While choosing to ride a bike can be exciting and fun, it can also be dangerous. Randy Neises of Louisiana, knows this first hand, having been hit by a passing truck while he was cycling.
Immediately following the accident, Randy could barely respond to his name, and was soon unconscious and air
lifted to a hospital in Alexandria, La. After emergency care and evaluation, it was determined that Randy had a
traumatic brain injury, several facial fractures, a collapsed lung, an injured liver and spleen, severe cuts to the
forehead and knee, and severe abrasions all over his body.
Doctors were able to save Randy’s liver, but had to remove his spleen. They also stitched wounds before Randy was placed on a ventilator to support his breathing. After 17 days, Randy was sent to a second hospital in Leesville, La., where he remained in ICU trauma for 10 days and then moved to the trauma center at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. His family had heard good things about HealthSouth Northern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital and chose to send Randy there for therapy when he was ready.
Once he arrived at HealthSouth, Randy was unable to walk and could only sit up with assistance. Although he showed frustration with his situation, Randy’s rehabilitation team showed kindness, compassion and patience in the coming days to help him build strength and mobility.
“The positive and caring attitude of the staff assured me that all was well,” Randy says. “It was like being cared for by a great friend or family member.”
Randy’s daughter, two sisters, brother and family priest encouraged him along the way, attributing to his motivation to move forward. After five weeks of intense therapy, Randy was able to walk out of HealthSouth on his own, a wonderful gift for his family. From there, he received three weeks of therapy at home while his wounds continued to heal. He then began outpatient therapy at HealthSouth.
Randy now lives with his mother during this transition and works from home, speaking to Los Angeles customers and presenting bids. He is thankful for his time at HealthSouth and that his rehabilitation team really cared about his recovery.