We would like you to meet Art, one of our patients recently discharged from our hospital in Manchester. He survived a
fall from a pickup truck while unloading bales of hay at his farm in Warner, NH. Art suffered a C1 fracture to his spine and
an abrasion to his spinal cord which caused paralysis below his neck. After a few weeks at a Boston-based acute hospital, he could begin
to wiggle his toes and fingers and move his right arm. On July 2nd he arrived at NRH pushing a walker having made great
progress in his recovery. But Art was not done yet! Art’s positive, hard-working attitude said to “bring it on” when talking
about the intense rehab to come.
Art said he immediately began to thrive in the environment. He attributes so much of that to the staff. “The real success of an
organization is determined by the people who touch the patient. Everyone from the doctors to the housekeepers who swept
the floor effect a patient’s well-being and outlook. The people here are compassionate, good people”, says Art.
Art also says that the small community of patients and staff contributed to an environment of involvement and celebration
of patient’s progress and accomplishments. “Much of the therapy happens walking the halls which allows all staff to take an
interest in all patients as they watch them progress. When staff heard that I had a noteworthy milestone, everyone would stop
by my room with congratulations. This place is unique. There is something really special going on here.”
Art noted that the staff work so well together and their mutual respect for one another is very evident. He even made a
friend during rehab because the staff took the time to introduce them thinking they would get along well. Art said that
companionship during his stay had a very positive effect.
Art would call himself a “fighter”. As a matter of fact, he was a fighter jet pilot flying F15’s and is currently a private jet pilot
based out of Manchester, NH. While Art’s desire is to get back to fly once again he says “no matter how it ends it will be a
happy ending even if that means I give back by mentoring other pilots and share what I know which may help save a life.”
At discharge Art, unbelievably, was walking unaided. He went home with the challenges presented by his left arm which has
swelling and compromised movement as well as tingling and reduced proper touch feeling in his hands and feet. “I am highly
motivated to regain my way of life back” says Art who will continue to overcome these challenges with continued outpatient
“I love the people here and am so grateful, but it is now time to move onto the next phase.” We wish Art the very best and
are so happy to have been a part of his recovery.