Meet Ray and Felix, two inspirational men who suffered strokes and were rehabilitated at Greenwich Hospital, and are now training for the City2 Surf.
Felix and Ray in the rehab gym at Greenwich Hospital
In August last year, at the too young age of 49, Felix had a stroke. Badly affecting his nervous system, it left him with weakness in both sides of his body, unable to move or stand, with reduced speech and difficulty swallowing. After two surgeries and a month in intensive care, Felix moved to Greenwich Hospital for rehabilitation.
Ray, also young at 52, had a stroke two years ago. It became impossible for him to move the right side of his body, sit, stand or walk; Ray needed help to do the most basic of tasks, from showering, to dressing and eating. He also came to be with us at Greenwich Hospital.
For Ray and Felix, life became more difficult than they could ever have imagined. Thankfully, they weren’t alone. Both men were looked after by the team at Greenwich Hospital for several months so that they could return home and live independently.
Even now, despite no longer being inpatients, the men still come to Hospital to take part in a high intensity stroke rehab program.
Not ones to shy away from a challenge, Felix and Ray recently had some news for the team: they wanted to run the CitytoSurf.
The team at Greenwich Hospital love enabling patients to reach their dreams. So this year, HammondCare therapists will run alongside Felix and Ray as they attempt the City2Surf.
Together they’ll be raising money for new, much-needed equipment for Greenwich Hospital so that many other people can rediscover quality of life and independence through rehabilitation.
Please support the boys and their efforts by donating to this fantastic cause. You can donate HERE.