Mary Purtzman

“To The ER Staff Of Arden Hill:
I have held off this thank you because I had hoped that my memory would allow me to recall the events of Friday, June 12, 2009, when my husband brought me to the Emergency Room. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you want to look at it, the most my memory permits me to recall is a short period of time when we were signing in and giving information. To be honest, that entire week before my sickness is very blurry.
Going on what my husband says, the female physician on duty that evening recognized that my life was slipping away quickly, and, assembled a team which was able to revive me after I coded. There are no words that could adequately tell you THANK YOU! Thank you for saving my life and for all your sacrifices throughout your lives in preparing for these moments when people, like me, desperately need medical help.
After spending close to a week in a coma, my family greeted me in CCU when I awoke. After the steroid treatments began to wear off, I got the chance to open the cards from my fellow workers at school and the cards from the children that I work with. Two weeks ago, my husband and I took our family including 5 children and our grandson on vacation to the ocean in Delaware. The truth is the sun never felt so good on my skin, the sand never felt so good between my toes, and I never appreciated my moments with my family as much as I do now. As the days go by, I realize even more that my second chance at life is because of all of you. For all of the people who work everyday in your emergency room, especially the team who worked to save my life, and extra especially to the female doctor who saved my life. THANK YOU!”
Mary Purtzman