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Cindy celebrates her recovery a year after crash with video thanking doctors

Cindy Broekhuizen recently celebrated a milestone and wanted to mark the occasion with her doctors and team at Mary Free Bed. But with the COVID-19 pandemic cutting off visitation to the hospital, Cindy created a video to show her appreciation instead.

She and her husband, Barry, agreed to let us share it with everyone.

Cindy came to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation after a bad crash in the spring of 2019. She spent a week at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo recovering from numerous injuries, including many that left her wondering if she’d be able to walk again.

“It was at Mary Free Bed that I learned that I was not going to be just OK, but I was going to be OK on my own,” Cindy says in the video.

Cindy used a wheelchair for three months and endured seven surgeries and months of physical therapy, which still continues. During the two weeks she spent at Mary Free Bed, she was a patient of Dr. Stuart Yablon and Dr. Thomas Hordt.

“You encouraged me, laughed and cried with me. Most importantly you made me believe that I could stand, walk and someday, run again,” Cindy says in the video. “You helped me find hope.”

She sent “huge, virtual, social distancing-acceptable hugs” to Mary Free Bed. And we feel them.

One Comment

Stormy Kronberg

I love the workers at maryfree bed. In November 2016. I had one of many heart attacks. I spent months in the hospital from start to end. Maryfree bed was the last hospital I was in. I finally got to go home February of 2017. I had to learn how to do fed my self, dress my self. Shower my self ect. I should really not have lived thur this. I amazed all the doctors and Nurses. I was smoking back then and I’m still smoke free and feel really good. I Thank everyone every day for all there help to get me where I am today. You keep moving forward too just as i did. Congratulations…


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