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Gary battles debilitating effects of West Nile virus with intensive rehabilitation

It took 65 days in three different hospitals before Gary Shepherd was able to return to the two things he loves most: his family and his farm.  Gary’s from Onaway, a small town in northern Michigan where he owns Bonz Beach Farms. He grows fresh produce, makes maple syrup and honey, and cares for egg-laying chickens. During an off-season trip to Arizona In November 2019 with his father, everything changed.  “I was running along, 10…


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Medical Interprofessional Grand Rounds

Kelsey Darlington, MD, PGY-4, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Topic: Neuroendocrine Disorders in Brain Injury Patients To register for this event, click here. Credits: CME, Nursing, MPTA, General Certificate


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Faith, hope fuel ‘Miracle Malachi’s’ recovery from traumatic brain injury

  One of life’s greatest lessons is how quickly it can change in a split second. That’s why, when the Griffin family gathers this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, they’ll give thanks for second chances. “We look for every moment we can to celebrate,” said Thomas Griffin, his son, Malachi, sitting by his side. They were…


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Hard work, lots of laughter help 14-year-old Kendall on long path to recovery

Kendall Hicks is a bubbly 14-year-old with sparkling green eyes who loves playing the flute in the middle school band and cuddling with her guinea pig, Levi. Hangouts with friends typically turn into laugh-fests. And laughter, as the saying goes, is the best medicine. Walking into Kendall’s room at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, a…


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Former patient Anthony White overcomes odds to earn PTA degree

Anthony White was catching a nap during the 18-hour trek back to college in Wyoming from his home in Michigan when his friend fell asleep at the wheel. The car careened off the road, striking a group of trees. His friend was OK, but Anthony sustained life-threatening injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. “My parents…


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Road to recovery comes ‘full circle’ for Kalamazoo bike crash survivor

It’s been nearly a year since Paul Gobble graduated from Mary Free Bed. A survivor of the June 7, 2016 bicycle collision in Kalamazoo County that killed five others, Paul has been recovering from a head injury, multiple spinal cord injuries and a fractured fibula. “When I left Mary Free Bed, I was wearing three…


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