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Determined East Kentwood runner returns after appendix surgery

Steve Vedder | The Grand Rapids Press, September 24, 2009 1:36 a.m.

KENTWOOD — Even as she dragged an IV down a hospital hallway less than 24 hours after surgery, Erica Hippe never believed she was headed for a lost cross country season.

Not even after the doctors told her it was a matter of how much pain she could take when the East Kentwood junior started running again less than a week after she had her appendix removed.

“I knew I could do it eventually,” Hippe said of returning to the Falcons cross country team. “I just didn’t know how long it would take.”

Hippe was rushed to the emergency room on the first day of school Sept. 8.

Within hours, doctors had taken out an appendix that probably would have burst within hours.

A member of last year’s East Kentwood cross country team that won a regional and finished third in the state in Division 1, Hippe had prepared all summer to make the lineup of the Falcons’ top seven runners.

Then came the operation and setback in training. Hippe stayed at Metro Health Hospital for five days. To keep from falling too far behind, Hippe walked along the hospital’s sixth floor hallway the day after surgery.

Forty-eight hours after surgery, she was walking outside the hospital.
Just not walking all that well, Hippe said.

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