One day, out of the blue, Caesar Penney started experiencing severe abdominal pain. It did not improve after a few days, so he made an appointment with his primary care physician to get checked out. The next day, Caesar received a message that said he needed to go to an emergency room right away. When Caesar arrived at a local hospital, “I was surrounded by doctors and nurses, but no one told me what was wrong with me or what was going on,” he said. He then passed out.
When Caesar awoke, he was finally able to get some answers. He was diagnosed with a massive infection of the bowel caused by a chronic gastrointestinal disease known as diverticulitis. He was monitored for a day and a half, told he would need to schedule a follow-up appointment with a surgeon and sent home. “I didn’t feel like I was being treated right,” Caesar says. He began researching other hospitals where he could have his procedure. He had heard only good things about Huntington Hospital, and so made an appointment here with surgeon Wes Powell, MD.
Right from the start, Caesar knew he was in good hands. “Dr. Powell made me feel like I was at the right place for the health care that I needed,” he says. “It was a completely different experience.” By the time he had connected with Dr. Powell, Caesar’s pain had become debilitating.
The surgery, which involved removing infected parts of Caesar’s colon, was a success. Caesar spent a week in the hospital. Due to the pandemic, his loved ones were not allowed to visit him while he recuperated, but he never felt alone. “When your health is compromised like mine was,” he says, “you need personal care. Everyone acknowledged my fear, always asked how I was feeling, and made me feel comfortable. It’s a reflection of the type of institution Huntington Hospital is.”
Today, Caesar is doing well and is looking forward to getting married next month. Once nearly incapacitated due to pain, he is now back to being the active young man he was — and hopes to complete a triathlon next year. “Huntington Hospital took such good care of me,” he says. “If it weren’t for the hospital, I might not have a story to tell.”
Whether you need a diagnostic test or surgery, there is no need to delay taking care of your gastrointestinal health – we’re here to safely care for you. Find a gastroenterologist at Huntington Hospital to help with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, colon polyps and cancer, and hepatitis