Our team at Shine magazine was blown away by the chance to interview international rock star and lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey. Two years ago, he came to Methodist Dallas Medical Center struggling with a raspy voice and found the solutions he needed from Rajiv Pandit, MD, otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeon on the hospital’s medical staff.
Altruistic Donor and Recipient Highlight the Impact of Organ Donation
After reading about the great need for kidney donors three years ago, software designer Matt Heard decided to do something most people would consider unconventional. He chose to altruistically donate one of his kidneys. He remarked, there isn’t much difference between my having one or two kidneys, but there’s a life and death difference between having one or none.
Dear 16-year-old me,
I don’t know if you’ll listen to this. You’re a little stubborn and you kind of think you know it all. Not to mention, you think, it won’t happen to me.
Memorial programs at Methodist Charlton and Methodist Dallas help parents cope long-term with perinatal loss
When Andra Hunter learned she had lost her baby just days before she was due to give birth at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, the shock and grief that followed were unlike anything she’d ever faced.
Amit Guttigoli, MD, really likes gadgets. One in particular caught his interest and passion. He’s become such a fan that he now trains doctors on two continents how to use it.
People are impatient; we are always in a hurry and we rarely pause. To work, to school, to anywhere we are going. We also want immediate answers. Cesar Duran didn’t have the good fortune of having an answer at the touch of a smartphone or at the speed of his accelerator. The Puerto Rico native waited 24 years for a new kidney. It’s a feat doctors rarely see.
Athletes are known for mental toughness, for having the grit to power through to finish a competition strong.
Some, however, don’t just push themselves to victory. They actually ignore serious injuries and push their bodies past healthy limits.
Frances Bussey (pictured center) enjoys renewed energy and life with her husband and granddaughter in east Texas.
People travel far and wide for great medical care; there’s even a new term called ‘medical tourism’ where cities and healthcare systems spend money to bring patients there. That was never the intention of The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. It opened nine satellite clinics across Texas to meet the needs of patients in those communities because their access to specialized care was so limited. Beyond those city limits, transplant patients have traveled from Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico for the top-notch care. They say ‘good news travels fast’ and the staff at The Liver Institute can attest to just that. The Liver Institute at Methodist Dallas Medical Center performs more than 50 liver transplants per year, and continues to have the best outcomes in the Dallas area. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, patients transplanted at Methodist Dallas are more likely to survive and thrive a year after their liver transplants than any other hospital in Dallas.
When I walked into the home of David Silva and Mirna Contreras last spring, a somber mood filled the space. My heart ached as I watched Mirna wipe away tears and recount the heartbreaking story of her daughter, Ruby, who was born at only 22 weeks and 6 days and, at that time, remained in the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Methodist Richardson Medical Center.
The last words I heard my sister, Sarah, say were on my birthday in June 2013. She called and I was at a noisy restaurant with some friends, and she shouted on the phone to me, “I love you, I can’t wait to see you soon!” I was so happy we would be celebrating together that coming weekend with my family in New York City.
A few days later, Sarah was hit by a car while crossing the street in Brooklyn on a rainy night. She was 23 years old. My family had never discussed the possibility of any of us donating our organs. Suddenly, we were faced with a big decision during a very difficult time as we prayed together and said our final goodbyes to Sarah. When we talked to the organ donor team at the hospital, we listened and asked lots of questions, but we all immediately knew in our hearts that if Sarah were able to speak, she would be say “yes, absolutely!”