Unprecedented operation

I’ve always wanted to be a doctor so that I can help people. I’m not sure what specialty I want to go into yet, but I know that I want to be some kind of doctor. With that said, it’s things like this that give me goosebumps and make me want to study medicine even more.

According to CBS-8 in a recent report, a man named Conrad Soriano, 28, was a patient in Sharp Memorial Hospital for his allergic reaction to peanuts after eating at a restaurant. According to the doctors that operated on him, Dr. Shaw and Dr. Eads, his lungs were so inflamed that he could hardly breathe. They said he probably wouldn’t have made it another twenty minutes.

In a last ditch effort to save the man’s life, the doctors performed on operation in the emergency room that was typically done in operating rooms for cardiac surgery patients.

The doctors placed a large catheter in his neck, and then used an ECMO machine to filter the dying man’s blood and bypass it around his lungs, and it worked! It was such an unprecedented surgery, that someone actually recorded the whole thing on their iPhone


Now Conrad is up and running, and you would never even guess that he was so close to death only a week ago.Doctors at the hospital are going to teach doctors flying in from around the world their procedure in a month’s time.

If you want to read the article and watch the video yourself, here is the link.  Check it out.  It is seriously awesome.


It’s stuff like this that gives me amazing hope for the future, both as a person with life threatening allergies and as a future doctor that could someday make such a difference in someone’s life.  Goosebumps.

Until next time!


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