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A stomach ache was actually an inflammed appendix

Adrianna Christie in her hospital bed at the new Spotsylvania hospital. (Photo by Wendy Christie)

Last week the new Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center had its first baby. This week it had its first pediatric patient.

Wendy Christie brought her 7-year-old daughter Adrianna to the hospital’s emergency room Tuesday night. Adrianna had stomach pains that turned out to be an infected appendix. By Wednesday morning, Dr. Richard Earnhardt, a local surgeon, had removed the appendix, and Adrianna was recovering. She was the only patient on the hospital’s fifth floor pediatric section.

Wendy Christie said this morning that her daughter is doing fine, walking the hallways and using the bathroom. She may be able to go home today.

The Christies live in Spotsylvania and went to the new hospital since it was closest to their home. Adrianna is a rising second-grader at Robert E. Lee Elementary School. Since there are only a few days left in the school year, she probably won’t be returning to classes until fall.

The Spotsy hospital opens to the public on Monday. For the last two weeks it has treated a limited number of patients as part of a regualtory requirement.