“I was backing out of the driveway one morning, turned to look behind me and suddenly couldn’t feel anything from the waist down. I had to have an emergency spinal fusion.
That was 16 years ago and my first of seven back surgeries since. The complications continued to the point where there wasn’t anything anyone in the area could do for me, no programs or medical equipment to try. By the time I was referred to Dr. Quartey at The Moncton Hospital, I could hardly walk; I was suffering from major medical concerns relating to my back issues.
Within three weeks of my consultation I was booked in for spinal cord stimulation surgery. I had two procedures within a 48-hour period to complete the process. After a couple groggy days in recovery, I was in my room right in the middle of a conversation with my mom and dad and I started crying hysterically. It hit me out of nowhere; I wasn’t in pain anymore.
I was at The Moncton Hospital for six days and while there, my family and I were treated so incredibly well – everyone from the Anesthesiologist and nurses, to the staff at the post-op clinics and housekeeping – they all provided the most positive patient care I’ve ever experienced.
It’s been a long 16 years for me. A lot of pain. A lot of hardships. I couldn’t attend my daughter’s graduation, I spent Christmases in bed… I’ve missed out on quite a bit. But thanks to Dr. Quartey and The Moncton Hospital, I’ve gotten so much of my life back. Just to shower by myself, to be able to make a meal… that’s something for me. The small things mean so much more now.” – Alanna
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