DALLAS — Isobel Tutor was trying to cram a lifetime in a few weeks. Without a liver transplant, the 17-year-old was told she’d die.
In June, she got her high school diploma in her hospital room and nine days later, she got a liver and her life back.
“It was a little discouraging, at first,” Tutor said. “But as soon as I started to feel better, it was rapid. Every day I was feeling a lot better.”
Doctors say she’ll make a full recovery. Now Izzy is just trying to make sure she stays healthy using groundbreaking technology from Children’s Medical Center.
“We started this new program called Remote Patient Monitoring. It’s the first of its kind in the United States,” explained Dr. Dev Desai, Director of Pediatric Transplantation.
The program lets the staff at Children’s Health monitor Izzy, and other pediatric patients in the program, from their home or even school.
“It will replace one of the clinic visits. So, every two weeks I’ll have to come to the hospital so it’ll save me a lot of time,” Tutor said.
The state-of-the-art devices will give doctors access to real-time data to predict and prevent complications. But the biggest complication for Izzy’s family right now is a mountain of medical bills.
The Children’s Organ Transplant Association or COTA organized a fundraiser Sunday.
Izzy says it did a lot to lift her spirits, “Everybody was happy to see me and it was a really great turn out. It was very touching to see everybody there.”
Now Izzy is hoping to be a transplanted Texan. She wants to move to New York City and study fashion.
“It’s going to make a big difference in my quality of life going forward.”