MS patient Brent Hook after successful MS surgeryBrent Hook is out of his scooter and walking for the first time in years after undergoing surgery in Costa Rica for Multiple Sclerosis.

“I’m out of the chair, I’ve got a glow on my face,” said Hook, who owns the Dairy Queen franchise in Parksville. “And I’m really looking forward to life again.”

Now, he said, it’s a matter of working out and strengthening the muscles that had grown weak. He last walked about eight years ago, when he golfed, and had to give up the sport. He still needs the scooter for longer distances and carries it around in his SUV. He also uses a crutch — or a shoulder — to lean on.

But there are friends in Oceanside happy to offer him a shoulder, among them Terry Verbicky, who has a mild form of MS. She gave Hook a big hug Friday near the Scotia Bank. Tellers in the bank were happy to see him walk in, he said. Hook said he’d hoped for an 8-10% improvement in his body, and he appears to have got that and maybe more.

The two weeks in Costa Rica were a wonderful experience, he said. “I just can’t believe the medical system down there.”

Doctors placed a balloon catheter, and not a stent, into a vein on the right side of his neck.

Brad Bird, Oceanside Star
Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010