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Florences Wound Story

Mar 3, 2020

Florence Schwartz, wound patient, Florida Medical Center

portrait of SchwartzFlorence Schwartz’s daughter was the owner of an assisted living facility who had long provided care and support to her elderly residents in need of medical attention. But after Florence suffered a terrible fall—breaking two major bones in her right leg—her daughter found herself providing the same care to her own mother.

“My mom has dealt with a lot of adversities in life. She lost her son at age 29, her son-in-law at 43, and her husband, most recently, after 73 years of marriage,” Florence’s daughter said. “She cared for them through their illnesses, and as a strong, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she has been caring for her family for a very long time. It was finally her turn to be taken care of.”

Surgery leads to complications

After Florence’s fall, she ended up at Florida Medical Center to receive surgery to repair her severe fractures with metal plates to help the bones heal. Soon, she was able to walk again, but the wound from her surgery never fully closed. So she returned to Florida Medical Center for treatment at Wound Healing Institute.

Over multiple visits, her physician thoroughly cleaned and dressed the wound and made sure there were no punctures or infection. And three years later, she still visits every few weeks to stay on top of any issues, such as swelling or infection.

“I’m so thankful that my mom ended up at Florida Medical Center. It was the best thing that could have happened to her given the situation,” Florence’s daughter said. “The doctors and staff always have a positive attitude and treat my mom with the kindness and compassion she deserves. Since witnessing firsthand the wonderful care provided there, I now refer all of my assisted living residents in need of health care to Florida Medical Center.”

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