Health & Wellness

Somerville Hospital Gives Disabled Advocate a Second Chance at Life

1da8cb483647faddc9a6_sompixrwjuhEvelynRamundo.jpg
Hillsborough resident Evelyn Ramundo spent six months recovering from a flesh-eating infection with specialized treatment at RWJUH/Somerset. Credits: Courtesy RWJUH/Somerset
1da8cb483647faddc9a6_sompixrwjuhEvelynRamundo.jpg

SOMERVILLE, NJ – What started as an oozing wound for Evelyn Ramundo turned into acute kidney failure, three surgeries, a medically-induced coma, two weeks in the hospital and five months of rehabilitation.

But thanks to the Center for Wound Healing at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, the 45-year-old Hillsborough resident is back to work, volunteering as an advocate for the disabled and bowling each weekend with the Special Olympics.

“I’m very lucky,” she says.

Sign Up for E-News

Ramundo came to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Emergency Department on April 27, 2017 after noticing an infected wound in her groin area. She was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, commonly referred to as a “flesh-eating infection” because it starts as a bacterial skin infection and spreads to the tissue. As a result of the infection, she was in acute kidney failure and doctors considered dialysis treatment. She had surgery that same day performed by Daniel Sadler, MD and two more within a week to clean the infection.

She was administered antibiotics and placed in a medically-induced coma in the hospital’s Critical Care Unit. As her condition improved, she was brought out of the coma, moved from the Critical Care to another patient care unit and then discharged May 10  to an acute care rehabilitation center.

Five days a week for five months, Ramundo was transported to the Center for Wound Healing for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She spent about two hours each day lying on a stretcher in a glass-enclosed chamber that delivers 100 percent oxygen with increased atmospheric pressure. The high concentration of oxygen penetrates the wound so it kills bacteria and increases tissue growth to promote the healing process.

At first, she was hesitant about lying in the chamber, but the wound center’s staff helped make her comfortable and played music and movies for her to pass the time.

“The air was good for the wounds,” Ramundo says. “I could feel it healing.”

During her visits, Robert Segal, MD, infectious disease specialist, also checked her wound and staff applied advanced wound products to facilitate healing.

In addition to treatment at the Center for Wound Healing, Ramundo underwent daily physical therapy to strengthen her muscles and regain her ability to walk after being immobile during her hospitalization.

She completed her treatment on Sept. 30 and in October began resuming her normal activities. She answers phones at the Community Options office in Hillsborough, where she has worked for the past 17 years. She is also an advocate for the disabled with Somerset County ARC and serves as president of Advocates for Change. On weekends, she competes with the Special Olympics bowling team.

“We thank the Center for Wound Healing for giving Evelyn a second chance,” says her aunt Christine Logan of Monroe Township. “They became like a family to her. The whole team was great.”

Ramundo still has the stuffed bunny with an angel pin that the staff gave her for her birthday, along with a birthday cake.

“They were so good to me,” she says.

“Each year between 5 and 7 million Americans like Evelyn experience some type of chronic wound that just won’t heal with traditional treatment,” Segal said.. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has shown to be beneficial for diabetic patients with non-healing ulcers, as well as those with arterial ulcers and other types of wounds that fail to respond to conservative therapy. It can also help conditions without open wounds, such as radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis, osteomyelitis and idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Franklin Township

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Jersey, leading to chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cancer,” said New Jersey Human ...

New Brunswick Battles Hunger with Largest Food Pantry Network in County

July 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rev. Douglas Shepler became pastor of New Brunswick's Second Reformed in April 2008 and by October had a food pantry running that quickly attracted people in need, including Rutgers University students.

“We had graduate students coming to us and they had a choice of paying their rent or paying for food,” Shepler said. However, those students ...

Viewing Date Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash in Raritan

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church, in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

South Plainfield Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of Next Week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday.  The pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday (July 16) and Tuesday (July 17) tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

The ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

New Brunswick Battles Hunger with Largest Food Pantry Network in County

July 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rev. Douglas Shepler became pastor of New Brunswick's Second Reformed in April 2008 and by October had a food pantry running that quickly attracted people in need, including Rutgers University students.

“We had graduate students coming to us and they had a choice of paying their rent or paying for food,” Shepler said. However, those students ...

Viewing Date Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash in Raritan

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church, in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

South Plainfield Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...

"Xtreme" Adventures for Teens in Somerset County

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center  has scheduled a challenging summer program series for teens 13 to 16.

“Xtreme Adventure” is a summer-long series of one-day outdoor programs that will entertain and educate teen girls and boys. All adventures begin at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.