Stroke Recovery

by Michael Busik
(Burbank, CA)

Question: My sister had a stroke 3 yrs ago. Her left side (arm and leg) are paralyzed. She was on the floor for 3 days before she was discovered. She has improved only in her speech. She has her mind back. What are her chances at this stage of her ever getting some use out of her left side? Doctors don't give her much hope but she thinks she will walk again. I don't want to tell her she will never walk again as it might break her spirit. Thank you..


Answer: I would allow her to continue to hope and keep trying. I have seen many severely affected stroke patients learn to walk so I would never discourage someone especially if they are determined. Even learning to take a few steps can be very meaningful to someone who has been severely affected by stroke.

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