Corbin rehabilitation center reopens following devastating fire

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

CORBIN, Ky (WYMT) - You could call it a story of overcoming the odds. In Corbin, the Baptist Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Center reopened Friday following a devastating fire last year. But it is what this facility did for one community member that will inspire you.

Dayla Combs, the assistant coordinator for rehab services, knows the work her staff does is important.

"Very tragic things happen to people and that is life. We hate that but we are here to help that healing process," said Combs.

She tells WYMT having a new, state of the art facility will only help them in that goal.

"What I find that we are successful at is our patients. We see the results as they are going through the therapies but months and up to years later, they come back just to say hello and just to catch us up on their progress," said Combs.

One of those success stories is Danny Wallen, who had a stroke last July. Wallen could not move the right side of his body. He thought he would never speak again.

"It is a new life. I can walk and exercise and do stuff I like to do," said Wallen.

Staff said Wallen's story is incredible but by no means unique for them.

"It is phenomenal the progress that he has made," said Combs.

Now as they try to move beyond a troubling time in their past, they reflect on all the good they have done and hope to do in the future.

"It was very tragic for the staff but it was tragic for the people too," said Combs.

Wallen still goes to the center for rehab once a week. He can now walk, talk and even drive.

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