A Kindred Success Story: Cody

By Sophia Kroon

 

 Cody, a patient at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley, had great dedication and never gave up on his health. Cody, a patient at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley, had great dedication and never gave up on his health.

 

Cody, a patient at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley, was visiting a cousin’s home when he was found unresponsive and taken by ambulance to a short-term acute care hospital. He was admitted for acute respiratory failure, hypoxia, encephalopathy, acute renal failure, acute hepatitis and rhabdomyolysis.

At the short-term acute care hospital, Cody’s condition was stabilized but he still required high-intensity care. He transferred to Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley for continued care including ventilator weaning, respiratory therapy and rehabilitation.

Upon admission to Kindred Hospital, Cody was evaluated by our interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, therapists and specialists. He was on vent with a trach and feeding tube. He had 0/5 strength and required the help of two people to roll in bed. He needed full assistance for daily life activities and was unable to participate in occupational therapy outside of splinting and coma stimulation. While unable to speak, he could open his eyes for only three to five seconds.

In spite of his challenges, Cody was motivated, positive and engaged in his recovery. Cody and his supportive father were determined that he would return home. After seven days at Kindred Hospital Cody was successfully weaned off the ventilator and decannulated.

After three weeks at Kindred Hospital, Cody no longer required high-intensity medical care and was discharged to an acute rehabilitation hospital. He was breathing independently, sustaining attention for therapy and activity reasoning, eating solid foods with thin liquids, performing oral hygiene independently, moving in bed with moderate assistance, performing therapy sitting at the edge of the therapy mat, and engaging in simple conversations.

"Never give up, whatever the future holds,” Cody said, as he looked forward to regaining all his strength and returning home.  Cody loves to play the guitar and sing, and holds great plans to return to school.

 Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley’s success is apparent in stories like this as well as in our quality scores – our patients and families rate our quality of care at over 94 percent and over 96 percent are highly likely to recommend Kindred. Our hospital is part of a network of 13 Kindred Hospitals in the Southern California area.

 

Cody, a patient at Kindred Hospital San Gabriel Valley, had great dedication and never gave up on his health.