Mayor back home after appendix is removed

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Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers is back home today after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, which was performed at a Fort Smith hospital Sunday.

Rogers was scheduled to be released Monday afternoon from Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith.

“It started hitting me Friday and by Saturday night into Sunday, I was just tossing and turning,” Rogers said. “I decided to go to Cooper Clinic Pro Med and they sent me to the Mercy ER.”

Rogers said he initially went to the clinic operated by Mercy Hospital in Paris. Once there, he found out the clinic wouldn’t honor the city’s health insurance.

“I could have gone to the hospital emergency room but I wasn’t sure it was an emergency." Roger said.

At the Mercy ER, Rogers said he had to drink a liquid and wait two hours before a scan was done.

“I was in a lot of pain,” Rogers said. “That wait was horrible. It was very uncomfortable.”

Rogers said he arrived in Fort Smith at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and was in the operating room by 5:30 p.m.

Rogers said he was lucky his appendix didn’t rupture. “If that had happened, they would have kept me for a couple of days,” Rogers said.

Monday, Rogers said he intended to come back to Paris and go back to work.

“I plan to be in Paris in time for an Economic Development Council meeting at 5:30,” Rogers said Monday morning. “I can tell you this. It’s not a nice way to spend Father’s Day.”

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