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After spending almost a year at Community Regional Medical Center, patient Marco Fuentes was released to go home. He had necrotizing pancreatitis, an infection of the pancreas, which ate away tissue, including his intestines. To keep him alive, Fuentes was on intravenous feeding for 11 months and two weeks.Back to Videos
After spending more than a year at Community Regional Medical Center, patient Marco Fuentes was released to go home. Physician assistant Neydi Salverri-Edmonds said there were many times when they didn’t know if Fuentes would survive necrotizing pancreatitis, an infection of the pancreas, which ate away tissue, including his intestines. To keep him alive, Fuentes was on intravenous feeding for 11 months and two weeks – no food or water passed his lips for almost a year.
Many people in the Fresno region who have hepatitis might not even know it. It’s hard to detect without a blood test and can be deadly if left untreated. Some were born with it, others acquired it and some won’t know they have it until the damage is done.
When he got sick, Marty Nunes didn’t expect anything more than the flu. When his wife Kimberly decorated the tree, she didn’t expect to celebrate Christmas in March. Their 7-year-old son Matthew didn’t expect a daily visit to the hospital to be part of his after-school routine. And the entire Nunes family didn’t expect to spend almost three months praying for a miracle – but they did.
For countless parents of children with HIV or full-blown AIDS, and for 80% of the adults in Fresno County with the deadly immune deficiency, Dr. Simon Paul has been a true hero. And now the American Red Cross is recognizing the medical director of Community Medical Centers’ Special Services program as such with its 2010 “Real Heroes” award for health care.
It’s a disease that comes from soil and can enter the lungs through breathing in dust – affecting many in the Valley. Learn how one man contracted Valley Fever, and how a physician at Community Medical Centers has made strides through research and treatment to help.Back to Videos
Community Regional Medical Center physicians are using a new tool to fight a deadly infection called sepsis.Back to Videos