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Patient Stories

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 ... Read More »

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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, ... Read More »

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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 ... Read More »

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