Health care a local treasure

Posted 6/18/21

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to let our community know — through you — of what I consider to be a local treasure ... excellent medical professionals ... right here in our …

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Health care a local treasure

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To the editor:

I am writing this letter to let our community know — through you — of what I consider to be a local treasure ... excellent medical professionals ... right here in our midst!

Seven months ago Dr. Kurt Vernon (The GI Guy) of Fuquay-Varina and now also of Dunn performed an endoscopy/colonoscopy on my wife, Karen. At that time he found what were potentially cancerous polyps and removed almost all of them knowing he would have to go back in later to remove the rest. That was when he ordered a follow-up colonoscopy. Karen is a seven-year breast cancer survivor so just the word brought fear into her heart, but Dr. Vernon belayed her fears and assured her all would be well. The medical staff at Harnett Health/Betsy Johnson Hospital teamed up with him to assist in these procedures and they were — to say the least — like a fine-tuned orchestra.

Dr. Vernon and the same medical professionals at “Old Betsy” teamed up for a second time and again — nothing but positive results. He got all the polyps. While all this was going on the nurses were very attentive to me and kept my mind off the operation and on the trip going home. One nurse told me to buy her a lobster but my wife wanted a bacon double-cheeseburger instead.

Karen and I have had emergency surgery way back to the year 2000 when I was rushed to “Old Betsy.” Now retired Dr. Michael Seddon of Dunn saved my life from kidney failure and a bladder stone the size of a hockey puck. He advised my wife that I was close to death but he would do everything possible to save me ... and he did!

His wife, whom the whole community knows as she is always voted best physician, Dr. Jennifer Seddon, became our primary care physician. She and her all nurse staff are constantly doing research to find us the specialists we need without going away from “Old Betsy.”

We can go anywhere we want, but Dunn is home and Dunn is where the real medical pros live and work. Dr. Brent Ellmers, now practicing and living in Georgia, saved my wife’s life seven years ago and it was he who caused her to become a cancer survivor ... not a cancer statistic.

Mike Atamian

Mingo community

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