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Excellent care at Alta Vista

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First I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Percyne Gardner and family on their terrible loss. In response to her letter of Feb. 27, I would like to express my satisfaction with some excellent care I received at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 28 my husband took me to the ER. I was experiencing severe abdominal pain, and ER Dr. Luchini quickly recognized that what was going on was not normal. She immediately ordered an X-ray, CT Scan and blood work. She then notified the surgeon, Dr. Mario Leyba.

These two doctors and the incoming ER doctor consulted together and agreed that what was required was immediate exploratory surgery. With consent from me and my husband, they took me directly from the ER to the OR, where Dr. Leyba performed the surgery.

Indeed I did have an emergency situation, and had I waited any longer I might not be here today. I truly believe that Dr. Leyba saved my life.

After surgery I was in ICU for several days, then med-surg and finally home where I have been recovering well. It was a life-changing event for me, and I cannot adequately express my deep gratitude to the doctors and the nurses who helped me through this. They all were very professional and very caring to me.

Thank you, thank you, AVRH staff.

Betsy Minter
Las Vegas