The Jakarta Post
After being treated for two weeks at the Regional General Hospital Dr. Moewardi in Surakarta, Central Java, a 34-year-old woman suffering from severe body stiffness was allowed to go home.
To make her life easier at home, Sulami will use a bed specially made for her by the hospital. The bed contains movable parts and a remote control, so that she can change its position.
“The team of doctors is making the bed to reduce her dependence on other people. We’re still raising the funds, which all will come from the Sragen regency administration,” Elysa, the hospital’s spokesperson, said Thursday.
Elysa added that the patient had undergone medical rehabilitation at the hospital to help restore the functions of her muscles and joints.
She said it would take months for the functions to return, as Sulami had suffered from the stiffness for more than 20 years.
“We have seen some improvement, but the hospital will continue to monitor her health. We will send medical staff to check on her once every two days,” Elysa went on.
Sulami, a resident of Sragen regency, had gradual paralysis when she was 10 years old. In the past 12 years, she relied solely on the help of her 90-year-old grandmother Suginem to carry out her daily activities.
Orthopedic specialist Dr. Pamudji Utomo explained that Sulami suffered from ankylosing spondylitis, a form of spinal arthritis.
“There is no cure so far, but medicines are available to halt the regression of the disease,” Pamudji said. (evi)
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