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Alex Halstead’s appendicitis wasn’t diagnosed during an initial ER visit. (Special photo)

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It was finals week in December 2009 and Alex Halstead, a 19-year-old undergraduate at the University of Georgia, was doing some late-night studying for an exam the next day when she felt a stinging pain in her lower right abdomen.


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