After a devastating car accident last fall that resulted in the amputation of her left hand’s fingers, Reena Cheruiyot is again setting goals for her future because the life-saving care she received at Collin County’s only Level I Trauma Center, Medical City Plano. The hospital is unique in Collin County in its ability to provide a continuum of care, from the initial trauma, to hand reconstruction, rehabilitation and out-patient needs.
Salil Gulati, MD, burn and reconstructive plastic surgeon at Medical City Plano led the surgical efforts behind Cheruiyot’s hand, which includes 18 surgeries to date. Cheruiyot’s surgeries included several finger amputations, hand reconstruction and skin grafts, all performed by Dr. Gulati.
Cheruiyot credits Dr. Gulati’s and his team’s expertise and commitment to excellent patient care for her recovery.
“He is always listening to me and my concerns and helping me understand how a treatment or surgery will be beneficial to me so I can live the fullest life possible and achieve the dreams I have for myself,” said Cheruiyot. “If there is anything wrong, he’s always there for me and I can tell he has my best interest in mind.”
Cheruiyot isn’t letting the challenges of being an amputee hold her back. She continues to stay active, riding bikes and jogging. She is attending college, hoping to apply to pharmacy school, a career path she discovered since her injury. And, she looks forward to the day she is fitted with a prosthetic hand.
“Since we began offering Level I trauma services, it is clear to us that our ever-growing community needs these highly skilled services now more than ever,” said Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano. “While this isn’t something the average person thinks about on a daily basis, we’re constantly planning for situations like Reena’s. Her story inspires us to continue to grow and be innovative in our care approach so our patients know they can count on us when they need us most.”