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Marty makes strides – and plenty of friends – at Mary Free Bed at Sparrow

It’s been a long road to recovery for Marty McDougall, who, for more than year, has been coping with the effects of a fall she sustained in May 2014.

Every day, with help from her team at Mary Free Bed at Sparrow, Marty is improving her mobility and strength. She says she “clicked” immediately with her “wonderful” care team and she wants to spread the word to others who may need rehabilitation.

“The staff, the people who are here – I think of them as family,” says Marty, whose positive attitude and friendly demeanor have helped her to get to know most everyone on her floor. “They’ve all welcomed me back like it was a family reunion…they’re always in tune with the patients.”

Watch the video above for Marty’s story and to learn more about Mary Free Bed at Sparrow in Lansing.

Marty McDougall inpatient at Mary Free Bed at Sparrow


Gary Oberlin

I am truly amazed at your strength and will Martha. Please keep up the good work. I wish you all the best.

Martha West

Tell Marty I am thinking of her and hope to be able to see her when I can. She used to babysit with my oldest son Ernie who just turned 41 last week. How time flies. I also worked with Marty at the old Lansing General(in fact I took her old job). And we were in the same card club for years after Gary and I were married. With all of my love and support. God Bless you.

Eileen Voak

Hey Martha,
You look great! And SO happy you are doing so well!! What a wonderful story.
Keep up the good work and hope to see you at H Reunion 2017!
It’s always so much fun catching up with you!
Love you, Eileen

Geri (Sparkes) Burdette

Hi Martha,
You really look great! I watched the video-what a wonderful person they picked to be a spokeswoman…YOU!!! I am so proud of your attitude and the way you continue to be so helpful for others who need to be lifted up in spirit. You have always had a wonderful gift for doing for others. I wish you the very best. Think of you often.

Yo Bellingar

I’m so proud to see your positive attitude , you’re are a survivor!! Always remember Baby Step & you can do it!! Love to come & see you soon😍😍
Love you & your family, always Yo & Rick Bellingar


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