We recently received a lovely letter from Sandy Williams of our cardiology department. She was writing at the request of her younger sister, Nikita Seahorn, who was admitted to Jefferson Regional in April with a rare medical condition. “My baby sister is a very outgoing woman,” Sandy explains, “a mother with four children, a full-time job and a successful photography business, all while she pursues a Master’s degree and plans to be married. However, April 21st literally changed her life forever. She went from her daily activities to not being able to eat or bathe herself, and being so weak that she couldn’t walk.” The diagnosis was the life-threatening blood clotting disorder Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (TTP). TTP causes blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body, which can limit or block the flow of blood to organs such as the brain, kidneys, and heart.
“When I researched the diagnosis, my heart was so heavy because I realized how ill my little sister really was and that she needed a treatment called plasmapheresis,” Sandy recalls. “She is very thankful to everyone who had a hand in caring for her, and while she may not remember everyone’s name, there are some she will always remember.” Nikita and Sandy issued a special thanks to:
- Physicians Asif Masood, M.D.; Tiffany Smith, M.D. and Steve Dunnagan, M.D.
- Emergency Department Staff: Gabby, RN; Nicole, APRN; Daniel, APRN and ED-Transport
- 3 CW Nursing Staff: Patient Coordinator Jennifer Galvin, Nancy May, RN; Bonnie Sutton, RN; Deterica
Sharp, RN; Laterrica Beavers, RN; Kadesha Caradine, RN and every Patient Care Tech
- Nursing House Supervisor – Veronica Legrand, R.N.
- Nutritional Services Manager Targie Crumpton and staff
- Special Procedures Coordinator Stefanie Johnson and staff
Nikita is now back at home, taking things one day at a time but staying busy and doing well. “We truly appreciate everyone for their effort in caring for my sister,” said Sandy.