In the photo: Rainer Bohl and daughter Victoria hit the slopes six months after his paralyzing stroke.
Rainer Bohl credits the expert and caring staff and physicians of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) for his amazing recovery from a debilitating stroke.
Rainer, 55, woke in the night, dizzy and unable to walk properly. His partner Doris Bohl, an employee of VCH, recognized the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke and immediately called an ambulance.
“I was pretty scared,” said Rainer, a self-described hard-driving guy used to skiing Whistler’s Double Blacks and hiking to the summit of Black Tusk at Garibaldi.
At Vancouver General Hospital Rainer was assessed, and by 3:30 a.m. it was confirmed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke (blocked artery to the brain). Rainer received tPA, a protein that breaks down blood clots. By 6:30 a.m., he was in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit and was later transferred to the Stroke Unit.
“I was slurring like I’d had 10 beers,” Rainer recalls. “I felt quite vulnerable. Would I talk properly again? Would I be able to read a book?”
Rainer’s next stage of recovery began at the GF Strong (GFS) Rehabilitation Centre where he undertook intensive therapy with the Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) program. On December 3, Rainer walked out of GFS on his own two feet and within just six months of his paralyzing stroke, Rainer was skiing again.
“It means a lot when health care workers empathize with you. In some ways, they became my extended family,” Rainer says.
With sincere thanks, the Bohl family has dedicated this video to all who contributed to Rainer’s recovery.