CINCINNATI (WXIX) – A UC Well being nurse remains to be on the highway to restoration after a automobile accident in February.
Kelly Smith has been a surgical tech at UC Well being’s important campus for 14 years. In December, she graduated from nursing faculty and signed on to be an OR nurse.
Kelly’s fiancé, Eric Coleman, says that Kelly obtained her diploma within the mail on Feb. 25. Sadly, what was imagined to be a celebratory day for the couple ended up being a tragedy.
Eric tells FOX19 that whereas he and Kelly have been stopped to refill their gasoline tank, Kelly was hit by one other automobile.
“She was simply attempting to assist me, you already know, refill the gasoline,” Eric stated. “By the point I inform her to get again within the automobile and that I had it…he hit her – that quick.”
Kelly took full affect from the collision and each of her legs have been badly torn.
Kelly says, “I couldn’t really feel my legs anymore so I went into shock which might be an excellent factor.”
Eric provides that he might see the ligaments in her leg, however that she remained calm on the scene and even helped direct emergency responders on what to do.
Because the collision, Kelly has been receiving remedy on the Daniel Drake Heart.
Her left leg was amputated and the docs try to assist her proper leg.
“[The doctors] instructed me that the very best factor for that leg was to amputate it,” says Kelly.
She has undergone 12 surgical procedures and can want extra. She says she plans on being at Drake for the following eight weeks.
After that, although, the highway to restoration will nonetheless be lengthy – increase power in her proper leg and dealing towards having the ability to stroll on her personal once more.
“That leg had lots of pores and skin grafts placed on it not too long ago and we’re simply ready for these to heal after which we will go in and repair the bones,” Kelly stated.
Kelly’s household has arrange a GoFundMe to assist pay for Kelly’s medical payments and the prosthetic leg that she is going to want.
Kelly and Eric have one piece of recommendation for many who hear their story.
“I simply need folks to pay extra consideration once they’re driving,” says Kelly. “I imply, we had our hazard lights on and we have been proper in entrance of them.”
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