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Fall puts Liberty sheriff back in sugery
Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin - photo by File photo
Two weeks ago, Liberty County Sheriff Don Martin suffered a rehabilitation setback, forcing him to undergo surgery on Monday, according to his wife, Polly Martin.
She reported the sheriff had a “freak fall” while undergoing rehabilitation, fracturing the same leg he injured in a vehicle accident on Dec. 3 in Midway.
The surgery Monday at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah was to rebuild the leg from a knee to the hip. Surgeons reportedly removed older plates and screws, opened the bone and placed a new prosthetic which extended from the hip socket of the prosthetic hip all the way down to his prosthetic knee.
“It will be a very serious surgery,” Martin wrote in a journal entry dated last Friday on the hospital’s Caring Bridge Web site. “But the outcome, the doctors assure me, could be that Don will finally be free of pain, his leg will then be the same length as the left leg, and after (again) months of physical therapy, he will be walking again without assistance.”
Although the surgery was successful Martin reported the sheriff had some post surgical complications.
“We were looking forward to getting him settled and comfortable for the night when some problems arose with his blood pressure and kidneys,” she wrote. “We were again swiftly whisked away into ICU where he got the immediate attention of a team of specialists. I’m happy to report today that the situation was addressed and overcome, and he is resting well.”
Martin said they are working with the hospital and their insurance to get him reassigned to the therapy unit at Memorial, where the sheriff started his rehabilitation in January before being sent home.
“Don is strong and is a fighter,” she wrote. “My heart swells each time I think of what he’s endured, yet he continues to persevere and has such determination and hope. We will come out the other end of this long and dreary tunnel.”
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