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Health Plus: keep hope alive

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Katie McCullough remembers having stomach problems since she was a child.  Over the years, her pain increased along with an inability to keep food down.

"I wasn't able to eat food anymore," said McCoullough.  "I couldn't even eat baby food. I vomited probably between 8 and 15 times a day."

Finally, 10 years ago, Katie was diagnosed with congenital intestinal malrotation but an appendectomy didn't correct the problem.

"It affected my life to the point where I wasn't able to do anything anymore. I was so weak. All I could do was lay on the couch or in the bed."

Today at 31, she's finally pain free thanks to doctor Cameron Hodges.

The Sartori Memorial Hospital surgeon in Cedar Falls fixed her intestinal problem last fall. 

"I think when you have a case where something's really complicated," said Dr. Hodges.  "You need to find the physician who will have enough time to listen to you. If you listen long enough to the patient, they're telling you the diagnosis. And i think that's true in a lot of cases."

Katie got her life back. She's thrilled her husband and 4-year-old daughter no longer worry about mommy's tummy.

Her advice to others with unresolved medical conditions:

"If you know something is wrong then you need to follow your gut and follow your heart."

Online Reporter:  Tara Thomas

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