CELEBRATION OF HOPE: Gladys Wright

For the Wright family, it seemed all options to help with recovery efforts after a stroke were running out until the Regional Rehabilitation Center stepped in.

Posted: Nov 8, 2017 1:10 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - For the Wright family, it seemed all options to help with recovery efforts after a stroke were running out, until the Regional Rehabilitation stepped in.

Gladys and Leo Wright now share renewed hope.

These lovebirds of 44 years are thankful for each step.

Gladys Wright learned how to walk again after suffering a stroke about two years ago.

"My stroke left me totally weak on this left side. No movements in my arms, my hands," Gladys Wright explained.

It's been a long road to recovery for Ms. Gladys.

After a year, she had exhausted all of their insurance visits and the couple then learned about the Regional Rehabilitation Center.

Leo Wright said the Regional Rehab Center is a blessing.

"I didn't know what services were provided until my wife needed that help," Wright said.

Ms. Gladys undergoes both physical and occupational therapy at the center.

Kari Robinson assists Ms. Gladys with the physical therapy.

"They are active in church, they are active in the community. Her independence and her ability to walk was very important," Robison said.

"We have really worked on increasing her strength and her endurance and she has made great progress in how far she can walk," Robison continued.

The occupational therapy teaches Ms. Gladys how to be independent in her every day life.

Gretchen Brown is helping Ms. Gladys relearn the little things in life like sitting up that many of us take for granted.

"Being able to sit up straight, being able to work crossword puzzles, being able to get up and get yourself dressed," Brown said.

And for that, this couple is extremely thankful.

The mission statement on the wall says Hope at Work, but for the Wright family, it's really an answer to a prayer.

"All I have to say is thank God for the Rehab Center," Leo Wright said with a big smile.

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