Mercy Foundation Gives Local Hospice Patient Her Freedom Back

July 25, 2013

Mercy Hospice Patient gets gift that gives her freedom again

At Mercy, our co-workers remind us each and every day that the focus of our care always is and always has been helping other people.  Mercy Home Health and Hospice along with Mercy Health Foundation Joplin recently had the opportunity to help Terry Murray, a Mercy Hospice patient, who received a new wheelchair accessible ramp for her home.

Terry is in a wheelchair due to her failing health condition and cannot enter or exit her home without a ramp.  When Mercy Home Health and Hospice workers realized the existing ramp to Terry’s home was not wide enough for her chair and did not have side rails to protect her from falling, they knew something had to be done.  That’s when they turned to the Mercy Health Foundation in Joplin for a hand.

Mercy Health Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to advance health care in Joplin by securing public support for projects and services that touch the lives of our families, friends, and community.  The idea of helping Terry and her husband, Wesley, was taken on by the foundation without hesitation.

Mercy Health Foundation was able to purchase the materials for the project with the help of volunteer builders, including some Mercy Hospital leaders in Joplin.  On a hot summer morning, construction of the ramp began, and the Murray’s were on their way toward a safer home.

Terry’s husband, Wesley, shared prior to the construction of the new ramp his concern about his wife’s limitation in the event of severe weather and the need to evacuate their mobile home for safety.

The new ramp was swiftly constructed by Mercy volunteers, and ready for Terry to use.  This gift may seem small to many people, but as a terminally ill cancer patient, it means the world to Terry.  She told volunteers upon receiving her new ramp, “You guys are giving me freedom.  This is something that will help me more than you will ever know”.  She and her husband are now making the most of this new addition to their home, and are enjoying being outdoors together again.

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