Jerome Link’s Story

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Mercy Health - Toledo, OH

Thanks to your support of the Neuroscience Institute, Jerome survived and recovered from two strokes

2021 was a tough year for most of us, but it was particularly challenging for Jerome Link. Not only did he kick off 2021 with COVID-19, he also suffered two strokes—all before Memorial Day.

On May 1, Jerome had his first stroke at work. Five days later, he had another stroke that left him hospitalized until late June. That stroke affected the right side of his brain.

“It was pretty bad,” he said. “I didn’t know who or where I was. I lost vision on one side and was so numb, I didn’t even know I still had the right side of my body. Once all that was over, I had to relearn how to do everything again.”

Thanks to your generosity, Jerome was able to receive lifesaving care at the Mercy Health's Neuroscience Institute.

Because of your donations to rehabilitation care, he learned how to walk, compensate for his vision loss, practice memory recall and even drive.


“I’m really fortunate to be able to speak or even get back as much as I have so far,” he said. “Without this help, my recovery would have taken so much longer.”


Lynn Chapman, one of his therapists, refers to Jerome as the poster child of stroke rehab. “She always told me I was one of her top students,” he said. “She pushed me pretty hard, but I pushed harder because I wanted my old life back.”

Today, Jerome is feeling better and continues regular therapy. He even hopes to return to work soon, all thanks to the world-class care and rehabilitation you made possible.