Patient Testimonial

Robert Forbes

Robert Forbes

Faith and the Right Attitude Help a Local Man Walk Again

Robert Forbes is grateful, believing that attitude, and his faith, are everything. Three years ago, Forbes was lying in a hospital bed at Mount Nittany Medical Center, critically ill with meningitis. “I was near death,” says Forbes. After more than a month in the hospital, he was unable to walk and needed some intensive rehabilitation. Forbes went to HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Pleasant Gap.

When Forbes started rehabilitation, he was in a wheelchair. His goal was to go home and remain independent. With several weeks of inpatient physical and occupational therapy, Forbes learned to walk again. When he was discharged, he continued his therapy, gaining more strength and stability, at HealthSouth’s Pleasant Gap Outpatient Clinic.

That was three years ago, and Forbes is enjoying an active lifestyle. A State College resident for 12 years, he “bleeds blue and white.” While attending Penn State sports events keeps him busy, he is also active in his church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, welcoming new members and visiting those who could use some support and encouragement. A recent visit to a HealthSouth patient brought back memories of his rehabilitation, and he was inspired to share his gratitude with the HealthSouth staff. “Thanks to my faith, and the people at HealthSouth, I learned to walk again,” Forbes says. “Not only can I walk again, I play golf and enjoy all of the active events here in State College and Penn State. We Are Penn State!”