Success Story: Thomas Horwath
Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital Helps Thomas Get Back on his Feet
Paralyzed from head to toe after experiencing a severe case of Guillain-Barre (GB) syndrome in December 2011, Thomas Horwath wasn’t expected to make a complete recovery when he arrived at Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital (GSSH) in January. GB is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the nerves, and Thomas had one of the most serious cases his doctors had ever seen. On a ventilator to breathe and still paralyzed, Thomas presented the staff of GSSH with a challenge, but it was the type of challenge they were accustomed to meeting.
In combination with his medical management, physical and respiratory therapists soon had Thomas moving his limbs and gradually weaned him from the ventilator. “I can’t say enough good things about how well the staff took care of me,” says Thomas, who was previously an active retiree.
After four weeks at GSSH, he was transferred to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, where his recovery continued. With intensive therapy, he soon was on his feet, using a walker. Discharged in April and walking with a cane, he continues therapy two days a week at Good Shepherd Physical Therapy – Coopersburg.