FALL 2018 17 GreenRoofbroughtpeace,smilesanda boostforrecoveryforICUpatient WhilebeingtreatedatConcordHospitalforadevastatinginjuryinSeptemberof2016, ArpitaKurdekarlookedforwardtoadailydosefreshair,awayfromthebeepingof medicalequipmentandbustlingofdoctorsandnursesintheIntensiveCareUnit(ICU). ShefounditjustdownthehallandthroughaglassdoorattheRayGerbiPatientand FamilyRooftopGarden–apatchofgreenwithaviewoftheblueskyanddistant woodlands. “IwassohappytobeoutsideandawayfromtheHospitalroom,”Arpitasaid. “Itwasverynicetoseethetrees.Itwasfall,sotheleafcolorswerechanging.” ArpitawasintheICUfor23daysafteratreelimbfellonheroutsideherConcord apartment,paralyzingher.Ithappenedthreedaysbeforeher25thbirthday,whileshe wasonthewaytothegymafteradayofworkasacivilengineer,designingbridges. Shesaidvisitingthegardenwasanincentivethathelpedimprovehercondition. “Iwastotallybedridden,”shesaid.“Icouldjustmovemyshoulders,butmynurse,Sue, toldmethatifIcouldsituponthebedwithsupportandbuildupsomestamina,they wouldbeabletotakemeoutsideforsomefreshair.” Afterhardwork,Arpitacouldsitfor15minutes,longenoughtobetransferredtoa wheelchairandtakentothegarden. “Beingoutofthebed,sittinginthechair,buildingupstaminaandcontrollingmyblood pressure–thatwasveryimportanttomyrecovery,”Arpitasaid.“Withoutthegarden,it wouldhavetakenlonger.” AfterthreeweeksatConcordHospitalandfivemonthsatrehabilitationfacilities,Arpita resumedherlife,inawheelchair,andbeginsaPhDprograminstructuralengineeringthis fallattheUniversityofConnecticut. Therooftopgreenspaceisawarmmemoryofadifficultexperience. “Itwasliketakingaholidayfromthehospitalroom,”Arpitasaid. ForinformationaboutsupportingtheRooftop HealingGarden,callConcordHospitalTrust at(603)227-7162orvisitch-trust.org.