Rita and David Guthrie have been followed …

The Sunday Telegraph reported on the story of Rita Guthrie’s remarkable recovery in Cape Town from severe stroke disabilities, having previously been given a prognosis of “no recovery possible” by UK health and care authorities (3 September 2017).

Trevor Abbott saw this article and within a few days had read David’s book Pushing the Boundaries. A few days later Trevor and his two daughters travelled from south of London to Essex for a 3-hour question-and-answer session with David and Rita concerning Rita’s history of recovery in South Africa.  Trevor immediately decided he would take his wife Janet to the same seaside town where Rita had been treated, Fish Hoek.  Janet had suffered a bad stroke two years previously and Trevor was finding it increasingly difficult to cope with the situation, especially as little improvement in the future was foreseeable.

No time was wasted – Trevor and Janet flew to Cape Town on 12 October, having arranged accommodation just outside Fish Hoek.  The first message from Trevor said they had been made very welcome; had already had two sessions with the Occupational Therapist which were rather challenging for Janet, but re-enforced by her excellent carers, and they had been made welcome into the local Anglican church.

Following is a quote from the next e-mail from Trevor, just three and a half weeks after their arrival in South Africa;

It’s Sunday afternoon here and only an hour ago I was waxing lyrical to one of Janet’s carers about the absence of any constructive help for Janet in the UK before we left, compared with the real progress which she has made since we arrived here. We are so comfortable here, both with the personal contacts we have made and more importantly with the noticeable progress Janet is making with the help of an excellent Occupational Therapist, and an excellent Physical/Hydrotherapist and day to day carers are all making a contribution to her condition.

This quick improvement in Janet’s condition, reported by Trevor, matches that seen when Rita received much the same treatment seven years earlier. David and Rita are looking forward to further news from Trevor with great interest and feel optimistic about Janet’s continuing progress towards recovery from her disabilities, under the South African therapists’ treatment programmes, plus the professional support from Fish Hoek Home Nursing Services Trust and their carers.


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