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Fulton County Medical Center

Wound Care Services -Gaynelle

Stephen Facchina, MD

Gaynelle Rosenberry refers to the Fulton County Medical Center Wound Center Services staff as her "buddies.” After her treatments in the hyperbaric chamber and four skin grafts, the 81-year-old Fort Loudon resident has made some long-term friendships.

In 2013, Rosenberry's husband fell on her left leg, which had to be surgically repaired. She suffered compartment syndrome – there is no oxygen or blood flow to the extremity. The leg swells up and surgery is required to release the swelling and tension caused by the injury.

She required three such surgeries. A wound remained, however, and Dr. William Milroth, her primary care physician, referred her to FCMC's Wound Center. "I was here daily, Monday through Friday, for two-hour dives in the (hyperbaric) chamber,” said Rosenberry. "I didn't take any days off. I watched TV or slept when I was in the chamber.”

"Hyperbaric oxygen therapy(HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled,” said Wound Center Services Director Tyla Swope.

Rosenberry had to undergo four skin grafts to complete the healing and also received a new pacemaker. "Everything sort of clicked from that point on,” said Rosenberry as she swung her healed left leg forward and back. "At one point I thought I was going to lose my leg. These girls (Wound Services staffers) are wonderful. They are good to everyone.” -Gaynelle