I-Team: Couple gets help from medical catastrophe

WARNING: Some of the video is graphic and may not be suitable for all viewers. 9 News felt without the graphic images, we couldn't convey the desperation this Tri-State family is feeling.

HAMILTON, Ohio- A woman sent home from the hospital with a gaping wound in her stomach will be getting the medical care her insurance did not provide.

Linda Conrad's husband Roger has been having to reach inside his wife's body to exchange gauze after surgery left a huge wound seven inches long and three inches wide.

Now, 9 News viewers have come through in a huge way, offering to help the Conrads as Linda heals.

Doctors, nurses and medical supply companies have contacted us to help. They include Karena Barger, official nurse of the year at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton. She offered to provide home visits. Roger Conrad expressed fear of whether he was providing proper care. Barger will be able to help and reassure him.

"My heart goes out to the family. That is a hard thing to help care of a loved one like that," Barger said. "I would be more than happy to go out and do her dressing changes for her, so I will be available seven days a week."

Dr. Jon Moore arranged for free doctor's appointments, after he saw the wounds and realized his hospital had the perfect unit to handle this treatment.

"This is something we can control and I think it is something that's healable, so those are the ones you want to go for. It makes you feel good," he said. "You see it. You know there's a need for it. You do it."

Fort Hamilton Hospital offered the free services of its Center for Wound Healing, a special unit expert in exactly the care Linda needs.

"She needed to be connected to the right resource, because the resources are out there," said Christy Quincy, the center's director. "So it was really just an opportunity to jump in and help someone."

Quincy cited what many who offered help expressed.

"It really struck me the love that this man has for his wife to do what he was doing but to know the resources are out there and they weren't yet connected to them, and so that really was an opportunity for us to say, 'Hey, we know we can help with this,'" Quincy said.

The Conrads were taken aback by all the offers of help.

"They're offering that to us? Free?" asked Roger. Linda said she was speechless.

"I'm just thankful that there are people out there willing to help, especially a stranger. They don't know me, and I just think that's wonderful," Linda said.

Roger said it reaffirmed his beliefs in the community.

"True Americans are hard working honest people that look after their neighbors," he said. "That is the real America."

 

Read the Conrads' original story at http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/i-team-sent-home-from-hospital-like-that .
 

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