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Rita Chretien Condition Update, May 9, 2011 10 a.m.

May 9, 2011

NEWS RELEASE

RE: Rita Chretien Condition Update

TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Rita Chretien, a patient at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, remains in fair condition at this hour.

Physicians treating Chretien indicate:

  • She has been upgraded from a liquid diet to a regular diet as of Monday morning, which gives her freedom of meal choice. She has been enjoying yogurt and dairy products.  Rita mentioned she likes rice over potatoes and salads. She will have her choice of six small regular meals per day; given her condition, it is important to introduce solid foods slowly
  • She continues physical therapy
  • Her spirits are extremely high
  • The medical team is watching her closely but indicators of her recovery are very good
  • She will not be discharged today
Mrs. Chretien as well as members of her family have declined participation in additional interviews at this time. There will be no additional interviews scheduled today.  However informational updates will be posted to the Web site (www.stlukesonline.org) daily.