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Nancy’s Story

Thank you for visiting the Caring Bridge site for Dr. Nancy Vetscher, veterinarian, wife, mother, and grandmother. As we learn of changes to Nancy's condition, we will post them here.

On March 8th, 2011 Nancy was out on a call tending to one of her horse patients when she was kicked in the head, severely injuring the right side of her face. She was airlifted to North Memorial hospital, where we are told she is in the hands of Dr. Van Beek - a renowned reconstructive surgeon. Nancy suffered severe injury to the base of her orbital socket, which holds the eye in place. Her sinus cavity was completey collapsed, her mandible has been broken, and she has a large laceration from her forehead down beside her nose. Due to the swelling around her face, Nancy had a tracheotomy inserted. She is currently undergoing reconstructive surgery which includes a bone graft from her skull to rebuild the orbital socket. In addition, her jaw will be wired shut. Fortunately, there does not seem to be any cognitive impairments. When she was flown in, she was lucid and talking to the doctors. Nancy is a strong woman - once a single mother of three girls and always working hard at whatever she does in life. We know she can get through this. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.