Hear From Our Patients


Kristen Knight became suicidal and depressed after she suffered a stroke. She felt helpless due to the loss of her independence and everyday function. She couldn't even access the proper recovery care she needed despite numerous hospital treatments and nursing home stays. She was finally able to get the physical and emotional support she needed at Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital. 


In August 2019, Jenny Rhoads Larkin was hit by a car during one of her daily runs. She suffered many injuries, including a severe traumatic brain injury. At U of U Health, a multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation specialists helped her recover and run again.


In December 2010, Sam Matagi's life changed forever when he lost both his hands in an electrical accident while working as a power lineman in Colorado.


When Dustin Godnick was in a car accident that shattered his spine at age 17, his life changed in more ways than he ever could have predicted.


An ATV accident left Sarah paralyzed from the waist down. ReWalk technology is helping her get back on her feet.


Roberto explains what it means to be a patient at University of Utah Health and how staff and doctors from the rehabilitation program helped him embrace life after his accident.


At age 54, David, a physicist and computer scientist, had excellent health and a successful career working on Minuteman missiles. One day, however, everything became fuzzy, and he suffered a stroke.


Riding through the cold mountain air as the sun was setting is the last thing Clay remembers before seeing two stray horses inches from his front motorcycle tire. The resulting impact caused a spinal cord injury with quadriplegia, a condition that affected the use of his legs, arms, and hands.


Jasin grew up riding horses in team roping events. However, in 2003 his life changed in a fraction of a second while on a trip to a holiday family gathering. 


Six months after her son Cade was born, 25-year-old Danna learned that she had osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in her left leg. Suddenly the joys and challenges of being a new parent took on an entirely new meaning.


Beth has a vague memory of her mother and brother driving her to University of Utah Hospital where she was admitted to the Neuro-Critical Care Unit. She was diagnosed with a life-threatening hemorrhagic stroke.