Back from the brink of death

first_imgThe story of St Joseph Mercy Hospital’s first kidney transplant patientShanti Persaud thought her diabetes was under control. Months later, she was on the brink of death from kidney failure.Deep in the throes of renal failure, barely able to eat, move or talk and on the verge of total exhaustion, Shanti had no idea that her struggle for life would become an incredible survival story. How she beat the odds, survived and eventually moved on to live a normal life is a story of incredible luck, a determined and highly skilled doctor and his team, and a pioneering medical procedure at one of the nation’s leading hospitals.She did not worry too much as she always took her medications and was able to live a relatively normal life and do many of the things she loved, such as exercising, taking care of her family and even indulging in an occasional fast-food treat.When she visited the clinic monthly to keep track of her conditions, her check-ups often included a kidney function test. But one day, her quietude was shaken.She got her kidney function test results and found out that her kidneys were not working at maximum capacity. The results indicated that the problem was marginal, but it explained recent feelings of fatigue that she had noticed. Still, she and her family, though concerned, were not alarmed as they did not fully understand the danger or consequences.Shanti PersaudDr Kishore PersaudBut the deterioration was rapid and Shanti’s condition deteriorated from marginal loss of kidney function to chronic renal failure. Shanti was not at all prepared.With chronic renal failure, her tiredness and weakness grew worse and worse. It was as though all the strength, all the vitality had been sucked from her body. Bathing herself had become impossible without assistance from her daughter. Shanti could not even stand up for the time it took for her to prepare a meal. Climbing stairs had become difficult as she lost her breath quickly.Her kidneys were almost gone. That was the reason for her fatigue, pain and bad feelings; and to make matters worse, Shanti was going blind.Shanti started dialysis treatments in which she was hooked up to a machine that rid her body mechanically of impurities as well as excess fluids and salt. This invasive procedure became an essential part of Shanti and her family’s routines because, without it, she would simply die.Everything in her life seemed to revolve around this artificial system of filtering impurities from her blood, which is called hemodialysis. Three times a week, her family had to take her on a wheelchair to hospital for the sessions. For four consecutive hours, a machine would pump her blood through a filter outside the body and pump it back into her body.A bleak future of interminable dialysis treatments stretched before her. It was expensive too, costing nearly $50,000 a week. Additionally, every two months she had to be admitted to hospital for blood transfusions and to treat complications caused by dialysis.There were terrible side effects. The treatment left her feeling lightheaded and weak.  After receiving it, she would be taken from the hospital in a wheelchair, lifted into the car and later, up the stairs to her home. This continued for about eight agonizing months. It is a period Shanti tries to forget.As her dialysis ordeal continued, there was a ray of hope. It came from Dr. Kishore Persaud, a Transplant Surgeon at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital who urged Shanti to consider undergoing a kidney transplant. He was experienced in this area, having performed several such surgeries with a high success rate.The surgery would require a willing donor whose physiological makeup would be compatible with Shanti. Shanti’s brother was a perfect match.Such transplants are generally done at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), but Shanti was more comfortable doing hers at Mercy Hospital. Little did she know that it would have been a first for the privately operated institution. The Mercy Hospital rose to the occasion and a series of prudent actions followed to facilitate a successful surgery.It was a quiet Saturday in October, 2017 when Shanti and her brother arrived at the Mercy Hospital for the surgeries. She was a little nervous, but Shanti trusted her doctor.The Mercy Hospital team had left no stone unturned. According to Dr. Kishore, “We would have reviewed the protocol and discussed it with the administration at the Mercy Hospital… spoken to all the specialists and… made a clear plan of how to proceed in this aspect because it was the first ever transplant we would have been doing at this hospital.“After setting all the parameters in place, we then proceeded to do her transplant. We partnered with the … university in Miami which gave us a backup to our laboratory service in terms of proceeding with [conducting] all the tests that are not available in Guyana,” Dr. Kishore explained.Shanti and her brother spent over eight hours on the operating tables beneath the skilled hands and watchful eyes of Dr. Kishore and a team of medical experts who worked intently on the transplant.Shanti recalled waking up on a bed in a hospital room after the operation.  Relieved, she looked over and saw her brother awake on the other bed. The surgery had been a success and her new kidney had begun to function while she was still on the operating table.Dr. Kishore left nothing to chance. He stayed with Shanti throughout the night after the operation to ensure that the kidney was fully functioning, and afterwards he and other doctors made frequent follow-up checks.Shanti experienced none of the pain she had expected in the recovery phase and, after one week of top notch after surgery care by the hospital’s staff, she was able to walk herself out of the hospital. Her brother had left the hospital four days after the surgery.Dr. Kishore said many people with renal failure would like a kidney transplant, but it’s not easy to get a compatible donor. The surgeon remarked that some persons are, in fact, surviving on just one kidney and are not even aware of it because they have not experienced any symptoms indicating that a kidney has stopped working.Underscoring that donating a kidney is safe, Dr. Kishore explained that the screening process for donors is thorough, following rigid guidelines. “When we take a kidney from someone, we ensure that person is capable of living a normal healthy life for the rest of their life on one kidney. We would never take a kidney from someone if we know we would cause harm to that person. That is our main objective when we screen a patient thoroughly…”Shanti’s brother, for instance, is enjoying an active life after the successful operation. This includes working hard, going to gym and active social interactions. Until he heals fully, his only inhibition is lifting heavy weights.One of the ways of increasing the availability of kidneys for persons in need is for Cadaveric Legislation to be passed in Guyana, allowing for organs to be taken from patients who are brain dead and implanted into those in need.Since Shanti’s surgery, there has been one other kidney transplant at the St Joseph Mercy Hospital by Dr Kishore and his team. Altogether, 20 kidney transplants have been done in Guyana by Dr Kishore and his team at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation with Dr. Kishore as the lead surgeon.He is a strong advocate of kidney transplants in cases of renal failure, declaring the procedure life transforming for both the patients and their families.last_img read more

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Travis reunites with James, former high school teammates

first_imgNostalgia was in the air on Sunday when LeBron James and his former high school teammates had a reunion of sorts to watch his son Bronny go up against his alma mater St. Vincent-St. Mary in Ohio.Among James’ closest peers in attendance was former PBA import Romeo Travis, who was part of the The Fighting Irish’s “Fab Five” that took high school basketball by storm.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Travis, who led the Magnolia Hotshots to the Governors’ Cup title in 2018, didn’t let the moment pass by without documenting it as he posted a picture of himself together with James, Dru Joyce III, Sian Cotton and Willie McGee on Instagram.Photo taken from Romeo Travis’ Instagram accountJames and his crew led St. Vincent-St. Mary to three state titles in four years while drawing much fanfare from the media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4READ: Bronny James hits game-winner vs dad’s former high school teamBronny, James’ firstborn who plays for Sierra Canyon, ended up making the big plays as he came up with a steal and game-winning layup in a 59-56 victory over the Irish. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES View comments Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Akhuetie, Paras, Rivero back for UP in UAAP Season 83 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOST READlast_img read more

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NASA center employment, work rising

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – After a period of uncertainty and reduced payrolls, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center is entering 2007 with a slight uptick in employment and a slate of projects including managing a flying telescope and beginning work on an escape system for the nation’s next manned spacecraft. Dryden’s employment, cut back to about 460 civilian workers in 2005, is rising. The number hit slightly more than 500 to start 2007 and is expected to reach about 535 civilians during the course of the year, said Dryden director Kevin Petersen. “We’re pleased with where Dryden is at,” Petersen said. “We have an exciting year lined up in 2007.” Dryden is managing the flying-telescope program – a partnership with NASA Ames Research Center in Northern California and the German Aerospace Center. More than 100 people will be involved in the program at Dryden. A 48,000-pound telescope – called the stratospheric observatory for infrared astronomy or SOFIA – is to be installed into a Boeing 747 and would become the world’s largest portable telescope. “The airplane is in Waco, Texas, going through intensive modifications,” Petersen said. “We expect the airplane to be flown out to Dryden in the April time frame.” For three to four years, Dryden will be expanding the aircraft’s flight envelope and conducting some initial science experiments. After four or five years, SOFIA will be fully operational and flying as many as 960 hours of science observations a year. “It’s a big project for Dryden,” Petersen said. None of Dryden’s hangars can handle an aircraft the size of a Boeing 747, so officials are looking nearby. They are in discussions with the Air Force about possible sites at Edwards and at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. The research center also will have a role in developing NASA’s next manned spacecraft, the crew exploration vehicle, which will replace the space shuttle and serve as the cornerstone of efforts to return to the moon. Dryden will manage abort-flight test integration and operations for NASA’s crew exploration vehicle that will replace the space shuttle fleet and serve as the keystone in plans to return astronauts to the moon. The abort system will be a rocket system, including a solid rocket booster and crew module, that will sit at the very top of the launch stack. In an emergency, the abort-system rocket would pull the crew module up and away, and the rocket would separate from the module. Then the module’s parachute system would deploy to give the spacecraft a soft landing. Although tests of the system won’t occur until 2008, Dryden already is at work with its counterparts at NASA Johnson Space Center and with prime contractor Lockheed Martin to bring the system’s development. Abort system X-48B A couple of unmanned aircraft are expected to take to the air in 2007 – the Boeing Phantom Works X-48B and the Ikhana, a civilian version of the Predator B, a reconnaissance aircraft being used in the Middle East. The X-48B will test a design concept called “blended wing body” that could provide more lift, greater range and as much as 30 percent greater fuel economy – valuable for military tankers and transports. Unlike the traditional “tube and wing” design – a tubelike fuselage fitted with wings – the blended-wing body merges the fuselage with the wing, producing something like a cross between a conventional aircraft and a flying wing such as the B-2 stealth bomber. “The initial flying will be looking a low-speed flying characteristics of that configuration,” Petersen said. Lacking a conventional tail, the 21-foot-wide X-48B will be handled using 20 flight-control surfaces along the wing’s edge. The X-48B is one-twelfth the size of what a full-scale blended-wing body transport would be. The 500-pound plane is powered by three turbojet engines that will allow it to fly to altitudes up to 10,000 feet and at speeds of roughly 140 mph. The aircraft will be controlled by a pilot in a ground station equipped to give the feeling of actually being inside the aircraft. The pilot will move a control stick and rudder pedals from an actual aircraft, and video images from the aircraft will be transmitted to the station to provide a view as it out of the cockpit window. The Ikhana will be used for research and science programs requiring long-duration flying. One civilian possibility for the aircraft is in mapping wildfires, potentially a valuable tool for firefighters. Dryden personnel are at General Atomics’s facility at Grey Butte, just east of Palmdale, to learn how to fly the aircraft from a ground station and how to maintain the aircraft. Another project Dryden is involved in is an effort by business-jet manufacturer Gulfstream to reduce sonic booms. Working with NASA, Gulfstream is testing out a device it dubs “Quiet Spike,” a telescoping pole that would be mounted on a jet’s nose in hope of reshaping and quieting the pressure wave that causes sonic booms. Gulfstream and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base are testing the Quiet Spike on NASA’s F-15B test aircraft, a converted Air Force fighter jet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Summit girls stay unbeaten in Sunkist

first_imgFONTANA – The excitement in Summit girls’ basketball coach Alexis Onishi’s voice was full of thrill and wonderment. It’s hard to blame her after the maturity her team showed in producing a victory on Tuesday night. “I’m starting to think they like playing and winning in overtime,” Onishi said. “They showed a lot of maturity for a group of young players.” Summit (20-3 overall, 7-0 Sunkist League) is playing its first season ever and fields a team of freshmen and sophomores. The Skyhawks held a narrow 23-21 lead at the end of two quarters but that evaporated quickly when Jurupa Valley’s Lizzy Barros scored a lay up to tie the game at the start of the third quarter. The score changed hands through the quarter and ended with Summit ahead 40-38. The fourth quarter saw both teams exchanging the lead again and with a little over one minute left in the game, Jurupa Valley’s Barros was fouled while missing a 3-point shot attempt with her team down 50-47. Barros missed all three of her free throws. The Jaguars got the ball seconds later on a turnover and Larissa Loera drained two free throws to pull her team within one point, 50-49, with 47 seconds left. Summit’s Arielle George answered with a lay up to put her team ahead 52-49 with 23 seconds left. Onishi’s enthusiasm was warranted since her team beat Jurupa Valley 65-60 in overtime to remain undefeated in Sunkist League play. The Skyhawks beat Jurupa Valley 76-71 in overtime on the road more than two weeks ago. “They (Jurupa Valley) have won the conference the past three years,” Onishi said. “My hat is off to them because they played a great game but my team amazes me everyday with their play.” center_img The Skyhawks turned the ball over again and Barros drilled a 3-pointer with time expiring to tie the game at 52 and force overtime. That’s when Summit freshman Adrianne Thomas took over. Thomas scored seven of her team’s 13 overtime points to help secure the win. “Taking over just came naturally,” Thomas said. “Since we were freshmen and sophomores going into league play we didn’t know what to expect but when we won our first game it didn’t matter if the other teams were older than us; we just expect to win. We have started to believe in ourselves.” Arielle George and Meghin Williams led the Summit scoring with 16 points each while Thomas scored 15. Devonna Falconer led Jurupa Valley (16-8, 5-2) scorers with 12 points. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Super subs! From Hamann to Rashford – your favourite impact players

first_img talkSPORT’s Dietmar Hamann was Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League final super sub 1 Football is a team game, but it’s about more than just the players who start the match.A timely sub can change the course not just of a match, but a season and maybe even a career.But which players represent super subs?Jim White on talkSPORT is asking the question, so tune in to his brilliant daily show, 10am-1pm UK time, and check out some of these #SuperSub suggestions…last_img

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Splash the cash, Ash! Benitez urges Newcastle owner to ‘keep his word’ and spend

first_img1 Benitez led Newcastle back into the Premier League after one year in the Championship Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has urged chairman Mike Ashley to ‘keep his word’ and bring in new players ahead of the club’s return to the Premier League.Benitez snubbed mega-money deals in China to remain at St James’ Park and now wants Ashley to maintain his side of the bargain.Three new players have arrived so far this summer, but Benitez wants more before the season curtain-raiser on August 11.Benitez told the Daily Mail: “When I had the meeting with Mike Ashley I was confident that we have the money available and the wages.“Everything is in place to move forward. Hopefully Mike can keep his word and we can do what we want to do.“In January we didn’t sign players but we had £30m ready for the future, so now we are in a situation where we are going slowly but I still have confidence that everything will be fine after my meeting with Mike.“He said that he would give us every last penny so hopefully he will do it and I’m confident that he will.”last_img read more

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Arsenal beware? Jokes aside, Kane and Alli are a handful as these stats show

first_imgDiving has been in the news a lot this week, especially after Dele Alli was booked for simulation during Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool.Some fans have been having a laugh at the expense of the midfielder as well as striker Harry Kane, who has been accused of going down too easily to win a penalty in the game at Anfield. 1 Dele Alli has played his part in Harry Kane’s goals this season Meanwhile at the Tottenham training ground…… pic.twitter.com/9MPYRDFzH6— RONDASECTION (@tishkebab1983) February 4, 2018 Tottenham training camp #LIVTOT pic.twitter.com/1aRCXPb1Vs— J (@JakeWall143) February 4, 2018 However, there is no denying the quality of the pair and four times this season Alli, in addition to Kieran Trippier, has provided four goals for top scoring Kane.Sun Bets are even offering odds on Kane to score a penalty, won by Alli, in the derby against Arsenal!Along the road in north London, meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey has provided three goals for Alexandre Lacazette in the Premier League so far.Not signed up to Sun Bets? Sign Up Today to get a £30 free bet when you bet £10! Tottenham in training pic.twitter.com/ECyGq7gNI5— Redmanwilo2⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@DaveW_LFC1892) February 4, 2018last_img read more

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Daily News endorsements to date

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Lt. governor: Tom McClintock Secretary of state: Debra Bowen Controller: John Chiang Treasurer: Claude Parrish Attorney general: Jerry Brown Insurance commissioner: Steve Poizner U.S. Senate: Dianne Feinstein City measures: Measure H: Yes Measure J: Yes Proposition R: No State measures: Proposition 1A: Yes Proposition 1B: Yes Proposition 1C: No Proposition 1D: No Proposition 1E`: Yes Proposition 83: Yes Proposition 84: No Proposition 85: No Proposition 86: No Proposition 87: Yes Proposition 88: No Proposition 89: No Proposition 90: No160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THANKS to gerrymandering and the overwhelming power of incumbency, there are many races in the Nov. 7 election that are either noncompetitive or irrelevant. These include legislative and congressional campaigns in which “safe” districts guarantee victory for one party or the other. As a matter of policy, the Daily News endorses only in campaigns that are truly contested – that is, races in which your vote will make a difference. Below is a list of our picks so far. Statewide offices: Governor: Arnold Schwarzenegger last_img
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2019 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Qualifiers Announced

first_imgKansas City, MO — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced the teams and Opening Round pairings for the 2019 NAIA Volleyball National Championship. The 44-team event will get underway with 12 National Championship Opening Round matches at campus locations on Nov. 23.The top 19 seeds and championship host Morningside (Iowa) automatically advance to the national championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa. Action inside the Tyson Events Center starts with three days of pool play from Dec. 3-5. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the elimination bracket on Dec. 6, and the national champion will be crowned Dec. 7 with first serve set for 7 p.m. CST on ESPN3.This year’s field includes 36 automatic qualifiers, 7 at-large selections and one host berth (Morningside). The automatic berths are determined by regular-season champions or runner-ups, conference tournament title winners or runner-ups. The remaining at-large bids were determined by the final regular-season Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll announced Monday. Final site pools will be determined on Sunday, Nov. 24, and released by 5 p.m. CSTThe Great Plains Athletic Conference dominates the field with five qualifying teams with Concordia (Neb.), Jamestown (N.D.), Morningside (Iowa), Northwestern (Iowa) and Saint Mary (Neb.).For more information CLICK HERElast_img read more

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