It’s been a very slow road to recovery for Jock and his family who have never given up on him for more than ten years. Jock sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2003 as a result of a motor vehicle accident and has been wheelchair bound ever since. He requires a hoist lift for all transfers and assistance for all activities of daily living.
In 2014 Jock, his family and his rehab team made a difficult decision to put him through bilateral tendon release surgery to achieve a better foot position of both feet. The objective of the surgery was to enable Jock to weight bear on his feet whilst sitting and also to explore the use of a standing lifter for all transfers. We became involved in Jock’s care at the end of 2014 just prior to his surgery. At this point, Jock had a severe left sided weakness as a result of his brain injury and over a decade of weakness to contend with. He was a neuro physiotherapists dream challenge!
After his corrective surgery and having worked with Jock for over six months. Jock has taken his first steps. The first in over 10 years. The other day in the gym, Jock walked over two metres – you should have seen the smile afterwards! His ability to stand has improved significantly despite the severe weakness and instability of his left leg, unable to bear weight on it’s own and needing maximum external support. To help with this instability, Jock was recently assessed by our neuromuscular orthotist, Bernard, and fitted with a carbon fibre Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO). With a stable left leg we are now confident that not only will Jock use a standing lifter for transfers, he can now learn to walk again!
Team Jock includes his physiotherapists Katrina, Lyndsay, Amanda, Lynn and orthotist, Bernard. Not to mention his wonderfully supportive mother and father who have been absolutely instrumental in Jocks rehab and wellbeing.
Go team Jock!