74 days in the hospital

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On October 13, 2015, my life was unexpectedly changed forever. While watching airplanes at the airport with a friend I was run over by an F450 pickup truck. I was rushed by ambulance to the nearest trauma center in North Houston. There, doctors found I had a grade 5 shattered liver, shattered kidney, four broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a severe gash on my head. By the end of the week, I was stable enough for Texas Children’s Kangaroo Crew to come and transport me to Texas Children’s where I was immediately evaluated by the trauma team.

From the moment the Kangaroo Crew arrived, my family and I knew I was in the best possible hands. When I got to Texas Children’s, the team put in an emergency right chest IMG_0998tube and 11 staples in my head. After a few days in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, my doctors discovered I had several blood clots so they put in an IVC filter. I was soon taken up to the surgery floor and after a couple days wasn’t doing well so I was taken down to the Progressive Care Unit by the rapid response team. There, they put in a left chest tube and while doing so I aspirated and had to be put on the ventilator for three days. The 74 days I spent in the hospital were filled with ups and downs, surgeries, procedures and intensive physical and occupational therapy.

I celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas in the hospital, but my amazing family made my room feel like home – including decorations, matching pajamas and tons of presents. While my road to recovery hasn’t always been easy and there were tough days, I couldn’t be more thankful to the 24 teams who cared for me at Texas Children’s. I am now doing outpatient physical and occupational therapy, and visit the hospital for follow up appointments.

ABC 13 KTRK recently interviewed me about my journey to recovery. Click here to watch the full story. #wesayyesperiod

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About Ryley Hoffman, patient

In October 2015, I was run over by a pickup truck. I was immediately brought to Texas Children's where I underwent multiple surgeries and spend 74 days in the hospital.
Posted in Guest Post, Intensive Care, Surgery, Trauma

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