Samantha – Hero of the Month

Name: Samantha
Age: 13
State: Florida
Facility: Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

Hero of the Month Girl

Samantha a 13yr old female, came to the hospital on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 for a scheduled spinal fusion to correct scoliosis. After being dischraged from the hospital 5 days after surgery, she expected to enjoy her summer break like other teenagers her age – just a little taller. But two weeks after surgery, Samantha was having some post-operative complications and had to come to the emergency room on June 4, 2007. During Samantha’s time at home she was having problems with her incision leaking fluids and increased amounts of pain and discomfort. When she came to the emergency room on June 4th, she had to have her surgical incision cut open to allow the infection that had developed within her back out. Samantha was then readmitted to the hospital for IV antibiotic therapy. Samantha had to return to the operating room on June 5th, 7th, and the 9th. She had an incision and drainage each time she returned to the operating room to help with cleaning out the infection that had developed on the hardware that had been placed in her back. With the third incision and drainage on June 9th, the surgeons placed a wound vac to help assist in the healing of her incision. Samantha was having a rough transition back to the hospital, because she was expecting to be able to have fun on her summer vacation, not back in the hospital. The other issues Samantha was having to deal with was the amount of pain she was having and having to prepare herself mentally for dressing changes every 72 hours. Samantha was very fearful and anxious about the dressing changes. With encouragement and family support, Samantha was able to get through each dressing change without too much pain or discomfort.

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