Healthbeat: Swoyersville man shares stroke recovery story


WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — It is challenging enough to suffer one stroke but imagine having three in just a matter of months. That is what happened to 66-year-old Roby Wicht of Swoyersville in 2019.

He faced multiple hospitalizations and several months of therapy at Allied Services to regain his health and ability to maintain balance, and improve his memory.

Now, two years later, he is sharing his journey with Eyewitness News on how he’s managed to overcome serious obstacles and why he considers raising stroke awareness so important.

Walking and just about everything else is something Wicht of Swoyersville no longer takes for granted.

“And trust me. I remember when I couldn’t do any of this stuff,” he said.

Two of the three strokes suffered by Wicht were hemorrhagic strokes, the brain bleed kind, which nearly killed him.

“I’m happy every day, okay. I’m thrilled that I’m still here,” Wicht said.

Faced with what seemed like insurmountable challenges, he first began intensive therapy as an in-patient at Allied Services Rehab Hospital near Wilkes-Barre.

“I couldn’t absorb the thought that I had a stroke and I had to do all this stuff over again. You know walk, talk, writing, I just couldn’t do any of it,” he said.

He also underwent speech therapy to sharpen his communication and memorization skills.

“Without a therapist there guiding him, pointing things out, working to remediate these things, I would think that they would not have changed,” Allied Services Speech Therapist Pamela Starr said.

Wicht shared his personal story, during National Stroke Awareness Month, so that we understand stroke symptoms summed up in the acronym BEFAST: balance, eye sight, facial droop, arm weakness, slurred speech and time to call 911.

“Because of his hard work and his family’s support he is able to be who he is today. It’s his will, his determination,” Allied Services Physical Therapist Walter Slivinski said.

Allied Service offers stroke rehabilitation services through a team approach. More information on their staff and technology can be found on their website.

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