Joshua Bates knew something was seriously wrong. He had a high fever, could barely move and felt a sharp pain in his stomach every time he coughed.
The 28-year-old called his roommate, who rushed home that day in July 2018. The pair drove to the nearest emergency room, the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.
After several tests, including a CT scan of his abdomen, the emergency team determined that Bates had acute appendicitis.
"They said my appendix was minutes away from rupturing," Bates said.