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Heidi Pino, Life Care Public Relations

Maria Lozano was excited to shop for a gown to wear to her daughter’s wedding, but while she was shopping, she fell and fractured her right leg.

Maria was unable to walk when she came to North Walk Villa Convalescent Hospital in Norwalk, California, on March 16, 2021. She needed total assistance with bed mobility, bathing, getting dressed and transfers, such as getting out of bed, and she needed some help with daily grooming tasks as well.

Physical and occupational therapists worked with Maria to develop a tailored therapy plan to address her individual needs and goals – to get her back to her normal, active life.

“We started doing passive exercises at first, then progressed to assisted active exercises when she was allowed to do toe-touch weight bearing,” said Victoria Ogundipe, director of rehab services. “When she was able to actively move her leg, we started adding weights to do strengthening exercises. She was fearful at first, but as the trust between her and her therapists improved, she began taking bold steps.”

Maria was able to attend her daughter’s wedding.

On May 26, Maria returned home for good with her family. She is now independent with bed mobility, transfers, hygiene and walking with a walker.

“This is a miracle,” Maria said. “I didn’t think I would ever walk again.”

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