Moffitt-Memorial Partnership Essential to Cedric’s Recovery

cedric moffitt patient story

Cedric was diagnosed with acute leukemia after being referred to Memorial. “It was a shocker,” he said. “I’m 40 years old and I have small children.”

During leukemia treatments, Cedric developed severe bleeding complications in his brain and body. For chemotherapy to continue he was placed in a coma-like state for three months.

Emerging gradually from the coma, extremely debilitated and with very little strength, Cedric worked intensively with Memorial’s physical, occupational and speech therapists to regain walking and motor skills.

“For patients like Cedric, we work very closely with Memorial Rehabilitation Institute,” said Yehuda Deutsch, MD, hematologist-oncologist, Moffitt Malignant Hematology & Cellular Therapy at Memorial Healthcare System.

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“Our unique specialization helps debilitated leukemia patients get back on track to continue treatments,” said James Salerno, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

As he returned to treatment, Cedric looked forward to more activities with his kids and having the strength to drive his Mustang GT.

“I definitely recommend Memorial,” he said. “They are the best team out there.”