Phillips sister-in-law introduced us to Philip about 13 years ago. Philip had a severe brain injury from a car accident while driving on the Hutchinson River Parkway as he was returning to West Point for duty. He was 21 at the time and we first met Phil when he was 47. He is now going to be 60 years young!
Up until 2.5 years ago, Phil lived in his own home with his older brother as a guardian and caregiver. Phil had been coming to us 2 days a week for 4 hours a visit for about 11 years. We were able to stand and walk him in a harness, stretch him and provide 30 minutes of massage, work on his lower body strength using our leg machine equipment and he pedaled a recumbent bike for 30 minutes. In the middle of 2015, his medical staff decided to remove an anti-spasmodic drug, thinking it was not helping him anymore. Without placing blame on anyone, his left neck muscles slowly began to dominate his head position, where he eventually lost all function of his extremities. It was slow and difficult to see Phil decline in physical ability. But, he never lost his determination and sense of humor.
Phil is now living in a local Nursing Home, getting palliative excellent care but he has no benefits to receive any PT/OT/Speech therapies. He still continues to come to us for 8 hours a week for massage, stretching, 1 hour of Functional electrical stimulation on his legs, 30 minutes of vibrational plate therapy and a lot of hugs, socialization, and love from our staff and his friends. He is a remarkable human being that has a strong faith in God and the determination of 10 people.