Therapy helps Ohioan overcome stroke’s effects

Staff Report

GALLIPOLIS — A little over a year ago, Zach Bush suffered a left brain catastrophic stroke which was caused by leukemia. It was a diagnosis of which he was unaware.

At 28 years old, suffering a stroke caused by a cancer diagnosis is not something one would expect. But over the next year, Zach would prove his character in more ways than one, and sharing his story is one way to show his inspiration and appreciation for the care he has received through Holzer Therapy Services.

“He had his stroke at home,” his mother, Saundra, said. “I knew he wasn’t feeling well, so I called to check on him. When he didn’t answer, his dad went over and found him. He was lifeflighted to Ohio State University Medical Center and spent a lot of time in the hospital. He came home from the hospital in May 2014 and started therapy in August.”

Zach has developed in therapy by leaps and bounds. He started therapy in a wheelchair and unable to talk, and is now walking on his own and speaking without hesitation. Zach reported, “The sky’s the limit.”

“From the very first treatment session with Zach, I knew he had the motivation and willpower to overcome his physical debility and regain his strength, function, ambulation and independence,” Michael Hemphill, staff athletic trainer and Holzer physical therapy assistant, said. “Zach works hard in physical therapy and at home with his rehab program. Zach Bush is an inspiration to many of the patients that attend outpatient physical therapy. He definitely has a positive influence on those who he has come in contact with.”

“Therapy has brought him so far,” Saundra said. “God has been so good to us. Zach is a true survivor. My son is my hero.”

“We are so glad we came to Holzer,” Steve Bush, Zach’s father, said. “It’s close to home, and the care he has received is amazing. I have recommended their services to several friends and will continue to do so.”

Holzer Therapy Services is located in several of Holzer’s locations, Zach has attended speech and physical therapy sessions at the Sycamore location in Gallipolis. He shared that he appreciated the family atmosphere that welcomes him and his family.

Throughout his recovery, Zach shared a common theme on how he has been able to improve so rapidly.

“When faced with something, you can sit around and complain, or you can do something about it,” Zach said.

For more information on Holzer services, visit or call 1-855-4-HOLZER.

Zach is the son of Steve and Saundra Bush and has a sister, Erin Harmon. He resides in Danville, Ohio.

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