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An Angel in Tampa

Many years ago I met a crazy lady, and now I am proud to call her my friend.  She and I have bowled together since 1993, we enjoy bowling, bingo and our friendship.  For at least 20 years due to childhood illnesses she has had to wear hearing aides.  Sometimes they irritate her and she keeps them in her purse.  Once and a while they funny bunny gets a hold of me and I would be talking to her and she would say what, what, what.  And I knew she didn't have her aides in, so I would bend down and talk to her purse.  She has learned to live with the loss of hearing for many years. Not knowing there was help available just a phone call a way.  While she was visiting another doctor he suggested she see a very amazing specialist, Dr Bartels.

Dr Bartels is a doctor with a heart of gold, and the gift of healing.  An angel sent from heaven couldn't have been any better then Dr Bartels.  Since her first visit she has had both ears operated on to restore her hearing, and both were very successful.  She no longer has to wear her hearing aides, have the TV up real loud, or have to ask people to repeat what they said.  Just imagine after more than twenty years not being able to hear everything clearly.  And now with that one phone call she can.  Tears came to me quickly when I visited her in the hospital, while she had just come out of surgery and still under the influence of the anesthesia she was able to hear; the first moment she awakened she knew the operation was a success.

My tears where of happiness and sadness.  I was so tremendously happy for my dear friend but saddened for myself.  I also have suffered with a hearing loss for many years.  After my visit with her, I called and made an appointment.  On my first visit with Dr Bartels I was very nervous, afraid I wouldn't be a candidate for the same surgery as my friend, and that possibly I would not get the miracle I so deeply hoped and prayed for.

After going over the basic exam and some questions the great doctor turned to me and said I wasn't going to get the same surgery, my hearing loss was different from hers.  But "I think I can help you."  Tears came freely as I heard these wonderful words coming from this man.  I turned to look at my husband of thirty one years and he was crying.  When I turned back to face Dr Bartels he too had tears in his eyes.  What an amazing man, doctor and angel from God.  Since my first visit I have had my surgery, and happily waiting to have my second.  I can hear.  Everyday I try to tell someone about this wonderful doctor who came into the life of two very lucky ladies.  Please tell someone about this wonderful doctor who came into the life of two very lucky ladies.  Please encourage any one you know that has a hearing problem to seek out a doctor like Dr Bartels.