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By: Lisa H.
Davis County Hospital
My name is Lisa Nelson Downing Hendrix. My mother and father were LeRoy & Beulah Nelson of Blakesburg, IA. I was born in the Davis Co. Hospital on July 24, 1970. The hospital took care of me occasionally throughout the years then I got married and moved to Arkansas. My husband at the time went back to Iowa over Mother's day weekend in 1994 to surprise our parents that I was pregnant. I had started bleeding before we went but it wasn't much so we went. The night we got up there we had went out to supper and by 10 p.m. I was headed to the hospital. I ended up having a DNC at 12:30 a.m. on Mother's day. Davis Co. Hospital tried their best to help me mentally and physically over my crushed feelings and even brought in the priest to pray with me and listened as I went through every emotion I had. As devastating as it was, I tried to pull myself together and went home later that morning. It wasn't recommended because I should have taken the blood transfusion but I was stubborn, along with a little stupidity as I signed the release papers, put on a smile left and we finished out the weekend letting both sets of parents know what we had intended and what actually happened. Davis Co. has been been there for me at some crazy times in my life as well as my parents throughout our lives and I just want to say "Thank You for being there, and Thank You for caring...it has really meant a lot to me for having such knowledgeable nurses and doctors to care for me over the years, it has meant more than you know".
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