Patient Stories

Nell Pritchard was only 21 when she suffered severe respiratory failure and needed a double lung transplant. Thanks to the Adult ECMO Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, Nell survived and is now healthy and active.
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By Susanne Mullman — In July 2009, I was a liver donor to my 21 year old daughter, Jen, whose liver failed due to autoimmune hepatitis. I first wrote about the experience in December 2009. Though I accurately captured the emotion and the gratitude I felt at the time, I glossed over many aspects of the journey. Our lives had not yet gotten back to normal, and although Jen would return to school in a few weeks, part of me was still holding my breath, overwhelmed by all we had been through and a little fearful of the future. Now, with the passage of time and watching Jen resume her life in continued good health, it is easier to write the story.
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Anna Johnson-Chase was 63 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her surgeon, Dr. Sheldon Feldman, decided to use a new therapy called intraoperative radiofrequency ablation to increase the operation's effectiveness and limit side effects.
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When 46-year-old Sharon Lupo started having stomach pains before Christmas, she brushed it off as a case of too much pre-holiday indulgence. But the pain persisted even after the holidays ended, landing her in the local emergency room. Many tests, scans, and biopsies later, she was shocked to learn the source of her pain: malignant epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, an extremely rare type of liver cancer. This type of cancer affects the lining of the blood vessels within the liver and strikes only 200 to 300 Americans each year.
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People are often surprised when they first learn that a living person may donate his or her liver — "don't you need your liver?" is a common question. In fact, living donor liver transplantation, or LDLT, is not only possible, but is the optimal choice for patients who need a liver transplant.
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After undergoing sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, Gina C. is healthy, happy and fit.
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Multidisciplinary program offers novel, expert care to newborns with vascular anomalies
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Jasmine Figueroa was an athletic child who enjoyed playing running, bowling and playing handball with her friends in the Bronx. After age 10, she was treated for bronchitis and asthma. At 13, she developed a heart murmur, and was referred to the Children's Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian where she was diagnosed with HCM. For the next few years, pediatric cardiologists were able to control Jasmine's symptoms with minimal medication. Her life returned to normal–with a few restrictions–at age 19, a healthy Jasmine gave birth to her first child.
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In his late 20s, John Cruz worked in a Brooklyn warehouse, lifting heavy boxes and enjoyed playing football with his nephews in the local park. Over the next few years, he was hampered by asthma and chest pains—early signs of HCM. Finally doctors at Methodist Hospital discovered an irregular heartbeat and gave John a pacemaker. When John was 37, he needed an implantable defibrillator to deliver a shock to his heart, when necessary and prevent sudden cardiac death.
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Pamela Abma at MS Bike-a-Thon
The Road to Recovery: Just Over a Year Later, ECMO Patient Completes Bike-A-Thon.
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