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100-Year-Old Patient Returns Home Following Life-Saving Stroke Treatment and Rehabilitation at Mercy Medical Center

Hempstead Resident Had Been Hospitalized Only Once Before - 81 Years Ago!

pr_100yearoldpatient(June 3, 2009 – Rockville Centre, NY) –As she ended a six-week stay at Mercy Medical Center, 100-year-old Nettie Williams was eager to see how her flower garden is doing. The centenarian Hempstead resident had been out in her yard doing her spring planting the day before she suffered a stroke that put her in a hospital for only the second time in her ten-decade life.

Ms. Williams' outgoing manner and animated conversations made her known as "Aunt Nettie" among her fellow patients and hospital staff. She received emergency treatment from Mercy's New York State-designated Stroke Center, followed by medical and neurological care, and then therapy in the hospital's state-of-the-art physical medicine and rehabilitation unit. Through the efforts of Mercy's emergency, neurology and rehabilitation physicians, along with a team of skilled nurses and therapists, Ms. Williams recovered sufficiently from the partial loss of vision and muscular weakness caused by her stroke to return to her home, where she lives alone with her Jack Russell Terrier, Trigger.

In all her many years, Ms. Williams had only one previous hospitalization, 81 years ago, when she underwent an appendectomy while attending school in Washington, D.C.

When immediate medical attention is needed, patients choose the Emergency Department at Mercy Medical Center 35-thousand times a year. Mercy provides 24-hour emergency and trauma care to both children and adults, with a staff of 100 percent board certified emergency physicians trained at some of the nation's finest medical schools, resident programs and trauma centers. And Mercy is home to the largest dedicated inpatient acute rehabilitation program on the south shore of Nassau County. Its highly-skilled staff uses the latest techniques and innovative approaches to speed the recovery of patients from orthopedic and neurosurgery, and catastrophic illnesses and injuries ranging from stroke and spinal cord injures, to hip fractures, disabling arthritis and neurological disorders.

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100-year old Nettie Williams (center), who was able to return to her home in Hempstead after successful treatment for a stroke, is surrounded by Dr. Perry Stein, Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (right), and some of the nurses and therapists who cared for her during a six-week stay at Mercy Medical Center.


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