From a failing heart in Hawaii to a transplant in Seattle, bridging the gap to a heart transplant
March 31, 2014
Source - On the Pulse Blog
Julie Kobayashi started feeling sick on a Saturday in November 2013. She felt nauseous, but didn’t have a fever. The symptoms reflected that of the stomach flu. Her family wasn’t overly concerned at first. They thought the symptoms would subside and their daughter would be back to her normal self in no time. For Julie, an active and fun-loving 12-year-old, she usually didn’t let anything slow her down for too long. When Monday rolled around, Julie felt well enough to go to school. She enjoyed school and had been working really hard practicing her clarinet for an upcoming concert. Missing school wasn’t an option in Julie’s mind. When the doctor listened to Julie’s heart, it didn’t sound well. To determine what was wrong the doctor told Julie he would need to draw blood.