“A car accident turned out to be a blessing in disguise, thanks to Cottage Health.”
— Bob Hawkins, 75, of Santa Barbara
Bob Hawkins has always enjoyed an active life, even in retirement. For a hobby, he loves to restore antique cars and convert them to hot rods.
Earlier this year, Hawkins was driving to meet some friends for breakfast. While he was stopped at a red light, another vehicle crashed into him from behind. He was knocked unconscious and then rushed to the emergency room at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
“It was a pretty bad crash, and it gave me a concussion,” Hawkins said. “But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because while viewing my MRI the staff at Cottage discovered I had a pituitary tumor.”
The pituitary gland is a small endocrine gland attached to the base of the brain. It releases hormones to regulate growth, metabolism, blood pressure and many other vital functions.
Hawkins had experienced no symptoms from the golf-ball sized tumor, but — while it was benign — it was so close to his optic nerve that he stood the risk of going blind if left untreated.
“Dr. Moayeri was a great listener who wants to hear what you’re saying,” Hawkins said. “I could tell I was in good hands.”
Moayeri removed the tumor, and Hawkins stayed only two nights in the hospital before returning home.
“The whole staff at Cottage was fantastic,” he said. “I’m thankful I live in a place with great health care.”
These days, Hawkins is back to enjoying his hobbies and the active life he loves in Santa Barbara with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Ace.