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Woman Says West Texas Rehab Center Changed Her Life

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Evelyn McIntire, Patient at the West Texas Rehab Center Evelyn McIntire, Patient at the West Texas Rehab Center
Tony Richards, Physical Therapist at the West Texas Rehab Center Tony Richards, Physical Therapist at the West Texas Rehab Center

Abilene, TX - After back surgery in July 2012, Evelyn McIntire wasn't getting any better, so her doctor sent her for physical therapy at the West Texas Rehab Center.

"I started working with Evelyn about a year ago," said Tony Richards who is a Physical Therapist at the West Texas Rehab Center.

"I was having a lot of pain and was not able to walk without my walker for a long period of time," Evelyn McIntire who is a Patient at the West Texas Rehab Center explained.

"My Primary Care Physician suggested that I come for physical therapy and he sent me here."

"Initially, (when) we started her diagnosis was low back pain," said Richards.

After a little over a month, Evelyn was still in pain and her Therapist ran some tests and sent her back to her Primary Care Physician, where they determined she had a problem with her hip.

"I had to go for hip surgery, had total hip replacement," McIntire said.

"I think (it) kind of was the root of her back pain and hip pain all along," explained Richards.

"It's changed my life, I always say they saved my life when I came here, because I was having a lot of pain, I was not able to get around like I wanted to," told McIntire.

"Over  the last year she's...her posture, her endurance, her physical capability has improved significantly, she's able to do almost anything she wants to with her grand kids now, which was one of her big goals," Richards said.

"I have grandchildren that are very active in sports and it was difficult for me to get to their activities and it made a huge difference in my life coming here," explained McIntire.

The West Texas Rehab Annual Telethon,  will take place this Saturday, and raises money so they can help patients at any stage of life who arrive at their facility.

"We never turn anyone away because of their financial circumstance and it's been that way from the beginning and it certainly continues that way," Woody Gilliland who is the CEO of the West Texas Rehab Center said.

Last year the Telethon raised almost $1.3 million and this year they are hoping for the same success.

As for why Evelyn loves the Center so much.

"They make you feel like part of the family, in the way that you're treated and taken care of and everybody cares about how you're doing," said McIntire.

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    Marissa Silver joined the NewsChannel 10 team in October 2013 all the way from South Carolina.
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