Forty-four year old Bruce Teal was an avid runner, biker and exercised often until the day he forgot to take his blood pressure medication. He was exercising at home, when he felt chest pain and shortness of breath. He told his 12 year old son to call 911.
He was experiencing a dissecting thoracic aneurysm. He was in a coma for a month at Henrico Doctors Hospital and needed dialysis as his kidneys had failed. He was unable to walk without support and had experienced a spinal cord insult resulting in severe lower extremity weakness.
He came to HealthSouth in March 2012. After three weeks of excellent medical, nursing and therapy interventions, Bruce is walking without a walker, is off dialysis and is home with his family. He comes in three times a week for outpatient to continue his recovery.
When talking about his experience, Bruce commented, “when I came to the hospital, I almost did not make it, they call hypertension the silent killer, and it almost did kill me.”