Dr. Sheppard,Jr.is an exceptional doctor. He is a great and skilled surgeon. His manner is very compassionate, caring, and empathetic, also has a sense of humor.
He has saved me more than once, in the past twelve years. "Thank You, Dr. Sheppard,Jr." from the bottom of my heart. He office staff and nurses are also very caring and sensitive.
My Story, …....My Miracle.
When UAB felt there was nothing more they could do for me, I was sad, but I wasn't giving up. It's true, I was in pretty rough condition, but I knew someday I would get stronger. I'm a real fighter when it comes to living.I have a husband, three children, their spouses, and two very special grand daughters. They are my 'Angels' that keep me going.
In the beginning of 2016, my husband was having a hard time packing my wound. He said, something (in me) was starting to block the hole. A few days later he insisted I go see my family doctor and get a cat scan. My doctor called me with the results and all she said, was “find yourself a surgeon.”
Once again, I felt like,....... to hard to describe, when somebody doesn't have the answers, you need.
Dr. M, who did the original surgery on (6/26/12), said he really didn't want to do anything more for me. He called me, ”his miracle of 2012,” and wanted it to stay like that. I didn't hold it against, in fact I thanked him for saving my life. I called Dr. N and made an appointment to see him. He asked, who did the surgery?......the rest is history. I later found out that Dr. M and Dr. N often worked together.
MAY 2016 – I made an appointment with Dr. Raymond Sheppard, Jr. He was my surgeon for the hernia surgery that I had in May 2006. He hadn't seen me since that surgery, I looked at it this way, I knew I was much stronger, than when I went to UAB in 2013. It was amazing! All he could do that day was to look at the wound, repack it and said, “come back in two weeks.”
When my husband and I drove back home, I said, “It's great, he wants to see me again”. I said, to my husband, “Do you know why he wants to see again?” My husband muttered a few words. I said, “No, he wants to see me again, because he is going to research my medical records!”
SECOND VISIT: I said, to my husband, “Show the doctor exactly what is getting in your way, when you pack me.”
Dr. Sheppard had the nurse get a tray of instruments. He thought he could grab it and pull it out. It really didn't seem that big, after several minutes of tugging a ¼ “ - ½ “ corner of the Gortex mesh, he gave it a good yank. Then he said, “In the words of my father, look what you just delivered!” and rest is history. From that moment on my body started to heal. PS. Dr. Raymond Sheppard,Sr. (his father) is an O.B. / GYN. Doctor in Huntsville.
SUMMARY: The GORTEX mesh had finally come loose and migrated from my lower right side to the middle of my abdomen. It's believed that my last bout with pneumonia appeared to do some good.
I remember at the first appointment May 12th, 2016, telling his nurse that she probably had never seen anything like this before. She was sweet and said, “Oh we see all kinds of things”. After Dr. Sheppard had pulled the Gortex mesh out, she agreed, my situation was probably “One of a Kind.”
It was exactly ten years and two days after Hernia Surgery in May 2006, that the doctor who had fixed my hernia, would be the same doctor to pull the remaining piece of Gortex mesh out.
......and I am so thankful to be alive and living. Sandy R.