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Published on September 05, 2012

Lee Newtson - Surgical Patient at Kishwaukee Hospital

Lee Newtson and his dog Lucky, who he rescued from Joplin, MO, after the devastating tornado.

Lee Newtson and his dog Lucky, who he
rescued from Joplin, MO, after the
devastating tornado.

Lee Newtson of Sycamore, a recent patient at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, showed his appreciation through a letter to hospital administrators for the care he received during his stay. “Just wanted to let you know that I had hernia surgery at your hospital last Monday and everything went quite well. The treatment that I received was really great and I could not have asked for better,” He wrote. “Even my two friends commented on how nice your hospital was and how compassionate, attentive, and courteous the staff was. Please pass this on as your staff, doctors, nurses, and administrators need to know about the excellent handling and treatment being greatly appreciated.”

It takes a special person to show gratitude in this way, but it is Mr. Newtson who deserves the recognition and praise. Lee Newtson is truly a hero, who won’t be held back from helping others by an injury.

A local volunteer, who picks up and delivers hundreds of loaves of bread each month to area needy families, Mr. Newtson has participated in disaster recovery efforts in the last several years. He helped in New York City following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as well as the relief effort in Joplin, Mo., following a deadly tornado that struck the area in May 2011, (Mr. Newtson thinks his injury stemmed from the heavy lifting he did during the relief work in 2011). Most recently, he helped families in southern Illinois, in Harrisburg and Ridgway, in the weeks following devastating tornadoes on Feb. 29, 2012. 

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