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Published on October 22, 2021

A Healthy Recovery at 102

Ruth Seeley smiling outdoors

“I fell and broke my hip and elbow, but thanks to my care at Cottage, I’m doing great.”
– Ruth Seeley, 102 years old

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If you’ve been to the Solvang Festival Theatre over the past 20+ years, there’s a good chance Ruth Seeley gave you the event program. She’s known as “Grandma Ruth” there and started volunteering when she was 80. In fact, she celebrated her hundredth birthday at the theatre a couple of years ago, and was given a sash that read “100 & Fabulous.”

Ruth was born in 1919 during the flu pandemic, and is staying strong during this second pandemic of her lifetime. When she recently fell and fractured her hip and elbow, she was rushed to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital for treatment. There she learned the extent of her injuries.

“After the fall, I couldn’t walk,” Ruth said. “To get back to normal, I needed surgery.”

Ruth was transferred to the Cottage Center for Orthopedics at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where Michael Maguire, MD, an orthopedic surgeon affiliated with Cottage Health, performed the surgery. The surgery went smoothly, and Ruth received physical therapy for the three days she was in the hospital. She progressed so well she was then able to return home.

“Everybody at Cottage was wonderful to me,” Ruth said. “I have no pain, and I’m completely healed, and I’m still going places and enjoying life.”

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