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Professional Wrestler Wins the Match of His Life at Memorial
At 6 feet tall and 600 pounds, Michael is a big name in ultracompetitive professional wrestling. And "Maximum Capacity," as he is known to his fans, is also no stranger to injury and pain. While some might say agony and discomfort are part of the job, Michael knew something was very wrong when multiple leg wounds did not heal and the pain became excruciating.
"My legs hurt, I gained weight and it became hard to move. I was very self-conscious about the open wounds and I needed help," Michael says. 'It was an emotional as well as a physical wound for me."
In 2002, Michael was diagnosed with multiple stasis leg ulcers – wounds that develop when the leg veins do not move blood back toward the heart normally.
For the next seven years, he was in and out of doctors' offices and hospitals for treatment. Unfortunately, the wounds never properly healed and kept returning.
"After so many failed treatments, I was desperate," Michael says. "The chronic pain was unbearable, my quality of life was zero and suicide was in my mind always."
Finally, Michael was referred to Memorial Hospital Pembroke Center for Wound Healing in 2009.
"That was when I finally found hope," Michael says. "I had been literally at the end of my rope and without the wonderful people at the Center for Wound Healing, I don't know if I'd still be alive."
The Center for Wound Healing features a multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, technicians and nurses with years of experience in treating hard-to-heal wounds. Patients benefit from one-on-one instruction, including diabetes education, foot care, nutrition, smoking cessation, exercise, skin care and prevention of future injuries.
While undergoing treatment in an outpatient setting, Michael underwent twice-weekly bandage dressings and received personalized follow-up care.
Michael says, "Fortunately for me, the physicians, nurses and staff at the Memorial Hospital Pembroke Center for Wound Healing were supportive and caring. Most importantly, they knew exactly how to treat my wounds and gave me the proper follow-up care I needed."
After just twelve weeks, Michael's wounds healed and he returned to the ring – pain-free and ready for the next big match.
"Maximum Capacity is back in the game – and I'm smiling 24 hours a day!" Michael says. "The people at Memorial didn't just heal my wounds. They saved my career and my life. I feel like I won the lottery!"
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