By Lee Howard, 12/25/2007:
Waterford, Connecticut -- While kids dream of finding a Nintendo Wii under the Christmas tree today, Frank Kuzmenko of Lisbon has already had the gaming system working its magic as he bowls strikes and sinks putts with increasing confidence.
Unlike the kids, though, Kuzmenko, a recent stroke victim, needs a little assistance... the Wii.
The Wii's use as a therapeutic tool, which began as an experiment at a hospital in Canada, has picked up steam since the gaming system's introduction into the United States a little more than a year ago. Several other rehab centers in the area, including Fountainview Care Center in Waterford, are considering introducing the system, as is Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. Bridgeport Hospital has been using the Wii as part of its therapy regimen since October.