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Patient Testimonials

Please click on the Video Library tab on the right to view patient stories.

Additional written testimonials can be seen below.

John Humphrey - Stroke Survivor

The fact of the matter is that I have made more progress in therapy using my Saebo Flex for one year than I did in the previous 30 years of convalescence from my stroke.

I experienced my massive and severe stroke at age 15 on December 9, 1979. My left hand, while flaccid, was little more than a paperweight. I had begrudgingly accepted the would-be reality that I would never use my left hand again as I was secure in the knowledge that I had experienced too much damage from my stroke, especially at a young age. I was not depressed over this, but rather was resigned to these would-be facts of life for myself.

And then I attended a Saebo screening session that would determine if I was a candidate to use the Saebo Flex. As soon as I slipped on the device, I felt life returning to my left hand.

Today, not only have I regained the ability to pick up coins with my left hand after only a few months of training with my Saebo Flex, but my overall quality of life has increased greatly as well. My knowledgeable Saebo-trained therapists have been a delight to work with and are truly inspirational.

In addition to being ambitious and progressive, Saebo training programs are realistic. Starting out on a training regime that is ill-developed or unrealistic serves no purpose and indeed is detrimental. The Saebo training programs are devised in such a way that all patients can progress at their own rate.

Saebo has a motto of 'No plateau in sight'. No truer words have ever been spoken.

John Humphrey

Marjorie Mitchell - Stroke Survivor
My name is Marjorie Mitchell. I had my stroke in January 2005. My OT ordered my Saebo in June. By January 2006, I was able to independently move my thumb slightly for the first time. I continued my Saebo program daily. It wasnt until December of 2007 that I was able to move my pinkie and index finger independently.

Once I started using the Saebo, the swelling in my hand went down and I only had to wear my compression glove at night. In March of 2007, I qualified for constrained induced therapy. By this time, I could pinch clothes pins, build Jenga towers and stack checkers. I still continued Saebo on a daily basis. In March of 2008, my grip strength was 20 pounds. Currently, I am able to incorporate my hand in many daily functions like folding clothes, holding bowls while I stir, holding pot handles, and putting glasses in the cabinet.

I believe Saebo has given me almost complete use of my arm again.
Marjorie Mitchell

Larry Kenchel - Stroke Survivor
It was a cold winter morning when it all happened. I was lying half asleep when my husband began to rustle his legs. I said Larry what is wrong? He said I don't know and sounded slow and groggy. I jump out of my side of the bed and turned on the light just as I heard a loud bang as if an old trunk had been dropped. I raced around to his side of the bed to find my husband was having a stroke. I called for help and after we got him to the hospital I was told his stroke was so massive that he may not live and that a large part of his brain had been affected. The doctors told me we would have to wait but that the left side of his body had been deeply affected. The sadness of that information was the fact that Larry was left handed and a computer programmer.

Larry was starting to improve but his left hand was still in fist position. It was clenched so tight that, with both hands, I could barley open it only for it to shut tightly again. Larry was in rehab and worried he would never use his affected hand again and thought that his life, as he knew it, was over for good. One of the occupational therapist had mentioned that Larry may be a candidate for a cutting edge product called the SaeboFlex. The first time Larry used the SaeboFlex, it was much more than we could have hoped for and we knew we had to get him his own. When Larrys SaeboFlex arrived he had the people at S.S.M rehab put it on him. They taught him how to use his hand with the device. In a matter of days, Larry was opening and closing his hand with the aid of the SaeboFlex.

After only four months, Larry was able to open and release his hand without the SaeboFlex and he is able to transfer objects without the aid of the device. It has been over six months since he has needed the SaeboFlex and is now practicing bouncing and catching a tennis ball with his left hand along with the other stimulating exercises to keep him going forward. It is still a bit of a struggle to write but Larry is writing and eating with his left hand again. We went to South Carolina this year because last year it was all about the hospital and rehab, but this year Larry fed the sea gulls with his left hand. I would say to everyone to reach for your goals and someday soon you too may reach for the sky. Thank You Saebo for giving my husband a better quality of life after his stroke than we could have ever imagined.

Ginger Kenchel
(Larrys Wife)

George Gradek - Stroke Survivor
Minnesota

"I am thrilled with my SaeboFlex results. Three weeks ago when I was fitted with my SaeboFlex, I could not grip, let alone squeeze the grip strength meter. It was listed as "Not tested". Yesterday after three weeks of work, I easily gripped the grip strength meter and tested at 20 lbs grip strength! My index/thumb pinch strength went from "Not tested" to 7 lbs! The SaeboFlex really woke up the muscles in my hand and forearm. I can now open up a round, single wrapped string cheese snack with my two hands. Last night I was able to open the inner plastic lining of a cereal box with my two hands. It is a real joy to have the use of two hands again. I am still working on finger dexterity and strengthening, but am confident I will achieve my goals. After my first week, my OT asked "well how is it going"? I said let me shake your hand. I did, she winced in pain, then smiled, then laughed with my wife and I. Thank you SaeboFlex!"

Brian Moore - Stroke Survivor
Colorado

"I wanted to let you know how excited I am with the results of my SaeboFlex unit. I received it early last week in Colorado Springs, CO. In less than a week, I am now able to extend all my fingers on my left hand to nearly straight. I am a very motivated person and was getting very depressed about not being able to use my left hand for 11 months now after my stroke last August. I was completely paralyzed on my left side for 5 months. I was able to stand again during therapy and start walking soon after with a cane. Finally, I am seeing amazing results in just a week from your system. I also am seeing some shoulder movement at the same time. I now feel that a full recovery is more than possible for me. I do want your customers to know that I have worked very hard from the first dayafter my stroke last August. I am 62 years old, and it has been the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life, but the thought of not being able to do the things I love was ever more unbearable to me. I am retired and before my stroke my wife and I traveled the country in our motor home. We now think that could resume that in the near future. I was very surprised that with the help of my therapist, my HMO paid for 80% of the SaeboFlex. They must have had a good experience with other patients. Thanks again for providing me with an excellent device, but mostly for giving me hope again".

Kim McKenzie - Stroke Survivor
Michigan

"In 1984 when I was 26 almost 27 years old, after the birth of my youngest daughter ~ Jana, I had a major stroke. In my pregnancy, I developed a blood clot somewhere in my body. When Jana was 4 months old, I had a major stroke. Through rehab & the good Lord I made it this far. The SaeboFlex is just a huge, unbelievable blessing to me!! Immediately, after 19 years post stroke, I could squeeze and release with my right hand! What a huge blessing! It was quite a thrill after so much inactivity!! By the end of my first week I was able to pick up 15 racquet balls, without the SaeboFlex, and place them in a tall container. Because of the SaeboFlex I am now able to do things with my affected side that I could have not done before. I am able to put on deodorant, wash in the shower with both hands, hold a hymn book with both hands, pick up objects off floor, eat a banana with my affected side, and open mail with both hands. I encourage any and every stroke victim to take this training. My desire in the near future would be that every hospital and rehabilitation clinic in the world would have this knowledge and capability for helping stroke victims."

Robert Smith - Stroke Survivor
North Carolina

"This December will be my 16th year out from the severe stroke that causes my health problems. I have recovered remarkably and made such wonderful progress. However, like so many, I watched my affected hand and arm and wistfully wished it would join in the activities of my life. But, alas, it sat motionless for many years. Therapist and doctors only echoed their belief that I had reached a certain "plateau" and should not expect further gains. That is until I discovered Saebo.

At first, I admit I was very skeptical. I thought, "Yeah, right, another money grabber". I decided to try the program, but was still pretty sure it would only lead to further frustration. I went for measurement and was reassured with optimism that it works. I took that with as grain of salt, but decided to give the Saebo my best effort...only if for a shot while. It took about two weeks for my Saebo to arrive, and I went in for my fitting and first session. Objective yet excited, I put this blue, spring, fish line, bead chain on my arm. I began to get that old sinking feeling, and felt I was set up for a big let down.

We started our therapy session, and darned if I did pick up one of those colored poof balls. But more amazingly, I could let it go. Now, this was not the precise, deliberate movement from one with ample dexterity, but I was doing the moving on my own. Though modest, it was movement. My biggest surprise came at home about two weeks later and after about three Saebo sessions. I was sitting in my chair and happened to look down at my arm. I was actually clinching my fist. Something I had not been able to do for over a decade. I was absolutely elated. I think I called everyone and told them about this miraculous movement. With more therapy sessions, and diligent home exercise, I began to see m ore and more arm and finger movement. I could wear the Saebo and feel the muscles reacting to my commands. It was wonderful. Now, I have been an engineer for most of my life. I know about dynamics, energy, potential energy, kinetics, and other "stuff" dealing with motion and things at rest. I do not know how it works....why it works...and do not care...IT WORKS! I try to use my Saebo at home as often as I can. I am still tracking new movement. Mind you, it is modest, but it is movement. No one at Saebo has ever told me about reaching a point where my arm would not react..."plateau". I have been able to retain some of the movement even with out my Saebo, and now I am putting my arm back into the daily routine of living. I still surprise myself at things my arm will do. With new improvements and adjustments, I can for see future development of more uses.

Experience of nearly 16 years as a stroke survivor make me a bit of an expert in that area. Without a doubt, the Saebo-Flex has been one of the best devices I have found for therapy of my affect arm and hand. I surely recommend it to everyone. I know that result from the Saebo will vary from person to person. But if one puts forth effort, he/she may well expect commensurate reward out!"

Anne Hanson - Stroke Survivor
Massachusetts

"I had two strokes, in June, 2004. After the second stroke, I couldn't walk, I couldn't talk, and the arm on the right side of my body was bent in half, and tighter than a drum. I spent a few days at the hospital and then went to a rehab center. I was given three therapies a day: relearning how to speak, how to function as best as I could, and getting out of that wheelchair. I had three weeks in the rehab, before I could go home.

Then the real part came, as I was now an outpatient. My insurance covered speech and PT until December, and it wasn't until April that they cut off the OT. Just before the OT was cut, we went to Connecticut to volunteer as a Saebo candidate, and my life changed for the better. I started off slowly and I made great strides. It wasn't easy, and there were tough times, but I kept going. As of the past year, I can move my right hand up to the sky and then down to the floor. I can reach out sideways, and I can touch my shoulder, my lips, my nose, and my head. I still have trouble with my thumb turning under. I can also shake hands again, which is nice.

The SaeboFlex is a tool that can help you improve yourself. You are the only one that can make a difference. I swim now, and work out. I can walk now. And I have most of my words back. But using the SaeboFlex is up to you. It gives you a chance to get that arm where it belongs, and to start doing things again."

Rita Martin - Stroke Survivor
California

"Ten years ago, while I was traveling in the Himalayas, I suffered two strokes simultaneously. I was 45 years old at the time. I lost my ability to speak, the mobility of my right arm, the use of my right hand and the function of my right leg.

Since then, I have been actively receiving acupuncture, physical therapy, swimming, acutonics, Chi Gung and hippo therapy. I have also been active in Dr.Taub constraint therapy and UCSF studies on stroke rehabilitation. Today, I am an acutonics practitioner. I can speak complete sentences with only some hesitation and I can walk three miles in the woods.

I have been using the SaeboFlex once or twice a day for the past month. Initially I got very tired and had the sensation that the nerves and muscles from my right axilla down to my hip bone and into my right external leg were waking up!

Now I can rotate my right arm from my shoulder to both the right and the left! And, with a lot of concentration, I can now move my thumb and index finger to make an 'ok' sign! And, believe it or not, now I can walk barefoot and without a limp!!

How I wish I would have had the SaeboFlex when I first had the stoke! I have every intention of regaining the use of my right side, and I look forward to being able to write with my right hand once again. I want to thank you for making such a wonderful product and for assisting me in this amazing recovery!"

Thomas Dempster - Stroke Survivor
Ontario, Canada

"Thomas suffered a stroke while at school back in January 2004 at only age 7 and a half. His stroke affected his cognitive abilities as well as his right side. The most affected being his right arm and leg. He seemed to recover almost fully with his cognitive abilities with just a little articulation and word finding difficulties. His leg and foot are still improving he is able to skate, ski, and run. He uses an AFO for walking, but he does well.

His right hand and arm was most affected. While surfing on the net one day, I stumbled across Saebo. I was very cautious but very interested in what Saebo was claiming to be able to do for stroke survivors like my son Thomas. We had tried everything for him. Muscle stimulation, deep muscle stimulation while he slept, OT, and PT and Speech Therapy. Thomas' OT seemed to focus more on weight bearing and stretching than trying to improve his right hand and arm so as we could get some function back. However, what Saebo was offering seemed more on what we had wanted for our son's recovery.

We traveled from our home in Ontario Canada to Buffalo to try out the device before purchasing. Thomas was amazed. He put the SaeboFlex on and for the first time since his stroke, and he was able to pick up balls, and release them. His expression on his face said it all. It was like Christmas morning. He was so happy, and for the first time it had given us all hope once again that things with his right arm could change.

We then decided along with Thomas that this was something that Thomas wanted to do, and he promised he would give it his all. We traveled to NC back in August of 2005 and did the one week program with John, Henry, Janet, and Joe. Who where fantastic with Thomas.

Thomas' improvements were amazing after just one week his tone in his hand had gone down so much, he was loose for the first time, and he was more motivated that he has ever been with this (Bionic Arm) is what Thomas called it.

For the next year, Thomas used the SaeboFlex 45 min before school doing crate left and crate right and 45 min in the evening doing an exercise. He has remained motivated and continues to use the SaeboFlex now, going into our 2nd year. He never gives up and does it diligently every day with the exception of the weekend. This is his time; after all, he is still a child and needs to do kid stuff too.

Thomas' improvements have been HUGE!! He is now able to put his arm out his side, and lift up. Pick up items, and release them even without the device on. He holds bottles in his right hand while he unscrews lids with his other. He is able to swing a baseball bat with both hands, ride his ATV without his hand falling off all the time. He is able to open fridges and doors, and just recently, he was able to use his pointing finger and thumb to play his beloved XBOX.

Thomas will continue to use the SaeboFlex because he is still improving, and we will not give up on him. It takes a lot of time and energy on all of us but the payoff is worth it. After all, we are all Thomas has and if we give up on him what does he have left. Thomas is just a little boy with big dreams, and it is our job as parents to help him achieve those dreams.

I do not know where we would be with out this device and the support of all the Saebo gang. The device is FANTASTIC, but it is truly the employees of Saebo that continue to be there for us, and believe me I have lots of questions, and Janet, Joe, Henry, and John are always very patient and willing to help Thomas. They are just a phone call away. (Thanks Guys)!!!"