Brian Emo

Brian Emo has been a CPA/auditor for twenty years. He loves what he does and finds great joy in traveling and furthering his education.

One day, Brian felt something he described as “a bolt of electricity” accompanied by significant pain. He drove himself to the nearest Kaiser emergency room, where he was quickly admitted. Several tests revealed that Brian had a partial tear in his aortic lining and would need surgery immediately. Brian was airlifted to USC, where they did an emergency repair of an aortic dissection. The surgery was a success, but unfortunately, between the surgery’s conclusion and finding consciousness, he suffered a stroke.

Though he felt fortunate to be alive, Brian was eager to recover and return to what he loved. Kaiser suggested Brian come to San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital for the next phase of his recovery.

Brian could not walk when he first arrived at SJVRH and struggled greatly with memory loss and cognitive thinking. His most important goals were to be able to type and drive again.

“I knew that I really wanted to return to work following my convalescence,” Brian noted. “So I really appreciated the way the SJVRH staff developed a therapy program designed to get me back to work.”

Brian discharged from SJVRH after two weeks, able to walk with the assistance of a walker. He continued with the hospital’s outpatient program, where Brian continued to work on his cognitive abilities. Brian also began to attend SJVRH’s stroke support group.

Fast forward four years, and Brian walks without a walker, types, drives, and is able to do his job. Brian has fully recovered and is very appreciative of the care he received.

“I am so grateful to be back at work and productive today. I can honestly say that I have done some of my best work as a CPA after my recovery. I even recently got a small promotion at work and passed a forensic accountant certification program.”

“I attribute my recovery to two sources—first, luck. I was lucky I had a stroke that was not of sufficient severity to render a near-full recovery impossible. Second, the efforts of the staff at SJVRH. Again, my thanks to the SJVRH staff for designing an individualized rehab program that helped me attain this level of functionality.”