ROBBINS — Earlier this year, Gurney Williams fractured two vertebrae during a fall. Complete recovery from an injury like that would be reason enough for anyone to celebrate.
It was even more reason for Williams, who got his discharge and a clean bill of health after five weeks of post-hospitalization care from FirstHealth Home Care on Wednesday.
It was his 101st birthday.
Williams and his large extended family celebrated both occasions with a birthday cake and party, and the FirstHealth Home Care team added a fruit arrangement from Edible Arrangements for good measure.
Born in Robbins, Williams has always resided in the area and lives on the road that was named for him. The father of eight and grandfather of 14, he worked in the Robbins talc mine (at the time, the world’s largest) and also farmed and was employed in the textile and hosiery industry.
During his five weeks with FirstHealth Home Care, he was assisted by physical therapist Sam Balbin and home health aide Paulette Spruill.
“Mr. Williams is a truly remarkable and amazing person,” said Balbin. “He may be 101, but he has the heart and determination of a 50-year-old.”
FirstHealth Home Care provides skilled nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work, nutritional consultation and other services in Moore, Lee, Richmond, Montgomery, Hoke and Scotland counties. For more information, call 800- 876-2212.