By creator to losangeles.cbslocal.com
RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — A Riverside County hospital staffer who has coronavirus is ready to be a kidney donor for her husband, who now has additionally has COVID-19, that means they now should reschedule their surgical procedure.
Just a few weeks in the past the virus despatched Lucy Shannon, the final surgical procedure residency coordinator at Riverside Group Hospital, was despatched to the emergency room with extreme chest ache.
“The chest ache was on a scale of 1-10, it was like an eight for 4 days,” Shannon stated.
She’s now recovering at dwelling however lately came upon her husband has additionally examined optimistic for coronavirus.
“I wish to be wholesome and I wish to be alive so I may save a life as a result of my husband is in end-stage renal illness,” Shannon stated.
Her husband wants a kidney transplant to avoid wasting his life, and thankfully, Shannon is a match so she’ll be capable to donate one in all her kidneys to him.
The transplant director at Riverside Group Hospital, Dr. Anand Annamali, says transplant surgical procedures are nonetheless occurring, however coronavirus is making these forms of procedures tougher to happen.
“Each single donor will get a nasal swab they usually’re screened for signs,” Annamali stated.
Recipients additionally undergo the identical screening procedures to make certain they’re not displaying any signs of coronavirus.
Dr. Annamali stated transplants at Riverside Group Hospital are occurring on tempo with earlier non-coronavirus years, however that would change if the surge throughout the area worsens.
“If the nurses are overworked and the hospitals are strained in that degree, that does have an effect on our capability to do it,” Annamali stated.
As for Shannon and her husband, they stated it might be months earlier than his transplant, so for now she’s hoping to get again to work — even when all she will do is encourage her colleagues to get the coronavirus vaccine.
“We actually have to advertise. I can’t wait to get again to work to get my vaccine,” Shannon stated.
Shannon stated she’s hoping to be coronavirus-free to avoid wasting her husband and meet her firstborn granddaughter, who was born whereas she was pressured into isolation.