Medi-cal pt. rec'd $20,000 plastic surgery

  1. back in 1998 i was working in a nursing home who admitted a 27 year old paraplegic who had a huge stage 4 decub. he had the decub for 4 years which was only treated with wet to dry packing. he deveoped vre, became septic, could harldly keep weight on, burned calories and protein like you would not believe. it was obviouse to me that it was never going to heal. i took the initiative to find a plastic surgeon who would see this pt. i put the pt. in my car and took the pt. to the plastic surgeons office (b/c medi-cal and the ltc would not provide transportation). the plastic surgeon to my surprise agreed to do the surgery and had the patient admitted to the university teaching hospital. the surgery was successfull and the patient was able to move out of a nursing home and out on his own.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Blackcat99
    Wow! That's wonderful news! It's always good to hear nice things that happen sometimes. :hatparty:
  4. by   Dixiedi
    Your title made it sound as if they were giving him a face lift or tummy tuck!
    His plastic surgery was a medical necessity. Most states would pay for that.
  5. by   leslie :-D
    what a priceless gift you gave, destiny....as well as the plastic surgeon.

    it feels good for this old girl to read stories like this and believe in mankind.

    leslie
  6. by   want to make it
    Quote from destinystar
    back in 1998 i was working in a nursing home who admitted a 27 year old paraplegic who had a huge stage 4 decub. he had the decub for 4 years which was only treated with wet to dry packing. he deveoped vre, became septic, could harldly keep weight on, burned calories and protein like you would not believe. it was obviouse to me that it was never going to heal. i took the initiative to find a plastic surgeon who would see this pt. i put the pt. in my car and took the pt. to the plastic surgeons office (b/c medi-cal and the ltc would not provide transportation). the plastic surgeon to my surprise agreed to do the surgery and had the patient admitted to the university teaching hospital. the surgery was successfull and the patient was able to move out of a nursing home and out on his own.
    that kind of dedication is admerable. you saved someones dignety and whole life. some peole can not give a moment to someone else, this is what we are laking as a society.

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