Madden Physical Therapy - June 2018

3 Awesome Dads Fathers Who Put Their Lives on the Line for Their Kids

Greg Alexander was startled awake at dawn by the screams of his 16-year- old son, Gabriel. He rushed out of his hammock to see a black bear dragging his son away by the head. Without hesitation, he kicked the beast in the side, and when that didn’t work, he leapt onto its back and started punching it in the face. When the bear finally released Gabriel, Greg threw rocks until it fled. His son was hurt but made a full recovery in the hospital over the coming weeks.

This Father’s Day, thousands of dads will receive a “No. 1 Dad” mug to sip coffee out of at the office. But the following dads took that “No. 1” to a new level. Brian Munn gave his son a liver transplant. When doctors discovered that baby Caleb Munn had a rare disease called biliary atresia, they told his parents that he was unlikely to survive past age 2 without a liver transplant. Luckily, his father was a perfect match, and he eagerly donated part of his liver in March of 2015 to save his son’s life. Greg Alexander battled a bear for his son’s life.

After a long, hazardous journey, he arrived in Tabqa to embrace his two daughters. To leave the caliphate — under penalty of death — they hitched a ride to the border one night and crawled along a railway line until they were within 70 meters of the border. Then they ran under fire from Turkish border guards until they could scramble into tall grasses. After some help from the Russian consulate in Istanbul, they made it back home, together again and safe.

Artur Magomedov saved his daughters from ISIS.

Artur Magomedov was devastated to discover that his wife had taken his 3- and 10-year-old daughters from their home in Dagestan under the cover of night, flown to Turkey, and crossed into Syria to join ISIS. But he resolved to get his kids back.

While camping in the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park,

Success Story

ACL Rehab Done Right!

Autumn came to Madden after having an ACL reconstruction. She was a competitive NCAA basketball player. The thought of not being able to be active was a tough thing to overcome. We saw Autumn throughout a year’s time and were able to get her back to feeling like an athlete again. By the end of her therapy, we were doing complex agility and plyometric drills that included pivoting and sprinting. She responded wonderfully to therapy. Here is what she had to say about her time here with us:

“Such a great staff! Everyone here is welcoming and friendly, and I had a great experience working with Kelsey and Mitch. Before coming to Madden, I could barely walk without pain, a result of multiple knee surgeries and arthritis. As a lifelong athlete, the thought of not

being able to run — let alone walk — without pain was devastating. After several months of PT, I have zero pain and lots of motivation. I feel normal again! Thank you so much, Kelsey and Mitch! You have truly changed my life for the better!” –Autumn A.

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