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Patient Success Stories

  • Ernest Mickens

    Ernest Mickens

    Select Specialty Hospital-Tallahassee, Florida

    Ernest Mickens and his wife, Latonja, were energetic and athletic. Each week they ran several miles together, the family dog running alongside them. January 2010, while attempting to trim a tree, Ernest fell 30 feet to the ground and was critically injured. The fall resulted in a closed head injury, subarachnoid hemorrhage, skull fractures, broken ribs, serious bruising, bleeding and damage to his lungs. After two weeks in ICU, his life had been spared and he was transferred to Select Specialty Hospital-Tallahassee with a tracheostomy and a feeding tube. Although he had begun to show some progress by following simple commands, he was still in critical condition with multiple wounds and fractures yet to heal and a drug resistant staph infection (MRSA). Within three weeks of his admission, he was awake, talking, writing his name, breathing on his own and improving rapidly. March 11, 2010, Ernest discharged to a rehab facility, getting around with some assistance and eating a regular diet. Life is getting more like normal these days and Ernest gets out quite often. Once in a while, he and Latonja drop by Select to say hello and thank you again.