Barry Leabo: Inpatient Rehabilitation

Barry Leabo, inpatient rehabilitation patient, Valley Health Specialty Hospital, Las Vegas, NV.

Barry Leabo was visiting Las Vegas to attend a convention. He was in meetings all weekend, and by Monday he started feeling tingling and numbness in his legs. The next day, Barry had developed weakness in both legs and was unable to stand. He was brought to Valley Hospital and found to have post-surgical changes from a prior back surgery. As a result, Barry underwent T8 bilateral decompressive laminectomy and a bilateral superior T9 laminectomy. After surgery, Barry presented with weakness in bilateral LE’s and was diagnosed with incomplete paraplegia.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Barry was transferred to Valley Health Specialty Hospital on November 9. On his first day with Physical Therapy, he required total assistance to get out of bed, sit up and transfer. He was unable to walk. For Occupational Therapy, he required total assistance with lower extremity dressing, toileting and transfers. The following day he began experiencing shortness of breath and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. He was transferred back to Valley Hospital where he received an inferior vena cava filter. He returned to Valley Health Specialty Hospital on November 22 for additional therapy.

On December 15, Barry was discharged from Valley Health Specialty Hospital. At the time of discharge, he was able to get himself in and out of bed, shower, dress and walk as far as 170 feet without assistance. Before Barry flew back to Kansas with his wife, he said, “I can’t thank everyone enough for everything they did to help me. The staff at Valley Health Specialty Hospital were amazing.”