Medical Workers Work Around Travel Restrictions Related To Papal Visit

CBS Philadelphia | Stephanie Stahl

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pope’s visit created some special challenges today for the medical community involved in life saving organ transplants. The challenges were related to working around all the travel restrictions.

Two members of the Hahnemann University Hospital transplant team emerged after an eight hour liver transplant, for a patient who’s been waiting for over a year. “He received that transplant while the Pope was leading services just down the block,” explained Dr. David Reich, the chief of Transplantation at Hahnemann.

During the Popes first day in Philadelphia, the Gift on Life program coordinated seven donations, that could result in dozens of transplants which are still being allocated. Jan Weinstock a Vice President at Gift of Life says it was busier than usual. “I believe this is a giving community whether that’s tied to the Pope, I hope he will continue to inspire people,” Weinstock said.

With extensive traffic restrictions, driving is impossible, so helicopters and ambulances were used to transport patients and organs to a variety of hospitals where several transplants were performed. Continue reading