During a road trip returning home, Joe Matthews blacked out at the wheel after contracting COVID-19 and pneumonia. The accident nearly took his life and left him with a crushed left arm.
Living completely independent, Dennis Ty kept busy working and staying involved in his community. But his life was put on hold after suffering a severe myocardial infarction and stroke. Because of the severity of his illness, he was given just a 12% chance to survive.
Sharon Vaske was taken to the emergency room after her cold-like symptoms worsened. There she was diagnosed with COVID-19 and later suffered a stroke.
Terrence Fitzpatrick was involved in a car accident that left him with severe back pain. After his second major spinal surgery, the Gateway staff helped him return to an independent lifestyle.
Walking home one day, Jerry Adkins slipped on a patch of ice and fell, smacking his head on the ground. As a result, Jerry suffered bleeding in his brain.
“I know I made the best choice in choosing Gateway,” she stated. “I would not be where I am today without them.”
Donnita Stevens has lived a “normal, everyday life” since recovering from Guillan-Barre syndrome (GBS) ten years ago. Then one day her fingers and feet began to feel numb. The symptoms were familiar — they were the same that she had ten years prior. Donnita knew she needed to get to the hospital.
One major post-surgery complication was the stroke that Fran suffered. The stroke caused her difficulty with speaking and finding the right words. Being unable to express herself to her husband and caregivers was incredibly difficult for Fran. It left her feeling alone and afraid.
A career in construction made Ken Jensen a very active man. One of his most recent projects included heading up the contracting for his new home build. One day, Ken was on a ladder, working on the second floor of a partially-framed home when he fell. He landed 15 feet below on a firm plywood surface. He laid there until several hours later when his wife came to check on him.