Meet Gary and Linda Reish
Gary and Linda Reish are an active couple who call Warsaw home. They own The Wood Shed where they specialize in building and selling unique wood furniture and gifts. Gary has always been a hard worker. For many years, he lived in Iowa where he raised his family, showed champion livestock around the country, and had a successful career with UPS.
When Gary had a chance to take a vacation, he would pass through Warsaw on his way to Branson and he always loved the little town on Truman Lake. Over the years, he kept his eye on an empty building off Hwy. 7 and when he was ready to relocate, he bought the building and turned it into The Wood Shed.
In summer 2013, Gary got in the habit of having a big fan blowing on him. He discovered it helped him breathe easier. At first, it was just once in a while, but then it got to the point where he had the fan blowing on him all the time. Linda knew that wasn’t normal and she encouraged Gary to see his doctor. He said he would as soon as things slowed down.
One night not long after that conversation, they were having dinner in Sedalia with friends when Gary suddenly felt nauseous. He got up from the table and went outside. It was so out of character for Gary that Linda knew something was terribly wrong. She followed him out. Gary was trying to get into his truck to turn on the air conditioning, thinking the cool air would help, but he collapsed. Right before he fell, he told Linda to call the ambulance. He said he didn’t think he was going to make it.
He woke up four days later in the ICU at Bothwell. Had the ambulance not been two minutes away, had he not been just minutes from the hospital, there is a good chance Gary would not be alive today.
Mr. Reish showed up in the ER un-announced, really short of breath, full of water, couldn’t breathe, low oxygen. We had him on the ventilator briefly and Dr. Marquez and I worked together to take care of what was clearly a heart and lung issue.”
- Dr. Bill Woolery
“Bothwell saved his life.”
- Linda Reish
Gary spent several days in the hospital and after many tests, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
He was released from the hospital and advised to modify his diet, increase his physical activity, and see his cardiologist on a regular basis, which he did. He was okay for some time, but eventually his heart condition worsened and he needed a pacemaker and defibrillator.
Bothwell’s full-time cardiologists, Dr. Henry Marquez and Dr. Josh Valtos, worked together to treat Gary’s heart condition. His heart procedures were performed in Bothwell’s cardiac cath lab, the only cardiac cath lab in west-central Missouri.
Dr. Marquez and I work together to identify patients who could benefit from having advanced procedures, such as a pacemaker and/or a biventricular defibrillator, and that’s what happened in Gary’s case.”
- Dr. John Valtos
Gary’s heart procedures were a success.
His heart muscle is better, his quality of life is better and obviously, his longevity has been markedly improved with this device.”
- Dr. Henry Marquez
“Before I got the pacemaker, I didn’t have the strength and stamina to do many of the things I could do before. The pacemaker and defibrillator really got me in good health again. I feel great. I feel fantastic. I would recommend Bothwell to anyone.”