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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin celebrates first week of life-saving care
Northeast Georgia Health System Lumpkin hosts a VIP Sneak Peek Program including speakers and tours of the facility in Dahlonega on Thursday, July 11, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele, DCN Regional Staff
When John Fisher went to work on July 16, just like he does every work day, he didn’t realize a new hospital would save his life just a few hours later. As a roofer based in Dahlonega, Fisher is always careful about working at extreme heights, on dangerous slopes and in severe weather. But, on Tuesday, July 16, the unexpected happened. He was on a jobsite when he was stung by a wasp, which he is highly allergic to, and he immediately realized he did not have his EpiPen. “By the time my boss drove me to the hospital, I was starting to get delirious and my airway was closing,” says Fisher. “As we pulled up to the doors, we asked some of the people outside if the hospital was even open.”