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Health Plus: Stroke rehab helps one eastern Iowan walk again

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Stroke is reportedly the third leading cause of death in the United States, but the good news, most people who experience one survive and rehabilitate.

This is not the way Scott Clement's family thought they'd ever see him--partially paralyzed from a massive stroke.

It happened to the 54-year-old in February when he was taking a nap.  His wife found him unable to get out of bed.

"I just could not believe it until I tried to move. Nothing moves on the right side. Nothing works very well. Then I believed it after that," said Scott.

At first, it took four people to help the Waterloo Streets Department supervisor just sit up.

But thanks to rehabilitation at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, the Cedar Falls man is now a miracle man to his wife.

"There wasn't too much motion in his leg at all. And he said he was gonna walk out of here," said Edna Williams, a therapist assistant.

Williams says attitude is everything and Scott is a pleasure to work with.

"The attitude is the most important. If they feel that they can't and they won't, they won't. I was so pleased with him and he's the kind of person you really enjoy working with because anything I asked him to do he would do," said Williams.

Stroke happens when a blood vessel is blocked or bursts in the brain and it takes mental toughness to recover from the physical fall out.

"Well if you don't, you won't get out. You won't get up and make it. You need their help. You need to get here as soon as possible and follow their program and you'll do great," said Scott.

In addition to a massive stroke, Scott had a heart attack and a triple bypass last year.

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