Spokane Man Recovering from Freak Boating Accident

January 27, 2012

An Inland Northwest man is remaining positive and inspiring others after a freak accident left him unable to move.

In July of 2009, Tom Stewart was helping his son get prepared for boating season when the accident happened.  A rope attached to a boat and a dock snapped and hit him on the top of the head.

At the time, Stewart was unable to move any of his limbs and could not even sit up.  His doctor said he would never be able to move the right side of his body again.

Stewart had other plans.  He now attends physical therapy three times per week.  On top of that, he exercises at home everyday for 3 ½ hours.

"Just getting a little bit better every day was the goal that I set. Whether it was physically, mentally, or emotionally.  Whatever the case may be, just to get a little bit better," said Stewart.

Stewart is now able to walk with the help of a walker.

To help with the healing process, Stewart wrote a book called “What did I do to deserve this?”  Stewart said he doesn’t believe it is some sort of punishment, rather just life.

Nicole Stewart

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute
711 S. Cowley St.
Spokane, WA 99202-1330

Inpatient Information: (509) 473-6058
Outpatient Information: (509) 473-6869