Just weeks before his wedding while his fiancée was out of town, Travis was woken up in the early hours of the morning by his dog. As he climbed out of bed he could feel something was wrong. His leg was numb and his head ached. He decided to go back to sleep but when he was woken by his dog again just a few hours later, he knew he needed to get to the hospital as soon as possible.
Travis received a CAT scan at St. Joseph Medical Center and they determined he had experienced a stroke. An hour later he was transferred to KU Medical Center and was rushed into surgery to remove the clot. Travis stayed in KU Medical Center for five days before being transferred to another facility for inpatient rehabilitation.
The stroke left Travis paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk or talk. When he began therapy at Ability KC, Travis was frustrated to be dependent on others and was eager to return to the lifestyle he knew. He worked diligently in physical, occupational and speech therapies, and participated in the Aphasia Clinic to regain his speech. Today Travis is thrilled with the progress he has made. He is walking independently, driving on his own and communicating without the use of an assistive device. Travis and his fiancée Amy have gotten married. He continues to advance in all of his goals. Travis is looking forward to the day that he can use his right hand to greet someone with a handshake again.