Flesh eating bacteria sounds like something from a horror movie, but for Ken Myers of Bowling Green, the movie scenario became his reality. In March 2011, Ken was injured when his shin was hit by a piece of metal. The injury was made worse by necrotizing fasciitis (NF), a bacterial infection that attacks the soft tissue and the fascia, which is a sheath of tissue covering the muscle. The infection moved throughout his body and he was put into a medically induced coma after surgery. Besides the effects of the wound itself, the havoc the infection left on Mr. Myers’ body was severe: weight loss, muscle loss, and the inability to walk. He needed help and he didn’t have to go far to find it. Hannibal Regional Hospital’s Bowling Green Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine was there.
When Ken first met Physical Therapist Heather Ludwig, he was in a wheelchair. She knew he needed extensive physical therapy, and she researched on what he needed with the information his physician provided her. While she started him out with basic strengthening, Heather was soon pushing Ken to walk without an assisting device, and becoming more independent. She also made him accountable and pushed him through the rough times. After just the first visit Ken could see a big improvement. Heather also helped his wife Betty learn how to take care of him and taught her the proper techniques needed for Ken’s recovery and provided nutritional education. She also made sure he kept a good attitude. “I made sure to keep repeating I love therapy. I love therapy. Not, I don’t like this” explained Ken.
After four months, Ken was able to go back to work part-time and is quick to give credit where credit is due. “My care was excellent. People in this area can stay local and get exceptional care,” explained Ken.
Hannibal Regional Hospital Bowling Green Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is located at 710 S Business 61 in Bowling Green, MO
. For more information on services, call (573) 324-6079.