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Christmas hope abounds for injured woman

Edmond woman spending third Christmas in hospital
by Carla Hinton Published: December 25, 2012

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” — Romans 15:13

An Edmond woman is to spend her third Christmas in the hospital, but she remains hopeful that one day soon she will go home.

Glenda Kay Hutchison and her husband, Ed, said that hope stems from their faith in God — a hope that is ever present during the holiday season of miracles.

The Hutchisons get emotional when they describe the life-altering accident Glenda Kay had in 2010 — and the several times she almost died as a result.

The couple said Glenda Kay Hutchison was involved in an accident involving the pickup she was driving the day after Thanksgiving three years ago. He said he found out about the accident as he prepared to return home from his job as a crude oil tank driver.

Ed Hutchison said he was greeted with shocking news when he arrived at the hospital where emergency medical providers had taken his wife. Glenda Kay Hutchison's aorta had ruptured, her left lung had been punctured, three of her vertebrae had been cracked and her neck ligaments had been stretched. Ed Hutchison said the accident also left his wife with massive abrasions on one of her legs so much so that “it looked like a watermelon had been scooped out.”

He said emergency surgery was necessary and though she survived the lifesaving medical repairs, she is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Ed Hutchison said after surgery, his wife lay comatose until two days before Christmas, when she woke up not realizing that she had almost lost her life.

Three years later, the Hutchisons can recount many ups and downs in her progress as doctors and nurses have tried to help her heal.

Ed Hutchison said he left intact the Christmas decorations his wife put up before her accident. Small bits and pieces of holiday cheer from their Edmond home, like miniature Christmas trees, have made their way to Glenda Kay's hospital room.

“It's not a big decorated house but it serves its purpose,” he said of the holiday decor. “It brings the Christmas spirit.”

Though she has been a patient at several metro hospitals, Glenda Kay is now at Kindred Hospital, an acute care medical center in Oklahoma City which she says has become a caring second home, of sorts. She said she and her family stay positive by reading Scripture, praying and receiving visits from ministers like the Rev. Fred Huff of Balko, family members, friends and numerous church members from Edmond's Henderson Hills Baptist Church. Glenda Kay also has been an avid fan of the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team and the Oklahoma City Thunder, cheering the teams on from her hospital bed.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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