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LangleyAdvance Your community newspaper since 1931 Tuesday, January 1, 2013 Your source for breaking news, sports, and entertainment: CHRISTMAS CASH NOW For your scrap Gold & Silver 604-534-8845 20369 56 Ave., Langley (Behind the Baseline Pub) Danny Evans H S Your Best Way Home™ HomeLife Benchmark Langley 604-530-4141 Cell: 604-649-1067 FREE EVALUATION Winter Special 15% OFF Parts on any general repair. Coupon must be presented in advance Valid at Langley location. See store for details. Offer expires January 31, 2013 Langley 5923 200th Street 604-530-5371 2012, revisiting some of the major stories that shaped the year in Greater Langley. Audited circulation: 40,026 – 24 pages Happy New year!!! BILLS HITTING HARD? We Pay Retrospect: Stories and photos take us back through Health Surgery saves young woman’s future A Langley Memorial Hospital surgeon saved a woman’s colon using a technique just applied to C. difficile victims. by Pamela Fayerman Special to the Langley Advance Corinna Smith is certain she owes her life – and an important body part – to a quickthinking surgeon who used a new technique he’d just learned about at a conference to save her colon. Smith, whose bowels were being ravaged by toxins as a result of a Clostridium difficile colitis infection, is believed to be the first B.C. patient to undergo the still-experimental procedure. It involves diverting a loop of the colon, flushing the poisonous germs out of it, then injecting antibiotics directly into the diseased area. Months later, after rest and healing, the colon is reattached. The conventional procedure in severe cases like hers would have been removal of most of her diseased colon, which would have meant standard, but I thought that in this case – a wearing a bag to collect stool for the rest of patient so young, and with a still viable colon her life. – it was a reasonable opportunity to try to Smith believes her brother’s pleadings while implement the technique,” Shirley said in an she was on life support in the Langley hosinterview. pital intensive care unit helped sway general “If unsuccessful, my plan was to then take surgeon Dr. Donald Shirley to use the new the whole colon out. But fortunately, it all technique. worked out,” he said. “When he learned that the plans were to “Before I went into the OR, I chatted about remove my colon, my brother my intentions with a colleague started to cry, telling Dr. and he agreed it was reasonShirley that I was only 35 and able to attempt,” Shirley said. “I thought in this single, and wasn’t there anyThe loop ileostomy surgery case – a patient so thing else they could do? he performed decommissions young…” “Apparently, there was this the bowel to allow time for negotiation over how much of healing. It is also used in Dr. Donald Shirley my colon the doctor was going bowel cancer cases, so Shirley to take out. Losing a large said there was nothing new piece of my colon would mean that for the for him about that. But it is not the standard rest of my life, I would need to be very close for C. difficile cases, nor is the accompanying to a bathroom,” Smith said. irrigation process in which massive amounts Shirley had just been to a surgical conferof saline fluid are flushed through the colon ence at the University of Toronto where he to dump out toxins. had heard about the generally positive results After the procedures, Shirley attached a of a Pittsburgh study on the less-invasive temporary bag (ostomy) to Smith’s colon to divert bowel matter for the next four months. technique in more than 60 patients. Smith recently had her re-connection surgery. “I don’t know of anyone else in B.C. or in continued on page A4… Canada who had been deviating from the

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