When you spend 430 days in the hospital, you get to know the people around you. That’s how long Lora Mills waited for a heart transplant at UF Health Shands Hospital.
She finally received her new heart last summer.
“We transported her every day for over a year,” said Thomas Weaver, a UF Health Shands Hospital Patient Transportation patient flow coordinator. “We built routines and relationships with her.”
As Mills prepared to leave the hospital weeks after her transplant, the transportation team surprised her with flowers and a large, handmade card with the signatures of everyone who had transported her. She teared up when they presented her with the framed card that said, simply, “Congrats from Patient Transport,” and was covered with dozens of signatures from the people who escorted her around the hospital for tests, therapy, scans and sometimes just for some fresh air.
“They became like friends and family,” Mills said. “They all went over the top for me.”
Learn more about Mills’ story in April’s edition of News&Notes.