woman in icu on left and running marathon on right with hands up high in joy wearing red

Lauri Svoboda, PhD, had a great weekend.

That Sunday, the Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health woke up and cycled 60 miles. This was not unusual for Svoboda, a recurring triple and two-time semi-Ironman competitor. She loved how alive she was when she pushed her bicycle, in the water, or on the sidewalk a mile[1 km]to keep her body working.

But at night, she did not feel happy. In fact, her stomach was in a terrible pain – the worst pain of all her life.

Ambulance transported Svobodan to the Michigan Medical Center. There suppliers found intestinal obstruction. Her intestines twisted around her and cut off her blood supply. She needed urgent surgery.

Krishna Ragavendran, MBS, Head of the Michigan Emergency Medicine Surgery Unit, led a team to successfully remove a blood-stained, twisted Svoboda colon. However, Svoboda’s blood pressure was declining. She needed time to calm down before she could perform the rest of the surgery.

Svoboda’s next destination was the intensive care unit. The team left her stomach open and decided to give her IV fluids, antibiotics, and medicines to lower her blood pressure. Ragavendran and Aaron Williams, MD. , (Then a resident of Michigan Medicine General Surgery, now a resident of Duke University School of Medicine, Cardiovascular Surgery).

Svoboda lost 17 pounds in nine days at Michigan Medical University Hospital. An eight-inch scar took up a lot of space in the middle. She could not eat for most of the time, so she had low levels of essential vitamins such as iron and B12. It hurts to move.

But Svoboda had been sick before. A.D. In 2016 she had another bowel obstruction (the bowel increases the chances of developing miscarriages.) She gave birth three times. And she struggled in the middle of the long pools, races, and bikes. She was determined not only to recover from a recent health crisis but also to improve her fitness level – enough to compete in the upcoming Ironman tournament, which was delayed a year earlier due to the epidemic.

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She did – On September 12, Svoboda crossed the Ironman Wisconsin finish line in 15 hours, two minutes and 36 seconds.

Svoboda: “I was very happy, and in fact, I was in the ICU for just over three months on the day of the race and I was even able to get to the first line of the full Ironman race.”

“Full signs for Lori,” Ragavendran said. She has an amazing spirit, and she works really hard to improve herself and get back on track. I don’t think she deserves any respect for that, even if she doesn’t agree. In the end, it was her anger and perseverance that made her want to take part in such a tragic event.

Here, Svoboda describes the ingredients she believes will help her succeed:

Her good surgical result

“There are a lot of problems with these surgeries that keep me from growing fast,” Sboboda said, “and I had such good results.” And I present that to the surgeon’s talent and hard work. They are based on evidence, and they deliberately talk about things; It is not just a response to energy. I felt that every decision, even in an emergency, was very considerate and well-organized.

Nurse urses compassion and commitment

“When I was in the ICU, she was a nurse who gave me more attention than I needed because of her work,” says Svoboda. She always wanted me, and she always encouraged me. I was tied up with all these tubes, and she helped me get out of bed and take two walks around the ICU.