Local Woman Gets Back on Her Feet with the Help of St.Vincent Salem’s Orthopedics Program
Norma Pugh has been a fixture in Washington County since 1959. She
has volunteered at St.Vincent Salem Hospital for nine years, sat on
various committees for her church and helped behind the scenes with
numerous political campaigns. But last May, while house hunting; she
missed a step going from the kitchen to the garage, and fell.
She was taken immediately to St.Vincent Salem Hospital’s Emergency
Department where it was confirmed that she had a fractured hip. Her son
and grandson, who is a physician in Louisville, came to her side
immediately and reviewed her options with Dr. L. Chiru, Pugh’s family
physician. It was clear that St.Vincent Salem Hospital could offer
everything she would need from surgery through recovery and on Saturday,
May 22, Orthopedic Surgeon, Waqar Aziz, M.D., performed her hip repair
"Norma’s fracture was low on the socket area of the hip, so a
titanium device called a gamma nail was inserted to hold the hip
together until the bones could heel," stated Dr. Aziz. "The following
day, Norma was performing toe touches and bearing weight on the hip to
begin her therapy and recovery. Within a few days, she was walking down
the hallway of the hospital."
Pugh remained in the hospital for three weeks following her surgery,
first as an inpatient, then as a patient on St.Vincent Salem’s Skilled
Nursing Unit. "The skilled nursing unit allows patients who have been
through a major surgery, such as Norma’s, more time to recover. The unit
provides patients with 24-hour access to skilled nursing care and
rehabilitation therapies," said Shannon Lyons, manager of inpatient
services at St.Vincent Salem Hospital.
After three weeks Pugh was released from the hospital and began four weeks of outpatient physical therapy.
"The Rehab staff was very gentle with me," said Pugh. "I got to work
with all of the staff and they were all wonderful. The last two weeks of
my physical therapy, they started working with me on the stairs."
Pugh is back to her normal activities, except, she says, "I’ve not
done any more house hunting!" She enjoys spending time with her friends
and family, including her 11 month old grandson, Teddy. "I can't quite
keep up with him yet, but I’m getting there!"