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Author Topic: Poz Man In Need Of Heart Featured On "NY Med"  (Read 800 times)

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Online tednlou2

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Poz Man In Need Of Heart Featured On "NY Med"
« on: July 27, 2012, 01:11:16 AM »
I watched this show for the first time.  From what I can tell, it focuses on one case, with several smaller stories mixed in.  I believe this is a Dr. Oz show, since he is featured a lot.  This episode focused on an HIV positive man, who needs a heart transplant.  They said a virus went to his heart and damaged it severely.  They didn't say what virus or just how it damaged his heart.  I wish they would have said whether the virus, that damaged his heart, would have happened if he were neg, or whether it was the result of being poz.  Perhaps, they don't know.  He was using a machine, like Cheney had, to keep him alive.  However, it was failing. 

I was so inspired by this man.  He is a former soldier and served in Desert Storm.  He was very open about being a gay man living with HIV.  I admire him for not hiding any of that, and willing to let the whole world know.  I also admire the sense of calm he had.  I would have been a nervous wreck.  The only time he got emotional was when he talked about being in the military under DADT, and how that affected him and other gay soldiers.  Not surprisingly, there were some comments on the website about the show pushing a "gay agenda."  It was so good to see the support and love he gets from his family.  His elderly father is his biggest cheerleader.  It was also nice to see the attitudes of his doctors, saying he is probably a better candidate than most, because he knows how to take care of himself and the importance of being adherent to doctor's orders. 

I found myself emotionally invested with this man and hoping the best for him.  Not that long ago, he would not have been put on a donor list.  In the same episode, a young woman was injured in a car accident on her way to an AIDS walk.  You can watch the episode at the link below.  It's also already on On Demand here.   

http://abc.go.com/watch/ny-med/SH55214626/VD55221851/episode-3   

 

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Poz Man In Need Of Heart Featured On "NY Med"
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 04:14:28 AM »
Thanks for sharing the story. I had never seen that show before and it was interesting, particularly since I work in an emergency department. I was so happy the heart transplant was successful and it was wonderful to see such love and support from his family.


 


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