My wife, Esther, had a stroke on the 10th of July 2013. A severe one, resulting in partial paralysis of the right side of the body. An event that turned our whole life upside down in a second.
After a week in the hospital, Esther was admitted into a rehabilitation centre for three months to recover and recuperate. Fortunately, much progress was made here, however, in the Netherlands, after three months, rehabilitation finishes, and Esther was sent home to continue her recovery in the regular medical circuit. Esther’s will and motivation to move forward did not match the number of hours of rehabilitation offered in the Netherlands. Esther wanted and was able to do much more than this.
A fellow patient from the rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands introduced us to Medifit in Spain.
After a few telephone calls, it was soon arranged. The total package that was offered for Esther´s rehabilitation really appealed to us. Within a week and a half, Esther was able to go to Spain for six weeks of rehabilitation. Together with my daughters, we put her on the plane. It was a very emotional moment for all of us to have to say goodbye to her again for a few weeks.
From the first moment that Esther arrived in Spain until the last, she was given exceptionally good care. During the first few days, Esther’s capacity for the intense program had to be closely monitored, but as the weeks went by, things got better and better, and eventually she was able to attend therapy for 5 days, 20 hours a week.
The therapists work one on one with the patients and are very skilled and committed. Esther made huge steps forward. Both physically and mentally, they worked on Esther’s recovery with great success! Emotionally, she had a lot to deal with because of the infarct, but thanks to the conversations with the psychologist, she has become much stronger.
Physically, a great deal of effort was put into her recovery, resulting in Esther becoming increasingly stronger and fitter. Unfortunately, the damage to her right arm and leg cannot be completely remedied, but thanks to all the training and therapy, the limitations are much easier to deal with.
I visited her in Spain after three weeks and could hardly believe my eyes. I had not expected so much progress. I was able to see with my own eyes how the therapists work with the patients in a very enthusiastic and goal-oriented way.
Medifit is a rehabilitation centre with a small team of specialists. The advantage of this is its personal character. Together with the fine accommodation, beautiful weather (particularly good for the muscles) and the continuously arranged transport, this is the best recommendation for anyone dealing with rehabilitation.
Last November, Esther went to Spain for the second time. Despite not making much progress in the Netherlands, Medifit managed to get Esther to make a few steps forward again.
We have not regretted it for a moment and will really recommend it to everyone!
René Scheepmaker (Esther´s husband).