Pittsburgh Amputee Sets Goal for American Ninja Warrior
– John Griffis has an obstacle course of challenges ahead of him. As a 52-year-old amputee, John believes he has what it takes to make it onto the hit show, “American Ninja Warrior,” where competitors attempt to complete challenging obstacle courses without falling off in the quest of winning the grand prize of $1M. But before Griffis can make a submission video, he must first train his body to use his prosthetic device.
Griffis is a long-term diabetic with peripheral artery disease. After trying to save his right leg for a year-and-a-half and falling into a sedentary lifestyle, he chose to take the first step towards gaining his independence.
In October 2015, Griffis’ right leg was amputated below the knee. After a few days of physical therapy, his wife Kerry suggested they try HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital and he thought, “What can we lose?” Upon arriving at HealthSouth Harmarville Griffis soon found he had more than his mobility to gain.
“The people are all fantastic,” said Griffis. “Anytime they’ve been tough on me, it was for my benefit. Anytime I had to push through discomfort, it was for my benefit. I’ve never experienced anything like HealthSouth Harmarville’s hospital setting and the level of care.”
Having completed his prosthetic gait training, Griffis says his goal is getting to the next level—cutting his grass again with a push mower. This will not only build strength and endurance, but will prepare Griffis to get back into the gym so he can build upper and lower body strength and grip strength.
“You can look at me and say it’s going to be a long road,” said Griffis. “I’ll be the oldest person on the show but I’m going to be there.”
About HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Harmarville is a 202-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, transitional care and home health services. Serving patients throughout western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area, the hospital is located at 320 Guys Run Road in Pittsburgh, Pa. and on the Web at www.demandhealthsouth.com
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based post-acute services in 34 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the Web at www.healthsouth.com