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Wound Care Center offers patients hope

Published 8:04pm Friday, May 20, 2011

Chester Cotney can walk again.

Ten weeks ago, that feat seemed almost impossible for the 67-year-old, who had lost four toes to diabetes and was on the verge of having his foot amputated.

“My outlook on life wasn’t real high at that time because when you get to be 67 years old you think maybe you’ve lived your life out,” he said. “But that’s changed now. I feel good and I’m enjoying my kids and grandkids. We’re going camping next weekend.”

Cotney’s foot was saved thanks to treatment at Russell Medical Center’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. The center uses hyperbaric oxygen treatment to heal non-healing wounds.

“For the most part of it, it works,” said Choya White, a hyperbaric oxygen technician. “I mean it really, really works. All the patients that I see, in the first week’s therapy I can see the difference in the wound, the complexion.”

People with diabetes and heart disease are prone to non-healing wound. Both of those diseases are on the rise in the Lake Martin area and across the country.

We’re glad Russell Medical Center is anticipating the needs of our community and helping their patients in such a profound way.