Posted on June 23, 2021

Kevin celebrates son’s graduation after his own from rehabilitation after strokes

Kevin Grubbs survived COVID-19, an aortic aneurysm and three strokes, and with the help of rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed, Father’s Day was a special one for the Kalamazoo father of five.

Last spring, the 52-year-old truck driver developed a cough that led to a COVID-19 diagnosis. During a chest x-ray, medical staff discovered Kevin had an aortic aneurysm, a dangerous bulge in the artery that carries blood throughout the chest.

Despite successful bypass surgery, Kevin suffered three separate strokes that affected his ability to use the right side of his body. After three weeks in recovery, he transferred to the Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids for rehabilitation.

Kevin participated in physical, occupational and speech therapy and, three weeks later, was able to walk out on his own.

Kevin’s graduation from Mary Free Bed on Friday, June 18 happened at just the right time. His oldest son, Caleb, had just graduated from high school. Kevin was home for Caleb’s open house and was able to see his son off to Marine Corps boot camp on Father’s Day.

“My team of therapists are only just a handful of the professionals who make hope and wholeness possible.” Said Kevin. “Their commitment make Mary Free Bed a leader in rehabilitation”

Kevin and Caleb shared their story with WOOD TV8 on Father’s Day. Watch the story here.