Warning ~ This post is in regard to a politician, who is also a PERSON.
I was looking at my blog stats yesterday and noticed I had a number of hits on a post I did a while back in regard to an LVAD vest that can really benefit the mobility of a patient with the LVAD implanted.
It dawned on me that VP Dick Cheney announced the other day that he recently had LVAD surgery. Thus, many people must have been searching on “LVAD” and found my blog.
My observations are as follows …….
Most of the media downplayed the nature of this type of surgery. Putting it on a level along the lines of an appendectomy or some other short, run of the mill surgery. My personal observations are that the LVAD surgery seems to be rougher than heart transplant surgery, The recovery is slower and more difficult. The chances of infection are greater. And, if it’s being used as a bridge to transplant, there is still the heart transplant surgery itself that a patient has to go through. NEITHER of these are put a “band-aid on it and send them home” types of surgery or recovery.
There have also been a number of articles written in the past week explaining why Mr. Cheney should NOT be qualified for a heart transplant, mainly due to his age. A quick look at UNOS data tells me that about 10% of all heart transplants are people age 69 or older.
I’ve also read articles about his personal status & wealth that have allowed him better care and the ability to have this surgery. Well, I can personally introduce you to people on the other end of the socio-economic spectrum that have had LVAD & heart transplant surgery.
I’m thinking that instead of thinking about the person, many of these writers are thinking about his politics. And that, is simply wrong. Any discussion about organ donations should NEVER politics in any way, shape or form.
By the way, I know Mr. Cheney made some mistakes in his life, but he’s also a person. That’s what’s important. If all transplant recipients were looked at in terms of their own mistakes in life, I’m betting there would be a very short list of people in line for a transplant. I know I made plenty of mistakes!!
Organ donation is about people, not politics!!!
Personally, I wish him well. I know patients that have gone through what he’s going through and it’s a long, rough road!!!