Lifeline Project Profiles: Srinivas, Vicky, and Barbara
Meet Srinivas, Vicky, and Barbara. They are the latest Lifeline Project participants to be profiled in our ongoing series highlighting the needs of transplant patients.
Srinivas was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in February of 2010. Since he began treatment he has had numerous life threatening complications; septic shock, bile peritonitis, lung infection, kidney failure, cerebral edema, and subsequent gangrene in both of his legs. Unfortunately, one of his wounds was not healing fast enough in order for him to move forward with a potentially life-saving cord blood transplant and he had to make the painful decision to amputate his right leg below the knee. Srinivas is now moving forward with treatment and is determined to be cured of his cancer.
Vicky was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April of 2005. She underwent a stem cell transplant in May of 2007, and after a recurrence, she underwent a bone marrow transplant in October of 2009. She is currently undergoing treatment again in order to go back into remission. Unfortunately she lives 90 miles from the treatment center and is having difficulty affording transportation. Vicky will be grateful for any assistance during this time.
Four years ago, Barbara was diagnosed with myeloproliferative disorder. Since then many tests were conducted to determine her best course of treatment, which was decided to be a bone marrow transplant. Barbara relocated to a different state away from her family in order to undergo the procedure. Due to an infection, her transplant was put on hold, as she needed to have her spleen removed. Doctors then discovered that her white blood count had increased and her original diagnosis was wrong, Barbara had leukemia. She now must remain out of state while awaiting further testing and treatment.
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