In mid-March, Deborah Houston experienced a tragic fall in her room at home that left her with a ruptured spleen that was bleeding into her stomach. She was sent to University of Tennessee for emergency surgery, during which a tracheotomy and peg-tube were placed in order to save her life.

She was admitted to us in order to begin her healing process. By June 4th, she had recovered enough that HCRC came to remove both her peg-tube and her tracheotomy. She exclaimed, “That was the most wonderful feeling [and] before it was a feeling of uncertainty!” She was unable to walk and eat a normal diet during her recovery period, however she is able to walk and eat regularly, now. She was successfully discharged and is able to live on her own once again.

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