Trevor Smith, age 40 of Asbury Park, has suffered from Diabetes since the age of 3. Thanks to the loving attention of his mother and medical intervention, his Juvenile Diabetes was under control for many years.
Trevor soon grew to his present height of 6’ 3” and he became an outstanding football player in high school and college. He was in the starting line-up of the Rutgers University football team as a nose guard and line backer for his sophomore and junior years. During the Thanksgiving game against Notre Dame, his football career ended when he broke his collar bone. He had majored in Business Management at Rutgers.
He and his wife Denise both have Diabetes and are committed to coping and living well with the disease. Five years ago, Trevor had to have his left foot amputated due to Diabetic complications and then he had to have a further amputation as a result of a wound not healing and contracting gangrene. On both occasions, he received inpatient rehabilitation at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls. This year, Trevor again experienced another amputation on the same left leg due to wound complications caused by his Diabetes. He came to Tinton Falls for pre-prosthetic training, temporary prosthetic training, out-patient physical therapy services and definitive prosthetic training.
Trevor is now able to walk again due to the great care he has received at HealthSouth. “I can now stand at my full height It beats being 5’ tall and sitting in a wheelchair. Everybody at HealthSouth felt like family. They all were determined that I would succeed, even when I wanted to quit,” he remarked. “I had a variety of choices for rehab but I chose HealthSouth because of the staff’s professionalism, expertise and the team approach that they offer. I am looking forward to going back to Tinton Falls for more outpatient therapy. I would never go anywhere else,” Trevor concluded.