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Health Plus: Hand Therapy

As we head into the holiday weekend, a reminder about what can happen when you drink and drive.

An eastern Iowa woman almost lost her arm when she was hit by a drunk driver.

In Health Plus her story of survival and frustration.

This is how the van Lynnie Boland was riding in looked after it was hit by a drunk driver.

"I went to get out of my little window back there and I had my left arm and shoulder out and then it rolled 2 more times," she says.

The 56-year-old Waterloo woman and her three friends were driving in Arkansas at ten in the morning when the crash happened March of last year.

Despite wearing a seatbelt in the backseat, Lynnie severed 11 tendons in her left arm and miraculously avoided amputation.

"Well anytime there's a well single tendon injury is significant but anytime there are multiple tendons involved it complicates and compounds the outcome," says her therapist.

More than a year later she is still undergoing painful but effective physical therapy at Covenant Wellness Center's Rehabilitation in Waterloo.

"Anytime they repair the tendons there's going to be some shortening of the tendons and therefore they won't stretch as well as they did before," she says.

Certified hand therapist Linda Westpfahl motivates as much as manipulates Lynnie.

"I know I wouldn't have come as far as I have today in therapy without Linda's help. When I didn't think I could keep going on, she was there," Lynnie says.

She will likely never regain even half the use of her arm and hand, as Lynnie had to relearn everything from brushing her hair to holding silverware.

Her message to drivers who get behind the wheel drunk.

"When people go out and drink, take a taxi, find a designated driver because it's not their lives that they're taking, that they're hurting it's the innocent victims," says Lynnie. 


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