Mansfield Patient Awaits Kidney Transplant Here
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Sunday, Feb. 27, 1972 THE SHREVEPORT TIMES Mansfield Patient Awaits Kidney Transplant Here *.;-" By Margaret Martin Times Medical Writer Willie Ree McKinney, 25, of Mansfield is a prime candidate for a kidney transplant. Her mother, Annie Mae Simp-son, 44, also of Mansfield, has already been a d m i t t e d to Confederate Memorial Medical Center, for a work-up! and has been okayed to give a kidney to her daughter. Eventually doctors hope to arrange a kidney transplant for Mrs. McKinney in New Orleans. One day they hope transplants will be performed here. In Renovated Rooms But for now, Mrs. McKinney is being kept alive in a bright and cheerful room on the eighth floor of Confederate Memorial Medical Center. Three days a week, six hours a day, she lies flat on her back with needles protruding from the oversized vessels in her forearm. (An arterialvenus fis-tula has been surgically created to supply a sufficient blood flow for the hemodialysis.) Head nurse Janet Stratton I Henry George (top photo), a nurse's aide and a 1 member of the Renal Unit team at the Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, holds test tube samples which have just been run through the dialysis unit. Willie Ree McKinney (lower left), an artificial kidney patient from Mansfield, has her blood pressure tested by Janet Stratton, head nurse at the unit which is l o c a t e d on the eighth floor of Confederate Medical Center. Dr. James W. Johnson (lower right;, head of the Nephrology Section of the medical school, holds the plastic screening and cellophane sausages which are the center of the hemodialysis machine in the Renal unit. (Times Photos by Billy Upshaw). periodically pokes a thermome-ter in her mouth, pumps up the blood pressure machine, with her eye ever toward the ma-chine in case of trouble. Across the room, nurse's aide George turns buttons, or checks the reading or readies test tubes on the numerous machines in his charge. Mrs. Stratton and George and Dr. Joe Paine, chief resident in medicine now rotating through the unit, are part of a team headed by Dr. James Woodard Johnson. Johnson, who is a s s i s t a n t professor of medicine and chief of the Nephrology Section at Louisiana State University Med-ical School at Shreveport, came here from New Orleans where he was assistant professor of medicine at the Tulane Univer-sity School of Medicine and staff nephrologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital. Cost of renovating the dark and dank room at the hospital including the equipment was $200,000, according to Johnson. The renovation included oxygen and suction set up in the room. Mrs. McKinney suffers from a renal disease called poly cystic. I t i s a h e r e d i t a r y disease, "which only manifests itself later in life — at age 20 or 30," Johnson said. In the disease, large cysts d e v e l o p in the kidney and gradually get larger, "destroy-ing the rest of the kidney tissue." Disease is Described "The patient is no longer able to excrete waste as people normally do," he explained. "So we treat her with an artificial kidney (the dialysis machine) three times a week." The blood goes from the patient to a monitor, which automatically warns of kinks in the lines, to a blood pump where it is pumped into the dialysate chamber. At this point, the blood passes t h r o u g h two cellophane sausage-shaped tubes enmeshed in a mass of plastic screen-like material. A dialysate solution contain-ing sodium and chloride and other components serves as a media or balancing ingredient through which the poison may pass from the blood through the cellophane. Before being pumped back into the body, the blood flows through several check points which test for air bubbles. At the moment Mrs. Mc- Kinney is the only patient on the dialysis machine. She has been on the machine since the middle of January. But, says Johnson, who did postgraduate training at Har-vard Medical School and who is a native of Shreveport, "we envision doing more than just hemodialysis. "We will take care of people with a wide variety of kidney problems, and which must be managed with dietary and drug therapy," he said. Other machines in the labora-tory test how well the kidney concentrates or d i l u t e s the urine; a centrifuge which spins down the blood for special tests, and a miscroscope which exam-ines urinary sediments, "and tells if and the kind of kidney disease . . . . " Renovation of the room has been completed since August, Johnson said, and everything is new and adequate to provide for patient care. Plans for the future call for addition of a second nurse for the Renal Unit team. Transplant Recipient Visitors Stopping by to say hello to the unit w o r k e r s was Johnny Haynes, 27, of 4435 Bullen. Haynes underwent a kidney transplant in Charity Hospital, New Orleans, last year when Johnson was a doctor there. Haynes' sister, Ruth Fonville, a Denver, Colo., school teacher, donated a kidney to her brother. He' comes to Confederate once a month for a check up and reports to New Orleans once every three months. Getting the kidney was "pret-ty exciting," says Haynes — who works for himself —" and it gave me a new lease on life — when I got off that machine." That's what Willie Ree Mc- Kinney has to look forward to. but for now, the kidney machine on the eighth floor at Confeder-ate looks pretty good to her.
|Title||Mansfield Patient Awaits Kidney Transplant Here|
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
McKinney, Willie Ree
Johnson, James W.
|Notes||photo of Janet Stratton, Henry George, Willie Ree McKinney, James W. Johnson|
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