From ouch to awe |

From ouch to awe

Dear Editor:

Thank you, Aspen! Recently I attended a fabulous adult figure skating camp at the Aspen Skating Center. The camp was organized by Jenny Nelson for the Aspen Recreation Department.

Approximately 50 adult skaters attended, all of varying skill levels. What a fantastic group of skaters, great instructors and a wonderful facility. I was having a terrific time until Tuesday, Aug. 5, when I attempted a loop jump and landed on my hip instead of my blade. What a shock!

Before I knew it, I was on my way to Aspen Valley Hospital in an ambulance. Kind and caring paramedics kept me comfortable during the ride to the hospital, and the emergency room staff was terrific! Within two hours I was being wheeled into surgery to repair a fractured hip.

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Purnell and his team, Louie, Terry, Julie, Lisa, Grace and many more. They are talented, attentive, sensitive and professional individuals. The nurses and the physical therapist helped me recover to the point where I could fly back to California six days after surgery!

The care I received at Aspen Valley Hospital was five-star! I hope everyone in your community knows how fortunate they are to have such a hospital.

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I look forward to returning to adult figure skating camp next year and will stop by the hospital to thank everyone in person.

Sheila T. Cluff

Ojai, Calif.