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4 Your Health: Stroke survivor credits rehab center with recovery

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Tucson- On march 26th, 2015, Eric Cline suffered a massive brain aneurysm. That evening as he lay in a hospital bed, attached to a ventilator, doctor's weren't sure if he would survive the night. But the next morning, something would happen that would put him on a road to a miraculous recovery.

"I coughed", said Cline, "The surgeon got really excited about that. He asked my wife, has he been coughing all night and she said yes he has but I thought it was the tube in his throat, he said no, that's not it and within about a half hour or so I was in surgery."

It was just the beginning of a long journey for Cline. Following the surgery he slowly began to reconnect with his brain. Cline's surgeon had performed what amounted to a miracle, as he again was able speak and move his body. Looking back, Cline admits that, at the time, he had a long way to go.

"For me I wasn't really aware of things until I got to HealthSouth"

Following is hospital stay, Cline was moved to the HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute to begin therapy. Pam Warshaw, one of the physical therapists who worked with Cline at HealthSouth, said when he arrived at the institute he was very weak.  

"When he first came to us we had to use a hydraulic lift to get him out of the bed", said Warshaw, "And he had a tremendous sensitivity to touch."

Cline would spend the next two months there, undergoing intense and sometimes grueling rehab. Cline said without the staff at HealthSouth he would not have gotten back to where he is today.

"They kept at it and I am glad they did", Cline said, "Because without them, I wouldn't be talking, I wouldn't be walking, my memory wouldn't be as good as it is."

Cline said besides having some eye issues that effect his peripheral vision his mobility and mental capacity is nearly equal to what it was before the stroke.

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