From Jim Gilliam's blog archivesBiopsy scheduled
August 26, 2005 12:03 AM
Looks like my lung biopsy surgery will be a week from tomorrow,
If not, then I have to hope I can get on the lung transplant waiting list. The biggest strike against me is my cancer history. It's possible that the process required to give me the lung could open me up to get cancer again.
Right now, there are 3,371 people waiting for lung transplants, and 158 people waiting for heart/lung transplants.
About one third of the people waiting will receive a transplant in any given year.
In 2004, 1,190 people received lung transplants, 493 people died waiting, and 66 people got too sick to transplant.
Every day 16 people will die waiting for an organ transplant because there are not enough organs available. Every 13 minutes another name is added to the list of those who are waiting.
In 2002, the average lung waiting time for a person of my ethnicity was 2 years, my blood type, 2.3 years, and my age, 2.9 years.
So the "good" news is that I'm white, the bad news is that I'm young. Not a lot of young white people dying these days.
Biopsy scheduled (08.26.2005)
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