Back in December, five lucky people received the best Holiday gift ever—a new heart. Each year, 2,000 people in North America receive a new lease on life thanks to the amazing, life-saving miracle of heart transplantation. But did you know that for every 2,000 who receive a new heart, there are 1,000 more of them … Continue reading Heart Transplant Recipients Receive Christmas Wish
This summer, I met a group of people whose positivity and respect for each other were clear to all who came in contact. They were two married couples who were seeing each other for the first time since a remarkable surgery that will forever bond them (more than their years of friendship had previously). The … Continue reading There is Hope: Living Donor Liver Transplants
It’s a simple task—using the restroom—that we do without a second thought. We often take things for granted. Until there is a curve ball thrown our way, we go about our lives ungrateful for the little things. If you have experienced the burning sensation that comes during urination, you might relate. This pain is one … Continue reading Early detection prevents kidney infection
Find Out What It Is And How To Prevent It When you think of patients who are diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver or fatty liver disease, you may be picturing an alcoholic who has been drinking heavily for years. But, that’s not the case anymore. There’s a disturbing new trend in liver disease and … Continue reading Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is on the rise
Approximately 85,000 people in the United States are on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. With this tremendous shortage, many patients find themselves turning to family members and friends in hopes of a lifesaving match. Unfortunately, only 40 to 50% of potential donor candidates are found to be compatible with their recipient. If no … Continue reading Paired kidney donation – A "medical matchmaker"
Scott & White recently honored those patients who have died, whose organs have gone on to better other patient lives. Corneas, kidneys, and pancreas donors had a “Wall of Heroes” dedicated to these folks who either had signed up for organ donation before their death, or their family members saw the need to donate their … Continue reading Organ donors honored at Scott & White
April is National Donate Life Month and I believe the greatest gifts one can give is organ donation. One donor can have an impact on up to 50 people! 50 lives saved. I speak from experience. Back in 2003/2004 I was diagnosed with liver cancer as a Scott & White patient. After two cancer surgeries … Continue reading April is National Donate Life Month