On December 9, 2013, Lou Michaels suffered a heart attack that sent him in to cardiac arrest and ventricle fibrillation.
After almost two months in the intensive care unit, Lou was admitted to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala. Upon arrival to HealthSouth Ocala, Lou was unable to walk, talk or eat. He was dependent with transferring and doing the majority of his daily living skills.
With the completion of two weeks of speech therapy, he was able to speak again.
“I remember I started talking again on Valentine’s Day,” said Lou. “Once I started, they couldn’t get me to stop.”
Lou also received occupational and physical therapy. After a 32 day stay at HealthSouth Ocala, he was able to go home with his wife using only a walker.
“I knew that it was going to be a long journey, but I wouldn’t be where I am without them,” said Lou. “If you have to go somewhere, HealthSouth Ocala is the place to go. I couldn’t have been in a better place and now I can walk, talk and eat again.”
Lou Michaels is a true success and testament to what hard work and determination in physical rehabilitation can do.