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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

“He was going to die,” said Lori Bradford of her father who was admitted to Geisinger-Bloomsburg Hospital’s Acute Care for the Elderly unit. “I was spending the night at the hospital thinking it would be his last.” Lori’s father, 86-year-old Carl Decker of Hughesville, is an active farmer and architect who suddenly became ill and rapidly deteriorated – both mentally and physically. After fruitless emergency room visits to another health system, someone suggested Lori take her father to Geisinger. “It was discovery after discovery once we came to Geisinger,” recalled Lori with tears in her eyes. “They’ve done nothing but help us.” It turned out Carl had a rare spinal infection affecting his brain fluid. After receiving treatments, the man who just days before was hallucinating and unable to perform normal tasks, opened his eyes, smiled and asked, “How long have I been away from the world?” Carl, feeling better than he has in a long time, said to his daughter, “We have to tell everyone they are going to put up with me a little while longer.” #Geisingerstories #Geisingercaring
Carl Decker
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