Downtown store owner hospitalized
A fund has been established to help a downtown business owner with expenses while she's recuperating from an appendectomy.
Dee Stone, owner of Outback Video, said she'd never been sick a day in her life. The weekend of Nov. 17, she felt sick, but thought she'd soon feel better.
"I was in pain," Stone said. "But I've had worse pains until Sunday night."
Her son, Lance Stone, drove her to Lawrence Memorial Hospital at 2 a.m. Nov. 19, and by 6 a.m., Stone was in the operating room.
Her physician later told her that the appendix had probably burst two days earlier and the infection had spread.
Stone, who does have health insurance, said she is concerned about the loss of income during her recuperation. She had been working at her video store, 518 E. Fourth, in the mornings. And in the afternoons and evenings, she's been working 40 hours a week at Badd Jack's restaurant.
A fund to help Stone during her illness has been established at First State Bank and Trust of Tonganoxie.