Research Medical Center
December 14, 2015

WHO: Patients Cesar Godinez, Terressa Hall, Jeff Lacky and Brett Parsons, EMS crews, ER and Trauma physicians, surgeons and nurses.

WHAT: Thankful Families Celebration

WHEN: 11 a.m., - 12 noon Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

WHERE: Research Medical Center Cafeteria


WHY: “This Thankful Families Celebration allows us to recognize the remarkable collaborative effort made each day in delivering high-quality, compassionate healthcare to patients such as Cesar Godinez, Terressa Hall, Jeff Lacky and Brett Parsons,” says Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Chief Executive Officer, Research Medical Center. “Especially during this season of giving, we wanted to gather these patients—each who came to us under very different circumstances—and their families and reunite them with their care teams. It’s a powerful example of the continuum of healthcare.”

Cesar Godinez, Kidney Transplant: No longer one of 101,189 people waiting for a kidney transplant in the U.S., Godinez—as the first kidney transplant patient from the Wichita Transplant Institute—is relishing his newfound freedom.  For nearly six years, Wichita resident Godinez was in a prison of sorts—his captor was renal disease that forced him to undergo dialysis two times a day, seven days a week.  Even after he started doing peritoneal dialysis at home, Godinez’s schedule revolved around treatments. The long ordeal left the normally gregarious and optimistic retired pharmacist sick, week and disheartened. Like many who suffer from the disease, Godinez was on a very long waiting list for a healthy kidney—and his hopes were raised several times that he had a donor but were then dashed. The illness had made it impossible for him to not face a very difficult fact: Godinez could be one of the 12 people who die each day waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.  Finally, on Sept. 25, 2015 he and wife Karen received the call they longed for from Research Medical Center: get ready—there’s a potential donor. Renowned board-certified transplant surgeon Daniel Murillo, M.D., performed Godinez’s surgery and released him on Sept. 29. Returning home with Karen—who observed that her husband’s transformation was quick: “He perked up the minute he woke up from surgery and even his skin tone changed”—Godinez began a three-month journey to recovery, beginning with regular doctor visits and short walks around the block in his neighborhood.  

Terressa Hall, Stroke: When left leg weakness prevented Hall from getting out of a chair at home at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2015 she knew something was terribly wrong. Home alone, Hall managed to find her cell phone and call 9-1-1. “I had a difficult time even walking to my bedroom, where the phone was,” Hall says. “Once there, I had to flop on the bed because my leg felt like it was giving out.” She was able to give the emergency dispatcher her address despite increasingly slurred speech. An EMS crew quickly arrived at Hall’s home and transported her to Research Medical Center, an Accredited Stroke Center, where ER physician Chelsea Rodenberg, M.D. Consulted with Iftekhar Ahmed, MD, a leader in Stroke/TIA care and medical director of The Stroke Care Center at Research Medical Center. Within 42 minutes, at 7:40 p.m., the clot-busting drug tPA was started; by 8:45 p.m. almost all stroke symptoms had resolved. Hall has made a complete recovery.

Jeff Lacky, Burn: On Oct. 20, 2014, Lacky was assaulted, resulting in partial and full thickness burns to his face, neck, head, chest, back and both arms and hands.  EMS brought Lacky to the Research Medical Center Level I Trauma Center where he was intubated and transferred to the Grossman Burn Center on the campus at RMC. There, Lacky received life-saving fluid resuscitation and burn care within the first 12 hours. He spent 63 days at Grossman Burn Center where he underwent seven grafting surgeries and was discharged on Christmas Eve—a goal for patients—in time to spend the holiday with family. Lacky followed up at the Outpatient Burn Clinic where he had three additional reconstructive Surgeries; he was officially discharged on October 28. 2015.

Brett Parsons, Trauma: Peculiar, Mo., resident Brett Parsons wasn’t expected to live following a dramatic 8-foot fall from scaffolding at his late father’s chiropractic office; he suffered severe head injuries while performing remodeling work at Parsons Chiropractic on Aug. 12, 2015. “Although I don’t remember most of the first 48 hours following the accident, my wife, Kimberly, told me that the First Responders who arrived on the scene were amazed I survived the fall,” Parsons says.  “The physicians, surgeons and nurses said it was an absolute miracle.” Parsons was transported by Peculiar EMS to Belton Regional Medical Center (BRMC)—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—where he was stabilized by the ER team, including Rebecca Wilson, M.D., and ER Nurse Practitioner Melissa Wren, Cindy Smith, RN. Cardiologist Elizabeth Dang, M.D., performed EKGs and tech CT Kristin Woodhouse, performed CT scans. BRMC Trauma Surgeon Robert Troiani, M.D. arranged for an ambulance to take Parsons to Research Medical Center, also part of HCA Midwest Health, where Neurosurgeon Geoffrey Blatt, M.D. performed surgery.   

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