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Regarding care for Martin Bright show details Regarding care for Martin Bright
by Bright, Kathy on Jul 23rd, 2013

Dr. Schumacher I got to meet under the most terrible circumstances back in May 2011 when my husband had neck surgery and had multiple complications at Muhlenburg the following day. When he was transferred to Cedar Crest, 10 hours later Dr. Schumacher took my husband under his care with a very grim outlook on Marty's prognosis and life. Dr. Schumacher tried everything he could to keep Marty comfortable telling me the outlook on his life would not be good gone without significant lack of oxygen to the brain for a long period of time. Dr. Schumacher was very caring, kind, warmhearted and really felt for Marty and our family about his outlook on the rest of his life. As a last resort to hopefully get more life back and the less potential of significant paralyzation he was put under 6 week semi-coma to reduce swelling in the brain and the cooling tent. None of this really seemed to work and Dr. Schumacher to me felt so heartbroken as to not being able to help Marty the way he had hoped. We saw him again 6 months later in Jan 2012 and he reordered an MRI and Cat Scan and his brain healed somewhat but still has short term memory loss and paralyzed from the neck down. We saw Dr. Schumacher again in July 2013 for the last time and he was hoping for things to be better but of course things are the same living in a nursing home for the rest of his life without any therapy for the last 1 1/2 years due to insurance controlling how much therapy a patient gets and if they show progress or not, he gets no therapy and sits in a wheelchair for 2 to 3 hrs and bedridden the other 21 to 22 hrs. His right arm is so paralyzed so he needs shots to try to open the hand more and everything else is still as grim as it was when this happened to Marty the day after his neck surgery back in May 2011. Dr. Schumacher ordered another Cat Scan to see for any abnormalities in the brain because he just stops breathing very easily but that is all basically can be done for Marty. He and of course our family would love to be able to get Marty back to Good Shepherd to see if anything better can be done to the left hand as there is some limited movement in that hand and hopefully get alittle more mobility back into his body. Maybe someday we hope this will happen. In closing I want to thank Dr. Schumacher from the bottom of my heart for his professionalism being such a kind, warmhearted doctor who really cares about patients he treats and the patients extended family. My husband was so damaged before he got to Cedar Crest and put under Dr. Schumacher's care he feels so bad he couldn't help Marty more but I know if given the chance he would of been able to treat my husband with his great expertise and knowledge of the brain and how badly things can happen to the brain. Dr. Schumacher is the most caring, kind, heartwarming doctor I have ever met and anybody in the LV should be very fortunate to have Dr. Schumacher to take care of their loved ones. He is terrific and eventhough he couldn't help my husband like he would of been able had he gotten to Cedar Crest in enough time I know we would of had a much better outcome. There needs to more doctors that are willing to do anything in trying to bring back a person's damaged life with such care that he shows and how he feels about people and their outcome of how their life is today. He is so kind, caring and has a heart of gold and really feels for a family under these grim circumstances. There are NOT enough of these type of doctors in the Lehigh Valley that have his bed side manner and take their job so seriously in caring for his patients. You are just an outstanding doctor and person and I want to give you a special thanks for the last time. Sincerely, Kathy Bright