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Senators family feels effects of medical crisis

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Posted on: 09/07/2004

Senators family feels effects of medical crisis

By Diane Wilkins, Marion Daily Republican

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- State Senator Gary Forby and his wife, Angie, recently went through a situation that is happening more frequently in Southern Illinois.

A few weeks ago Angie went to her family doctor because of headaches and dizziness. An MRI was performed and the doctor said that there was a spot that looked like a tumor in her brain. He was ready to refer her to a neurosurgeon.

Here comes the problem. Since there are no longer any neurosurgeons in Southern Illinois due to the high cost of medical malpractice insurance, she was referred to a doctor in Springfield.

The good news is that it turned out to be a cyst and not a tumor and she will require no surgery.

However, the Forbys have seen the problem first-hand and it has strengthened Forby's efforts to pass legislation that will stop the drain of doctors from this area.

"My biggest concern is how this affects the people I represent," Forby said. "We have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the state and many of my people cannot afford a trip to Springfield or St. Louis."

Forby said he was disappointed that no legislation made it out of the General Assembly in the session that ran so long.

"I had been told by doctors and lawyers both that they could live with a bill that I sponsored in the Senate," Forby said. "But it got bogged down and did not come up for a vote in the House."

Forby said that this is an issue that is not going to go away and that legislators will be coming back with a renewed effort to obtain meaningful legislation.

"This was a very tense time for our whole family," Forby said. "The not knowing what you are dealing with can be very scary."

Angie Forby is glad that things worked out as well as they did.

"It was scary waiting to go to the doctor," Angie Forby said. "But I am very pleased with the outcome."

The doctor told the Forbys that the body should absorb the cyst without any further treatment.

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