Latest News from News 3

Las Vegas News | Weather | Sports | Traffic - MyNews3

Vegas professor fights for life when her body rejects lung transplant

Reported by: Denise Rosch
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 12/05/2012 11:34 am
A local professor is in the fight of her life waiting for treatment after her body began rejecting a lung transplant she had five years ago. News 3's Denise Rosch has her story and how Nevada measures up when it comes to organ donation.

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- “Hi my name is Amaris Hayden and I'm an English professor at the College of Southern Nevada,” says Amaris Hayden in a video that is less than six minutes long.

Hayden, 36, talks directly to the camera from her hospital bed inside University Medical Center's critical care unit.

The Las Vegas mother is battling the donated lungs she received in a transplant five years ago. The organs her body is now rejecting.

“That year I had a lot to be thankful for and every year,” Hayden says. “My lungs, my life, and especially more time with my son. To raise him and be with him.”

This week Hayden's insurance company gave the OK to transfer her to a lung transplant center in Seattle, Wash., the very hospital where the original procedure was done.

Her Facebook friends are encouraging the insurance company to act quickly, but according to her son and sister time is running out.

“We're not even sure what we’re going to be able to do up in Seattle,” said her son Alex Hayden. “All we know is that they know the best. They were her original doctors and here it's not going to help. So that's the only chance we really have.”

One thing that is clear, Hayden is not eligible for another transplant. She's already had two. Still, the family knows all too well the importance of organ donation. And here in Nevada only 40 percent of the adult population are registered donors. Fear and myth scaring many people away.

“One of the most common myth is that the doctors are not going to try as hard to save a life if a person is an organ donor,” said Kate McCullough with the Nevada Donor Network. “That couldn't be further from the truth. When you go to a hospital a lot of times they don't know your name let alone if you're an organ donor.”

Amaris' sister holds on to hope.

“I want everything to be donated, wanted to be used to the fullest extent it can be,” says Amaris’ sister Cristina Hayden. “But if I feel I could save a life...”

A life like Amaris Hayden's who is leaving Las Vegas in search of a few more years with her son.

“They say they're waiting for me to stabilize before they transfer me, but the longer I wait, the worse it gets,” Amaris Hayden says. “So we're hoping and praying it happens soon.”

Share
Popular Right Now:
Las Vegas a new frontier for porn industry 

Updated: 10/29/2014 9:57:09 PM

Developers say work to begin on Strip arena

Updated: 10/29/2014 7:33:00 PM

Jackie Robinson (John Locher/AP Photo)
Lava won't chase out some people

Updated: 10/30/2014 5:40:02 AM

PAHOA, HAWAII - OCTOBER 26:  In this handout provided by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), A portion of the front of the June 27th lava flow burns through thick vegetation and a fence on October 26, 2014 in Pahoa, Hawaii. Scientists of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory conducted ground and air observations of the lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano and determined that it was 510 meters (560 yards) upslope from Pa-hoa Village Road and the flow width was about 50 meters (55 yards) at the leading edge. Molten rock from the flow is inching its way towards homes in the town of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island where close to a thousand people live.  (Photo by USGS via Getty Images) (Handout, 2014 USGS)
Poll


All content © Copyright 2014 Intermountain West Communications Company. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service
You may also view our Sitemap.

FCC assistance for any person with disabilities can be provided by contacting us at publicfilehelp@mynews3.com

KSNV Profile & Public Inspection Files

2014 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Portions by Broadcast Interactive Media

FOLLOW US!


Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.