At age 70, Rose Neeleman is an adventurer, but two years ago that nearly ended for her. She and her husband Gary, a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, enjoy traveling around the world together. During a trip to the International Press Convention in Aruba in 2010, Rose began to feel nauseous, chilled, tired, and weak with a high fever.
Rose and Gary lived in Brazil for seven years and are regular visitors to the Amazon and other exotic locations. So when Rose began to feel sick, she assumed it was something she had picked up in the jungle. When they returned to Salt Lake City, she received an ultrasound, which revealed not only two kidney stones but also a troubling mass on her left kidney. Doctors ordered a CT scan and sent her to Jay Bishoff, MD, Director of Urology at the Intermountain Urological Institute. Dr. Bishoff found that Rose had a rare infection that destroys the kidney but is not cancerous, and he recommended the removal of the kidney.
In October 2010, Dr. Bishoff performed laparoscopic surgery and removed the kidney. The day after her surgery, Rose was well enough to walk in the hallways and was on the road to recovery.
“I’ve felt perfect ever since,” she said. “Dr. Bishoff is amazing, and all the care I received was exceptional, just incredible.” Rose is now healthy enough to resume her travels and spend time with her seven children and thirty-four grandchildren.