Tuesday, November 20, 2012

First Female Soldier to Lose Limb in Iraq to Speak to Amputee Support Group

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Melissa Stockwell, the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq war and a champion paratriathlete, will speak to Loyola University Medical Center's Step Up Amputee Support Group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Stockwell lost her left leg above the knee in a roadside bomb in 2004, and later became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics. She has won the Paratriathlon World Championship the last three years in a row.

Stockwell, 32, lives in Chicago, where she is a certified prosthetist and triathlon coach. She will talk about overcoming obstacles, perseverance and living life to the fullest.

"As cheesy as it sounds, I love my life," she said.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.