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Patients still ask about Bedford doctor Quesada, injured in November home invasion

BEDFORD - Among a handful of physicians who treat patients suffering from debilitating neuropathic pelvic pain, Dr. Eduardo W. Quesada is a "wonderful" anesthesiologist - both competent and willing to take on the difficult task of treating those crippled by this often disabling condition, a colleague said.

"I've only known him to be a very kind and generous person, compassionate, and an excellent physician. He is sorely missed," Dr. Mark Conway said last week of Quesada, 52.

Quesada has been on an "indefinite medical leave" since Nov. 24 when at least one intruder broke into his Bedford home and brutally attacked him and his wife, Sonia. Their 2-year-old daughter was unharmed.

"I can't tell you how many phone calls and e-mails we received from patients all over the country asking 'What happened to Dr. Quesada?'... They are praying for him and his family," added Conway, a gynecological surgeon at OB/GYN Associates of Southern New Hampshire in Merrimack. He said the two have collaborated in treating hundreds of patients suffering from pudendal neuralgia during the last seven years.

Progress made in case

Noting "significant progress" has been made in the home invasion case, officials this week said they anticipate making a "major announcement" within the week - possibly as soon as a few days.

"A lot of questions will be answered within the next couple of days to a week," Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia M. LaFrance said Wednesday.

She confirmed searches of Beaver Brook in Amherst and Railroad Pond in downtown Milford Tuesday were related to the violent home invasion at 7 Proclamation Court. The Quesadas' luxury home was up for sale with a nearly $1.4 million asking price when the burglary occurred.

LaFrance would not say if divers recovered evidence.

LaFrance said no one is in custody on charges related to the home invasion. She would not comment on media reports that police have two suspects in custody on unrelated charges.

'Crazy rumors' dismissed

Dr. Quesada and his wife, Sonia, 29, were hospitalized with serious injuries after the Nov. 24 burglary involving an intruder described as at least 6 feet tall wearing a black ski mask and dark clothes.

Six weeks later, police were called to the 49 Kensington Lane condominium in Bedford that belongs to Dr. Quesada's mother. There they found Dr. Quesada unconscious, his wife dead, and a pile of prescription pills nearby.

Officials have said Sonia Quesada's death was not a homicide and the two incidents are unrelated.

Dr. Quesada is an anesthesiologist at the Pain Management Center at Elliot Hospital and a member of Amoskeag Anesthesia PLLC in Manchester.

Conway said he has heard "some of the crazy rumors" about why the Quesadas were attacked. He dismissed them, saying "none of it makes any possible sense to me at all. The only man I knew was just the most gentle soul and a wonderful physician. It's completely mind-blowing to me, this whole thing."

Quesada, he added, "was nothing but ethical. I just can't imagine, based on my knowledge of him over the years, that (the rumors) could possibly be the case."

Quesada's expertise

Conway and Quesada belonged to a "loose affiliation" of about five health care practitioners in the Nashua and Manchester area who provided "comprehensive" treatment for those suffering from neuropathic pelvic pain. Treatments ranged from physical therapy, to nerve blocks to nerve decompression surgery.

An estimated 300,000 people nationwide suffer from pudendal neuralgia, a condition cause by an inflammation of the pudendal nerve, which innervates the exterior sexual organs in men and women.

Causes can range from child birth to surgical trauma to direct trauma to the buttocks.

Quesada would administer three to four CAT-scan guided "nerve block" injections "through the skin which has to penetrate the area where the nerve is running," Conway explained.

Patients who respond very positively to nerve blocks may experience relief for months and even years after the injections, Conway said.

"Not all the treatments are 100 percent successful... and that is always difficult to deal with," he added.


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