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When Jean York came to Life Care Center of Crossville, Tennessee, on Jan. 17, 2016, she was bedbound.


York had become weakened from her COPD and congestive heart failure.


“I wasn’t expected to live,” said York. “I couldn’t move my arms or legs, couldn’t feed myself, couldn’t turn over.”


Everything changed at the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.


“Fluffy [Rachel Maldonado], my nurse, told me all things are possible,” said York. “She prayed with me.”


Between prayer and hard work in therapy, York improved drastically over the following months.


Five days a week, York worked with physical and occupational therapists to rebuild her strength, mobility, endurance and ability to do everyday tasks like getting dressed and grooming. The NuStep® recumbent cross-trainer and Omnicycle exercise bicycle helped her to exercise her arms and legs from a seated position, and the NeuroGym® Sit-to-Stand Trainer helped her practice standing up.


“Ms. Jean has more determination than anyone I’ve seen,” said Christy Connor, physical therapist assistant. “She pushed through her fatigue and pain to do anything that was asked of her.”


“She’s a true miracle,” said Maldonado. “She has to be an angel.”


Therapy has brought me back to functioning at a tremendously better level,” said York. “Everything was excellent. They’ve been so good to me.”


York completed her therapy program on May 20 and returned to her home in Crossville. When she left, she was able to walk with a walker and dress and groom herself again.