Oswego District 308 Superintendent Hospitalized After Emergency Surgery
Jul 01, 2014 04:48PM ● Published by Steven Jack
Dr. Matthew Wendt
Community Unit School District 308 has announced Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Wendt is at home recovering from a successful surgery last Friday for a perforated appendix. Dr. Wendt and his family were in Oswego after traveling out of state just days before.
According to Dr. Wendt’s wife, Dawn, her husband began vomiting and suffering severe stomach pain late Thursday night. Dr. Wendt was taken to Rush-Copley Emergency Room on Friday morning. A CT scan indicated an inflamed appendix, but a rupture was found later during surgery.
Dr. Wendt was admitted as a patient on Friday morning and discharged Monday evening. Mrs. Wendt indicates physicians believe the ruptured appendix may have occurred up to two days prior; and consequently, concern has been with significant infection. Additionally, the location of the perforation to the colon made surgery challenging and a closed suction drain will be needed for an additional 10 days.
“Dr. Wendt will be recuperating at home for an extended period of time. We are happy things went well for Dr. Wendt, and we wish him a speedy recovery,” stated Board of Education President Bill Walsh.
Associate Superintendent Dr. Paul O’Malley will fill in for the interim.
News release provided by Oswego District 308