I had an emergency appendectomy nine years ago. It was one of the seven operations done to me. The five were for birthing while the other one was dilation and curettage (D&C) because of a missed abortion.
The doctor removed my appendix, the small tube connected to my large intestine in the lower right side of my belly. My appendix became inflamed and was filled with water made up of dead cells and inflammatory debris. If not treated immediately, it may rupture, release bacteria into the abdomen, and lead to life-threatening infection. The doctor told me I was too close to that.