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For more information about bloodless surgery at Houston Methodist, you or your physician can contact:

Jessica Varisco
Coordinator of Blood Conservation & Management Program


Houston Methodist Hospital
Office: 713-441-2177
Fax: 713-790-2895
Email: jlvarisco@houstonmethodist.org

News & Patient Stories

‘Bloodless’ Lung Transplants Offer Hint at Surgery’s Future
New York Times, 2/24/13

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After being told that only a transplant could save her from a fatal lung condition, Rebecca S. Tomczak began calling some of the top-ranked hospitals in the country before finding Dr. Scott A Scheinin at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Ms. Tomsczak’s case is the 11th so-called bloodless lung transplant attempted at Houston Methodist over three years — would become the latest test of an innovative approach that was developed to accommodate the unique beliefs of the world’s eight million Jehovah’s Witnesses but may soon become standard practice for all surgical patients.

Read Rebecca Tomczak's story.

Houston Surgeons Perform Transplants without Transfusions
Houston Chronicle, 3/24/12

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When Shawnetta Parker was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a lung transplant
was her only chance for a normal life.

But the surgery meant she would have to choose between her life and her faith.

Parker, a Jehovah’s Witness, is among a growing number of patients seeking
surgical care without blood transfusion, for religious, medical or personal reasons.

Unable to find a hospital that would agree to a transplant without a transfusion,
Parker sought help at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, where she became the
fifth patient to receive a lung transplant with the promise of no transfusion.

Read Shawnetta Parker’s story.