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From Tennessee To Fairfield County, ALS Patient's Remarkable Journey

Sara Samaha, feeling at home thanks to the family-like support of RHHC.
Sara Samaha, feeling at home thanks to the family-like support of RHHC. Photo Credit: John Haffey

DANBURY, Conn. -- When Sara Samaha traveled to Regional Hospice and Home Care’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing last August, she believed it would be the last trip she would take.

After two years of battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the 66-year-old had accepted that her treatment options near her home in Tennessee were limited. The former ICU nurse of 40 years also worried about her ability to care for herself. After careful consideration she decided to travel over 700 miles to the Center in Danbury to be closer to family. She never imagined that the trip she was taking was just the beginning, or that the family she was joining was about to grow.

Regional Hospice and Home Care’s staff and volunteers welcomed Sara with open arms, as they’ve done for the more than 774 patients they have cared for in the past year since the Center's opening. Samaha appreciated her new home, telling volunteer, Deb Pointon that, “the only door that opened for me was this in-patient hospice facility. This decision turned out to be a blessing in disguise for all involved.”

To continue reading more on Sara’s story visit RHHC's website here.

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