An ischemic stroke patient shared the story of his recovery. He started Zhu’s Scalp Acupuncture treatment on the 8th day after his stroke and achieved complete recovery.
This video is a testimonial made by the mother of one of our patients.
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There is very little in life that prepares you for such a life changing experience. I spent the later half of my twenties trying to figure out what I would be doing for my thirtieth birthday, never thinking I would be spending it in the ICU.
On August 24th I was admitted to the hospital for what the doctors thought was viral meningitis and told I would only be there through the weekend. After hallucinating, having my lungs collapse several times, being intubated, becoming paralyzed from the neck down and almost passing away more than once I was finally diagnosed with encephalitis from an unknown origin. Twenty seven different tests were done and all came back negative. I was tested for rabies, tuberculosis, polio and every known virus out there. Most of my time in the hospital was spent in isolation. Still to this day I am a mystery and will probably never know what almost killed me. I then developed a neurological disorder and was diagnosed with transverse myelitis which caused the paralysis. I spent nine weeks total in the hospital, only remembering the last half of my stay. My last three weeks were spent in inpatient rehab and I was discharged on October 26th with full function of my arms and hands but am still paralyzed from my abdomen down.
Before this nightmare happened I was a very healthy guy, this actually being my first time being admitted to the hospital. I was a fairly active person. Aside from working as a automotive technician five to six days per week, I regularly went for hikes and photo taking adventures with my girlfriend, Trista. I love to play sports and have played 15 years collectively of football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. Being born and raised in Santa Cruz I have grown to love the beach and can’t see myself moving very far away from it. I love to dance, run, drive, and swim, all things I can no longer enjoy.
Since starting with Dr. Zhu and his team I have felt the most confidence in regaining full mobility that I have felt since waking up in ICU fully paralyzed. I have made improvements every session and I am excited to return every time. I have only been going a little under a month and have already had some movement in my legs and also more and more sensation each day. After I leave my sessions my legs feel tight and tired, a feeling I am excited to have, a feeling I have missed. I feel that this is by far the most aggressive and appropriate rehabilitation I could provide myself with. I am still receiving outpatient physical and occupational therapy through the hospital but it is only once per week for barely an hour and I feel there is no progression. They work with me teaching me skills to “live” in a wheelchair and that is not a life I plan on living! I am willing to do whatever it takes to regain full movement and walk again and for me that is going to Dr Zhu five times per week! Dr Zhu estimates I may need one year of treatment. Although it is out of my financial means, I, along with my family and friends are doing all that we can to fundraise and continue my treatment. My insurance does not cover any of the expenses and with no income coming in, it is a challenge. Any amount you are able to donate would be more than appreciated!
I am very grateful that I am able to go to Dr Zhu and his team and thankful to my mother, Jane, who encouraged me to go. After reading through his website and seeing the “miracles” he has performed and then seeing my own progression I am confident I will be walking again in no time and doing the things I love to do once again! Thank You Dr Zhu for giving me the encouragement I need to get through this unbelievable time in my life!
A Mother's Appeal
Help Me Walk Again
On July 31, 2010, I was helicoptered to hospital because of a life-changing vehicle accident. The accident left me with a fractured neck, broken back, spinal cord injuries, scalp injuries as well as a fractured right elbow. I underwent two separate back surgeries one due to a staph germ infection, a spinal cord surgery, had my scalp stapled back and two separate elbow surgeries one performed a year and a half later both requiring me to wear heavy metal external fixators. Recovering from my elbow injuries held back full participation of physical therapy. God’s grace kept me alive to continue enjoying life as a mother, sister, aunt and friend. I was in trauma care for four months and transferred to impatient rehab centers for another four months. During those eight torturous months, when asking if I would walk again, the repeated answer was “OH NO.” I would cry hysterically in protest because the vision of walking with my kids and dancing with my sisters kept me going. By far, I am one of the most stubborn people in this world! When people tell me, I cannot do something or to give up my stubborn spirit pushes me to say “OH HELL YES I WILL.” I work tirelessly every day to get my body healthy and back on my feet. When it hurts too much, tears of pain are wiped and I try-try again. No matter how depressed I am feeling, I refuse to let anyone dictate my future or what is possible. The accident left me paralyzed without the ability to walk but my mind is clear and I choose to never give up. My list of accomplishments continues to grow and know that I will WALK again it’s a matter of a lot tears, hard work, time and available resources.
After extensive research, I learned that neurological scalp acupuncture and Daoyin physical therapies delivered at the Zhu’s Neuro-Acupuncture Center could make my dreams possible. I am not walking yet, but able to stand with support. I have regained seventy percent use of my right arm. Unfortunately, insurance coverage is over for me, since I am no longer employed and considered disabled. Medicare coverage limits the type and amount of physical therapy I can receive as well as required equipment. Your financial help gives me the motivation to work harder and allows me to get closer to my dream of WALKING again. I will prove to you and skeptics that if you work hard and believe in yourself everything is possible.
Dame una mano para volver a caminar
El 31 de julio de 2010 mi vida cambio para siempre. Llegue al hospital por helicóptero por causa de un accidente de vehículo. El accidente me dejó el cuello fracturado, la espalda rota, lesiones de médula espinal, heridas de cuero cabelludo y fractura del codo derecho. Me sometí a una cirugía de médula espinal, dos cirugías de la columna vertebral una debido a infección de estafilococo y dos cirugías de codo una realizada después de un año y medio necesitando el uso fijador externo hecho de metales muy pesados. Gracias a Dios vivo para seguir disfrutando de la vida como madre, hermana, tía y amiga. Estuve ocho tortuosos meses recuperándome cuatro meses en atención de trauma y otros cuatro meses en rehabilitación. Durante esos ocho meses cuando preguntaba si volvería a caminar la respuesta era, “O NO.” Lloraba histéricamente en protesta porque la visión de caminar con mis hijos y bailar con mis hermanas era mi motivación para darle con todo lo que me quedaba. ¡Soy una de las personas más tercas en este mundo! Cuando me dicen que no puedo hacer algo o me dicen que renuncie mi espíritu terco me empuja a decir “CLARO QUE SI PUEDO.” Trabajo duro todos los días para conseguir un cuerpo sano y volver a caminar. Cuando me duele demasiado lloro pero limpio mis lágrimas y sigo dándole con todo. Me deprimo pero no dejare que alguien decida mi futuro o lo que es posible. El accidente me dejó paralizado sin poder caminar pero mi mente está clara he decido no renunciarme. Mi lista de éxitos sigue creciendo volveré a caminar es cuestión de muchas lágrimas, trabajo, tiempo y fondos disponibles.
Después de extensa investigación me enteré de que la acupuntura del cuero cabelludo y terapias físicas Daoyin entregadas en Zhu-Neuro Acupuncture Center podrían hacer mis sueños realidad. Todavía no camino pero puedo pararme y recuperado setenta por ciento del brazo derecho. Desafortunadamente se me acabo mi seguro porque termine mi trabajo y soy considerada incapacitado. Medicare no cubre los servicios del centro por eso pido una mano para darle con todo lo que me queda y alcanzar mi propósito. Ayúdame demostrar que dándole con muchas ganas y creer en si mismo todo es posible.
¡Gracias por el apoyo, amistad y amor!