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Heartfelt thanks (10/31/2012)
From: Jeanne Nelson

Winona

I write to express my deep gratitude and a sincere thank you to everyone involved in helping my husband Barry during his recent life-threatening heart “incidents.”

In September and October Barry spent 24 days at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery and other complications. Just hours after his first release from the hospital, the post-surgical failure of three bypasses resulted in a heart attack. To save his life CPR was administered in the ambulance and then again at the Winona emergency room while waiting for Med-Link to fly him to Gundersen.

Never without consequences, the CPR lacerated his liver, causing massive internal bleeding and near death. Major emergency surgery was needed to repair the damage.

Since October 8, Barry has been in a local nursing facility for recovery and rehab.

Thank you to the Pickwick-Homer First Responders, Med-Link, Winona Ambulance Service, Winona emergency, to Gundersen Lutheran, Homer Methodist Church and to Sauer. While I do not know all of your names, I do remember your faces. Faces which literally came out of the night trying to provide the best possible service based on the information known at the time.

To the nurses and doctors, chaplains and social workers, to John Bernadot who played Amazing Grace in the ICU, and to Pastor Kathy. To the fabulous team of health care providers at Sauer. To Chris and Michelle. And thanks to all of you for your ongoing prayers, cards and kind support. 

 

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