Fall 2023 | Oct 19, 2023
Priya Greene was on her second round of in vitro fertilization in 2019 when she developed severe pancreatitis and was rushed to the emergency room. She needed extensive surgery and spent five weeks in the ICU. Priya was so weakened that she couldn’t lift her feet from her bed. No one knew if she would be able to live independently. It was a terrifying time for Priya and her husband, Rodney.
Priya came to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cambridge determined to regain her strength and her life. At first, a small victory was standing up for a minute. Priya’s care team of occupational and physical therapists focused on building her endurance — and a month later, stood by cheering as Priya climbed to the top of multiple flights of stairs.
Priya and her care team brought purpose to one another, trading stories of shared interests — including her registered dietician’s love of running. “I lived vicariously through Ginny’s training runs. It kept me excited,” says Priya. She credits her care team’s strength as playing a critical role in her recovery. Now Priya plans to run a half marathon with Ginny next year, to pay it forward by raising money and awareness.
Sharing her story is one way Priya chooses to give back. She is motivated by her recovery and by what it has given her and her husband: the chance to fulfill their dream to start a family. Their daughter Riya was born via surrogate in 2022, giving her parents a new purpose in life.
Spaulding patients are compelled to help others — by raising awareness, by raising funds, by participating in research, and by showing up for fellow patients going through similar situations. It is this community that makes Spaulding strong.
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