May 14, I awoke with a swollen tongue, an allergic reaction to medications I was taking. By 6:30 a.m., I could no longer swallow.

We called South Park Health Care, a personal answering service picked up and got the details and forwarded them to Dr. Katherine Fitting. She returned our call within minutes.

She asked me to come to the clinic by 8 a.m. We did and Dr. Fitting opened the doors and started assessing and working the problem.

By then I could hardly speak but my airways were still open. After three hours and multiple medications, my condition started to improve.

By noon I was on my way home. Dr. Fitting and her nurse, Kelly, worked tirelessly on me and may well have saved my life. I’m grateful beyond words for them being there when I needed them.

 I asked whether  the clinic could still use donations and was asked to direct those contributions to the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Rural Health Center, where nearly 9000 people in our community depend on for their health care concerns.

Dr. Fitting is on the Board of Directors, so I am confident the money will be well spent.

Thank you to South Park Health Care, Dr. Fitting, Kelly and all the staff for being there when I needed you.

Steve Decker

Fairplay

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