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Dave Thomas




“Dr. Cebulla has been the solution to our problem, and has been our salvation. She has just been so good about following through on this and trying to help us. Truly, she is an angel in disguise.”

 


Dave Thomas was out for an early walk enjoying the beautiful June weather, when he began experiencing what he thought was shingles. His family doctor put him on medication to clear up the shingles but in that same week, Dave gained 20 pounds, mostly fluid in his abdomen. One night, Dave went to bed noticing some “little gold specks” in his eye and woke up in the morning with a black spot on the right side of his eye.

Dave's wife, Sue, got him in to see an eye doctor right away, who referred them to a retina specialist. From there, they were referred to Colleen Cebulla, MD at the Havener Eye Institute for what they had been told might be a malignant tumor.

Dr. Cebulla ran numerous tests on Dave and concluded that it was not a tumor, but water on the eye. She also instructed them to go to the OSU Emergency Room if they noticed any more rapid weight gain.

The next day, the symptoms worsened and they returned to OSU’s Emergency Department.

Dave spent the next week undergoing “every test in every department.”

Just when they were beginning to lose heart, Dr. Cebulla stopped by the hospital. She had been researching his symptoms and thought it might be Capillary Leak Syndrome (CLS). She then contacted Dave’s doctor at the hospital and by Saturday evening they had concluded that it was CLS, a condition so rare that there have only been 150 documented cases.

“I don’t know what the doctors’ next step would have been had Dr. Cebulla not come in there that night,” said Sue. “When Dave was first diagnosed with the malignant tumor I told him, ‘Now we’re not going to worry about this because I have a feeling this might be an omen for us to get to Columbus to get some better help.’”

Dr. Cebulla is now working to get Dave seen by Dr. Kirk Druey, an expert on CLS at the National Institute of Health.

“Dr. Cebulla has been the solution to our problem, and has been our salvation,” said Sue. “She has just been so good about following through on this and trying to help us. Truly, she is an angel in disguise.”

Learn more about Dr. Colleen Cebulla