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Family Credits Memorial's Advanced Wound Care Treatment with Saving Mother
Diagnosed with end-stage peripheral vascular disease, 84-year-old Anniel also found herself dealing with severely blistered feet that would not heal. Anniel and her family turned to Memorial Hospital Pembroke Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine.
"My mother had venous ulcers, arterial ulcers and neurotrophic ulcers," says her son, Dexter. "She was unable to walk, had difficulty sleeping and was in extreme pain. We sought help at Memorial."
With board-certified physicians and specially trained nurses in wound care and hyperbaric medicine, Memorial Hospital Pembroke Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine offers some of the most advanced wound care technology.
At first, because the wound on Anniel's heel was down to the bone and she suffered from end-stage arterial disease, it appeared leg amputation might be necessary. The family and the medical team were determined to find another option.
"Our team pursued advanced wound care, including multiple compression treatments, negative wound dressing and human graft therapy," says Blane Shatkin, MD, Medical Director of Memorial Hospital Pembroke Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. "To our amazement, she began – and continued – to heal and we avoided amputation."
Anniel underwent more than six months of aggressive outpatient treatment at Memorial, followed by physical therapy at home. While she remains in a wheelchair, Anniel's wounds have healed, her pain has subsided and she is now able to enjoy being with her family.
"Memorial truly showed us what patient- and family-centered care is all about," says Dexter. "They listened to our family's wishes and acknowledged that each patient and treatment plan is different. By listening to our family, keeping our mother in positive spirits, and trying all the new tools and technology available for wound care, they not only saved my mother's feet, but they may have also saved her life. I thank Dr. Shatkin and the Memorial team for giving us more time with our mother."
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