Ronnie Mercer, a 31 year old with two sons ages 3 and 7, was critically injured in a motorcycle accident on April 29, 2012. He stopped breathing at the scene of the accident but was brought back by EMS. His injuries were extensive with a broken pelvis, arm, a punctured lung, severed kidney arteries, and a severe traumatic brain injury.
When Ronnie arrived at HealthSouth’s door in June 2012, he was not able to walk more than a few feet, was dependent on others for bathing and dressing, and could not speak clearly or swallow.
Ronnie’s supportive family and friends quickly became part of our HealthSouth family and with the advanced technologies and fabulous therapists and nurses; he was discharged from our inpatient hospital on August 8, 2012 and continued with our outpatient services for a few months following.
Ronnie’s mother, Anita, spoke about her son’s amazing recovery and said, “To see my son walk and talk and smile like he used to, is more than words can express. The nurses and therapists at HealthSouth are the best around!”
Ronnie recently recalled some specific nurses and therapists that he grew to know and love and added, “The therapists never gave up on me and kept pushing even when I was tired.”
Ronnie is an active member of our brain injury support group and is now driving and living alone with his two sons independently.