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UPMC Wound Healing Services Patient Stories

Nancy Fawcett: Stage 3 Nonhealing Wound

Nancy Fawcett Wound Healing Patient Story

Nancy developed a stage 3 nonhealing wound on the bottom of her foot as a result of diabetes. After months of trying to find a solution, a serendipitous meeting with a stranger in her local grocery story introduced her to UPMC McKeesport Wound Healing Services where she found treatment and relief.

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Bonnie Foley: Nonhealing Wound

Bonnie Foley

When Bonnie started noticing a slow build-up of pain, she attributed the discomfort to arthritis or gout. After several surgeries on her leg, she found she had a serious infection and developed a nonhealing wound. Bonnie's surgeon suggested hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a novel treatment that would incorporate the use of 100 percent pressurized oxygen to help heal her wound.

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Jim Forney: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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Jim was thankful when the radiation treatment he received successfully removed his cancer, but he was left with a lingering side effect that made it difficult to smell, taste, and talk. He then turned to UPMC Wound Healing Services in an effort to restore his senses and get his voice back.

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Eileen McCartney: Diabetic Foot Ulcer

Eileen McCartney

After surgery to address a diabetic foot ulcer left Eileen with a large incision that made it difficult for her to walk, the team at UPMC Wound Healing Services at UPMC Northwest was able to help her get back on her feet.

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Shawn McIver: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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After a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the waist down in 1997, Shawn McIver had few health concerns for nearly 20 years - until developing a sore near his tailbone in 2016. When it “grew to the size of an egg” and caused a bone infection, Shawn turned to the wound healing team at UPMC Horizon for help.

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Nancy Michaelian: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Nancy Michaelian

Nancy Michaelian is no stranger to the world of medicine. The long-time nurse and UPMC employee has spent most of her life caring for others not far from her home in Harrisburg – but in 2010, she was the one who needed care.

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Scott Nettrour: Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Scott Nettrour Wound Healing Patient Story

When Dr. Scott Nettour, a retired orthopaedic surgeon, developed ulcers on his feet as a result of diabetes, he turned to UPMC Wound Healing Services at UPMC Passavant for treatment - including wound debridement and a combination of collagen and extracellular matrix products that encouraged growth of his skin cells to improve healing. Within a few months, each of his ulcers was completely healed.

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Amy Paszkowski: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Amy Paszkowski

It was a seemingly normal Wednesday in the summer of 2021. Amy Paszkowski was dog sitting for a friend when her quality time with the pup took a surprising turn.

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Nick Stephanovic: Nonhealing Wound

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What started as a wound on Nick's toe developed into an infection, leading him to UPMC Wound Healing Services at UPMC McKeesport. It was there where he ultimately opted for surgery, was treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and developed a bond with his care team who kept him on course.

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Patti Weising: Diabetic Foot Ulcer

Patti Weising Wound Healing Patient Story | UPMC

In October 2018, Patti Weising underwent a kidney transplant at UPMC Montefiore. Before receiving the transplant, however, she needed to recover from a nonhealing wound on the bottom of her right foot – and she was fighting against time to do it. She turned to experts at UPMC Wound Healing Services at UPMC Passavant to heal her wound in time for the lifesaving transplant.

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