Rose standing tall as she walks out the door
WHEN Rose Gearing came to Villa Carramar she was "like a skeleton", unable to talk, eat, stand or even hold herself upright when sitting on the side of a bed.
After three years of doctors appointments and intense physical therapy, the stroke victim reached a day she thought would never come - it was time to go home.
Villa Carramar staff last week bid an emotional farewell as their Rosie - a beloved resident who never gave up - walked out the door.
Nurse Leonie Cosmo said Mrs Gearing's transformation had been unbelievable.
"I was here when Rosie came through the doors and she didn't look anything like she does now," she said.
"It just goes to show if you're strong enough, you'll come out the other side.
"To see her walk out the door is a big thing for us."
Devoted husband Norm has been by his wife's side as, step by step, she began to regain her strength to be able to talk, walk and get her life back.
"Four years ago she was told she'd never walk again," he said.
"She's proved them wrong."
Mr Gearing thanked Villa Carramar staff, along with physiotherapist Mal Jackson and Dr Beata Banasiak- Lazinska, for aiding his wife's recovery.
Mrs Gearing is the first Villa Carramar resident to make a full recovery and head home.