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Spinal trauma patient views injury as just another steep hill to climb

Cody Wills finishes the 16 mile bike ride section for his relay team during the Got the Nerve? Triathlon.

By Bill Landauer

Spinal trauma never saw Cody Wills coming.

To Wills, life is one long and winding race track, complete with steep hills, hairpin turns and times to beat. So when he found out eight years ago at the age of 20 he’d spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, Wills shrugged.

After all, practically since he could crawl, Wills has lived for wheels.

So it’s no shock to find him at dawn on May 18 leading his Top End Force RX hand cycle through a crowd of friends and fans at the 16th annual Got the Nerve? Triathlon, flashing a toothy, crescent-moon grin. Just about everyone knows him.

“Hey Cody!”

“Cody!”

“What’s up, brother? Looking good!”

The Mount Gretna triathlon is one of two Penn State Health-sponsored events on this day geared to support adaptive athletes like Wills. An hour or so after his 16-mile hand-cycle race morning, Wills plans to load up into his Chevy Avalanche and drive to Middletown, where he’s expected at RecFest. On the campus of Penn State Harrisburg, vendors demonstrate sports like wheelchair rugby, basketball and diving.

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June 20, 2019 at 11:15 am Leave a comment

See Me Now: Program reunites patients and emergency department doctors

Ed Frederick hugs Dr. Elizabeth Werley at the first “See Me Now” program. Ed has white hair and a moustache and is wearing a gray sweatshirt. Dr. Werley is wearing a long-sleeved sweater. Behind them are cafeteria tables and chairs. A large light fixture is above them.

Ed Frederick thanks Dr. Elizabeth Werley at the first “See Me Now” program for helping him during a trauma he suffered last spring.

By Carolyn Kimmel

Edward Frederick plans to retire soon with full use of both legs – something for which he will always be grateful to staff at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and he wanted them to know it.

The Londonderry Township man had just dropped off his wife at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for a doctor appointment last spring when he had an accident in the parking lot that caused extreme blood loss.

“I knew I was in big trouble,” he said. “I managed to drive myself to the front door of the hospital, but I lost consciousness while I was being taken in. The next thing I remember was being wheeled from the emergency department to the operating room.”

Dr. Elizabeth Werley, an emergency department physician, oversaw triage care that ultimately saved Frederick’s life. Within 15 minutes of arriving, he was headed to the operating room for leg surgery.

“We were able to do something that we trained for years to do, and our rapid response team worked together so smoothly,” Werley said. “Otherwise, I’m confident he would have died, but that day, we saved somebody’s life.”

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April 17, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment


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