STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Randy Smith celebrates progress at Regional Rehab Center

Randy Smith is recovering from a stroke with help from therapists from the Regional Rehab Center.

Posted: Nov 5, 2018 7:51 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2018 11:35 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Randy Smith's life changed the morning he had a stroke.

While to road to recovery may be difficult at times, Smith knows he is not alone, thanks to the support from the Regional Rehab Center.

"I'm still having a lot of trouble, but I've come a long ways," Smith said. 

Smith certainly has come a long way.

A stroke earlier this year in May left him in a wheel chair.

Mr. Randy, as he is fondly called,  was determined to not let this be the end of his story.

"My whole life changed on me," he said.

The occupational and physical therapy at the Regional Rehab Center are designed to help Smith regain his sense of freedom and mobility.

With help from his therapists, Smith is no longer even using a brace.

Kari Robison is a licensed physical therapist assistant. Robison says this is a huge milestone.

"We are working on coordination and balance. We're working on building endurance. Mr. Randy is starting to get back some movement in his right ankle, so we're excited about that," Robison explained.

Smith continues to make progress in speech therapy as well.

He says he is passionate about sharing the Bible with others, but was having difficulty remembering passages after the stroke.

That's where speech therapist Bethany Reed comes in, who customizes their sessions.

"We are reviewing those verses and we write them down on a note card. We read over them every week and we try to help him remember passages like the conversion of the Philippian jailer and where that was found," Reed said.

With each obstacle that Smith overcomes, it's a daily reminder of the tue mission at the Regional Rehab Center, which is hope at work.

The therapy services are free at the Regional Rehab Center thanks to generous donations.

You can see more of how the Regional Rehab Center is changing lives in our upcoming Celebration of Hope telethon. which airs this Sunday from 1 - 3 pm on ABC-WTVA.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 27900

Reported Deaths: 1082
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds215239
DeSoto137316
Madison122234
Jones106949
Neshoba96069
Lauderdale88278
Rankin84112
Forrest81442
Scott75015
Harrison7448
Copiah56615
Leake54819
Jackson53316
Holmes52741
Wayne52112
Washington4969
Lee49316
Oktibbeha48624
Yazoo4736
Leflore47249
Lowndes45311
Warren44317
Lincoln43534
Lamar4197
Grenada3805
Monroe36729
Pike36712
Attala35223
Lafayette3524
Newton3289
Sunflower3066
Covington3025
Bolivar27713
Panola2706
Adams26718
Chickasaw25918
Tate2577
Jasper2506
Marion24811
Pontotoc2476
Noxubee2458
Pearl River24432
Winston2435
Clay24210
Claiborne23610
Simpson2303
Smith20611
Clarke20124
Marshall2013
Coahoma1866
Kemper17614
Union1759
Walthall1724
Yalobusha1617
Carroll16011
Lawrence1591
Itawamba1278
Calhoun1244
Humphreys1239
Tippah12311
Webster12310
Montgomery1222
Hancock12013
Jefferson Davis1064
Tallahatchie1043
Prentiss983
Greene927
Jefferson923
Wilkinson919
Tunica893
Amite822
George743
Choctaw714
Quitman680
Tishomingo681
Perry614
Alcorn561
Stone521
Franklin382
Benton270
Sharkey240
Issaquena71
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 38442

Reported Deaths: 947
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4387142
Montgomery383999
Mobile3697134
Tuscaloosa204938
Marshall153710
Lee118937
Shelby108223
Madison10577
Morgan9813
Walker86723
Franklin85213
Dallas8198
Elmore81314
Baldwin6869
Etowah62513
Butler60427
DeKalb6025
Chambers58127
Tallapoosa56369
Autauga54511
Unassigned52025
Russell4840
Lowndes45820
Lauderdale4446
Houston4344
Limestone4090
Cullman4003
Pike3995
Colbert3685
Bullock3629
Coffee3532
Barbour3231
Covington3087
St. Clair3042
Hale29321
Marengo28611
Wilcox2808
Sumter27612
Calhoun2705
Talladega2677
Clarke2665
Escambia2636
Dale2440
Jackson2382
Winston2333
Blount2141
Chilton2112
Pickens2116
Marion20312
Monroe1972
Choctaw19212
Conecuh1804
Bibb1711
Macon1708
Randolph1709
Greene1667
Perry1451
Henry1303
Crenshaw1233
Lawrence1010
Washington1007
Cherokee747
Lamar711
Fayette671
Geneva670
Clay582
Coosa551
Cleburne291
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 74°
Feels Like: 73°
Columbus
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 70°
Oxford
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 72°
Feels Like: 70°
Starkville
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 68°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather