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Living Transplant, a new podcast from the Ajmera Transplant Centre and the Centre for Living Organ Donation.


Join hosts Brittany Cole (Bedside Nurse, Ajmera Transplant Centre) and Courtney Mahrt (Communications, Centre for Living Organ Donation) as they explore transplantation through the perspectives of frontline staff, researchers, innovators, and transplant pioneers, as well as organ donation recipients, living organ donors, families and caregivers.


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Season 1
Episode 1 – In the Same Breath: Cystic Fibrosis and Double Lung Transplant

Hosts Brittany Cole and Courtney Mahrt interview Kadeem Morgan, a 23-year-old double lung transplant recipient living with cystic fibrosis (CF). Kadeem talks about growing up with CF – a rare genetic disease that predominantly affects Caucasian patients – as well as feelings of euphoria and guilt after transplant, and the collective rebelliousness that permeates the CF community.

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Release Date: November 2, 2020 | Download the transcript .

The views and opinions expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Toronto General Hospital or the University Health Network.

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Episode 2 – Chaos in the Best of Times: Your First Transplant Workup Call

Colleen Shelton, nurse manager for the multi-organ transplant coordinators in the Ajmera Transplant Centre, explains what's kept her with the transplant program at UHN for over 25 years, including the unpredictable nature of working in transplant and being the one to make "the call." Colleen walks Courtney and Brittany through the process of a patient's first transplant workup call and shares some of her most rewarding moments working in transplant.

Release Date: November 2, 2020 | Download the transcript .

The views and opinions expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Toronto General Hospital or the University Health Network.

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Episode 3 – Stay Positive, Test Negative: COVID-19 and Transplant

Courtney and Brittany sit down with Dr. Deepali Kumar, transplant infectious diseases physician in the Ajmera Transplant Centre, to talk transplant and COVID-19.

This episode was recorded June 2020. For the most recent updates on COVID-19 in Canada, please check with Health Canada.

For specific transplant related questions or specific health concerns, please check with your transplant team or health care provider.

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Release Date: November 2, 2020 | Download the transcript .

The views and opinions expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Toronto General Hospital or the University Health Network.

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Episode 4 – What's Mine is Yours

Courtney and Brittany talk transplant with living liver donor Sonia Munoz, and her father and transplant recipient, Jaime. This hilarious duo walk our hosts through their whirlwind transplant experience that began in 2017, when Jaime was told he had three months to live. From chaos and uncertainty to recovery and reflection, Sonia and Jaime share their story with honesty, authenticity and laughter.

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Hepatic Encephalopathy  is a syndrome found in patients with liver disease such as cirrhosis. It can be defined as a spectrum of neurological abnormalities in patients with liver dysfunction. It causes personality changes, intellectual impairment and a decreased level of consciousness. Subtle signs of encephalopathy are observed in approximately 70% of patients with liver disease.

Paracentesis  is a procedure to remove fluid from your belly. It is commonly called a "tap". You may need a tap to relieve pressure from a build-up of fluid in your belly or to take a small amount of fluid for testing.

Tachycardia is the medical term for a heart rate over 100 beats per minute. There are many heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) that can cause tachycardia.

Tinzaparin is an anticoagulant. It works by blocking certain natural substances in the blood that cause clotting.

   

Release Date: November 16, 2020 | Download the transcript .

The views and opinions expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Toronto General Hospital or the University Health Network.

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