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Dr. Lerro, Wilson Medical Center saved my wife’s life

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I have a story to tell you. My name is Billy Ray Summerlin, and my wife’s name is Brenda K. Summerlin. I’m 64; she’s 63. We met when we were 17 and 18 and got married at 18 and 19. We have been together ever since. We have two daughters, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a third on the way.

In 2017, I got sick. Wilson Medical Center took good care of me. I had surgery, and in 2018, I had surgery again.

The doctor and staff at Wilson Medical Center were like family.

My wife and I have worked hard. We are not people of means. We retired in March due to my health. We had dreamed of living at Sneads Ferry for the last 20 years. We put our place up for sale and went down to the coast to look around. My wife said she felt bad, so we started home.

I told her we needed to carry her to the doctor. She could not stand to hurt all weekend. She had been going to another medical facility. I told her, “Let’s go to Wilson.”

She had been treated for a urinary tract infection in Wilson. The ER took her right in. The doctor told me my wife had a UTI, but he wanted to do a CAT scan. Well, within 30 minutes, he told us she had a tumor. The doctor said he would stay after his shift and talked to another doctor.

Wilson Medical Center saved my wife’s life. They have been family to us. No matter what, they would see us. We have been so lucky. Dr. Keith Lerro and his staff are family.

My wife had large-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As of Wednesday, she was cancer-free. We are so lucky to have Dr. Lerro, and the people of Wilson County are lucky to have him, too.

Billy Ray Summerlin

Macclesfield

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