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20 years later, a liver transplant recipient reflects on her life saving surgery

In 1985 Beni Carrillo, a high school Spanish teacher in Pasadena, was diagnosed with liver disease. Her doctor explained that she would need a liver transplant in 10 years. Early detection was a key factor to Beni’s survival and she started seeing a doctor at the University of Southern California. She went through the five ...  
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With timing of the essence, a man gives his colleague the gift of life

It’s a story that began with a conversation on a treadmill, led to an operating room and ended with the gift of life. For veteran Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies Javier Tiscareno and Jorge Castro, it’s a story of friendship, extraordinary generosity and perseverance in the face of terminal disease. “He’s given me life,” Castro said a week after undergoing a successful operation ...  
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Transplant patient’s young son is triumph of faith and medical expertise

The successful pancreas-kidney transplant that Eidalia Marquez Vazquez had a few years ago at Keck Medicine of USC meant that she no longer needed to constantly monitor and administer insulin as a Type 1 diabetic. But there was another wish she hoped could still come true — she wanted to be a mother. “They told ...  
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Sheriff’s deputy donates life

Photo: In gratitude, liver transplant recipient Jorge Castro places a hand on the shoulder of fellow sheriff's deputy and organ donor Javier Tiscareno during a June 11 news conference with doctors Saro Khemichian and Yuri Genyk of Keck Medicine of USC. Sometimes, law enforcement officers must risk their lives to save others. On June 4, ...  
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New Lungs Bring New Life

When David Ludwig, 28, checked into a community hospital in Long Beach, CA, last June for a preventive course of antibiotics and respiratory therapy, he thought he was getting what many cystic fibrosis (CF) patients call a “tune up.” What he actually got was an infection. Such infections can be deadly for CF patients, and ...  
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