Grateful Patients

 
 

Finding the silver lining.

Critically-ill patient receives second chance at life.

Sometimes, if we’re lucky, a gift will come out of a bad situation. When it means a second chance at life, Peter Hogenson is determined to take advantage of his gift and devote himself to caring for others.

In March 2012, Peter began feeling some numbness in his left leg. Over the following days, the numbness began spreading, and he felt off balance. One night, over dinner with friends, he became faint and lost feeling of his entire left side. He was taken to the Swedish/Cherry Hill emergency department where physicians determined he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, known as a cavernous malformation.

The hemorrhage continued to bleed, and the on-call physicians from the Swedish Neuroscience Institute determined that a craniotomy would be necessary to stop the bleeding. “Prior to this operation, I could not move and did not have control of my left arm or leg. I needed assistance for normally simple tasks such as getting dressed and showering,” remembers Peter.

Almost immediately after the operation, while still in the recovery room, Peter began regaining sensation in both his left arm and leg. This progress continued over the coming days when control of his left arm was completely restored, with just minor loss of feeling in his lower leg. Doctors believe that, over time, he will achieve complete recovery.

Now, only months after his emergency surgery, Peter is back to hiking over six miles with continued improvement in leg strength, control and sensation. He is preparing for ski season this autumn.

“There were over 100 people involved in my care, and they were all amazing. From the folks that monitored my vitals and took blood to the nurses who were so knowledgeable and compassionate to the doctors who discerned the issue and performed the 'miracle' of bringing back my feeling and control of my left side. There are not words to describe my appreciation for the over the top service they provided.”

While Peter has been fortunate to have regained his physical capabilities, he has also noticed a change in himself. “I am more appreciative of what I have and the people around me,” he smiles. “This event taught me that much of what we pursue in life (the worldly stuff) really doesn't mean much. People and service to others does. In the past, I have been involved in service work and helping others, but I am doubling my efforts here. I have been given a gift, and I believe I am expected to use it to serve others. Just as I was served at Swedish.”

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Peter

Sometimes, if we’re lucky, a gift will come out of a bad situation. When it means a second chance at life, Peter Hogenson is determined to take advantage of his gift and devote himself to caring for others.

Christie

"Everyone from the triage nurses to the a la carte staff were fantastic, but three people made our stay exceptional. Jen, our labor and delivery nurse, Toni, the NAC, and Amy, the night RN on the postpartum unit."

Teresa

"The level of care they give is like no other. Words cannot express the gratitude that we have toward Dr. Foltz and his team. We just don’t know what we would do without them!"

Eva

"I now know that cancer treatment doesn't have to be negative. That the care you receive is not just medical but it the compassion that goes along with it."

Mya

"I would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses at Swedish NICU. We will never forget our experience at Swedish Medical Center for the rest of our lives. We are so grateful to have our daughter doing well and home with us today. We always recommend Swedish to our friends and family whenever we get the chance."

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