Sara Settle was in a car accident that left her with fractures in both of her arms and legs. This injury came during her remarkable journey through weight loss and abruptly halted her progress.
Settle, during her weight-loss endeavor, drew inspiration from Supergirl, a superhero from DC Comics. She admired Supergirl’s perseverance and her ability to overcome any obstacle, but after the car wreck, Settle began to lose hope.
“Supergirl’s symbol means ‘Stronger Together,’” said Settle. “Supergirl became my symbol through my weight-loss journey, in which I lost over 200 pounds, but after a car wreck put me flat on my back, I started to lose sight of exactly what it meant to be Supergirl.”
Settle arrived at Life Care Center of Jefferson City on March 5, 2019 unable to walk, balance or transfer without total assistance. She also could not perform daily self-care tasks, like bathing and dressing, without complete assistance.
Life Care Center of Jefferson City provided physical and occupational therapies to help Settle regain her independence.
Physical therapists, using strengthening exercises and special equipment, helped Settle regain her balance, transfer with independence and walk 500 feet with a walker. She could also go up and down stairs with standby assistance. Occupational therapists helped Settle perform hygiene tasks and other activities of daily living with independence.
“Therapy gave me the tools, skills and encouragement to teach me that no matter what happens, I am Supergirl,” said Settle. “I can overcome anything that gets thrown my way.”
Settle completed therapy on May 24, 2019, and returned home.
“[Settle] worked very hard to achieve her therapy goals and to be able to return home,” said Amanda Luttrell, physical therapist assistant. “She is a true Supergirl.”
Settle and her therapists proved that people really are stronger together.