Success Story: Good Shepherd Neurorehabilitation Program - Alex Maggitti
"I wouldn’t go anywhere else”
Alex Maggitti, 80, has had his share of challenges over the past few years. Thankfully, he’s as spry and confident as ever, and he thanks Good Shepherd for much of the function and independence he enjoys.
In 2005, Alex was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, the removal of which left him completely paralyzed on his right side. Upon discharge from the acute-care hospital where he had surgery, he turned to Good Shepherd to get back to his life.
Alex spent nine weeks in Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital-Allentown, where he received up to three hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy each day. When he left the hospital, he was walking with the help of a walker and his speech had improved significantly. He headed home to his wife, Pat.
“Alex came so far during those nine weeks,” says Pat. “Then he continued receiving outpatient care at Good Shepherd. If we ever needed rehabilitation again, we knew that we would choose Good Shepherd.”
Unfortunately, just two years after his brain tumor was removed, Alex did need rehabilitation again. An infection in his brain required the insertion of a shunt. The surgery left Alex with strength and balance problems. He again turned to Good Shepherd’s Neurorehabilitation Program for outpatient rehabilitation care.
“All of the therapists in the program were so caring,” said Alex. “Not only were they great at their jobs, but they took the time to get to know Pat and me. They felt like family.”
In 2010, when Alex was recovering from back surgery, he turned to his Good Shepherd family once again for outpatient rehabilitation. Now, Alex is as mobile and independent as ever, and he and Pat are enjoying their lives together.
“I had the opportunity to go somewhere else for rehabilitation from my back surgery,” says Alex. “I told the doctors, ‘I want Good Shepherd.’ Why would I go anywhere else?”