We recently received this post from a patient who asked us to share her story and her experiences with Dr. Schembre and Dr. Tschirhart with the Swedish Digestive Health Network. Thank you, Yevette, for sharing your story with us!
Dec 2nd, 2012 I was out of town doing some promotion for work when I collapsed in my hotel room. I went to the local hospital ER. They found I had a gallstone lodged in my common bile duct. As they attempted to remove this, the surgeon ripped my intestine. This created a whole host of life threatening problems. After 5 days I was airlifted to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Dr. Tschirhart was assigned my case. By June I was stable enough for surgery. Dr. Schembre referred to this surgery as a “Leap of Faith”. There was a team of 4 surgeons involved in this surgery. Their concern that I may not survive was apparent. I actually said goodbye to my 17 year old daughter before this surgery. After having me in surgery for only a few minutes he told my family that he didn’t think there was anything he could do for me & that my insides look like paper mache and were very fragile. But he never gave up. I ended up with 9 different drainage tubes in my abdomen along with a J tune, G tube, every tube possible I think. When I drank, the fluid would go in and then come out several of the tubes. Dr. Schembre from GI worked with Dr. Tschirhart to help make my treatment plans. In October I was in a better situation to endure another surgery. Dr. Tschirhart explained exactly what needed to be done & explained the “Best Case Scenario” that he hoped he could perform. Fortunately he was able to achieve what he set out to do. I ended up with 3 major surgeries and countless procedures.
Finally in December of 2013 they wanted me to go to rehab but I insisted on recovering at home in Marysville. I felt if there was a chance I was not going to make it I wanted to die at home. Dr. Tschirhart assured me that if I had trouble and had to go to my local hospital he would have me airlifted immediately back to Swedish. As soon as I got home and on my couch I felt better! I was discharged Dec 18, 2013 after a total of 381 days in the hospital.
Recently (August of 2014) I was able to return to work and can drive too! I did have trouble this past April when my side split open and went into Swedish ER. I commented to my friend that I needed to call Dr. Tschirhart so he could come get me. The intake gal overheard me and said doctors never do that. I tried to tell her that Dr. Tschirhart would. The ER was trying to gather info as to what had happened to me. My situation is too much to explain so I kept referring them to my file. I was very frustrated. As they were questioning me I saw this hand come through the door and slowly he walked in. There he was! I instantly started crying. He immediately had me transferred up to the 10th floor, order CT, medication etc. He came for me as promised. I knew he would.
Dr. Tshirhart always told me ....