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This post is a little overdue since I was out of town for a few days.. I missed the 115 degree temps and I missed Mexicali too..

Dr. Juzaino (left) and Dr. Rivera

Usually, I go to surgery after I’ve spoken to the surgeon, and talked to them for a while but in this case – I had heard of Dr. Juzaino (after all – he practices at Hospital General de Mexicali) but couldn’t find a way to contact him – he’s not in the yellow pages, and no one seemed to have his number..

So I just hung out and waited for him when I saw his name on the surgery schedule. He was supernice, and invited me to stay and watch his femoral – popliteal bypass surgery.  Case went beautifully – leg fully revascularized at the end of the case.   Patient was awake during the case but appeared very comfortable.

intern during surgery

There was a beautiful intern in the surgery – her face was just luminous so I couldn’t resist taking a picture.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get her name, and no one recognizes her because of the mask – so I am hoping some one from the OR recognizes her here.. I’d like to send her a copy of the picture.. (and get permission to post it..)

Saw Lupita Dominguez – who in the role of nursing instructor that day.  She is always so delightful – I need to get a picture of her with out the mask so all of you can see her -besides being an outstanding nurse, and nursing instructor,  she is just the friendliest, sweetest person with cute freckles to boot.. (I am very envious of people with freckles..)

On another note entirely, here’s some more information about the ethical implications of transplant tourism for my interested readers as follow up to my Examiner.com article.  It’s a video of lectures by one of the leading ethicists and transplant surgeons, Dr. Delmonico.. (yes, like the steak.)

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In health care, we talk about “doing the right thing” all the time; we even have subspecialties in Bioethics to help us decide what that right thing is sometimes, when the situations are complex, entangled or murky.  But knowing what the right thing is from a theoretical perspective, and doing the right thing when it may mean considerable censure are two very separate concepts.

But in my mind, Doing the Right Thing is paramount, particularly when it concerns patient safety, so even though I am doing so with some trepidation (and yes, outright fear) – I am doing it anyway.

I have the hard data to support my claims, and I know in my heart – that it needs to be addressed, and to be talked about.  My fear comes not from the possibility of being wrong (I have been very careful to fact check) but of retaliation; from parties bigger and stronger than I.

After all – I DON’T write for the New York Times (wish I did!) and I don’t have the support of the popular media to protect me.  (And I shouldn’t need them – I am telling the unvarnished truth) but we all know that the truth is not enough these days, especially when large sums of money are involved.

(Not me of course, I’ve never taken a dime from anyone – and I don’t intend to.)  But from all the people selling promises that they can’t safely deliver.   But that’s why, after much thought, consideration and sleepless nights, I have decided to publish information about transplant tourism here in Mexico and a company that is putting their patients at risk.

I hope that my loyal readers will continue to support me, in my efforts to safeguard patients from harm, and to always tell the truth – even when it hurts.

Update:  7 July 2012 New resolution in front of the United Nations on organ trafficking.

9 July 2012 – Insight Crime in Latin America story by Edward Fox

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