Year-End Inspirations

December 29, 2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Ali Barton with her newborn son, Ethan.

It’s been an inspiring year of life-giving medical breakthroughs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH). Today, with just 48 hours left in the calendar year, we reflect on some of the incredible stories of medical breakthroughs that have saved and changed the lives of patients and families this past year.

Stories like that of Ali Barton, a young heart patient who defied the odds to give birth to a beautiful son she describes as her “miracle baby.”

Or stories like that of Will Lautzenheiser, who had a successful double arm transplant this fall that restored his ability to feed himself and hug his loved ones.

Or the story of a special birthday for Joaquin Gomes DaSilva, who received a lung transplant on his 61st birthday and was later able to blow out his candles unassisted—a task that would have been impossible prior to his surgery.

Patients like Ali, Will, and Joaquin rely on our hospitals when they are facing a medical crisis that requires exceptional, world-class care. They put their faith and trust in us. They put their lives in our hands, knowing that some of the most brilliant, compassionate healthcare providers in the world are doing everything possible to give them the best care available. It’s an extraordinary responsibility, as well as a privilege and great source of pride, for our institutions.

But none of our work would be possible without our cherished supporters.

As President Betsy Nabel, MD, says, “Philanthropy has an increasing capability to propel amazing discoveries, curb the greatest threats to human health, and transform how healthcare is taught and practiced. Just as in the past, philanthropy will nurture innovations necessary to provide the highest quality of life to humankind. And philanthropy will help guide the future of these exceptional hospitals.”

A gift to BWH and BWFH is not only an investment in the future of medicine. It is a priceless investment in our neighbors, our loved ones, and ourselves.

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