“Woman spends record six days without lungs thanks to ground-breaking procedure”
Yes you’ve read that correctly.
Yes, it reads six days.
A true miracle! Definitely an understatement.
Though it’s been over a year since this procedure was carried out, it’s one that I believe cannot be shared enough. A huge step for medicine and science- but perhaps a larger one for the human condition and the willingness to live and fight.
“I still don’t believe it happened. It seems very surreal.” says patient Melissa Benoit.
And that’s because it is, Ms. Benoit.
After coming down with the flu the last year 2016, Ms. Benoit was taken from her home in Burlington, Canada to the ICU in a nearby hospital located right outside of Toronto, Canada. Doctor’s made the spilt decision to go through with a first time procedure in order to save her life. After becoming resistant to most antibiotics, bacteria began to move throughout her body, eventually causing her to lapse into septic shock. One by one her organs started shutting down, due to the decline of her blood pressure.
“Although it had never been carried out before, doctors decided to remove her lungs entirely.”
“What helped us is the fact that we knew it was a matter of hours before she would die,” said Dr Shaf Keshavjee, one of three surgeons who operated on her. “That gave us the courage to say — if we’re ever going to save this woman, we’re going to do it now.”
To learn more about Ms. Benoit and the new breed of surgery that was carried out please continue onto the article below:
In this Cystic Fibrosis Wind Sprint, Jerry Cahill talks about the importance of never missing your medication, especially post-transplant. To help him keep track of his meds, Jerry keeps color coordinated pill cases in his car with extra doses of medications in case he ever forgets to take them. He also keeps extra dosages in his backpack, which he carries with him everywhere, for the same reason.
The video wind sprint was made possible through an unrestricted education grant from Genentech to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
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Cayston (aztreonam for inhalation solution) Availability 2015
On December 22nd, Gilead sent out a “Dear Healthcare Provider” announcement that they and Cystic Fibrosis Services, Inc. (CFS) Walgreens have mutually agreed that CFS will transition out of the network of pharmacies providing Cayston.
Foundation Care Pharmacy is currently a provider of Cayston (aztreonam for inhalation solution) /Altera nebulizer to CF patients nationwide. They would like the opportunity to assist you in using Cayston.
Foundation Care provides pharmacy services to over 6,000 cystic fibrosis patients nationwide. They have been providing Cayston and support for the Altera device since the product was launched in 2010. They offer full retail pharmacy services and will meet all of your pharmacy needs. Foundation Care will:
Contact CF patients pharmacy, transfer their Cayston prescriptions, perform reimbursement, prior authorization, fulfillment and dispensing services, offer free home delivery of Cayston via Fed Ex next day service, and provide compliance and adherence services to patients, including refill reminders.
In addition, patients receiving Cayston from Foundation Care will also receive at no cost:
• A Nebulizer Cleaning Kit
• Their choice of either: Vitamin D3 (Replesta), Hypertonic Saline or ChoiceFul Vitamins