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October 9, 2012

Caruthers home from hospital

Live Oak — After an extended stay at Shands in Gainesville and a medical condition that was looking near inescapable, Suwannee County Commissioner Jesse Caruthers is now home from the hospital.

Caruthers was hospitalized on Sept. 14 after he was diagnosed with a ruptured spleen at Shands Regional Medical Center in Live Oak. He was transferred to Shands Cancer Center and Trauma Unit in Gainesville for further treatment.

That Friday evening, Caruthers underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition for several weeks. 
“You know, I talked with my primary physician and he said to me, ‘You don’t know how close you were to death.’ I know it was the prayers [that helped me],” Caruthers said.

“I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers," said Caruthers. "I never dreamed in my life that so many people in Suwannee County cared and would pray for me.”

Caruthers is now home resting with a long road of recovery ahead.

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