• Willard: A Wish Granted

    Willard had been experiencing abdominal pain for approximately two days when his wife Sylvetta took him to the emergency room of a local short-term acute care hospital. A CT scan revealed that 66-year-old Willard had a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was emergently transferred to another nearby hospital, where he was immediately taken to the operating room to repair the rupture. The surgery was a success, but left him ventilator dependent, and requiring enteral feedings, wound care for his incision and a maximum level of assistance in his daily tasks. Willard and his family feared he might never return to the independent life he once lived.


    After four weeks, doctors decided Willard needed a place with more specialized and intense care to help him recover. Willard was admitted to Kindred Hospital Indianapolis on June 11 for ventilator weaning, wound care and rehabilitative therapy.

    Upon admission, Kindred’s respiratory team immediately began weaning protocol, and after just 14 days Willard was successfully weaned off the ventilator and fully decannulated.

    Upon discharge, Willard no longer required oxygen or nebulizer treatments. The wound care team had healed Willard’s wound completely. Thanks to speech, occupational and physical therapies, Willard was able once again to eat a regular diet, had significantly reduced the moderate/maximum level of assistance he had required with daily tasks, and was grooming independently and required only minimal assistance with all other tasks.

    Willard returned home to his wife and grown daughter. A few days later, Willard’s daughter stopped by to thank the staff for all they did for her father. She said he was so happy and thankful to be home again, laughingly reporting that he was back to his old tricks.

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