Parkinson patient shocks Doctors by walking again

An Arizona man with Parkinson’s disease is shocking his doctors after he started walking suddenly for the first time in years.Charles Shields, a patient at Oasis Pavilion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Casa Grande, recently stood up out of his wheelchair and began walking during a therapy session.

Just last week Shields began walking after years of being bedridden in the middle of a Sign Chi Do class, that focuses on strength, balance and flexibility for those with decreased physical function when he got up. Dr. Anne Borik said people attend the class to help them calm down.

“It quiets that chatter [and] anxiety levels calm down,” said Dr. Borik. “Honestly, it’s great for all of us to do.”

His sudden progress has stunned the doctors and nurses caring for him in hospice. Dr. Borik said. "I honestly think, setting Sign Chi Do aside, this is a power of prayer."

The nurses at Oasis Pavilion are also convinced there's a higher power involved.

"A lot of people want to think things are scientific, but this is absolutely a miracle," Vicki Hatten, MDS coordinator said.

Since he started walking again, he’s getting stronger and picked up some of his hobbies, including painting and playing the harmonica.

His doctors say his progress is miraculous and Shields agrees. He says, “It’s a miracle for me because I was sitting there like a vegetable.”


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