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William Fintel, MD
BLUE RIDGE CANCER CARE
Nominated for Oncologist by Deborah Equi

Dr. Fintel (left) with
Deborah Equi

"My health hero is Dr. William
(Bill) Fintel with Blue Ridge Cancer
Care. My husband and I were
shocked and anxious to receive
the diagnosis of lymphoma in the
emergency room on the evening
of D e c e m b e r 2 9 , 2 0 1 6 . T h e
tumors were so large, they were
starting to wrap around my aorta,
causing difficulty breathing and
unbearable pain.
Dr. Fintel was standing by my
bedside on the oncology floor
by 6:30 a.m. on December 30,
reassuring me that lymphoma is treatable.
His calm, confident demeanor made a
tremendous difference in my anxiety level
and my ability to relax and put my trust in God
and Dr. Fintel's experience to guide me and

my family through this difficult experience.
He spent the day preparing me for 96 hours of
continuous chemotherapy to begin the next
day (New Year's Eve). He said the cancer was

"He has such a strong faith and
the courage to help people at
one of the most difficult times
in their lives. "
reproducing so rapidly that chemotherapy had
to begin as soon as possible.
I found out later that this was his day off.
He performed the bone marrow test himself
and he spent time with my family, reassuring
them and answering their questions. Dr. Fintel
may not be able to save everyone, but his
calm, caring and confident manner is critical
in times of crisis. He has such a strong faith
and the courage to help people at one of the
most difficult times in their lives. I cannot
thank Dr. Fintel enough for his excellent care
and obvious commitment to his patients. He
is a true health hero in my book!"

William Gay, MD
CARILION CLINIC
"The Monday after Thanksgiving 2012 at 5:30 a.m., Stacie woke
me to say 'we are pregnant.' We decided to keep it a secret from
everyone until Christmas. On Friday, December 20th, we got the
amazing news that we were not only expecting one, but three
babies. That's right, triplets. I was proud of myself for standing
upright after hearing the news. Stacie and I were in shock for a
couple of days.
On Valentine's Day, we met with our pediatric cardiologist, Dr.
William Gay, and he found there was a major problem with baby
B's heart. Everything at this point was still very unclear. Over the
next several months, Stacie got ultrasounds almost weekly. She
was doing amazing with the pregnancy. Her small frame was doing
amazing carrying three babies. The doctors were amazed.
On June 14th, Stacie was admitted to Carilion's Roanoke
Memorial hospital for elevated liver enzyme levels. The babies
were pushing against her gallbladder. After eight days in the
hospital, it was time for the babies to be delivered. Stacie, at 33
weeks, 2 days pregnant, could no longer keep food down and the
babies were starting to get stressed.
On Saturday, June 22nd, 2014 at 9:49 a.m., Sophia, Wyatt
and Brady were born at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Sophia was
3 pounds, 15 ounces, Wyatt 3 pounds, 3 ounces, and Brady 3
pounds, 5 ounces. Wyatt, baby "B," was born with Hypoplastic
Right Heart and Heterotaxy Syndrome.
Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome is very rare and even more
50

JULY/AUGUST 2018

Sophia Maguire (left), Wyatt Maguire (center)
and Brady Maguire (right)

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WILLIAM FINTEL: COURTESY OF DEBORAH EQUI / MAGUIRE FAMILY: COURTESY OF TOMMY MCGUIRE

Nominated for Pediatric Cardiologist by Tommy Maguire


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