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January 6, 2013

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Hospital, doctors, saved my leg

To the editor:

A few years ago I was diagnosed with arthritis which spread through my body rapidly. It was fast and fierce and my left knee was most severely effected. I sought the help of CORE Orthopedics and it is there my journey began.

I had several surgeries and complications. In February 2011, I was in ICU at Exeter Hospital with a temperature of 105 degrees and an infection in my knee that turned septic. My fears were relieved when Dr. Thomas McGovern and Dr. Roger Nowak came to my rescue. Their fast thinking and quick work saved my life. The day was Valentine Day and I’ve never felt more cared for and loved in my 36 years than I did by the doctors and staff that were working at Exeter Hospital. Now that they had saved my life, the next question was how were they going to save my knee?

Because of the serious situation, I sought second opinions at Boston hospitals that specialize in orthopedic care. The dire opinion of both specialists was amputation because, in their opinion, my knee would never be a candidate for a total knee replacement. After delivering the news to Dr. McGovern, he assured me that he and Dr. Kristen Lee, an infectious disease doctor, would create a plan for my care. My participation on this team would be to have patience, follow their orders, and trust them. They removed my PIC-line in August 2011 and monitored me closely. Dr. McGovern gave me the much anticipated news that he would perform total knee replacement surgery on Jan. 31, 2012. During my recovery in the orthopedic wing at Exeter Hospital the specialized professional staff oversaw my care and therapy with such expertise that I was discharged on Feb. 2, 2012.

Dr. McGovern treats the total patient with care and concern because he is a truly awesome person and doctor. Dr. McGovern’s mission was to save my leg. My mission is to inform your readers the excellent facility, physicians, and staff found at the Exeter Hospital.

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