Category: Organ Donation

From flu symptoms to heart failure: A New York teen’s harrowing heart transplant tale

By David Robinson, Rockland/Westchester Journal News

The terrifying question seemingly stopped time as nurses and doctors tried to save 15-year-old Zachary Losee, whose heart had suddenly failed after coming down with flu-like symptoms.

It turned out to be just the beginning of a four-month medical odyssey from that harrowing moment at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester to Losee’s heart-transplant recovery at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla.

Zach also described plans to become a cardiologist and get involved in organ donor advocacy, having been inspired by Lauren Shields, a Rockland County transplant recipient turned pre-med student.

“All her stories just impacted me…just like me she had viral myocarditis and had to relearn everything,” Zach said.

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After double lung transplants, an opera singer is given the chance for Act III

Published on December 25, 2017

Charity Tillemann-Dick’s life sounds like the plot of a grand opera: She was diagnosed with high blood pressure in the lungs at the age of 20. By the time she was 26, she had to go through a double lung transplant. But it didn’t take. Through all this, she never stopped doing what she loves most: Singing. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on her own Encore.

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