“I wanted to thank you and the team. Even though I didn’t get the transplant that night, the experience renewed my strength. When you came in the room to give me the news I could see it was difficult for you, and when Dr. D’Ovidio spoke to me afterward, he was visibly disappointed but you [...]
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Last month my great-uncle was unexpectedly admitted to a local hospital in upstate New York. From what I understood via telephone conversations with family members already present there, he was critically ill: admitted into the ICU, comatose, and diagnosed with multi-organ system failure. Most concerning, I was told that the doctors had already began to discuss “pulling the plug” [...]
A few weeks ago, an LA Times article about HIV+ infected organs came out which intrigued me, the reason being that typically “HIV” and “Organ Donation” together in the same sentence usually elicits a negative connotation. This couldn’t be farther from the truth; instead the article discusses the proposition of matching HIV+ organ donors with HIV+ transplant recipients [...]
April is National Donate for Life Month, a month dedicated to increasing public awareness and knowledge about organ donation and transplantation. With this special month just starting, I couldn’t think of a better time to share my personal attempt at contributing to the goal of these next few weeks. On a recent trip home, my [...]
“Transplants are just incredible. The whole process is incredible! The science, the surgery, the medicines, the people, the stories…it all makes this one heck of a bittersweet journey that I am so humbly grateful for, and oh so proud to be a part of. It’s plain and simple, incredible.” As my study patient continued to [...]
Why are so many prospective patients and their families still weary of participation in a clinical trial?