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Bake sale benefits Montgomery County bailiff who's suffered 400 kidney stones

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Pete Sexton has suffered from kidney stones since he was 17-years-old. Pete Sexton has suffered from kidney stones since he was 17-years-old.
He estimates he has had more than 400 kidney stones over his life. He estimates he has had more than 400 kidney stones over his life.
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

Employees of the Montgomery County courthouse are coming together to help one of their co-workers who has suffered from kidney stones for half of his life.

"I was 17 when I had my first kidney stone," Pete Sexton said. "It got progressively worse and now I'm passing anywhere from five to six a week."

The 34-year-old father of two says he has had more than 400 kidney stones in his life.

"I've been to several doctors and nobody knows what's going on," he told News 2. "A specialist refers me to someone else, and they'll refer me to someone else. Nobody really knows."

Sexton works in the Montgomery County courthouse as a bailiff and never lets on about the pain he's living with.

"Three weeks ago when his wife mentioned everything that was going on, we would have never known," said co-worker Angelika Huff.

When the other employees learned of his pain and how doctors haven't been able to find answers, they decided to hold a bake sale and silent auction to help Sexton and his wife Deon travel to a doctor who may be able to help.

"We contacted a place in Florida about looking at my parathyroid possibly having a tumor on it," Sexton said.

His wife added, "We really thought we were going to go and get it figured out. When they said no, it was like we were back at square one."

Sexton is now considering a visit to the Mayo Clinic, but he will have to pay for the costs himself.

Sexton said he has passed a vast majority of the stones naturally, but has had to have six surgeries to have doctors remove them.

"It's debilitating," he said. "I lay on the floor in a fetal position where I can't move, can't talk [because] it'll take my breath away."

He continued, "People compare it to child birth. I had a nurse one time who said she'd rather have four more kids than pass another kidney stone."

Currently Sexton told News 2 he has six or seven kidney stones right that he will have to pass on his own.

He's also starting to suffer from migraines and recently fractured both knees while jogging.

Sexton never shows how he's hurting at work and mostly deals with the pain, saving his sick days for when he has to have surgery to remove the stones.

The bake sale and silent auction will be held at the Montgomery County courthouse on Friday.

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