Tag: The Call for transplant
Once you are enrolled in a heart transplant wait list, you will be assigned a heart transplant coordinator. At Columbia Presbyterian, there were four coordinators to handle more than 150 wait list patients. The role of the coordinators at Columbia Pres was different than the role of the coordinators at Tampa General Hospital. At Columbia, […]
I had seven heart attacks on September 9, 2000. On September 10th, 2000, I successfully underwent six-way open-heart bypass surgery. My friend and Albany cardiologist, Dr. John Bennett and Dr. Larry Safi of Prime Care Cardiology saved my life. Thank you gentlemen! At first, I thought it was a shoulder injury suffered the night before […]
While I was waiting for heart transplantation, this is the form I used to show my medications and track my intake. Dr. Hoffman, my cardiologist at Tampa General Hospital, insisted that I also take my blood pressure and heart rate every morning and weigh myself before eating. I kept another chart that reflected these readings. […]
Most patients awaiting transplantation will beconme frustrated, nervous and confuised by the process. I am a stats guy. In fact, when I went to transplant centers, the first questions I asked was what is the center’s one year, three year and five year survival rate. It’s not all about the numbers, but it is comforting to know who is doing it right. The OPTN-UNOS site maintains an up-to-the-minute resource center that provides valuable inforamtion about your center and your general position on the wait list.
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.