Rhonda’s story is truly miraculous. She underwent surgery to remove her gall bladder and to repair a hernia on 1/23/15, and she was discharged to home. On 2/7/15, she returned to the hospital with sepsis, respiratory failure, and acute renal failure. She required multiple surgeries for enterotomy repair and to drain an abdominal abscess. Her hospital course was also complicated by a pulmonary embolism and a deep venous thrombosis in her right leg. She arrived at Vibra Hospital on 3/6/15 requiring a ventilator to assist with breathing, and she had a serious abdominal wound.
When Rhonda was evaluated for therapy, she required total assistance for all mobility and activities of daily living. As the therapists began to work with Rhonda, though, they discovered she was a fighter. She tried to participate every day, and she had the constant encouragement of her family. Within a few weeks, though, she was standing and taking steps. Speech therapy worked with her to use a Passy Muir valve to allow her to speak, and she began trials to introduce food.
When Rhonda was discharged from the hospital to home, all her lines and
tubes were gone, and
she was breathing room air. She was nearly independent with all functional mobility using a walker to
ambulate over 100 feet at a time. She was eating a regular diet, and she only needed a little help for setup for her personal care.
Rhonda was very pleased with the care she received and the progress she made at Vibra, and she
appreciated each and every staff member who played a part in her return home. It was truly a privilege to take part in her amazing journey.