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Death Sentence from Doctor…
It seemed surreal, like it was happening to someone else, and I was just watching. The words seemed to fall from her lips like they were encased in lead, “ You only have eight months to live.” At first, I could not believe what I was hearing. It was like I was having a nightmare, without being asleep.
The Doctor went on, ”You will need a liver transplant, and extensive drug therapy.” What? My mind screamed, but no sound was heard. After the initial shock wore down some, I rejected this option. No! I refused to become yet another statistic. Hepatitis C was doing it’s dreaded best to suck the life blood right out of me, yet I was not going to have it.
In our youth, we all seem to have a way of convincing ourselves that we are bullet proof, and that things like this “did not happen to us.” Yet here I was, surrounded by Doctors and nurses, all looking at me like I was but an inscription on a headstone. Things like this have a way of shaking us to the very core of our foundation. I was shook.
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The Vicious Cycle of Modern Hepatitis Treatment
More people today will choose natural, herbal and alternative therapies to treat Hepatitis C. Many sufferers want to avoid the horrible side effects of interferon and liver transplants that may not show a complete cure by eliminating the virus. In these later stages the solution is usually a liver transplant.
According to WebMD.com Hepatitis C is the number one cause of liver transplants and kills about 10,000 people a year. Even if the transplant is successful, the virus in their body will infect the new liver while they are simultaneously receiving the interferon treatment. Eventually, time and the virus will ravage the new liver.It is a vicious cycle, especially when you look at the cost.
The following shows that the cost of a liver transplant is well over a half a million dollars. Transplantliving.org shows a breakdown; hospitalization is around $248,000, procurement is over $59,000, the physicianis over $66,000, follow-up and evaluation is over $100,000 and with the immune-suppressants and other related charges the cost totals over $520,000.
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WSJ:Apple CEO Steve Jobs had liver transplant
Saturday, 20 June 2009 12:17
NEW YORK –
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs, who has been on medical leave for undisclosed reasons since January, received a liver transplant two months ago in Tennesseebut is recovering well, TheWall Street Journal reported Saturday.
The newspaper didn’t specify a source for the report, which comes as Jobs is said to be preparing to return to work.
Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment Saturday onwhether Jobs had a liver transplant. But he said in a statement that “Steve continues to look forward to returning to Apple atthe end of June and there is nothing further to say.”
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Hep C Victim Ineligible For Transplant Due To Medical Marijuana Use Dies
Timothy Garon was a Seattle-area man suffering from Hepatitis C who had a recommendation for medical marijuana from his physician for pain relief and nausea and also as an appetite stimulant. He was denied a spot on the transplant list at two of his local hospitals, allegedly largely because of his medical marijuana use, Shortly afterward, Tim Garon died.
The Associated Press reported onMay 3, 2008 (“IsMedical-Marijuana Use Reason to Deny Someone an Organ Tranplant?”) that “Timothy Garon, 56, used marijuana to ease the symptoms of advanced hepatitis C. Dr. Brad Roter, the physician who authorized Garon to smoke pot to alleviate nausea and abdominal pain and to stimulate his appetite — a use authorized under a Washington state law approved by voters in 1998 — said he had not known it would be such a hurdle if Garon were to need a transplant.Garon died Thursday, one week after he said he learned from his doctor that a University of Washington Medical Center committee had again denied him a spot on the liver-transplant list. ‘He said I’m going to die, with such conviction,’ Garon said then. ‘I’m not angry, I’m not mad, I’m just confused.’ His death at Bailey-Boushay House, an intensive-care nursing center, was confirmed Friday by his lawyer, Douglas Hiatt, and Alisha Mark, a spokeswoman for Virginia Mason Medical Center,which operates Bailey-Boushay.”
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