Organs from donors with hepatitis C used be to automatically rejected by transplant teams, but breakthrough antiviral medications have essentially cured the disease, creating a new source of hope for patients in need of organ transplants.
As a leading transplant center, UChicago Medicine offers a unique continuum of care for patients with respiratory failure — extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). With the team's experience in mechanical circulatory support and transplant surgery, they supported Joseph Anderson, whose condition rapidly worsened, until he could get a lung transplant.
When Ted Bayard's grandchildren call him "Superman," it's no understatement. In fact, even the Man of Steel may have found it difficult to overcome Bayard's many health challenges. In February 2015, Bayard was flown by medical jet to the University of Chicago Medicine from Peoria, Illinois. A week earlier, the 60-year-old security guard had had a heart attack at work. During coronary artery bypass graft surgery to restore blood flow to his heart, he developed life-threatening cardiogenic shock and needed more advanced treatment than his local doctors could provide. "Ted had only 10 percent of normal heart function," said his wife, Cheryl Bayard.