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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.