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8/19/2016 Latest post:
On Wednesday, July 20th Eliza was hit by a vehicle on the driver's side of her vehicle while on her way home. She was transported to New Prague ER where they found out she had a fractured ankle and fractured and dislocated hip. She was then transported to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale for surgery on both.
We found out that the femoral neck (ball of the hip) had been broken and a good portion of the ball was missing. Due to part of the ball missing the Dr's were concerned about it staying in place and put a plate and screws into her hip. They also put screws in her ankle. She was in the hospital until the following Sunday.
At home, Eliza was unable to put any weight on her right leg due to her ankle being fractured. We set up a hospital bed on the main floor on the house so she didn't have to use stairs and still had access to all the daily necessities. She was able to get around with a walker and wheelchair but still needed help with normal day to day activities, including getting in and out of bed.
On Monday, August 8th, she went in for her first check-up and the x-ray revealed her hip was dislocated again and she needed to be admitted to North Memorial Hospital again. Wednesday of that week she went in for surgery to put her hip into place. She was then put on bed rest and was only able to sit up at a 20 degree angle. Friday she went down for a CT scan and discovered it dislocated yet again.
Since the beginning of Eliza's admittance to the hospital there have been several surgeons trying to figure out the best way to treat her since she is so young. They could've done a hip replacement at any time, however, due to her age it will not last more than 10-15 years and she would need several during her life. Typically only 2 hip replacements are done during ones life as they are hard on the hips and weaken after each replacement. Therefore, they are trying every option available before doing a replacement.
It was then decided to put a skeletal traction on Eliza on Wednesday, August 17th. This is where they went in a put a large pin through her femur (right above her knee) so they could hook about 20-25 lbs of weight to so it will pull her femur down and keep her hip in place. This method would have Eliza on strict bed rest, in the hospital, for a month. Her x-ray and CT scan that was done on Thursday, August 18th detected that her hip wasn't fully in place. So today, August 19th she once again is in surgery to see what is causing the obstruction so she can continue with the traction.
We want to thank everyone for the warm wishes, thoughts and prayers that have been sent her way since this has happened. We will keep you posted as to how she is doing and keep your figures crossed that this method will work for her. Even though she should be starting her first year of college next week she is determined to get through this and start spring semester as she is a determined young lady! Thank you everyone for all your support!!!