April 21, 2011

Unique Three-Stage Spine Surgery Saves Woman's Life

 A Legacy of Lifesaving

Cheryl Major, R.N., may have saved more babies than anyone in the state of Tennessee. Some of them she has saved in person as a neonatal nurse. Many more she has saved by providing lifesaving skills to others who care for fragile newborns.


Unique three-stage spine surgery saves woman’s life
Judy Kerns was facing a one-of-a-kind problem. Here’s how she put it: her head had fallen off her neck. You would expect a medical professional to put this in more scientific terms, but Matthew McGirt, M.D., uses pretty much the same words. “Her head had literally fallen off her spine, and it was a miracle she wasn’t paralyzed,” said the assistant professor of Neurosurgery.

From renal nurse to renal patient

For 10 years, Janice Dalton worked as a renal transplant/dialysis nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 2003, at the age of 54, she was diagnosed with renal failure, placed on dialysis and told she would need a kidney transplant.

 Reaching for the stars

I love Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory. The fact that humans have built places designed to study and peer into the cosmos is one of the things that makes me proudest about us as a species. That and side two of “Abbey Road.”