Angela Loop: Note from stabbing victim
I noticed you wrote the two articles on the stabbing that occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 25 on Illinois Gulch Road.
Yes, I am alive. I am recovering out-of-state at a relative’s house. I was released from St. Anthony’s Central Hospital Dec. 1 and arrived at my current destination two days later. I was re-hospitalized Dec. 10 in serious condition and underwent another chest surgery to clean out a life-threatening staph infection; remove rib #6 on my left side; and to re-inflate my left lung. I was again released from that hospital Dec. 17. The initial injuries I sustained are: a through-and-through knife wound to my left thumb (which does not work very well now); removal of my left breast implant; removal of a portion of my left lung; repair to my sliced diaphragm; and repair of a small cut in a portion of my bowel. Due to the injuries to my left chest, I have severe difficulties using my left arm, which should heal itself in time. I now have approximately 10 different scars on my abdomen and chest.
I have a very long road of recovery ahead of myself, but am grateful to be alive. I have two or three more surgeries to endure in order to reconstruct the damage done to my chest. I don’t know how I am going to pay the medical bills since they have already reached between $150,000 to $200,000. That alone makes me break down into tears quite easily. But my primary focus is to heal physically and mentally.
Saying thank you to all those that had a hand in saving my life seems so trivial but that’s all I have to give. My sincere thanks and undying gratitude goes to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, all the fire and rescue personnel; the medical team at St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center; the medical team and pilots of Flight for Life; the medical team at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital; and Bob, the security guy who helped quell some of my fears while I was in the hospital, made me laugh, and helped when I was discharged. I would also like to thank anyone else who said a prayer on my behalf. Julie “The Hat Lady” – you are a sweetheart. Thanks for the hat. The hot pink color with the oversized white pom-pom brings a smile to my face.
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe, happy and healthful New Year.
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