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Medical teamwork brings best possible outcome for patient with ruptured ulcer

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Dr. Brandice Durkan and Dr. Patrick O’Leary

By Kathleen Ross

On November 28, 2015 my husband, Ken Ross, was brought to the ER at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro and diagnosed with severe sepsis. His doctor immediately put him on a strong antibiotic and went to work to locate where the infection was coming from.  The doctors discovered a rupture on his small intestine and on November 30 they took Ken in for emergency surgery.

Dr. Patrick O’Leary and Dr. Brandice Durkan repaired the ruptured ulcer on his small intestine and checked out everything else around his abdomen. Although they found the problem and took care of it, Ken was in critical condition and very sick.

Ken had 24-hour care every day in the ICU and was watched carefully. The medical team worked hard and made adjustments as needed. He laid lifeless for several days but the doctors and nurses taking care of him would encourage me that, although he was a very sick man, his vitals’ were good and they were doing everything they could for him. It took Ken eight days to wake up but he did wake up.

I could have lost my husband at any time but I didn't. I watched a miracle happen and it wouldn't have happened if he hadn't gotten the best care possible when we walked through the emergency room doors that day. He was always being watched by his nurses and doctors who introduced themselves to me each day and would fill me in on what was going on.

I want to personally thank all the medical people who worked so hard to keep my husband alive.  He wouldn't have made it without all the special care he received every day from all of you. I have shared our story many times with family and friends.

Thanks so much to all of you.


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