Errol Mehmeti

Through rehabilitation at Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre, Errol Mehmeti came to realize that he had the power to change.

In 2006, Errol suffered a spinal compression and stroke that led to his inability to walk. At Toronto Rehab, he made the decision that would alter his life: he was going to accept his condition and not be defeated. His determination to recover led to a complete personal transformation.

Under the care of physiatrists Dr. Alborz Oshidari and Dr. Cathy Craven plus his kinesiologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, Errol began to use the exercise equipment at The George and Anne Ploder Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Facilities where he worked to regain control of his physical body. Now, seven years later, Errol is at his healthiest, incredibly having lost over 100 pounds.

“That gym is a place of healing,” he says. “Each workout allows me to focus and pay more attention to my life and my recovery. I have made many connections with staff and other patients who are also determined to be the best they can be.”

Errol’s commitment to change his life has also contributed to a more positive outlook and approach to life. He just turned 50 years old and says he feels better than ever. “Your choices get you to where you are in life,” he says. “I chose to start to heal and it has made all the difference.”

He acknowledges the profound impact of the Ploder family on his recovery. “Their decision to fund these facilities has made a huge difference in all of our lives and in the lives of future patients,” Errol says. “The machines and the environment are phenomenal. They are a magnificent family for providing this opportunity for us.”

His advice for others experiencing similar challenges is: “Get moving and healing will happen over time.” Errol continues to make great strides. He says: “I’m very grateful to Toronto Rehab for helping me along my journey to healing.”

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