Our Recovery Stories
Journeys of rehabilitation with the help of ableX from patients and Caregivers
Nathan suffered a Stroke due
to a workplace accident
The ambulance took him to Royal Adelaide Hospital where he underwent a CT scan which showed that he had suffered a severe stroke due to a blood clot from the neck trauma. He was left side hemiplegic. He underwent a craniectomy which removed a large portion of his right side skull to relieve pressure on his swelling brain. He was in ICU for a few days before being admitted to the stroke ward and then moved as an inpatient to BIRU at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.
Following his discharge from BIRU, he was an outpatient at BIRCH and has recently transitioned to private therapy options. He has undergone multiple surgeries since the stroke, due to a failed cranioplasty due to infection. He recently underwent a second cranioplasty earlier this year.
Nathan has devoted his time and energy into recovering, whilst at the hospital, rehabilitation centre and at home. His focus has never wavered since his injury, with his main goals to learn to how to walk again, gain function back in his dominant arm and hand and return back to work. Nathan has undertaken intensive sessions of physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help achieve his goals. This includes rehabilitation activities such as hydrotherapy, Lokomat, Saeboglove, FES, massager, GRASP box program, ableX, Bioness glove and PABLO.
Nathan has achieved an enormous amount of progress within the past year. He has regained some movement in his leg, progressing from a powered wheelchair, to a manual wheelchair, then a quad stick and now single point stick. He has recently achieved one of his goals of completing a short hike. He has regained some gross motor movement in his shoulder, arm and hand. We were initially told that he would not be likely to walk again or regain any movement in his arm. Despite this, he continues to push himself everyday in rehab to achieve his goals.
The story of a caregiver's journey
after her husband’s Stroke
“ableX is extremely helpful for
Musician & Songwriter
Improvement has been exponential
since the six month mark
Colin Weston – “Do not put him in a box”
In January 2013, an otherwise fit, healthy and happy Colin Weston suffered an idiopathic carotid dissection while walking home with his son after a mountain-bike ride in Queenstown.
After a harrowing 48 hours, his chance of survival looked promising, but his prospect of recovery was deemed poor, at best.
However, Colin had many factors on his side; a healthy, well cared-for body, a strong internal motivation and a rock solid family, led by his wife Fiona.
“From the get-go, I told them not to put him in a box,” she said, “I didn’t make many friends, but I refused to accept the status quo and set about researching how I could help him.” ‘Helping him’ included daily visits to the hospital to massage and stretch his paralysed right side to keep as much mobility as possible and championing his needs. He suffered post-stroke fatigue, which made being in a busy, noisy ward too much for him.
“We never lost him as a person,” says Fiona, “even though he couldn’t speak, I knew he was in there.”
To assist him, she blew up photographs of his family, labeled them and put them up in his room. She also wrote his story and pinned it to the wall behind him, to remind the health professionals he was more than a man lying in a hospital bed – he was a loving family man, a former policeman, a HR consultant, a sportsman, a motivational speaker.
Colin was discharged from hospital after three months, only just walking. He also had his unbreakable spirit. In the process of researching rehabilitation options, Fiona came across speech therapy applications for their iPad and heard about ableX on the news. “I tracked them down and we bought one,” she says.
“I want it, I want to do it,” says Colin. “There is more to do.”
Outspoken advocate & caregiver
”One size does not fit all”
– Fiona Weston, Caregiver
I believe ableX is a quantum leap
towards Stroke recovery
100% Always. “I don’t call them exercises, I call them disciplines”
When he goes out, he wears his arm in a sling and uses a cane, “mostly to make people aware that they need to be a bit careful with me.”
At 33, Stephen suffered a brain
aneurism that almost claimed his life
Stephen Tauwhare had recently finished his master’s degree and had been married just 15 months when, at the age of 33, he suffered a brain aneurism that almost claimed his life.
It has given him confidence in himself again which I think is a major achievement.
Helen plays Mosquito Splat and Rebounce using the heat map to check her progress
A Sense of Wellbeing
Teach the brain something new.
Even able brains demonstrate neuroplasticity every day, and it is a key concept in recovery following a stroke. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to create new pathways and learn new skills, and sometimes relearn, in the case of stroke or head injury.
The power of love is bringing this
entire family hope and solace
Jay Kumari’s mother Usha had a severe stroke in 2012, which left her right side paralysed and her speech badly affected. After six weeks in hospital, she left with a long way to go.
Plug & Play Rehabilitation
ableX® computer-based interactive therapy games with handheld controllers provide physical and cognitive stimulation to use independently or with therapists to accelerate neuro recovery.
Available in 6 Languages
The ableX system is authorised for sale in Australasia, UK, Europe, and USA, and we have supplied to hospitals in parts of Asia. Prices shown are for customers in Australia and NZ.