Elise's road to recovery

On Wednesday June 14th, Elise Wilson arrived at Harrington Hospital for her regular 7-7 shift. Elise ,a veteran nurse, was bringing in a patient complaining of arm pain to be triaged. As the patient followed Elise into the room, he closed the door behind him. That's when his attack began. She screamed for help but no one could get to her. A security guard tried to break the door down, but the attacker ended up trying to injure him as well and fled the scene. Although Elise, a two-time cancer survivor, defended herself the best she could...the injuries were severe and life threatening.
June 14th was a rough day for our family and friends. Elise's co-workers did what they were trained to do and treated her while also going into lockdown and fearing for their own safety. She was life flighted to UMASS and stabilized before entering hours of surgery. Two major wounds were identified in the neck and upper arm. Multiple wounds cover her upper body, including face.
We were faced with the possibility of losing an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, and nurse. With the help of fellow nurses and surgeons we are happy to say she is still with us.
There will be a long road to recovery. We believe in her strength and the skills of her caregivers. As a family we do not want to see this tragedy cause a burden for her and our immediate family.
The suspect is in custody and law enforcement will do what's necessary to keep this dangerous person off the streets. We need to concentrate on Elise's recuperation physically and mentally. If you are in a position to donate we thank you.
  • Leyton Pitzer 
    • 300 $ 
    • 44 mos
  • Pioneer Valley Emergency Nurses Association 
    • 500 $ 
    • 54 mos
  • Kathy Moore 
    • 25 $ 
    • 54 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • 50 $ 
    • 54 mos
  • Amy Robidoux 
    • 25 $ 
    • 55 mos
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Andrea Ausmus 
Webster, MA