Page 2 of 2Zimbelman noted she also felt fortunate to have a family friend, Cassie Emand, who is a missionary in Nepal that was able to come and be with her while she was in New Delhi.
On June 19, she went to the hospital to take care of paper work. “It was a modern, very clean, high security place,” she recalled, “with two guards at the front entrance.” In addition, there were guards on every floor and even when you left your room, they would come and lock your door.
She recalled that while she was there, she met an orthopedic surgeon from Nigeria who was in New Delhi for a knee replacement and a truck driver from Texas who was there for a triple-by-pass heart operation who has stopped in Conrad while trucking up and down the road.
Her operation took place on June 20 and lasted for three hours. After her surgery, in the recovery room, “I was fed a cucumber and tomato sandwich and a cup of tea.”
Zimbelman spent six days in the hospital for PT rehab and then returned to her guest house for another week.
While in India she was able to make a side trip to the Taj Mahal, which is actually a mausoleum built in the memory of a Shahs’ favorite wife. Made of white marble, the building began construction in 1632 and was completed in 1653.
She noted that a lot of corn is grown there and oil tankers are in abundance. It was also, “really, really hot, well over 100 degrees every day.” There are a lot of high rise buildings under construction, and everyone, has a cell phone, she chuckled.
On July 2, she had her surgical staples removed for her trip back to Conrad. She had progressed from a walker for assistance to a cane.
Zimbelman said she found the people of India to be, “really beautiful people inside and out, but I’m glad to be back. It was a wonderful experience planned by God who was with me every step of the way.”
Without insurance, the type of operation Zimbelman had, with variables, could cost between $40,000 and $56,000.
Her operation, hospital stay, follow-up visit, rehab, guest house, incidentals and round trip flight cost her $16,500.
Tuesday evening she was walking across the swimming pool park at NNO to see the K-9 demonstration with only the slightest of a limp.
Asked how she was doing, a wide grin without a word spoke volumes.
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