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Apr 27, 2004

K.H.M.H. doctor finds big stones

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Medical stories are a staple on this newscast…and while sometimes we have the unhappy task of reporting bad news, tonight’s feature has a happy ending: for the patient and the nation’s major hospital. Jacqueline Woods has more.

Jacqueline Woods, Reporting

In 1992, seventy-one year old Cyril Flowers was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. Although he was advised that he would need to remove the organ, Flowers did not like the idea of undergoing an operation and put it off for more than a decade…that is until his condition started to deteriorate. It was suppose to have been a routine surgery, but little did anyone involved in the procedure know that history was about to be made at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

Catherine Flowers, Wife

“Because I work at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for so many years, over twenty years as a nurse, and we never seen such big stones. There are big ones, but not three.”

Urologist Specialist Dr. Marcos Rugama was just as surprised. The stones, which weighed a pound and a half, had been growing inside Flowers’ urinary bladder.

Dr. Marcos Rugama, Urologist, K.H.M.H.

“Basically it was the size of the stones?it?s strange to find stones so big, especially three big stones, because it has to pass a lot of time to have the stones so big.”

Dr. Rugama believes the stones had been growing for several years and definitely caused much pain and discomfort.

Cyril Flowers, Patient

“I just glance on it and take off my eyes, because I noh see how that could get into yuh, that size ah thing… and for years I the go through with that thing until it get worst now.”

Today a much relieved Flowers is recuperating at home, still puzzled over what was found inside of him.

Cyril Flowers

“Well when they took it out I look sideways and I turn back mi face. I noh want to see it at all at all.”

Dr. Rugama says it is not unusual for elderly men to develop problems with their prostate and urinary bladders. The operation also revealed that that the stones were the cause of Flowers medical condition, not his prostate.

Dr. Marcos Rugama

“That’s why he used to go every minute. The capacity of the bladder was what was occupied by the stones…The prostate was a little enlarged, but really not too enlarged to do an open surgery.”

Flowers says he cannot wait to fully recover and do what he loves best.

Cyril Flowers

“Well most of the time I usually go out on my bicycle in the morning time and take a lee ride different areas. Because I noh work no more, I used to be a carpenter for years, but I quit many years now.?

Jacqueline Woods

?So you?d like to get back on that bicycle??

Cyril Flowers

?That’s right.”

Flowers and his family are just grateful that this long medical battle has finally come to an end. Jacqueline Woods reporting for News 5.

The Flowers family would like to especially thank K.H.M.H. and Dr. Rugama.

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