It’s amazing how quickly your life can change. For Barry Lamkin of Norwell, that moment came on June 25, 2011 when he was participating in a charity bike ride. While he was winding his way up a curvy road, a truck came around the bend in the opposite direction. He was hit.
Paramedics soon arrived, began treatment and transported Barry to South Shore Hospital. During the ride, he slipped in and out of consciousness, moaning in pain. Once in the Emergency Department, the trauma team assessed his injuries. The tally: nine broken ribs, a broken femur, a fractured scapula, a fractured clavicle, a separated shoulder and a partially collapsed lung.
Barry immediately had a chest tube inserted to relieve lung pressure and underwent surgery to have a titanium rod placed in his leg. From surgery, he spent nine days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Inpatient occupational and physical therapy followed during his two-week hospital stay. Barry then spent three months recuperating at a skilled nursing facility and at home before he was able to put weight on his legs or use his shoulder.
“I couldn’t be more impressed and grateful for the care I received from everyone at South Shore Hospital — the paramedics, emergency department and ICU teams, surgeons and occupational and physical therapists,” says Barry. “My experience reinforced how fortunate we are to have a vital resource like this on the South Shore. Twenty years ago, I probably would have been taken to a Boston hospital after my accident. South Shore Hospital made it possible for me to be treated and recuperate close to home.”
Today, Barry is riding regularly and has built a new bike to celebrate his 65th birthday in October. “I often think I have nine lives and that I’ve used six of them,” he says. “I only hope South Shore Hospital can care for me in the three lives I have left.”
You, too, or a family member may need lifesaving treatment someday. If that time comes, you’ll find comfort in knowing South Shore Hospital is here to help. Please consider making a generous gift today.