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"Mercy Helps Patient Beat Life-Threatening Infection"


Jackie V. has worked as a housekeeper in Environmental Services at Mercy Willard Hospital for four years and has always had a deep sense of pride in her employer. That pride grew by leaps and bounds when she experienced Mercy Willard as a patient last year.

“Mercy Made a Believer Out of Me for sure!” she said. “I had a hysterectomy and then suffered some post-surgical complications. I had a really bad infection and came into Mercy Willard’s ER on July 23. They checked me out, started me on fluids, admitted me to 2 East and got Dr. Stanbery (David Stanbery, MD, General Surgery) on the case. He ordered a CAT scan and IV dye test then called my family and said, ‘We need to do surgery right now.’”

Jackie had a severe infection inside her abdomen, which was killing living tissue and putting her in the early stages of multiple organ failure. The condition was life-threatening, and time was of the essence.

“My family was all there, and Sr. Rita Mary (Wasserman) and Sr. Diane Hay came and prayed for me,” Jackie said. “I had surgery and was transported by Life Flight to St. V’s the following day. I don’t remember much about that. I know I had a couple more surgeries once I got to Toledo, and they helped get rid of the infection.”

Jackie spent two weeks at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and was discharged on a wound VAC. Returning to Willard, she did not go home, but was readmitted to Mercy Willard, where she had a skin graft, performed by Dr. Stanbery, whom she credits with saving her life.

“If it hadn’t been for Dr. Stanbery and everyone who helped take care of me in Willard and then get me safely off to St. V’s, I don’t think I would have made it,” Jackie said. “Everyone at St. V’s did a great job taking care of me too. It was a pretty scary feeling, being close to death, but the care that I received was just wonderful.”

Jackie spent an additional 10 weeks at Mercy Willard before being discharged. For someone who had “never been sick a day in my life before this,” being confined to the hospital for so long was difficult. But, Jackie said the staff made the experience as positive as possible.

“The nurses were amazing,” Jackie said. “If I had a problem, they responded right away. And my coworkers came to visit and keep me company a lot. If you have to be in the hospital, it is comforting to at least be surrounded by your friends.”

Jackie also received a great deal of support from her two sons, whom she would like to thank, along with her mother, siblings and entire family. She also would like to extend her gratitude to Kendra Clagett, a Financial Specialist at Mercy Willard, and to the entire staff of Surgical Services at Mercy Willard and St. V’s.

When Jackie finally went home, she said she continued to receive excellent care through Mercy Home Care of Tiffin and Willard.

“The physical therapists helped me regain my strength so I could return to work,” she said. “I came back to light duty on a full-time basis on Nov. 13, and I was ready to jump right back in. I hope that people in Willard who hear my story will be proud and feel safe to know we have such an excellent healthcare facility right here in our small town, and I hope they will choose our hospital for anything they need.”



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