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March 14, 2014

Silva Martin Begins Rehabilitation

Silva Martin may soon be able to return home to Pennsylvania to continue her rehabilitation.

Dressage rider Silva Martin has been transferred to the Pinecrest Rehabilitation wing of Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Fla., where she was originally medevac’d following her fall on March 5.

“At the moment she’s mentally sharp as a tack, and her neurosurgeon assures me that as time goes on and the blood is reabsorbed into her body, her balance, sight and speech will improve,” wrote Silva’s husband, Boyd Martin, on their blog late last night. “There’s no question it’s a pretty serious injury and will take time to heal, but if you give this kind of thing enough time things usually come back to 100 percent.”

Silva is currently undergoing between four and five hours of speech, occupational and physiotherapy a day. Her mother, Christa Stigler, will arrive from the family’s home nation of Germany today to help with her daughter’s recovery.

“We are waiting for Silva’s neurosurgeon to give her the okay to travel, and as soon as she gets the all clear, she and her mum will head up to Pennsylvania to the Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern. From all reports, that’s the number one place to get Silva back to 100 percent,” Boyd wrote.



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