Belinda arrived at Hillsboro Area Hospital's Emergency Room room with moments to spare before her airways would completely close. The Emergency Room team sprang into action after they heard Belinda knocking on the door, blue in the face and barely able to take another step. They knew what was happening when they rolled her into the room; Belinda was going into anaphylactic shock.
Earlier that day, Belinda noticed a rash spreading up her arm. By the time she was driving home from work, it had reached her throat and she felt her airways closing. Belinda raced down Highway 16 to make it to Hillsboro Area Hospital on time. She reflected, "I have children and family who are very grateful that I'm here. I had a five-minute window between life and death and five minutes was all I needed to be on your doorstep."
"To have a small community hospital that can jump into action is very beneficial. You don't know your time window and it is comforting to know that I can be at Hillsboro Area Hospital in minutes."
We are thankful you were able to reach us in time, Belinda, and are delighted to have provided your care.
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