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Dr Seckin was patient, warm and caring from the first time I met him

It was approximately 20-years-ago when Dr. Seckin saved my life. I was in a Brooklyn hospital in excruciating abdominal pain. Doctors, there could not figure out what was causing the pain that left me breathless, I literally could not breathe without feeling like someone was yanking my intestines out. Still, they saw nothing. They were discharging me with “gas pain.” I was beside myself! Before leaving, a nurse named Terri, I’ll never forget her, looked at me and asked if I wanted to stay. She knew something was brewing, and she was right. That night, after 24 hours of consistent unfathomable pain Dr. Seckin came in. He looked at me and asked where the pain was, he pressed down on my right side and quickly released, I wanted to die…lol! He said “Oh Boy we need to get you into OR, okay” but we’ll do a sonogram first. During the sonogram, again he said, ” oh yes, let’s go.” He knew perfectly what the problem was when nobody else did.

A hemorrhagic cyst had ruptured and I had been internally bleeding which could have been fatal. Dr. Seckin discovered more ovarian cyst and endometriosis. I had a condition called Uterus Didelphia (double uterus). Here I am in the early 20s dealing with the possibility of not having children. I was devastated, to say the least! That night was the beginning of a long and eventful journey. I had been suffering from endometriosis and polycystic ovarian disease for many years. I did not live a productive life. The pain I endured 3 out of 4 weeks left me depressed and unmotivated. Doctors gave me meds that just took the edge off but were not a cure or solution.

During the next few years, Dr. Seckin performed several laparoscopies to remove the endometriosis, cyst and eventually left uterus. Every procedure went well. From his staff to registration to pre-op everyone was caring and comforting.  He always held my hand before “going under.” That gesture spoke volumes to me. I knew I was in good hands. The uncertainty of being able to conceive was heavy on my heart, but I was thankful to not endure those sleepless nights with pain. I lived an active life in every sense of the word. Working, traveling, any physical activity, volunteering, and marriage. 
But the day did come. I was 31 and pregnant!!!!! Dr. Seckin was happy for me, but to be honest I was shocked! I feel as if it were yesterday…SHOCKED!!. This was the beginning of another chapter in my life. Dr. Seckin monitored me very carefully. He put me on bed rest and told me to eat whatever I wanted because my baby needed to grow… and I did. That was probably the best advice he gave me. Yes I gained a lot of weight, and yes my baby was 7 weeks premature, BUT he weighed 5 lbs. 2 ozs. and he was healthy! He will be 12-years-old soon and I couldn’t be happier!

Dr. Seckin was patient, warm, and caring from the first time I met him. I cannot thank him enough for all he has done for me and my family. He is passionate about what he does and cared for me. When I was concerned about expenses, he was compassionate and worked with me. I never worried. I don’t know what would’ve happened that night 20 years ago if Dr. Seckin didn’t come, but I thank God it didn’t. I’ve been blessed!

Debra

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