Patient Story: Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program (Delores Metsopoulos)

Patient Story: Bloodless Medicine and Surgery Program (Delores Metsopoulos)


The entire year of 2011, I was bedridden
for I would say eighty percent of the time. So it was very difficult to
function. My name is Dolores Metsopoulos and I received my care at MedStar
Georgetown Hospital. As a result of an automobile accident I suffered extreme
back pain. I could not stand straight. I was scheduled to have surgery at another
local hospital and it was canceled because of my beliefs as one of
Jehovah’s Witnesses not to take blood. After they canceled my surgery I had
heard that MedStar Georgetown had a new program and that they had a bloodless
surgery unit. He just gently calmed me down and made me feel confident, comfort,
the whole thing. When I walked out of there I knew that I was going to be okay
and that was a big deal. I had a bloodless surgery and they did not use
any blood transfusion on me. They used the cell saver and hemodilution and as one
of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I was able to have a very serious spinal surgery done
without the use of a blood transfusion. I can’t begin to tell you what a different
experience it was in comparison to the experience I had had in the other a
hospital. I can sit better, I can stand better, I can walk better, I feel my
balance, I feel my strength coming back. I can hold my back up straighter
and taller. I’m only sorry that I didn’t know earlier that they were there
because I truly believe it’s an excellent hospital. It’s only one place
to go and that’s to MedStar Georgetown.

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