Celebration of Hope: Gregory Thomas walks again

Tune in Sunday, Nov. 17 for this year's Celebration of Hope at 1 p.m. on ABC-WTVA.

Posted: Nov 14, 2019 7:38 PM
Updated: Nov 14, 2019 7:50 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - While the road to recovery may be difficult at times, Gregory Thomas knows he is not alone.

Thomas is a patient at the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo.

His story started on April 1, 2018, when he was paralyzed from a stroke. He spent two weeks in intensive care and 42 days in the hospital.

A family friend recommended the Rehab Center to Thomas and his family and he started his therapy in November 2018.

Gretchen Brown, an occupational therapist at the Regional Rehab, said she and Thomas have been working on fine motor controls, like learning how to button his shirt and pick up small items.

Thomas had a tough time in the beginning, she said, and now he does everything for himself.

"I came in a wheelchair, couldn't even walk at all then,” he said. “Here I am now. They are rebuilding me, slowly but surely."

One year later, Thomas is finishing his therapy and is walking again.

All of his therapy was at no cost.

If you would like to help the Regional Rehab Center, watch the Celebration of Hope telthon on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ABC-WTVA.

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