Lorita (Reets) Melvin Crofford-drove herself to the ER in Spearfish, SD on 7/14/2018. After many tests, lab work ups and doctor consultations; they decided Reets was very sick and needed to be airlifted to the nearest specialty hospital; so Sioux Falls Avera is where they took her. Rapid City was full. She was very critical & was diagnosed with many critical diseases including staff infection of the blood which made her septic, abscess, bacterial meningitis and ventricle encephalitis. Avera doctors told us; Reets is the sickest person they had in the hospital and wouldn’t probably survive. Reets did survive and continues to fight hard to regain her strength back to good health.