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Patient dedicates life to physical therapy after recovering from brain injury

by Linda Truong In 1999, a propane truck smashed into Pete Cook’s car leaving him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). An emergency medical technician witnessed the accident and came to Pete’s rescue, caring for him until a trauma team arrived. Pete was airlifted by helicopter to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. Pete was in…
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Assistive technology and custom wheelchair seating restore freedom

Assistive technology and custom wheelchair seating restore independence and freedom. Matthew Scholtens, clinical manager of Mary Free Bed Orthotics & Prosthetics Rehab Technology Center, talks about seating and technology services and about patients he’s seen through the years.

Finding her place

In January, Jan Levering took her kids sledding after working two 12-hour shifts as a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse. Exhausted, she decided to take one run down the sledding hill before sleeping in the car. Halfway down the hill, the sled turned 90 degrees and launched Jan 3 feet in the air. She…
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Orthopedic patient, Beth, finds therapy gym “phenomenal”

Beth, a zookeeper at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, came to Mary Free Bed’s Orthopedic Program for rehab after double knee replacement surgery. Needing to regain her strength so she can return to work, Beth finds herself surprised by what Mary Free Bed’s facilities have to offer. Have you been to Mary Free Bed’s therapy…
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Ways you can help a patient’s family during rehab

by Kate Snider Marilyn Zinger’s 13-year-old son, Travis, was rushed to the hospital after surviving a car accident on a snowy December day in 1993. Travis doesn’t remember much from the accident because he suffered a traumatic brain injury, spent 3 weeks in a coma, and suffers from short-term memory loss. Marilyn, and the rest…
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Daughter tells story of dad’s recovery from brain aneurysm

by Jessica Sikkenga It’s been two years since my Dad, then 53 years old, suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm. The amazing neurosurgeons at Spectrum Health performed a lengthy brain surgery on September 27, 2008, to place a clip on my Dad’s aneurysm. My family and I spent the two weeks following surgery by my…
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Mary Free Bed patient just 24 when she had stroke, now healthy at 32

by Holly Grissom, stroke survivor I was a patient at Mary Free Bed in May 2002 after having brain surgery from a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that ruptured in my brain stem on April 19, 2002. I was 24 years old. I had actually just had my birthday 2 weeks prior. All of a sudden, I…
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