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Water crisis cancels area patient surgeries

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 A lot of recommendations  have been given related to the water crisis. One, made by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, is that all elective surgeries should be postponed until the water is given an all clear. A health department representative said while many surgeries use distilled water instead of  tap, the concern has to do with where and when the equipment was sterilized.
many hospitals and doctor's offices are following the recommendation, there are some exceptions.

The change is affecting patients the most.

"I had a biopsy and I have cancer," Connie Lawrence said, while getting choked up.  "And so they need to go in and remove, if there's any other ones. {cancerous cells}"

Lawrence found out just a couple weeks ago that she has cancerous cells she needs removed. She had just wrapped her mind around getting her surgery. She never expected it would be canceled.

"I knew it was because of the water problem we were having, but never thought i would get a call," she said. "I was upset-very upset because I want to get this going and get this out of my hair."

Some places will remain open like some dentists offices that only use distilled water. Cedarcreek Family Dental Care is able to follow former plans because all sterilization of equipment is done in the office.

"we're not concerned because we're outside the lines," Sarah Agee said. "I'd say we'll probably be a little busier-just trying to work in other patients and everything-since obviously everybody in Toledo is not operable at this point."

Those that can, will continue with surgical plans, but for many patients who are scheduled for surgeries this week-- it's a waiting game.

"I wanted to get it over with," Lawrence said. "I want to get it done so I can enjoy my grandchildren."

All elective surgeries are canceled until the water is considered clear of toxins. C-sections remain scheduled. Also, any surgeries scheduled at Promedica Bay Park hospital should be unchanged.

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