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Letter to the Editor: Excellent care

— Excellent care

To the editor:

On Friday, Nov. 15, our brother Harold was at the Celilo Cancer Center to receive his daily radiation treatment for a cancerous tumor in his throat. While lying on the table in preparation for the radiation, the tumor cut off oxygen to his heart, causing it to stop.

The doctors and staff at Celilo sprung into action to revive him as best they could, including performing an emergency tracheotomy until they could transport him to Mid-Columbia Medical Center’s emergency room.

Once he was stabilized in ER, they were able to move him into ICU.

Harold was in ICU and the critical care ward until Dec. 5, when he was transferred to a rehab hospital in Portland for further treatment.

While Harold was in MCMC, the staff treated him and our family wonderfully. We are especially grateful to Doctor Proctor, his throat doctor, and his hospitalists Doctor Blair and Doctor Oppenheimer. We would also like to mention the physical therapists that worked tirelessly with him, his respiratory therapists and Linda Trautz, the discharge nurse for all her work to help get Harold discharged. And last, but certainly not least, the nurses in ICU/Critical Care who went above and beyond the call of duty in caring for Harold while he was in their care. There were several other people who worked with Harold and we apologize if we omitted anyone.

Our family has nothing but kind words to say about the staff at MCMC and the Celilo Cancer Center.

Thank you for making a very stressful experience a little better for Harold and our entire family.

The Birge and Haas families

The Dalles

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