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East Michigan resident chooses Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation after double amputation

UPDATE: Since Ken graduated from the inpatient Amputee Program, he’s returned to Mary Free Bed for outpatient therapy. His rehabilitation includes recreational therapy, which caters to each patient’s interests to improve their physical, social and emotional well-being, and to get them back to doing what they love. In Ken’s case, that’s being outside.

Rachel Morse, Ken’s recreational therapist, arranged for an ice fishing expedition on the Saginaw Bay near Ken’s home. The outing was documented by Michigan Out-of-Doors, a television show that features outdoor-sports enthusiasts. The story aired on PBS stations across Michigan and in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Watch it here.

Ken Baughman of Gaines, Mich., was seriously injured at work when two steel beams fell, trapping him. Surgeons at Hurley Medical Center in Flint were forced to amputate both of Ken’s legs. While he recuperated at Hurley, Ken and his wife, Lisa, were visited by a Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital liaison, who arranged for them to speak virtually with a physiatrist at the Grand Rapids campus. That’s when they decided to Ask for Mary.

Ken, 52, came to Mary Free Bed on Aug. 11, two weeks after the accident, to begin his rehabilitation journey.

“There’s nothing that Ken did before that he’s not going to be able to do,” Lisa said.

In this video, Ken, Lisa and their Mary Free Bed team share how Ken is working to regain his independence.

“Travel doesn’t matter at all when it comes to care,” Ken said. “Get the best.”

One Comment

Paul Ver Hoef

Yes they are the best by far! In April of 1980 I lost my left hip and leg to cancer. My oldest son really had trouble wanting to be around me since I now was really no longer like his friends’ dads. After being fitted with my new leg I went to MFB for therapy to regain my mobility and to learn to walk again. They were caring and kind but also tough and dedicated and determined to get me walking. Oh, the stair drills were brutal, especially going down then when you had to trust that contraption to support you. But practice not patience was their mode of operation.
On Thanksgiving Day of that year, I walked to the dinner table on my own for the first time. In time, I master the new leg and could again learn to do many things “normies” do without thinking. I had six different legs and had to visit MFB for more skill training and have learned that one’s worth is not determined by what limb loss or another disability deters you from your goals.
Go for it big time, you’ll never be sorry!


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