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Back in the saddleTuttle woman recovers from bone-crushing accident
“Jennifer’s pelvis was fractured in several places, and she had pain in her leg and ankle,” he said. “Her extensive injuries required the capabilities of a Level II Trauma Center.”
Livingston underwent a CT scan to evaluate her injuries and provide a three-dimensional view to assist the orthopedic surgeon. She then endured two surgeries to repair her pelvis in the week and a half following her injury.
Three days after her second surgery, she walked three steps using crutches. “It was so exciting,” she said.“We got my first steps on camera.”
She spent the last five days of her stay in the Sanford Health inpatient rehabilitation unit where she had daily occupational therapy and physical therapy.
“The first day on rehab, an occupational therapist taught me how to use a tool to put on my socks because I couldn’t bend over,” she said. “Physical therapists focused on strengthening my arms and legs and teaching me to use crutches.”
Twenty days after the accident, she was discharged. Initially, she moved around her home using a wheelchair or crutches. Three months after the accident, she was able to walk without crutches. By the time calving season started mid-March, she was driving a four-wheeler around the farm. Fourteen months after that fateful day, she was back in the saddle.
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