On Saturday, March 24th, former Vice President and political insider, Dick Cheney received a heart transplant at the Inova Fairfax Hospital. According to media reports, the Vice President is recovering from the surgery. Doubtless, this high-profile transplant will raise questions about the award system used by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the […]
As of August 31st, 2011, there are 121,264 patients on wait lists at U.S. Transplant Centers. Of those 121,264 patients, 3,202 persons are awaiting heart transplants while an additional 69 patients are awaiting a heart/lung transplant. The majority of wait listed patients (95,531) patients are awaiting a kidney transplant and another 16.952 patients are awaiting […]
At 11:32 p.m. the phone rang. “Mr. Doolittle,” Ann began, “we have your new heart. Can you be at the hospital in about one hour? The surgery is scheduled for 3:00 a.m.” Self doubt, fear, joy, nervousness, reservations and determination all fought with each other while I merely the pawn in the middle. When the dust settled, what happened that night was truly miraculous.