Kin Wu, 49, came to Inspire Neurocare in October 2020 following a Covid-19 related stroke.
For many people, COVID-19 is a mild illness, but for individuals experience very significant neurological complications from stroke to headache.
On arrival following a stroke which he experienced following COVID-19 infection, Kin Wu used a wheelchair, needed assistance to stand, was unable to use his right arm, and could only walk whilst using a frame with two Inspire team members to support him. Working together with the interdisciplinary team, and his family, Kin Wu decided that his initial neurorehabilitation goals were to walk with more independence and to shower and eat independently. Kin Wu and the therapy team agreed to focus on his mobility, balance and right upper limb function to give him the best opportunity to reach his goals.
After three months of hard work, Kin Wu can now walk around the service with a frame and the support of just one person, and in physiotherapy sessions, he walks with a stick. He can independently carry out personal care tasks and enjoy mealtimes, using both hands with no support from the team. Kin Wu's new goal is to use a keyboard for his computer, and he will use the independent living flat within the service to further develop his skills of everyday living.
Kin Wu takes inspiration from this quote John F Kennedy:
"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."
Find out more about neurocare and rehabilitation post-COVID in an in-depth Expert View written by Director of Clinical Excellence, Michelle Kudhail.
Please contact the Inspire Neurocare team to find out how we can support with the neurorehabilitation requirements following COVID-19.