Christopher Mealy was an avid cyclist and attorney in Georgetown, Texas, when he started experiencing intermittent paresthesias of his right arm and slowing of his speech. An MRI of the neck did not show any abnormality, but when his paresthesia and speech difficulties continued, he consulted neurosurgeon Dr. Stanley Kim. An MRI of the brain then confirmed a 3.5 centimeter cystic lesion in the left parietotemporal area with numerous satellite lesions.
In September 2011, Dr. Kim performed a left parietal craniotomy and a computer-assisted resection of a malignant tumor using the Stealth Image Guided System. After an acute stay, Mr. Mealy was transferred to St. David’s Rehabilitation at North Austin Medical Center. After surgery, he had right sided weakness, aphasia and visual field defect. He admitted to the rehabilitation program unable to walk and required moderate assistance to transfer from the bed to the chair. He discharged from inpatient rehabilitation after three weeks walking five-hundred feet.
Dr. Everett Heinze, his neurologist and medical director for St. David’s Rehabilitation stated: Mr. Mealy made excellent progress in inpatient rehabilitation and when transferred to the outpatient day program he continued to improve beyond our expectations.
For his follow up care, Mr. Mealy continued with comprehensive therapy in the outpatient setting and attended the Neurological Day Program at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital where he continued to progress. When discharging from the day program, he told his therapists, “I still haven’t ridden my bike yet.” His physical therapist, Mike Burroughs, Sr. PT, knew they couldn’t discharge him from therapy without trying to ride his bike. So, for his final session, Mr. Mealy brought his bicycle to therapy and celebrated his graduation from therapy with his first bike ride in five months.