Royal gym work-outs great for Vinnie’s recovery

A 59-year-old Glasgow patient has made a remarkable recovery from a serious head injury after his caring nurses turned his hospital room into a personal gym.

Vinnie Wallace had a fall on ice in December while out in the city and woke up in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He had sustained a fractured skull and a significant bleed on the brain.

Senior charge nurse Lorna Anderson said: “The outlook at first wasn’t great for Vinnie. His head injury was really quite serious. It looked very much that he wouldn’t be able to return home any time soon and we were looking at residential rehab options for him.

“Vinnie was also quite down and finding it hard to engage with things going on in the ward.

“One day he happened to mention that before his accident he loved to go to the gym. So the decision was made – if Vinnie couldn’t go to the gym, the gym would come to him!

"Before we knew it, his room was turned into a gym, complete with rowing machine, weights and a yoga mat. He even had a sign saying ‘Vinnie’s gym’ and his schedule was displayed on the wall. His family also started bringing in items for him to use – and he even had a pink headband at one point!

“The effect has been nothing short of remarkable. He’s got his cheeky streak back; his posture’s better and he’s moving much easier too. So much so, he will be ready to go home today hopefully.

“It’s quite hard to explain but with a brain injury you need to find something for the patient to connect with. You need to reignite a fire, and then keeping stoking it. With Vinnie it’s been his gym.”

Vinnie is delighted with his progress and the help he has had in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

He said: “The gym has made such a difference. When it got going so did I.

“These nurses are like my sisters, my best friends.

“They have been here for me – you need to see it to believe it. They have helped me turn things around from when I was so down.

“I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the staff had time to explain things to me and believe in me. Today I am hoping to go home – I am so happy and so grateful.”