Woman comes home following recovery from stroke

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EVANSVILLE (WEHT) An Evansville woman is home with her husband again after recovering from a stroke at St. Vincent for two months.

“For her impairments and the size of her stroke and what she looked like coming in, I don’t think anybody, including myself, expected her to walk out by herself,” physical therapist Hannah Lamar said.

Dawnelle Neighbors suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke over two months ago. Due to the pandemic, she was separated from her husband and faced the recovery process with just the rehabilitation staff.

Dawnelle’s doctors say her desire to go home likely kept her going during her six rehab sessions a day.

“We’d be walking down the hallway and I would just start laughing,” Lamar said. “She would say, ‘Why are you laughing at me?’ I said ‘I’m not, I just don’t have any words for this. I can’t explain to you how well you’re doing right now.'”

After 66 days, she was finally able to head home and emotions were high. Dawnelle hopes to continue to make strides as her road to recovery continues from home.

“When I get out of here, I’m not going to be walking, I’m going to be walking as myself and they’re all going to be like ‘oh my God, are you the same person?’ And I’m already starting that so that’s how it’s going to be,” Neighbors said.

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(This story was originally published on May 9, 2020)

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