Every year during the Thanksgiving holiday, Bill Maletych, a 72-year-old
Whittier resident and former patient, makes his annual round passing out
hugs to hospital staffers.
In 2008, Bill, an active member of the Golden Years Senior Club, started
to feel ill, but he was convinced that it was just a minor cold that would
eventually pass and didn't seek any medical treatment. A week passed
and he didn't feel any better; in fact, his symptoms had worsened
and he began to experience severe pain in his abdomen.
Luckily, Bill was scheduled for his annual medical exam the next day,
and he decided to ask his physician about his strange condition. After
some basic testing, his doctor noticed some abnormalities with Maletych's
lungs and told him to go to the hospital right away.
Maletych rushed to Whittier Hospital Medical Center where doctors informed
him that he had pneumonia with feverish complications and that his lungs
were rapidly filling with fluid. Dr. Thomas S. Tzeng and the intensive-care
staff quickly drained his lungs of the fluid and stabilized his condition.
It was the first time Bill had been hospitalized."It all happened
so quickly, and I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude for the staff
at Whittier Hospital for saving my life - I feel very fortunate to have
made it, that's why I'm here every year."
Bill Maleych has since become a familiar face at Whittier Hospital Medical
Center and an active member of the Golden Years Senior Club.
"Bill's experience is just one of many untold stories that our
exemplary staff regularly get to take part in," said Dr. Tzeng. "It's
great to see Bill now advocating for others by encouraging individuals
to seek medical attention even for things as seemingly minor as a cold."
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