Local woman finally accepted into physical rehab after 28 rejections, working to walk again


(TOM) TONIGHT, A 10 ON YOUR SUCCESS STORY OF A VIRGINIA BEACH WOMAN WHO SUFFERED A DEBILITATING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AND HAD NO PLACE TO GET THE HELP SHE NEEDED. (ANITA) IN MAY WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT 30 YEAR OLD CHAREA ARMSTRONG. IN MARCH 2018 WHILE IN NEW ORLEANS SHE SUFFERED AN ATTACK FROM AN UNTREATED OVERACTIVE THYROID. HER AUNT, TONNICA ARMSTRONG, PAID SIX- THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FLY HER HOME AND FOR MONTHS PUT HER ON A BED IN HER LIVING ROOM BECAUSE NO SKILLED REHABILITATION CENTER OR NURSING CENTER WOULD TAKE HER. THAT’S WHEN THE ARMSTRONGS TURNED TO 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S ANDY FOX CHAREA WAS REJECTED FROM 28 REHAB CENTERS WITH NO PLACE TO GO. THAT’S WHEN WE STARTED WORKING THE PHONES TO GET CHAREA ACCEPTED IN REHAB. (ANDY FOX REPORTING) THE LAST TIME WE SAW CHAREA ARMSTRONG ON MAY 23, SHE WAS CRYING, FLAT ON HER BACK AT SENTARA NORFOLK GENERAL HOSPITAL. ALMOST TWO MONTHS LATER CHAREA’S CHANGED NOW GETTING PHYSICAL REHABILITATION AT LAKE TAYLOR TRANSITIONAL CARE HOSPITAL ((YOU LOOK FANTASTIC. THANK YOU)) (( I THINK I HAVE IMPROVED A LOT I FEEL BETTER MORE HEALTHY MORE LIMBER MORE FLEXIBLE)) AS WE’VE REPORTED CHAREA’S AUNT AND CAREGIVER TONNICA ARMSTRONG SHOWED US THE LIST OF 28 REHABILITATION CENTERS THAT REJECTED CHAREA ((THEY SAY SHE DOESN’T QUALIFY FOR SKILLED REHABILITATION)) THEY DID NOT BELIEVE CHAREA COULD GET BETTER. SO TONNICA CALLED US, AND WE REACHED OUT, APPEALED TO LAKE TAYLOR FOR HELP ((WHAT KIND OF A PROGRAM WOULD YOU PUT HER ON BECAUSE THEY WANT TO COME TO LAKE TAYLOR.”)) LAKE TAYLOR AGREED TO TAKE CHAREA AND THEN AETNAHEALTH INSURANCE AGREED TO COVER THE COST OF HER PHYSICAL REHABILITATION. ((WITH YOU CONTACTING THE FACILITIES AND THAT SORT OF PUT THEM UNDER A LITTLE PRESSURE TO GET THE BALL ROLLING A LITTLE FASTER AND TO GET THEM TO SAY WE WILL TAKE HER)) (TRY TO DELETE AUDIO OF MY INTERRUPTION I REALLY OUT MY HAND. STRETCHING OUT MY ARMS AND MUSCLES TO GET THEM LOOSE CHAREA HAS A RENEWED HOPE AT LAKE TAYLOR LOOK AT THESE PICTURES NEW HAND SPLINTS ARE STRAIGHTENING OUT CHAREA’S HANDS LAKE TAYLOR’S DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS KIM LIMBAUGH HELPED CONNECT THE DOTS ((CREATE A CARE PLAN THAT GAVE A BETTER PICTURE FOR AETNA TO SEE WHAT HER POTENTIAL ACTUALLY WAS (NAT SD OF CHAREA ON WAY TO REHABILITATION) (CLIPS 8965 SEQUENCING TO THE REHAB GYM ) KNEES NOW A LOT BETTER GYM ((“LET’S TRY TO TURN YOUR SUZANNE MAY ((CAN YOU TRY PUSHING DOWN YOUR FOOT INTO MY LOOSEN UP SOME OF THE SHORTENED UP OVER TIME PROGRESS IS GOOD PROGRESS CHAREA CALLS HERSELF A HANDS YES. YES I DO )) AT THE END OF THIS JOURNEY AND THERE IS LIGHT AT THEN END OF THE TUNNEL IF I KEEP WORKING HARD IT WILL (ANDY) AND WE BELIEVE IT WILL HAPPEN, AND WE WILL CONTINUE REPORTING CHAREA’S PROGRESS. SHE IS GETTING BETTER LIKE HER SPEECH. IN THAT REPORT WE DID NOT NEED TO SUB-TITLE WHAT SHE WAS SAYING. IN THE FIRST REPORT WE HAD TO DO THAT. THANKS TO LAKE TAYLOR FOR GIVING CHAREA THAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET BETTER. I’M ANDY FOX 10 ON YOUR SIDE.

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