Misti Peterson, the Hutchisons' daughter, said she did not know how strong her mother was until she watched her battle her injuries from the accident and the resulting complications. She said her mom's accident and extended hospitalization has given the family a new perspective about life.
“I just think she's an inspiration to everyone. I think most of us would have given up a long time ago,” Peterson said
“I'm very proud of her.”
Her cousin Ann Hays, an advocate for seniors and senior issues, shared similar sentiments.
Hays, who also lives in Edmond, said she has been inspired by her cousin's perseverance, particularly since she has been close to returning home several times only to have a setback stop her from doing so.
“Each time, her hope was to be home for Christmas,” Hays said.
Glenda Kay Hutchison said having the support of her family has been crucial, plus the friendship and prayers of countless others. She said she and her husband drove a truck together for years, which drew them closer together. She said their close friendship — they will celebrate 30 years of marriage in January — has benefited them greatly over the last three years.
Glenda Kay recalled a time when doctors told her she would be unable to breathe on her own. She said she and her husband had to make the decision about whether or not she would be placed on a ventilator. She said she did not want to be hooked to a ventilator for the rest of her life.
The couple said after praying together, they allowed doctors to take her off the ventilator.
They consider it miraculous that her breathing returned to normal soon afterward.
Glenda Kay said she had prayed and told God that she was placing herself firmly in His hands. Ed Hutchison said he wanted an ongoing opportunity to be the strong partner his wife needed to get through her trials.
“I had prayed to God to allow me to show my wife who I really am. I wasn't ready to lose her. God gave her back to me,” he said.
The pair said those answered prayers will sustain them this Christmas.
“Our faith — that's what keeps us going forward,” Ed Hutchison said.