Even as a Quadruple Amputee, Gym Owner Continues to Inspire and Motivate
N.C. – Oct. 17,
2017 – Almost two years ago, on October 25, 2015,
Hugh Gerlach found himself in a helicopter, being airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
had quickly become critically ill, after contracting a rare bacterial infection
while on a fishing trip.
doctors at Wake Forest Baptist were able to save his life, he ultimately lost both
hands, his right leg and half of his left foot.
just fortunate to be alive after everything I went through,” said Gerlach. “My
entire medical and rehabilitation teams at Wake Forest Baptist became like
family to me and were instrumental in helping me adjust to my new life.”
spent five weeks at Wake Forest Baptist, learning how to perform basic daily
activities with prosthetics. This year, Wake Forest Baptist’s Rehabilitation
Services is marking 35 years of providing both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation
and physical therapy for people recovering from a traumatic injury, debilitating
disease or surgery.
is truly an inspiration to those of us who have been by his side during his
journey,” said Walter
S. Davis, M.D., associate professor of physical medicine
and rehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist. “His positive outlook on life gives
hope and encouragement to many people who are now going through what he faced
two years ago.”
who owns two gymnastics academies in southwestern Virginia, is now back at
work, playing with his grandchildren and motivating others who are learning to
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