Patient talks about experience at Iowa hospital denying employee vaccine exemptions, says when they were in need they didn’t care about staff’s vaccine status

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From an individual who received care recently at Burlington’s Great River Hospital, where employees are having vaccine exemptions denied:

At 5:30 am, I started experiencing extreme lower abdominal pain. By 8 am, the pain was so strong it was making me sick and we decided to go to the ER. After a long and painful 5 hours, it was confirmed that I had appendicitis and needed my appendix to be removed. The removal took about 20 minutes and only left me with 3 small incisions! With this being my first ever surgery and being put under, I was very nervous and overwhelmed to say the least (doing my typical cry/laugh).

The treatment and care that I received was wonderful. To the nurses, doctors, surgeon, anesthesiologists, lab technician, did everything in their power to make me feel comfortable and ease my nerves. It makes me wonder how many of those great health care providers, that helped me, are being threatened to be terminated from their jobs. Looking back at the whole picture, not once did it ever cross my mind if these providers had the shot or not and to be honest, I didn’t care if they did or didn’t. I hope eventually everyone can put their own opinions aside and let these amazing health care providers do what they do best, treat their patients.

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