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Local Retired Police Detective Receives Ortho Surgery Close to Home

Published on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Petoskey, Mich.— Northern Michigan is great for outdoor activities and enjoying fun times with friends and family. For JL Sumpter, retired Detective Sergeant of 20 years for Emmet County Police Department, it was a beautiful summer day until a bicycle accident brought him to McLaren Northern Michigan hospital.  

In mid-June, Sumpter was enjoying a bike ride when his foot became stuck in the peddle peg and he fell onto the roadway. In that moment he felt something pop in his arm and he immediately walked back home and came to the emergency department at McLaren Northern Michigan. J. Galloway, DO, treated JL promptly.

“When Mr. Sumpter presented in our emergency room, we quickly assessed the injury,” said Dr. Galloway. “After an x-ray we noticed that the damage was excessive and we needed to refer his case to one of our orthopedic specialists.”

“Dr. Galloway was amazing, down-to-earth, the type of doctor anyone would like to have in my situation,” said Sumpter.

Mr.Sumpter was further evaluated by Mark McMurray, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon. Sumpter underwent elbow surgery for reattachment of his triceps tendon as an outpatient at McLaren Northern Michigan.

“From the time I entered surgery to the time I left, I was treated as part of the family,” said Sumpter. “Great Care was given to assure my surgery went well both emotionally and physically.”

After surgery, patients are often advised to seek after care for a successful outcome, such as Physical or Occupational Therapy. Sumpter chose a specialized therapy called equine or hippo-therapy, where a horse is used as a therapy tool.

Coincidentally, Sumpter’s wife Courtney Angell-Sumpter, MS, OTR\L, is an occupational therapist who uses equine therapy to treat patients at their home business. He never expected to be a therapy patient in need of her professional skills!

Sumpter has been recovering well and has started to go back to work at his home business, Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. He was very active for his entire life from playing football at Cheboygan High School and in College to coaching local youth teams. He is ready to get back to routine, and he is close to doing just that, thanks to the team of McLaren Northern Michigan, Dr. Galloway, Dr. McMurray and of course, his wife!