metro area, will become the sixth and seventh Eagle Scouts in Troop 401’s 10-year history.

Although no current members are disabled, Troop 401 was founded by Methodist Rehab to make sure all young men have the opportunity to be a part of scouting.

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JACKSON, Miss.--Physicians at Methodist Rehabilitation Center are urging parents and children to think first about safety and injury prevention, especially during the summer.

The period between May and August is known as the trauma season because of the increased number of injuries that occur.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Physicians at Methodist Rehabilitation Center want Mississippians to know the risk factors and warning signs of stroke—the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the state.

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FLOWOOD, Miss.—You should see the smile on Charlie Rogers’ face.

When the 16 year-old Nashville teen plays catch with his dad, it’s hard to tell who’s having more fun.

As Charlie zooms around Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s east campus in his wheelchair catching baseballs and slinging them back, he uses a specially designed sports arm that looks like a lacrosse stick complete with basket.

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JACKSON, Miss.–Mark Bowden, therapy manager of the spinal cord injury program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been named clinical services employee of the quarter at the Jackson Hospital.

Bowden, a Ridgeland resident and a native of Salisbury, N.C., has worked for five years at Methodist Rehab. He holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Ella Payton, a rehab technician in the brain injury program at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, has been named support services employee of the quarter by the Jackson Hospital.

Payton, a Silver Creek resident, has worked for five years at Methodist Rehab. She is a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

As a rehab technician, Payton helps patients get to appointments on time and also helps some patients get dressed. She’s also been known to give haircuts.

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JACKSON, Miss.–Chefs at Methodist Rehabilitation Center know how difficult learning to cope with dietary restrictions can be for diabetics.

That’s why they are offering a cooking class May 15 from 6-8 p.m. especially for diabetics and their families.

“I’ve worked in hospitals for years and I’ve seen how hard diabetes is on folks,” said John Pelton, director of nutrition services at Methodist Rehab.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Due to the success of Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s safety tag campaign last Christmas, the Jackson hospital will begin offering the tags to bike shops and other retailers all across the state year round.

The tags encourage parents to remember to buy safety helmets and knee and elbow pads when they purchase bicycles, scooters, roller blades and skateboards for their children.

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JACKSON, Miss.—Sometimes, you have to learn to help others, before you can learn to help yourself. That’s what brain-injured patients in Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Quest program are learning to do.

Whether it’s mopping the floors at the Ronald McDonald House, passing out food at Community Stewpot or painting the walls at a children’s day care, Quest patients are finding out that community service is an important step on the road to recovery.

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