Clayton County Sheriff Deputy Rebounds After Serious Injuries Thanks to
SRMC Rehab Center
“I don’t need the walker anymore” said Sergeant Amy Kemper
For two and a half months, Clayton County Sergeant Amy Kemper received
care here at The Rehabilitation Center at Southern Regional for injuries
she sustained in a head on collision with a drunk driver in Coweta County.
Sgt. Kemper had to be airlifted, had multiple surgeries, and even coded
several times, however she credits The Rehabilitation Center at Southern
Regional with allowing her to make such an amazing recovery.
As the only hospital-based inpatient rehab program in south metro Atlanta,
Southern Regional offers comprehensive and intensive rehabilitation services
to our patients. When Sgt. Kemper arrived at Southern Regional, she was
unable to move and had to be lifted on a sheet to be transferred from
gurney to gurney. In the weeks to follow, she started making gradual movements.
She attributes her stint in the armed forces as well as her current position
in law enforcement with aiding her with this rigorous regimen. When asked
to describe her rehab sessions Sgt. Kemper said, “It lasted three
consecutive hours due to my preference and alternated between physical
and occupational therapy. I had to do stretching, weightlifting, receive
massages to my injured leg, and various exercises. It was pretty intense,
but it worked in the end.” She also emphasizes the wonderful experiences
she had with our staff. “The staff was very friendly and felt like
family. They made me feel welcomed and went above and beyond for me,”
said Sgt. Kemper, who further detailed she still keeps in contact with
members of our staff.
Three months after her discharge, Sgt. Amy Kemper walked onto The Rehabilitation
Center’s floor with the assistance of a cane, to donate her walker.
She says, “I wanted to donate my walker because it literally helped
me walk out of here; and I want to help someone less fortunate benefit
from the same equipment that assisted me with my recovery”. Returning
to her work at The Clayton County Sheriff’s Department, she still
utilizes the tools she learned at The Rehabilitation Center at Southern Regional.