NHS Rehab Helps Army Vet Walk Again

NHS Rehab Helps Army Vet Walk Again

Army Veteran, Dan Lewis, hurt his knee in Vietnam. Since that time he has undergone three knee replacement surgeries and has been to four different hospitals. It wasn’t until he entered the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Northeastern Health System, that he was able to get out of the bed and learn to walk again. “Out of my three knee replacements,” said Lewis, “this is the first to be successful. I can walk now, thanks to this inpatient facility.” Lewis had maintained an active lifestyle working for the post office, serving as undersheriff, working for the FBI for close to 10 years and serving his country in the Army. When he entered the NHS Inpatient Rehab Center he had not walked in many months. “I was feeling sorry for myself and got really down,” Lewis said. “When I met the staff they made me believe in myself again. It reminded me of the bond I had with my brothers in the service. The staff truly become like family.” Lewis’ therapists were hard on him and pushed him daily to progress. “I pushed Dan hard because I knew he could do it, and he did,” said Physical Therapist Mark Rogers. Sharon Cox, director of the Inpatient Rehab Unit, and one of Lewis’ physical therapists knew Dan had struggled in the past and was determined to help him regain mobility. “I showed him tough love, gave him the motivation he needed, even when he didn’t want it, because I knew his end result could be amazing, and it is,” said Cox. “He was able to walk out of our facility with the...