She’s a bit small for her age, but no one ever believes she started out at a pound-and-a-half.”. This created complications, including problems with blood pressure and clotting as well as serious bleeding — all of which put Susan’s brain at risk. From left: Susan Killmeyer; Dr. David Bartlett; and Dr. Herbert Zeh, both of the division of surgical oncology at UPMC CancerCenter. But her vision continued to worsen for a week, so she consulted an ophthalmologist. “My family was there in my hospital room [with] all my friends — we talked about the choice I had to make and prepared ourselves for the end,” she recalls. The stakes are high, since a dietary misstep can lead to brain damage or death. Dr. Aziz made a small incision at the base of Morgan’s skull above the jaw and went in underneath the brain (but outside the brain covering). They didn’t want to think outside the box.”, Fortunately, Cindi was friends with a doctor at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, so Sam’s liver biopsy was sent there. A Chilling Medical Story with a Bittersweet Ending What made the experience of listening to Lonely Pines: A Medical Short Story Wherein the Future Rescues the Past the most enjoyable? Get free access to newly published articles. Morgan’s tumor, called a trigeminal schwannoma, was rare. Although only 150 cases of the disease had ever been documented, Dr. Busis realized that Lauren’s symptoms were almost identical. Arts in Pittsburgh: All the World Has Become a Stage, Meet the Man Who Is Propelling Pitt's Health Sciences, How Prevention Point Works to Reduce the Harm for Drug Addicts. “We were able to take out the tumor with minimum manipulation,” Dr. Aziz says, “so her symptoms began to disappear.”. Frostbite From Air Dusters. Votes: 104,689 | Gross: $135.03M The scenarios are within the realm of possibilities for the not so distant future. “A light bulb went off,” he says. Here’s how the year unfolded. The group includes geneticists, gastroenterologists, hepatologists and metabolic specialists from Children’s and the Clinic For Special Children. *My homework is to create a table showing what people felt about what Happene to nancy. Though Sam was initially evaluated for a liver transplant, Dr. Shneider knew that this major surgery might prove only a temporary solution. John is into cars, trains and trouble. “When she came to us, she was already in the throes of severe heart failure,” says Dr. Benza. “At first, my doctor thought it could be migraines or a stomach bug,” she recalls, “but I kept getting worse.” She had tests done at an Altoona hospital, but the results only muddied the waters, revealing that it might be meningitis or encephalitis. The outbreak of the virus has sickened more than 80 million people. Crystal underwent a successful transplant at Children’s the next day. In her narrative medicine class at Columbia University, she's helping doctors-in … Dr. Benza had arranged for AGH cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Robert Moraca to receive the months-long training necessary to perform the procedure, which took Dr. Moraca to hospitals in San Diego, Canada and Alabama. Before the operation, Crystal’s disorder had a significant impact on her whole family, says her mother, Lorraine. The surgery Dr. Aziz and his team performed on Morgan took about eight hours (the first hours were spent on the crucial positioning of Morgan for the extremely precise procedures to come). Throughout the nine-hour operation, continuous efforts to keep her alive were made — including massive transfusions of blood products, and both medication and intermittent clamping of the heart’s main blood vessel to maintain pressure to the brain. Medical abbreviations are a shorthand way of writing and talking by medical professionals (people who work to help sick people) to hurry explanation of diseases (sickness), patients, or medicines (drugs).. Even vegetables must be rationed. Shutterstock. At first, it looked as though neither twin would survive, and Liane was advised to consider terminating the pregnancy for medical reasons. 8. That was amazing.”. She was immediately transferred to Allegheny General Hospital, where cardiologist Dr. Raymond Benza diagnosed her. Kingston Hospital improves care for critical patients. Even when paralyzed — her kidneys failing — she maintained good spirits.”, Thinking about her adult twin daughters gave her strength, Susan says. As many of these stories are published under assumed names, or the medical degree of the author is omitted, it is difficult to locate them. She was able to start the fall semester of her sophomore year, with a pretty amazing story about what she’d done on her summer vacation. Whether it’s taking a hot bath, brushing your teeth, cleaning the house, or simply … Return to Home Page. “I don’t remember much about Altoona or Shadyside … or meeting Dr. Busis. Let us know in the comments below. Post-surgery treatment of Lauren’s immune system included intravenous immunoglobin to block bad antibodies and steroids. There’s nothing worse than a thriller that fails to thrill. “I know it’s a bit of a miracle.”. “My husband died 17 years ago, and there was no way in hell I was leaving my kids without a parent.” Susan’s short-term goal was to see her girls get married. If you are a medical student or resident and would like to participate in an Inspiring Stories interview, please contact … Because of the PCAS program, survival rates for patients like him have risen from about 30 percent to above 40 percent, says Dr. Callaway. 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