BLOOMINGTON - A Central Illinois real estate agent who broke his neck last month got some good news Tuesday.
Doctors told 40-year-old Mike Ready of LeRoy that he's ready to move to a rehabilitation clinic - and to begin the next phase of his recovery, his wife said.
Bobbi Ready said she'll accompany her husband today on the trip to the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, which specializes in spinal cord injuries.
"He's in real good spirits," she said, noting her husband had even surprised her with a call Tuesday morning to her job at Country Insurance & Financial Services in Bloomington.
Friends and family of the Prudential Snyder Real Estate agent say news he's ready to leave Normal's BroMenn Regional Medical Center is a positive sign in his recovery efforts. But they say Mike Ready's personality is such that he's been in good spirits all along.
Ready was injured Dec. 14, after he fell two stories through an attic floor over a foyer. He spent more than 12 hours paralyzed on the floor before carpet cleaners found him in the empty home, which was for sale.
Since he was taken to BroMenn on Dec. 15, recovery has been steady but slow, his wife said. Recently, he's been able to move both his arms and his right hand - something doctors initially told Ready's family might never happen.
Doctors told the Readys to expect anywhere from total paralysis to a full recovery.
"We'll just have to see where it goes from here," she said.
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Doctors expect him to be at the St. Louis facility at least three months, she said, with outpatient treatment afterward.
Bobbi Ready said her husband is eager to get back to work, and he envisions his future as a real estate agent who happens to use a wheelchair.
"He's a people person" who isn't going to let this injury stop his life, she said.
Bobbi Ready recalled how just two days after the accident, he encouraged their son Thomas, 18, to take part in a scheduled wrestling match. And he encouraged all his children to return to school as soon as possible.
Besides Thomas, the couple have two other children, Brittany, 16, and Jay B., 6.
Mike's mother, Emily Ready, of Tennessee, will stay in St. Louis on weekdays with Mike while his wife will come down on weekends. Bobbi's parents, Jack and Beverly Burcham of LeRoy have been helping her with taking care of the children.
After touring four rehab facilities covered by the family's medical insurer, Bobbi Ready chose the St. Louis site.
"It just seemed so upbeat. Some of the others seemed depressing and that wouldn't be right for Mike. He's so full of life," she said.