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Mr. Thomas admitted to MUSC Health Rehabilitation Hospital following a thoracic surgery required to prevent him from becoming paralyzed.

Mr. Thomas admitted to MUSC Health Rehabilitation Hospital following a thoracic surgery required to prevent him from becoming paralyzed. He had dealt with back pain for 10 years, but after developing sensory changes and weakness that caused falls, surgery was necessary. Mr. Thomas was expecting a two-day hospital stay followed by two to three weeks of at-home recovery, but that was not the case for him.

His surgery was more involved than expected, and he needed inpatient rehabilitation to regain his independence. MUSC Health was one of the top recommendations from his acute care hospital, and was “meant to be,” he said. During his stay at our hospital, the team went above and beyond to ensure that he was safe and comfortable.“I knew that God was doing something and my faith was strong but I had moments of weakness not knowing if in the future I would stand or walk again,” he said.

Mr. Thomas describes MUSC Health as “warm, full of joy and life,” and the commitment to teamwork was evident across the board—doctors, nursing, therapy, dietary, housekeeping. “People treat you as more than a patient and care about you as a person. Especially important during COVID when you can’t have visitors, the team at MUSC Rehab filled in and were my family," he said. He particularly appreciated the nature of the physicians, who communicated in layman’s terms when explaining medication indications and benefits.

“Wow, their daily check ins and communication, making adjustments to my meds and my therapy to help maximize my progress and get me back to normalcy was outstanding,” he said. Mr. Thomas also acknowledges his wife’s encouragement in his recovery. He discharged from our hospital walking more than 300 feet with a walker, independent with self-care, and will continue his recovery at home. For future patients, his advice is simple.