Tupelo Man Rehabs Along Road to Recovery
Jared Bolton was hauling cotton Oct. 19 when he became trapped between a tractor and a flatbed trailer. He was pinned from the waist down for four hours before a coworker found him. “I cried. I yelled. I prayed,” says the 46-year-old Tupelo resident. “At one point I even tried to choke myself so I would pass out and not feel the pain.” An ambulance rushed Jared to North Mississippi Medical Center, where he spent a month recuperating—including two weeks in NMMC’s Rehabilitation Institute. Amazingly, he suffered no broken bones, but his legs were rendered useless because blood flow had been cut off to them for so long.
When Jared started physical therapy at the NMMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in mid-November, he was in a wheelchair. “I didn’t have any movement,” Jared says. “I couldn’t hold myself up.” His early therapy sessions consisted mainly of therapists exercising his legs. By January he was strong enough to stand and use a walker. With training and encouragement from physical therapist Emily Davis and physical therapist assistant Lynn Clayton (pictured), Jared has worked hard to build his leg strength. “I was determined to start walking again,” he says.
A truck driver by trade, Jared was also determined to start driving again. In March he completed driving evaluation and training with occupational therapist Melinda Lamon (pictured).
Last week Jared began walking unassisted, only using a cane when needed. “I can’t just sit around,” he says. “I’ve started planting my garden.” He also hopes to be back on the job soon. Considering how far he has come already, it may not be much of a stretch.
“To look at me now, it’s hard to believe all I’ve been through in the last six months,” Jared says. “It’s a miraculous comeback.”
To learn more about NMMC’s rehabilitation services, visit www.nmhs.net/rehabilitation.