When Geraldine Washington was driving
one day, the unexpected happened.
“I passed out behind the wheel,” she said.
“I think it is because I am a diabetic and
my sugar dropped.”
Geraldine’s car swerved, hit a Port
Authority bus and was destroyed on
impact. When the rescue workers arrived,
her feet were caught in the wreckage and
they weren’t sure they could be saved.
Geraldine also broke five ribs and her
sternum. It took them more than an hour
just to cut her from the car.
She was rushed to an area hospital for
treatment, where she endured 10 hours
of surgery. Luckily, her feet were saved,
but she still had a long road ahead.
Geraldine spent a month in recovery at
the hospital and was then discharged to
a skilled nursing facility until she could
withstand the level of therapy provided
at HealthSouth Harmarville Rehabilitation
After 50 days, she was transferred to
HealthSouth Harmarville, where she
made her way to her room in a very
“My first night, I cried all night,” she said.
“I didn’t know what to expect and was
really nervous about therapy, but then
the nurses showed me so much love.”
Her HealthSouth Harmarville treatment
team helped her build up enough
strength to walk again, something she
hadn’t done since her accident.
“The therapy team had everything I
needed to recover,” she says. “They knew
when to do what and it was an amazing
By the time Geraldine was discharged,
she could walk the length of the
quarter-of-a-mile-long main hallway
in the hospital several times using the
assistance of the back of a wheelchair.
Upon discharge, she returned home and
continued her therapy treatment with
HealthSouth Harmarville’s outpatient
therapy three times a week. After only a
month of outpatient treatment, she was
walking with just her cane, furthering her
independence and recovery.
“I could be having a hard day, but
as soon as I walkin here, it’s better,”