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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Life Is Art for Loyola Kidney Transplant Patient

NEWSWISE | Loyola University Medical Center

Newswise — A kidney transplantation means much more than good health to Jason E. Jones. The 53 year-old Hyde Park artist and Loyola Medicine patient draws daily creative inspiration from his chronic health experience.

"My new kidney changed not only my life but my life's work," said Mr. Jones, who has been an artist for two decades. "My whole health journey became part of my artistic process and my daily experiences with medication and dialysis were incorporated into my artwork."

Mr. Jones has chronicled his health journey in his artwork in a wide range of techniques including a montage of repurposed dialysis equipment and medication packages. "I was physically, financially, emotionally, spiritually and even artistically tied to my disease treatment," he said. "When I was ill and waiting for a new kidney, my artwork reflected the extreme dependency I experienced."

But Mr. Jones' life, and his art, changed dramatically on April 29, 2015 when he received a kidney transplant at Loyola University Medical Center. The surgery was performed by Jorge Almario Alvarez, MD, intra-abdominal transplant surgeon. Continue reading
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