Tag: Liver Transplant

Love our nurses? Tell BJC about it

Love our nurses? Tell BJC about it

At Barnes-Jewish Hospital, we love our nurses. The Rare Gift has an especially warm place in our heart for transplant nurses – from operating room nurses to the ICU and floor nurses to the transplant coordinators.
This week is national Nurses Week and to honor nurses in the BJC HealthCare system, our sister website, MakeMedicineBetter.org, has a forum just

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Barnes-Jewish liver transplant nurse is patient’s “Guiding Light”

Barnes-Jewish liver transplant nurse is patient’s “Guiding Light”

The Guiding Light was the longest running drama in television history. The show’s title came from a lamp shining in the window of one character’s house  as a beacon to guide people looking for comfort or advice.  A Barnes-Jewish Hospital transplant nurse, Pam Thurston, RN, CCTN, was honored on Transplant Nurses Day, April 18, as

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Reflecting on miracles – an anniversary celebrated quietly

Reflecting on miracles – an anniversary celebrated quietly

Today, we present a guest post by Betsy Talcott Kelleher, the mother of one of our liver transplant patients. She reflects on the miracle of transplant and the miracle of simply living. Enjoy:
What’s the number 24 got to do with it?
by Betsy Talcott Kelleher
“Life isn’t fair,” my youngest son once said, after

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Long-term transplant survival: An answer to a 24-year-old question

Long-term transplant survival: An answer to a 24-year-old question

A quick history lesson before we tell you about Cindy Conrad:
Organ transplant was first attempted in the 1950s. At first, the only transplants performed were living donor kidney transplants between identical twins, who, being genetically identical, were automatically a perfect match.
In the 1960s and 1970s, surgeons tried other types of transplants. But steroids,

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More of the best of transplant in 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

More of the best of transplant in 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

We’re taking a look back at some of our favorite transplant stories from Barnes-Jewish in the past year. Today, the story of a man who toots his horn for transplant – literally.
Mike Morgan is a talented musician and his Lebanon, MO, music store is a fixture for bluegrass musicians throughout the Midwest.  What he

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The best of transplant 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

The best of transplant 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

In the season of giving, as our gift to you, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite transplant stories from the Washington University- Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center in 2011. Enjoy these two for starters:
First, the story of someone who gave the gift of life, and in doing so, got a gift of his own. From March, here’s the story

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A mom tells why donation was the “right thing to do”

A mom tells why donation was the “right thing to do”

Our partners at Mid-America Transplant Services, the region’s organ procurement organization, have a video by  donor mom June Laschober in their newest online newletter.
She talks about her son, Scott Laschober, a “teddy bear” of  a young man, who died  just as his life was starting to come together. June tells how in the face of this tragedy, making

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Physician of the week: Dr. Jeffrey Lowell

Physician of the week: Dr. Jeffrey Lowell

Here’s a little test. Which of the following does not apply to Washington
University transplant surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Lowell?
a. He’s a Navy reservist who recently completed a six-month tour in Germany, operating on soldiers evacuated from combat zones.
b. He’s a black belt in karate.
c. He was a member of the St. Louis City Police hostage

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Dr. Crippin is physician of the week

Dr. Crippin is physician of the week

Washington University physician Dr. Jeffrey Crippin is the medical director of liver transplant at Barnes-Jewish. He’s also a nationally known hepatologist, recognized for being a leader in the treatment of hepatitis C  and liver cancer in transplant patients and for helping to shape transplant policy in the U.S.  On top of that, his patients will

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The well-used heart and the hand-crank dialysis machine

The well-used heart and the hand-crank dialysis machine

A shout out to one of our favorite kidneys for leading us to a fascinating
website. Emily’s Kidney – a social media savvy organ who has guest-blogged for us – had an intriguing post on Twitter today.
@EmilysKidney  tweeted this photo http://pic.twitter.com/gMV29grf, asking people to guess what it is. Turns out it’s the precursor to the modern

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