After the frostbite: Nurse helps homeless man heal
February 18, 2011
When Sarah Wells heard about Jerry Jett, a homeless man with severely frostbitten toes, and decided to offer him treatment at the wound care center at Trinity Bettendorf, no one who knows her was surprised.
Wells is known around her office on the lower level of the hospital as a nurturer.
“I’m just glad it wasn’t a puppy this time,” said Tim Raymon, director of wound care and hyperbaric medicine at Trinity.
Jett’s plight garnered community attention during the early February blizzard after he fell asleep on an uncovered porch and woke up with frostbitten toes. He made his way to the Christian Family Care Center in Rock Island and, after being taken to a hospital, was told that some of his toes would have to be amputated.
When Wells heard that report, she was upset.
“We exhaust all medical treatment that is appropriate for that patient and that patient’s wound before we go to amputation,” she said.
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Source: Quad-City Times