Larry Green is sitting up in his bed at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley. Today is his discharge day
and he is excited to return home with his wife, Victoria, to their new house in Monaca, PA. This day is a celebratory
day for Larry and his entire family, but getting to this point was not easy.
“The doctors call him a miracle,” Victoria said.
“No one thought he was going to make it. They
actually spoke to me about comfort care.”
If you ask Victoria what happened to Larry, she’ll
rattle off a laundry list of medical issues and
complications that have plagued her husband
since earlier this year. She keeps journals and has
been filling them with notes every time a nurse
or doctor gives an update on his condition and
“It’s the only way I can remember everything,”
Victoria says it all started when Larry had a heart
attack while shoveling snow, which led to a triple
bypass surgery. Then, he had a stroke that resulted in cardiac arrest.
“They did compressions for 25 minutes and gave Larry 15 shocks,” Victoria recalled. “He got a hole in his lung from
all of the compressions and it became infected.”
Larry’s infection was serious and was treated with a drug newly approved by the FDA. No one was sure if it was
going to work and Victoria and her family was prepared for the worst, but Larry got better.
“He made a turn around and it was so amazing,” Victoria said with tears in her eyes. “His numbers were all
improving. It was a miracle.”
Once Larry recovered, he went into surgery to repair the hole in his lung. But, he experienced more complications
when he developed a bowel obstruction post-surgery that also needed to be repaired.
After Larry was stable and strong enough, Victoria had no question about where he would go for his rehabilitation.
“We had heard nothing but wonderful things about HealthSouth Sewickley,” she said. “It is where he needed to be.”
Once admitted to HealthSouth Sewickley, Victoria said the whole family was “blown away” by the higher level of
care Larry received.
“He could have gone some place closer to home, but this was the best place,” Victoria said while looking at Larry
admiringly. “They have the best therapists to get him where he needs to be. To see him use his arms and legs and
even his speech, it’s amazing. Therapy was a big help.”
Prior to coming to HealthSouth Sewickley, Larry was barely walking ten feet and only with assistance. On the day
of his discharge, he was walking more than 100 feet with his walker.
“Seeing him walk after five months of doing nothing but lying in a bed was just amazing,” Victoria said.
This level of recovery was just what Victoria needed to bring her husband home with her so they can continue their
lives surrounded by friends, family and doing activities they love.