Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
I am Kevin Breveleri, and I am 34 years old. I was born with a rare heart defect called L Transposition of the Great Anterior Vessels. Because of this, I have had 3 mitral valve replacements in addition to 8 pacemaker surgeries.
I had a stroke when I was 21 years old due to complications from my heart condition which caused a blood clot to go to my head. After my stroke, I couldn’t walk, talk, or use my right hand.
Since then, I have regained the ability to walk, speak, and move my right shoulder and elbow to some extent. However, I still have very limited functional use of my right hand.
Before my stroke I was right-handed. I enjoyed being a scratch golfer and following in my father’s footsteps as a sales representative. I had many ambitions. I aspired to be a sales manager and to run my own instructional golf courses.
Currently, I am a patient at HealthSouth in Ludlow, MA. Both of my occupational therapists thought I would benefit from the SaeboGlove. I was skeptical at first, but when it arrived I was hooked from the start!
During my trial with the SaeboGlove, I regained movement in my right hand – a life-altering experience. Now, I can help my three-year-old son into his car seat; I can hold a golf club again; I was able to shake my girlfriend’s hand for the first time. To me, handshakes are a sign of respect, gratitude, and commitment. It has been very difficult and humiliating at times to not be able to shake someone’s hand.
And this glove has given me hope that I will someday teach my own son to play golf.
Whether you are a caregiver, occupational therapist, or even a stroke survivor yourself, Saebo provides stroke survivors young or old access to transformative and life-changing products. We pride ourselves on providing affordable, easily accessible, and cutting-edge solutions to people suffering from impaired mobility and function. We have several products to help with the stroke recovery and rehabilitation process. From the SaeboFlex, which allows clients to incorporate their hand functionally in therapy or at home, to the SaeboMAS, an unweighting device used to assist the arm during daily living tasks and exercise training, we are commitment to helping create innovative products for stroke recovery. Check out all of our product offerings or let us help you find which product is right for you.