Inspiring a healthy lifestyle
June 16, 2016
Anna Mitchell, a pediatric nurse at Randall Children's Hospital, is an inspiration to her co-workers. Anna was a runner for years with a passion to stay healthy. Through years of running, her knees required surgery to correct pain that was keeping her from doing what she loved. Less than a year ago, Anna went in for a routine knee surgery and barely came out alive. Experiencing a large air embolism, she suffered severe lung damage, cardiac arrest and a stroke.
After 10 days of hospitalization, Anna was able to go home. "An air embolism is something that most people do not survive," she said. "All the doctors that cared for me said I lived because I was not just healthy and young, but I was also physically fit." Since her event, Anna has recovered rapidly, and continues to stay fit and healthy through spin classes. She has inspired many of her co-workers due to her determination and strength, many of whom now join her for spin workouts.
She has also become an advocate for healthcare workers at Randall Children's Hospital to stay fit and healthy. "It's been proven time and time again that exercise reduces stress, exhaustion and burnout," stated Mitchell. "Staying fit and healthy also increases personal accomplishment and overall well-being, which we need to provide exceptional care to our patients."
Anna hopes that she is able to continue to support and educate those around her about the importance of staying healthy in their current roles as caregivers. From her own experience, her physical fitness played a large part in her being alive today, as well as her fast recovery. She hopes that her experience can be a catalyst for others to get healthy.
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Photos courtesy of Anna Mitchell