Kevin Breveleri, 35, had a normal childhood growing up in Springfield, Mass., where he excelled in hockey, winning three championships for his high school while on the team. However, Kevin had to overcome physical challenges. He was born with his heart upside down and backwards and has undergone multiple heart surgeries since he was six months old. And at age 21, Kevin suffered a stroke on the left side of his brain, leaving him with a hemiparesis on the right side of his body.
Kevin had his most recent heart surgery at 35 and is presently being treated in the outpatient therapy department at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts. Despite his physical limitations, Kevin does not allow his illness to slow him down.
With the help of advanced technologies like the SaeboFlex®, which promotes increased function in the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand through dynamic splinting combined with creative exercises, Kevin has begun to swing a golf club with two hands, perform manual dexterity exercises and even eat fruit on his own once again. He has also made great improvements with the use of the Saebo ReJoyce, which imitates the dexterity required to open doors and turn on switches.
With HealthSouth Western Massachusetts’ personalized rehabilitation program, Kevin has made steady progress during his two-month tenure in outpatient therapy under the watchful eye of his experienced clinicians. Kevin is the father of a three-year-old named Luca and finds a great amount of support from his family.