Each year, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital joins hospitals across the country in celebrating Rehab Awareness Week, a recognition of the benefits and impact of physical rehabilitation. In addition to several employee and staff appreciation events throughout the week, the Bryn Mawr Rehab team also invites community members to attend the annual patient stories reception, when former patients share their stories of trauma and recovery.
This year, four patients visited Bryn Mawr Rehab to reconnect with their care team and share their stories as part of our patient stories reception:
- Kaylyn Sawyer, a college student who experienced debilitating headaches and progressive vision loss, and was eventually diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.
- Betty Wright-Riggins, a minister who is one of less than 1,000 people in the world to be diagnosed with necrotizing autoimmune myopathy.
- Ray Kelso, a woodworker who suffered cardiac arrest as a result of complications from pneumonia. After being placed in, and eventually revived from, a medically induced coma, Ray turned to Bryn Mawr Rehab to get him back on his feet.
- Jason Patton, whose lower left leg was amputated following a work-related accident.
Below, Ray and Jason recount their stories.