Tom, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran, has jumped out of an airplane, earned his pilot\u2019s license, and become a certified scuba diver. He\u2019s also raised a family with his wife of nearly 50 years, Jean.\nBut in 2015, a hemorrhagic stroke nearly put an end to Tom\u2019s adventure-filled life. Facing only a 30-percent chance of survival, Tom underwent an experimental surgery as a part of a clinical trial through the UPMC Department of Neurosurgery.\nAfter a 20-day post-surgery recovery, Tom began inpatient rehabilitation at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Montefiore. Clinician Ed Hetherington and his team quickly became Tom\u2019s second family.\nThe Rehabilitation Institute team helped him regain strength along the left side of his body, which was most affected by the stroke. Tom worked diligently to regain movement, especially in his hands and feet.\nJean remembers the moment Tom was finally able to wiggle his left big toe.\n\u201cWe were all so thrilled. All the nurses and clinicians came running in. We were cheering and crying. Everyone was so excited.\u201d\nEight months after Tom was discharged to a nursing home for transitional rehabilitation, he suffered a seizure. When the ambulance driver asked if the couple had a hospital preference, Jean immediately told them it was UPMC Montefiore.\n\u201cLooking back, that seizure was almost a blessing in disguise. It gave us the opportunity to go back to the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute at UPMC Montefiore and continue working with the wonderful team there. They\u2019re like our family! Ed does such a fine job with his staff. It is one thing to do your job, it\u2019s another thing to really care about the people you work with.\u201c\nRead more about Ed\u2019s story on the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute website.