Miraculously, Hess lived and when doctors were ready to operate on him they expected to find his organs charred by the chemicals released from his appendix. Instead, they found that a layer of scar tissue had formed around his appendix, keeping the poison sealed off from the rest of his body.
Hess plans to publish a second book, “Hope Beyond Disappointment,” later this year. The inspiration for it came from talking with families who had loved ones with illnesses similar to Hess’ but who did not recover from them, he said.
Geisinger Health System is currently in negotiations to purchase the Holy Family Convent property from the Society of the Sisters of Christian Charity, the convent’s mother organization.
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