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I kept glancing in the direction of Twin B. The staff was huddled around the baby, and I saw they were moving more quickly than they would for a normal newborn. I caught the eye of the attending neonatologist, who shook her head. I felt sick.
She was a college student who developed what’s called fulminant liver failure, which happens to probably 2,000 people a year in the country. Without a liver transplant, she would have died within a week.
She was a middle-aged woman who’d been driving on a two-lane highway when a deer ran out in front of her. The deer went through the windshield and was pinned there. She was trapped inside, the deer kicking her in the face over and over again until they could extract her from the car.
We did a lot of planning and dry runs, but I was still a bit nervous. This treatment is rarely used, and the last time it was done here at Emory was probably 25 years ago.
"Early on in my career, when I saw my friends out in the business world having weekends off and making good salaries, while I was wrapped up in debt, that was a little more disheartening. I didn’t really feel the tangible benefits of it. Now that I’ve been doing it for 25 years, the rewards of helping people every day, it’s really a tangible thing."
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