A federal government program to help Gordie, the NHL All-Star, recover from his fractured jaw and cervical vertebrae has helped him to regain mobility in his right hand and foot.
The money comes from the Canada Health Transfer program, which allows the federal and provincial governments to help pay for care at health care facilities.
It was announced Monday.
“The program has helped Gordie to regain some mobility in the hand and he is doing well in walking and he will be able to move the hand with no problems,” said Dr. Kevin McNulty, an orthopedic surgeon at the Royal Winnipeg Hospital.
“It has been a very, very positive program and it is encouraging to see how the rest of the community has responded.”
The $1.1-million program, dubbed the Gordie’s Craniofacial Rehabilitation Program, was launched in September to help people like Gordie who have lost a limb or a part of their body.
It includes physiotherapy for the neck, shoulders and hands, as well as physiotherapy and massage for the head, face and hands.
The program, launched by Health Minister Rona Ambrose, is designed to address the physical and mental challenges faced by people with long-term, complex injuries.
It provides physiotherapy at a number of health facilities in Winnipeg, including the Royal University of Newfoundland, the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital.
The $400,000 program is designed as part of a wider effort to address chronic conditions and injuries like those Gordie has suffered.
“This is a program that can provide support for patients and provide an opportunity for them to get some of the services that they need,” said McNulty.
“We are working with the Crown to support the funding to support this, which we think is a very important program that is helping people.”
Gordie underwent surgery last year to repair a partial fracture in his jaw.
He has been wearing a cast for most of the last four years and has a prosthetic jaw that is attached to his left arm.
He is expected to return to hockey later this year.
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