Cancer patient says UNC hospital saved his life

January 15, 2008 5:31:41 PM PST
One Triangle man says his battle with cancer was so bad, he was ready to die, but a prolonged stay at a local hospital changed his life.

Healthcare workers at UNC are used to getting a few thank you's, but Tuesday they listened to the grateful words penned by former patient Kenneth Rahal.

Nurses, nurses aides, and yes, even a few doctors came to visit me and shared, don't worry mister Rahal. We're going to look after you and it is so good to see you again," Rahal said. "I had just given physically and emotionally given up."

But the staff at Anderson North would not let him.

'They extended that love and that courtesy to me while I was here and gave me the encouragement I needed to get back on my feet," he added.

"We care about people and that's why we're nurses and just love to take care of people," UNC Nurse Paula Brown said.

Rahal said his surgery was a total success.

"That's because of what when on here, from the doctors, all the way down to the lady who cleaned my room," he said.


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