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As a progressive disorder dropped her kidneys to 50 percent of their function, Amanda McCullough knew two years ago she would eventually get on a transplant list, but that her kidneys would continue to deteriorate as she waited the average three to five years for a new organ.
Her blood pressure spiked, and with that came headaches. The mom of three began hour-a-day dialysis in July that robbed her of her ability to work and to spend the time she wanted with her family and friends. Approved for a transplant in SeptemberMcCullough had no idea the usual timeline would go out the window. She got the call just 26 days later: We have a kidney for you. Her new kidney was placed into her abdomen Oct. Praise Matemavi, assistant professor of transplant surgery.
April is national Donate Life Month, a time to encourage registration as an organ, eye and tissue donor and to honor those who gave someone else life through their gift of donation. McCullough has worked in a laboratory since she was She and her fellow technologists perform diagnostic testing of all blood and body fluids.
They cross-match and transfuse blood and blood products to critically ill patients and perform microscopic examinations of blood smears that aid in the diagnosis of blood disorders and cancers. They also operate and maintain many automated instruments that perform all laboratory testing.
Getting a large part of her care at her workplace, close to her home in Coffeeville, means the world to McCullough. It was so nice and convenient. Her body mass index was too high for her to be transplanted at the time. Matemavi to help her be motivated to lose weight, and she did. McCullough lost 90 pounds, in large part through intermittent fasting supervised by her medical team.
Matemavi had my new kidney on ice. I got to see it, and that was so cool. McCullough will continue to receive many of her follow-up lab work services and see transplant physicians in Grenada, said Mallory Lester, her abdominal transplant coordinator at the Grenada hospital. It took someone losing a loved one for her to receive a kidney, said McCullough, who turned 47 the week before her transplant. They were willing to give me life. Every institution is rich with personal stories. We want to know ours. Do you know a student, staff, volunteer or faculty member at the University of Mississippi Medical Center whose story would make an interesting feature or deserves to be recognized?
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