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February 19, 2013
MONMOUTH -- Tabitha Schulke, the Monmouth teen who was hospitalized for almost two-and-a-half months with a near-fatal infection, has returned home, her family announced on Saturday.
"We told her we are waiting to do Christmas when she got well enough to come home," said Donna Schulke, Tabitha's mother, in a journal post to CaringBridge.org. "It looks like we will be doing Christmas this week."
It was around Thanksgiving that Schulke was stricken with an infection that caused her body to go into septic shock.
She has suffered strokes, brain damage, near failure of her kidneys and had to have her legs amputated as a life-saving measure. Doctors at Emmanuel Legacy Medical Center, where she had been staying, struggled to find what caused the condition.
Schulke's family has been living in Portland for several weeks to be close to her. Tabitha "still has a tummy tube, (is on) a lot of medication and will go to outpatient rehab," Donna Schulke wrote.
"We also found out we don't have a vehicle to fit us all," she continued. "We have to make a lot of lifestyle changes, but I'm just happy we are home."