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Familiar with High-Quality Healthcare

One day changed everything for Cephas. On July 11, 2010, he and his family were driving through Nevada on their way home from a vacation when they were in a serious car crash. Cephas was wearing his seatbelt but still suffered severe injuries to his spinal cord, causing paralysis from his upper chest to his feet.

The 46-year-old Zimbabwe native was first taken to a hospital in Las Vegas, then transferred to Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City on August 18th. As a medical physicist working for Intermountain Healthcare, Cephas is familiar with what high-quality healthcare should be. At Intermountain Medical Center, he said the care he received was “awesome.”

“The care was great; the staff was great,” he says.

After several surgeries and weeks of care, his condition began to improve.

On September 9th he returned home to St. George and was admitted to the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at Intermountain’s Dixie Regional Medical Center.

“They went out of their way to find out more and try different things,” he says of his therapists there. “They were trying everything to help me.”

Today, Cephas is back home in St. George and is back working as a Physicist for Intermountain's Dixie Regional Medical Center.   He’s also working consistently with Intermountain Homecare nurses and physical therapists to continue his rehabilitation. Homecare also provided specialized equipment from its wheelchair shop.

“I am getting some of my motor skills back slowly,” he says. “I can move some of my fingers and toes on my left side. It’s a slow process, but I am hoping that one day I will walk again.” 

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