10TV: OhioHealth Surgeon Helps Local Marathoner
When Dave Parsons, an avid marathoner and recipient of this year’s Nationwide Children’s Columbus Hospital Marathon Lashutka Spirit Award, was hit by a distracted driver on his way to work last year, his running career took a heavy pause.
The accident left Parsons with a fractured foot and marked the beginning of a long road to recovery. With the help of Terry Philbin, DO, an orthopedic surgeon at the OhioHealth Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center in Worthington, Parsons was able to ease his way into a treatment plan to get him back on his feet and doing what he loves.
“He made the right decision to get it treated and just follow everything that we went through and all of the orders and everything,” Dr. Philbin told 10TV reporter Molly Brewer. “He followed it and worked very hard to get back.”
His recovery meant making the tough decision to sit out on the 2018 Boston Marathon, a break that didn’t come easy for Parsons. But his motivation and strong relationship with his surgeon allowed Parsons to bounce back in record time.
“I think a lot of it is his motivation and just following the script that we had for him to do to have a good healing of the fracture,” said Dr. Philbin. “I think that in a specific situation like this, it’s important that if you have to have surgery or something like that, that you communicate your goals to your surgeon.”
Slowly, Parsons was able to participate in a half IronMan, the New York Marathon and eventually, the Boston Marathon in 2019.
Despite the unexpected turn in his running career, Parsons has hit the ground running and is gearing up for his 16th marathon.
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