Tim's Hernia

By Patti Thompson

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When Tim was six weeks old, he stopped eating. He slept frequently and was lethargic. Our pedicatrician said wait a day. The Children's on-call nurse said, "Bring him in. Drive safely." The resident diagnosed an incarcerated inguinal hernia. With skilled, talenated hands, he massaged Tim's abdomen, and freed the blockage, preventing Tim from having emergency surgery. A week later, Dr. Waldhausen performed surgery, correcting the hernia. Today, Tim is a rambunctious 5-year old, constantly in motion, showing not the slightest emotional or physical scar of his surgery. A post-script, a virus, last winter sent us back to the emergency room. The intern on our first visit was now a resident and remembered our boy.

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