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Brighter days ahead for Beaumont woman

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BEAUMONT, MS. (WDAM) - Wonda Hatcher of Beaumont has been battling an illness that during the course of her treatment led to the removal of her small intestine, due to a loss of circulation.

She needs a small intestine transplant operation and on November 9th, she's flying to Indiana University Hospital, where she'll officially be on the list for that procedure.

"I'm happy, but I'm nervous at the same time too. This is a big surgery. I've got to keep the faith and make sure that I come out of it ok," said Hatcher.

State Representative Percy Watson of Hattiesburg has taken a keen interest in Hatcher's case and arranged for her flight arrangements to Indianapolis. Additionally, Watson helped Hatcher navigate Mississippi Medicaid and identify a hospital to care for her. He said it wasn't always easy to secure the help Hatcher needed.

"The greatest challenge was to identify a facility that would do the surgery, the major surgery and then at the same time get the division of Medicaid and the Office of the Governor to actually undertake the responsibility of paying for it," said Watson.

Wonda Hatcher is expected to be in Indiana for several months to a year while she waits to receive and recover from her operation.

She said, "This is going to be one of the biggest battles I ever have fought and I plan to win."

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