Lung transplant recipient thanks hospital caregivers in a ‘cool’ way

Just two days after he was discharged from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Jim Weingarten, 64, and his extended family plan to say a unique thank you to the hospital staff who saved his life: They will bring a shaved ice truck to the hospital. The frozen treats will be free to about 100 hospital employees who helped care for Weingarten before, during and after his double lung transplant. All others will be able to purchase shaved ice, and 25 percent of the sales will be directed to Donate Life, a nonprofit that encourages people to donate organs and tissue. Weingarten, a resident of Diamond Bar, has an incurable lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis which turns the lungs into scar tissue. For four years, he was tethered to an oxygen tank to help him breathe; for the past year, he was on a transplant list.  Weingarten was admitted to UCLA on March 7 with severe respiratory failure due to a respiratory syncytial virus that caused pneumonia. Eventually he was placed on a life support system called extra corporal membrane oxygenation, and in mid-April, he underwent a successful double-lung transplant. Weingarten was discharged from the hospital on April 27 and his doctor called his story an “amazing save.” Weingarten was not able to eat much solid food during his almost two-month hospitalization, and he craved crushed ice with lime flavoring. So when the family was trying to think of a small way to show their grat...
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Source: Histopathology - Category: Pathology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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Source: Clinics in Chest Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Preface Source Type: research
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Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Source Type: research
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Source: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery - Category: Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Authors: Tags: Ann Thorac Surg Source Type: research
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