Jim Capicotto was unable to walk, confused and extremely weak.
For more than two weeks, the 75-year-old Calabash, North Carolina, resident was hospitalized as he battled COVID-19. He successfully beat the illness, but it robbed him of the strength and coordination he needed to perform even the most basic of day-to-day activities.
Already battling the effects of Parkinson’s disease, Capicotto and his partner, Joyce Klein, weren’t sure what the future held for the U.S. Navy veteran.
“It really threw him for a loop,” says Klein. “It was really hard to see him so sick. He was pretty critical.”
To help regain his strength and mobility, Capicotto was sent to Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital at Little River, an affiliate of Encompass Health, where he underwent 10 days of intensive therapy to help restore the function he’d lost.
Improvement was swift – much faster than either Capicotto or Klein expected.
“All the dedicated doctors, nurses, aids, physical therapists, OT and speech (therapists) have made the difference to his well-being,” wrote Klein in a thank-you card to the staff. “It was with your help and dedication that has put him on the path to resume his normal activities.”