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Your Gift Makes an Impact

Jeanie King and her husband, Jerry.

My name is Jeanie King and I live in Joseph, Oregon - a small town of 1,000 people. This is how my life was saved by the critical care team at Providence St. Mary.

Right after Christmas in 2013, I came down with a severe cold and and difficulty breathing. Even after three visits, none of the doctors or clinics could find the reason for my symptoms. On Super Bowl Sunday, I woke my husband in the wee hours of the morning because I was unable to breathe. I told him I needed to go to the hospital and it wasn’t long before I was unconscious.

When the ambulance arrived, I was in bad shape with respiratory failure and a severe infection. The paramedics transported me to the regional Emergency and Trauma center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla. Upon arrival, I was thoroughly assessed by a trauma team. Due to my condition, I was quickly transferred to Intensive Care. Within hours, my brain began to swell, my kidneys shut down and the doctors discovered my lung had collapsed. I was diagnosed with emphysema and put into a medically-induced coma and placed on life support.

My chances of survival were very small, but the critical care team quickly went to work and never gave up. I spent six weeks in Intensive Care, where I was constantly monitored by advanced equipment and the doctors worked day and night to find out what was wrong. Dr. Davidson, the Pulmonologist, reached out to colleagues around the nation about my respiratory problems. My medicine was adjusted, the infection was resolved, Dr. Davidson found the cause of my brain swelling and a procedure was performed on my collapsed lung. My body began to heal and I came out of my coma.

During this confusing and overwhelming time, the staff showed such compassion to my loved ones. The nurses emphasized the importance of family and made sure they were cared for. They kept in constant contact with them, including them in my care. The critical care team’s persistence, knowledge and skills, along with the advanced technology and equipment, saved my life. I’m also grateful to the donors of Providence St. Mary Foundation who provided critical funding for much of the equipment.

Your tax-deductible gift will make sure exceptional care is available close to home when our friends, family and neighbors need it most.

Thank you in advance for your kind generosity.