Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Health Care Hero

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Health Care Hero

Article excerpt

I read with much interest the tributes extended by various "movers and shakers" in Pittsburgh regarding the passing of Dr. Thomas Starzl ("What They Are Saying: Reaction to Thomas Starzl's Death," March 6). What the Post-Gazette missed in this article are the reactions from those who benefited the most from his pioneering work and the advancements he developed: the transplant recipients themselves.

So, for all of us who have been given a "second chance at life" because of Dr. Starzl's undying energy toward solving the mysteries of transplantation and immunosuppression drugs, we all say, "Thank you, Dr. Starzl. May you rest in peace."

On a personal note, my "gift of life" came 17 years ago, when I received a kidney transplant at the Starzl Transplantation Institute. …

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