Texas Children's Hospital Multidisciplinary Approach Helps Teen in Trauma Recovery

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Ryley Hoffman is thought to be to some extent, a miracle. The 17-year-old found herself in the fight for her life back in October of 2015 when a pickup truck ran over her while she was watching airplanes near the Intercontinental Airport.

Due to the gravity of her wounds, she was taken to Texas Children’s Hospital.   Her injuries were many, a lacerated liver, kidney, broken ribs, and  collapsed lung, so she stayed 2 ½ months in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Multidisciplinary in-hospital teams improve patient outcomes.

She spent 74 days in a row going through 10 surgical procedures.  In addition she had many days in the ICU as well as extreme rehabilitation sessions.  24 different services in all were participating in Ryley’s care.

Currently Ryley is still meeting with the trauma team from Texas Children’s Hospital for follow-up visits, as well as continuing her outpatient recovery.  Due to her extensive hospital stay, she has to deal with being very deconditioned.  She needs a good deal of physical as well as occupational therapy.

And with the support of her family, physicians, physical therapists, and the rest of the team at Texas Children’s Hospital, she will remain strong.  Her doctors anticipate a complete recovery.  Due to Texas Children’s Hospital multidisciplinary approach, “Every single service here including our medicine specialty has touched Ryley in some way.”

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Texas Children’s Hospital multidisciplinary approach helps teen in trauma recovery