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Connection of Inclusion: Mary Free Bed partners with artists from Community Inclusive Recreation for ArtPrize® 2011

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital takes its participation with ArtPrize seriously. For the third year running, Mary Free Bed has sought artists with ties to the hospital’s mission of restoring hope and freedom. As with the previous two years, the pairing of artist and venue had to be just right. The Connection: Community Inclusive Recreation…
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Girl born with gross motor skill delays learns to crawl, walk

By Molly Cartwright Emily Callahan, like any other 18-month-old, likes playing with her stuffed animals. A year ago, however, her mother, Heather Callahan, was worried that Emily wasn’t showing signs of physical development. Babies typically begin crawling between 6 and 10 months. By the time Emily was 6 months old, she hadn’t yet started rolling over….
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‘Good enough’ isn’t good enough for master pistol shooter

By Molly Cartwright After Larry Mennetti survived a hemorrhagic stroke, he was eager to get better, in spite of the hard work and determination required to get there. When he came to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the entire right side of his body was unresponsive. He couldn’t sit up, walk or speak clearly. He…
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Truck driver finds relief from pain in the Return to Work Program

By Molly Cartwright Jay Bessey, an over-the-road truck driver, is used to driving 45 weeks out of the year. When injuries in 2009 and 2010 prevented him from working, Jay grew restless. He wouldn’t accept that he would never be able to do his job again. In 2009, Jay was at a truck stop when…
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Not expected to live following motorcycle crash, patient is back on his feet

Roger Valentine, 79, wasn’t expected to live after a serious motorcycle accident. He suffered multiple traumas, ranging from a broken pelvis to a fractured spine. Three months after his phyisical rehabilitation began, Roger is back on his feet – and helping those around him.

Cancer survivor plays wheelchair tennis against able-bodied competitors

by Kate Snider Jess Sporte, 23, lost her leg to cancer when she was just 4 months old. Jess uses crutches for short distances and a wheelchair for longer distances. She received outpatient care from the Center for Limb Differences at Mary Free Bed until she was 21 years old. Growing up, Jess watched from the sidelines as…
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Patient helps other amputees by starting support group

by Kate Snider In July 2002, Dennis Vandereist’s car was struck by another vehicle, hit a fire hydrant and rolled. Dennis, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle, his left leg was pinned between the driver’s door and the ground. Dennis was taken to Holland Hospital, then flown to Spectrum Health where doctors tried…
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Teen recovers at Mary Free Bed after brain tumor

by Kate Snider Fifteen-year-old Brenden Haas had been vomiting regularly for 7 months when he collapsed at his home. At the beginning of his illness, Brenden’s stomach didn’t feel right and he began vomiting in the morning. When it became apparent that his vomiting wasn’t because of the flu, his parents took him to a…
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