I get tired of reading so many negative things in the paper about Pahrump from locals. However, I am compelled to write this letter because it goes deep into my soul and conscience.
On Oct. 16, I worked a very fast and hard day at court and then worked more on my property in Pahrump, where my father once lived. I was in the process of teaching a class to CASA students, who were going to be sworn in by Judge Lane on that next Friday. At the conclusion of the class I decided I needed a couple swallows of water. The water was having difficulty going down, so I proceeded to the rest room, where I became very sick to my stomach and broke out in a clammy and severe sweat. I made it out to my car and had my clerk drive me to a friend. She then drove me to the local hospital and the first thing I thought of was, “Oh, God, why did I have to get so sick here?” I was under the impression I was having a heart attack and this was the last place I wanted to be. By this time I was too weak to walk and almost too weak to talk.
I had a silent heart attack and my ECG was normal. The nurses and doctor in the ER could not have been faster in their treatment. I was being treated with a heart problem but the symptoms were such they felt it was abdominal. As a result, they found some other issue. By the morning, another doctor came in and gave me the good news about the heart attack being silent and did a couple more tests. He called Mercy Air and had me transported to Desert Springs Hospital emergency room, where I was later admitted to ICU.
I just want to tell the citizens of Pahrump how lucky you are to have such competent people working in Desert View Hospital. They did everything in their power to keep pain under control and checked on me constantly. You would not get better treatment in any other hospital. It gives me great pleasure to write this letter and to let you know that you have top professionals working on you if you are ever in the same situation. You truly have a medical facility that you can be proud of and have caring people in it.
Judge Margaret Whittaker