'Deadliest Catch' to again feature local hospital

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Local fans of Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” are probably already hooked in the ongoing story line of Scott Campbell Jr., the Milton-Freewater resident who captains the Seabrooke.

Now comes another episode with “Junior’s” ongoing back problems and footage from Walla Walla’s own Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

Next Tuesday the latest episode of the award-winning series will feature Providence neurosurgeon David Yam performing spinal surgery to try to save Campbell’s career.

Dr. Yam broke the news to Campbell that he would need a spinal fusion during the episode that aired two days ago. Fearing he may never fish again, Campbell broke down in the exam room, according to a summary of the episode. The back pain had become so severe that Junior had to leave his boat crew in Alaska in the middle of crab season to return home for his appointments.

This is the second time the show has filmed at the 142-bed regional hospital. Last season, the show followed Junior home as he rushed to St. Mary to see his father, Scott Campbell Sr., who had suffered a serious accident.

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