Family worried quadriplegic woman being discharged too soon
She went into the Parkwood Institute's rehabilitation program as a quadriplegic, and that's likely how she'll leave.
Kathy Gould was given her discharge date, which is quickly approaching, the day she was admitted on Christmas Eve.
She is scheduled to be discharged next month, her sister Tammy Gould explains, because,"The release date is made the day the patient is admitted, depending on the type of injury they have."
The 49-year-old single mother became a quadriplegic after falling down the stairs.
Since then she has made significant strides in regaining mobility, but she'll soon be sent home, unable to care for herself and without access to the daily therapy her family believes she still needs.
After after about three months of therapy, Kathy can now move her toes and has significant pain in her legs - something doctors say is a good thing.
Her sisters have been glad to help and Tammy says, "This was a sign of the nerve endings coming alive again and that it was a sign it was starting to heal and [orf] ecovery and he thought it would take a year."
However, the hospital says it's providing the right care, in the right place and at the right time.
Parkwood says that while there are only 15 beds in the spinal cord injury unit, occupancy rates have nothing to do with patient release dates.
Kathy's sisters say she can't go home, and any progress she's made will be wasted if she's shown the door.
"What the doctors saying about 'They can't have the beds taken up by people who are maybe not healing as quickly as they hoped to and that there are other people who need the beds.' And Im' saying, give her the opportunity. Do not take away this opportunity for her to heal away from her - she's advanced to the stage she is at because of the wonderful therapy that she is getting here," Tammy says.
This isn't the first time a family has felt as though they were being pushed out of the hospital.
Six months ago Parkwood extended the stay for a young father who was being discharged before regaining mobility, and he has since made considerable progress with the help of therapy at Parkwood.