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Health Plus: Unique approach to stroke therapy

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

From gardening to video games, what patients are doing to recover from things like stroke is surprising.

In Health Plus, we show you recreational therapy at Covenant Medical Center.

On June fifth, David Taylor had a stroke.

"I tried to get up. I couldn't get up and I couldn't understand why I couldn't. I couldn't even get on my hands and knees to get on my hands and knees to get up on my feet," he said.

Since then the 55-year-old Hudson man has been in recreational therapy at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

That's right his recovery includes gardening at the hospital.

"We try and take a patient's interests and try to use those for therapy purposes. 'cause a lot of times they won't see it as therapy because it's something that they enjoy doing to begin with," said Gary Gilles, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist

Gilles says video games also get patients back in the game, so to speak.

"To me there is no can't. It's a matter of going through the process and trying to do everything you can to get back to where you were ," he said.

The goal of therapy is to improve all the functions that allow patients to gain more independence.

"Well I've just been working hard in therapy so I can walk out of here and go home," said David.

For David, who's a truck driver, that means doing what it takes to get on the road again.

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