Virginia Russell’s Story, as told by her daughter, Laura Russell

“I was at my mom’s house in June 2010 when she had a stroke. She stayed in the neuro ICU for two weeks. The stroke was serious, and doctors weren’t sure she’d ever wake up, much less recover.

When Mom was transferred from University Hospital to the long-term acute care unit at Drake Center, she was on a ventilator and had a feeding tube and could only move her fingers and toes. But she progressed bit by bit during her six weeks at Drake. The biggest and most important step was for the staff to wean her off the vent. I never doubted it would happen—the doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists really knew what they were doing. I was always kept informed and felt comfortable asking questions. She and I were both treated so well at Drake.”

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