Christiansburg teen returns home after suffering stroke
CHRISTIANSBURG — Jordan McCoy did something Thursday he hadn’t been able to do in nearly five weeks.
He walked inside his Christiansburg home and spoke to his family’s two pet Shih Tzu dogs.
On Feb. 24, the 19-year-old suffered a stroke, leaving him paralyzed on his right side and unable to walk or clearly speak.
Since that time, McCoy has been recovering at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he received treatment and rehabilitation.
He has begun to regain the feeling and mobility on his right side, and with the support of a cane and leg brace, he can walk. He can also clearly express how he is feeling.
“I feel great,” McCoy said Thursday as he sat at his dining room table.
His parents, Rusty and Tracy McCoy, said they have been impressed by their son’s progress.
They also both acknowledged that he still has work left to do.
As part of his recovery effort, Jordan McCoy will undergo a combination of occupational, speech and physical therapy three times a week at Carilion New River Valley Clinic in Radford.
He will also require 24-hour supervision and has a fairly lengthy list of things he can and, perhaps more importantly, cannot do.
Like many 19-year-olds, he wasn’t too thrilled with the list of limitations, but did find the cloud’s silver lining in being restricted from mowing the yard.
“I’ll let him off this week, but I told him next week he better get his shoes,” Rusty McCoy said.
Despite some limitations, Jordan McCoy will be allowed to participate in many activities he has missed over the past month. On Thursday, he already had quite a few plans laid out, beginning with a visit to Texas Roadhouse.
Tracy McCoy said the outpouring of support she has seen for her son has opened her eyes to what a caring community they live in.
“I feel like our family has really grown a lot this last month,” she said.
While in the hospital, Jordan McCoy received more than 350 visitors, according to Tracy McCoy. A Facebook page dedicated to updates on his condition has more than 750 followers.
Rusty McCoy added that the family didn’t even know some of the people who stopped by, including a member of Auburn Baptist Church who stopped by to give his son a special present.
“He said, ‘I don’t know you and you don’t know me, but I heard you liked bow-ties,’” Rusty McCoy said.
The stranger then dropped off two bow-ties, never giving up his identity.
The family said they hope the flow of friends and family continues at least through Sunday’s welcome home reception in Christiansburg High School’s cafeteria. The reception is planned to run from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Donations will continue to be accepted through the Jordan McCoy Fund.
Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank under the Jordan McCoy Benefit Fund or mailed to:
Wells Fargo Bank
Attn: Billie Linkous
4 East Main St.
Christiansburg, VA 24073
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