I do not have many heroes in life. During my practice, I can think of many patients who made hero status. J.E. is one.
He was a Vietnam gunner and maintenance man for helicopters. He had an inheritable kidney disease which put him on dialysis by about age 40. He eventually received three kidney transplants from deceased donors, the last working about 10 years.
Throughout that time, he continued to work on helicopters for a local company. He told me about something he lost in Vietnam and shortly before my retirement I gave him an exact duplicate. He died a few months later.
Now I have a new hero. Frank Johnson, the head of the Modesto-Stanislaus NAACP branch.
He developed a startup clinic for people with absolutely no insurance – the ones who fall through the cracks in the ACA. What is not mentioned is what he had to do to get this clinic – the Interventional Health Administrative Services – going. He is not a self-serving guy.
Paul Golden, M.D., Modesto