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Struck by drunk driver, amputee prepares for Paralympics

by Kate Snider Melanie Johnson was riding her motorcycle to her nephew’s football game in September 2004 when she was struck by a drunk driver. The life-changing accident happened just 5 miles from home. “I knew it was really bad when I heard the helicopter,” Melanie said. “I remember thinking, if they had to call…
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Teen embraces the hard work of physical therapy

Vinnie Baker, 15, has cerebral palsy, which affected the way walked. After a complex sugery to help him walk more upright, Vinnie comes to Mary Free Bed for intense physical therapy (and has some fun, too!).

The Right Motivation

by Amanda Larsen Even a motivational speaker can get discouraged. Julie Scheving was very discouraged after a massive stroke that caused her to lose half of her speaking ability and the use of the right side of her body. After her initial recovery, Julie quickly found herself as an inpatient at Mary Free Bed’s Stroke…
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Stroke survivor experiences faithful care

Father William Zink, the priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marne, Mich., is in the business of caring for others. That changed on December 21, 2010, when Father Zink had a stroke. In a moment, the caregiver became the patient. After three days at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Father Zink was transferred to Mary Free…
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Being green at Mary Free Bed

At Mary Free Bed, we care for patients and our community in a number of ways. The Mary Free Bed Green Team and Sustainability Committee, comprised of MFB staff from all areas of the hospital, came together about a year ago to implement sound sustainable environmental practices. Areas of concentration are water, energy, waste and…
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Mary Free Bed’s Stroke Support Group is here to help

Mary Free Bed’s Stroke Support Group provides a forum for stroke survivors and family members to meet and learn about adjusting to the changes a stroke brings to your life and your family’s lives. If you’ve never been to a meeting and are wondering what the members of the group are like, here’s your chance…
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Tummy time: Tips to help you position, carry, hold, and play with your baby

Your baby needs supervised time on her tummy throughout the day while she’s awake. Mary Free Bed’s pediatric specialists offer these ideas and activities to ensure your baby gets the exercise she needs. How you play and interact with your baby helps her increase strength and decrease the risk of tight muscles. Increasing tummy time…
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“My goal was to have my normal life back”

by Amanda Larsen On a sunny March morning, Mary VenHuizen and her husband, Jeff, started their chores on the family-run beef farm. The promising day took a nightmarish turn when a tractor rolled back onto Mary pinning her legs between a feed cart and the barn wall. Jeff quickly moved the tractor off Mary and called an…
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