Edmonton grandmother overcomes broken pelvis, pneumonia and COVID-19

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Edmonton family celebrates after 80-year-old matriarch overcomes broken pelvis, pneumonia and COVID-19.

Colette Sevigny’s recovery from five weeks of hospitalization also drew the attention of front-line healthcare workers at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where she was sent on Thursday.

“There were wall-to-wall staff all over the office,” said daughter Louise Sevigny in an interview with CBC on Friday. “At the end of the corridor, right in the middle, there was my sweet mother, sitting in a wheelchair smiling and waving.

“There was no dry eye, I don’t think, in this hallway,” she said. “The staff applauded and applauded. “

The family has nothing but praise for the health workers in Unit 34 who looked after Colette.

The trial started on March 11 when she was exposed to someone with COVID-19 at Shepherd’s Care Kensington, the continuing care facility where she lives.

Five days later, she was placed in solitary confinement. On March 23, she started to feel sick and the next day, she had a bad fall.

The family was hesitant to take him to the emergency room, but soon realized that they had no choice.

“Once she was there and taking x-rays, we were told that mom had a pelvic fracture from her fall and that she should be admitted,” said Sevigny.

Her mother was diagnosed with pneumonia and was buffered for COVID-19. Four days later, the test came back positive.

“It blew the wind from my sails,” said Sevigny.

Her mom was put on oxygen but her condition continued to worsen.

“She needed to go to an observation bed,” said Sevigny. “At that time, we weren’t allowed to go in and see mom. “

Mother and daughter, Louise and Colette Sevigny, on the way back from the hospital. (Louise Sevigny)

Colette quickly went from three liters of oxygen per minute to nine, and the family began to fear the worst. They decided to hold a candlelight vigil.

Friends and family from across Canada participated, including the other three children of this 80-year-old man.

“It makes me cry a little,” said Sevigny, choking. “We have been carried and supported in ways we could not imagine. “

Then they received another call and were told that Mom had improved, that she was returning to Unit 34. There, the hospital provided her with a tablet which she could communicate with her family.

“Slowly every day we saw small improvements and mom beat him, she beat him,” said Sevigny. “And yesterday (Thursday), she was able to be sent to my care. “

After five weeks in the hospital, the mother of four, grandmother of eight and soon to be great grandmother, enjoyed her freedom and a grilled burger with a side of salad.

“I feel so grateful for all the care I have received and the support from my family,” said Colette Sevigny.



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