Keith’s Story

Keith Severson skating in hockey gear

"At the darkest moment in my life, I chose to move forward, and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital was the perfect place to help me.”

-Keith Severson

Back in 2008, everything was going Keith’s way. His business was thriving. He played sports and loved being with his family. Then, a freak accident left Keith with a severe injury that led to an amputation of his leg from just below the knee. “I remember looking down at my legs and seeing that one was no longer there, and I broke down,” Keith said. “It was the lowest point of my life.”

That bleak moment soon turned to a bright, new day at Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH), and Keith discovered the opportunity to get back to the life he loved. “While some saw what happened to me as a major setback, I saw it as a new course in my life,” Keith said. “I wanted to help other people who have a physical challenge, so I became a certified peer advisor for new amputees.” Since then, Keith has helped more than 100 people working through the challenges of an amputation.

Keith was inspired to a new career path. He knew that people with new amputations frequently encountered difficulty getting proper prosthetics, and that motivated him to join the industry where he now works as Director of Patient Care and Services for a high-tech prosthetics and orthotics company in Santa Barbara.

These days, Keith is back to playing the sports he loves – ice hockey, roller hockey and volleyball – and enjoying time with his family at the beach. His drive to help others is always on his mind. “So many patients ask me where they should go for rehabilitation,” Keith said. “I tell them Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital. There’s no other place – for inpatient as well as outpatient – it blows the others away.”

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation – Keith’s Story

Keith Severson

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