53 years old - Seneca, South Carolina - Featured on March 25, 2011
Retired Florist Gives Warmth to Other Patients
Vivian Owens, a retired florist, crochets a blanket for the New Year’s Baby — the first baby born in the area in each new year — at Oconee Memorial Hospital in South Carolina.
Vivian Owens is a 53-year-old in-center hemodialysis patient at Fresenius Medical Care Oconee Dialysis in Seneca, S.C. She has been on dialysis for three years, and her end-stage renal disease stems from diabetes.
Vivian is a retired florist who enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old great nephew, and is also very active in her church, Wolf Stake Baptist Church. When she's not at church or playing with her great nephew, there's a good chance you'll find her crocheting. She regularly crochets blankets for newborns and donates them to the Oak County Hospital, and is currently making a blanket for one of the staff members at her clinic who is expecting. She also crochets the blanket for the New Year’s Baby – the first baby born in the area in each new year – at Oconee Medical Center. One year she made sure everyone at her dialysis facility received a blanket for Christmas.
Vivian's clinical manager describes her as a positive patient who shows great concern for the other patients at the facility, and always goes out of her way to engage them in conversations. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Vivian remains upbeat about life, and has a very strong and warm relationship with her Fresenius Medical Care nurses and caregivers.