“I’m going to die,” Cindy thought. The pain in her abdomen
had grown so severe she could hardly bear to sit, stand, or move around.
She’d already visited her primary care physician who referred her
to a specialist in Fresno, but test after test revealed nothing about
Besides dealing with debilitating physical pain, the search for an answer
was taking its toll on Cindy’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.
She felt like no one was listening to her concerns. That is, until she
met Dr. Carol Machado, a general surgeon with Kaweah Delta Medical Foundation.
“Dr. Machado saved my life,” Cindy expressed. “I visited
her office in so much pain and needed an answer. The tests weren’t
showing anything but I knew something was wrong. She listened to me and
scheduled me for surgery the very next day.”