Don’t forget, coming up this month three television stations in Richmond will air a documentary that highlights the hard work and dedication of three patients and their therapy teams. The program gives an inside look at the compassion, technology, expert care, history and innovation at a place where miracles happen every day. To view a video preview, visit this post on the Sheltering Arms Blog.
Here’s a look at the patients profiled in the documentary:
Jamaal Williams is a name familiar to just about anyone involved with Sheltering Arms, as he is an inspiration to us all. Jamaal is a former Virginia Union University football player who had a massive stroke at the age of 28. When he arrived at Sheltering Arms, he was completely paralyzed on the left side of his body and was unable to speak. Today, with help from his rehab team and technologies like the REO robotic trainer and SaeboFlex, he is mobile, vocal, and independent.
David Thomas was left immobile and unable to eat food or speak following a brain aneurysm. His family was told to consider putting him in a nursing home. Instead, he was transferred to Sheltering Arms, where the gains he made in the hospital and after his return home have been nothing short of miraculous. His first words post-stroke were to his daughter, when he said he loved her. Recently, he walked her down the aisle at her wedding.
Dorothy “Dot” Hughes has a lifelong relationship with Sheltering Arms. In the 1950s, her two sons were born at the hospital. All that she was asked to bring with her were cans of evaporated milk. No payment was required. In 2002, she was once again cared for by Sheltering Arms, this time as a stroke rehabilitation patient. Today, she participates in Club Rec, a day recreation program for individuals with a disability or physical limitation. Club Rec is one of many services in Sheltering Arms’ Partner for Life Program.
The documentary was produced by Eric Futterman, a two-time Emmy award-winning videographer from Richmond. Eric has produced a number of other videos for Sheltering Arms. You can learn more about him here.
Here’s a reminder of the air dates for the documentary. Set your DVR if you won’t be home!
- Tuesday, 9/8 at 9:00 p.m. on WRIC, Channel 8
- Saturday, 9/12 at 7:00 p.m. on WWBT, Channel 12
- Saturday, 9/19 at 7:30 p.m. on WTVR, Channel 6