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Miracles Do Happen

Published 12-09-2010 2:29 PM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

I am always amazed when I read stories like the one about Chloe Wash. These stories remind me of our mission as a healthcare provider and the pride I have in our physicians, nurses and staff at UK HealthCare. To quote the Cheryl Truman story which ran in the Lexington Herald Leader, "Dr. Abdulnasser Alhajeri, a Bahrain-educated assistant professor of radiology who had just started at the University of Kentucky in August, was called in to consult about a spine angiogram, and he noticed an abnormality in Chloe's mid-thoracic region.  Ultimately, he determined that Chloe's condition was caused by an arteriovenous fistula — two arteries joining a single vein that affected Chloe's spinal cord. An arteriovenous fistula is formed when blood flows directly from an artery into a vein, bypassing capillaries and depriving tissues of blood supply.  Alhajeri began looking for the least invasive method to help improve Chloe's condition. On Sept. 27, he injected a surgical glue called onyx into catheters half as wide as a coffee stirrer into the fistula. He had performed a similar procedure before, but only in an adult."

The Chloe Wash story also reinforces the success we are having in our recruitment efforts, especially in bringing nationally-respected, advanced sub-specialists to Kentucky. We are focused on providing the best and most advanced sub-specialty care and I look forward to sharing more stories like the maybe miracle story. 

Read more at http://www.kentucky.com/2010/12/01/1546868/toddler-walks-again-thanks-to.html#ixzz17XXElA83.

Pictures scanned from the Herald Leader:

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