Patient Stories ~ Profession: Student

Kylie

Doctor: John W. O'Kane, MD

"Obviously I am a big dreamer. But I don't think you should just dream your dreams. Go out and fight for them. Make them happen!" says UW Huskies Gymnast and Senior Kylie Sharp.
Diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis and an overlapping condition, primary sclerosing cholangitis, the 22-year-old has faced seven medical procedures over the last dozen years.
"I called doctors all over the country, and no one had ever heard of a gymnast in college - no one had heard of any athlete - that had autoimmune hepatitis with this overlap," said Dr. John O'Kane, UW Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and the Huskies' head team physician. "The desire to do this and the strength to do this despite all the different ways that has made this hard for you is tremendously impressive," O'Kane said to Sharp.
Excerpt from: "Unleashed: Sharp Delays Transplant For UW Gymnastics" By Gregg Bell, 1/23/2013, on gohuskies.com.








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S.

Hobbies: 4-wheeling
Doctor: Daphne Beingessner

Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.

My son had a 4-wheel accident. Not much hope before Dr. Beingessner's surgery, my child is back to school 1 week after the accident, God bless Dr. Beingessner and congratulations to Harborview Hospital for her, her team and all the people work there. Thank you forever and ever. Specially to Dr. Daphne Beingessner, The best of the best.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

Knowledge
Dedication
Professionalism
Humanity
Compassion
Education

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Sean

Hobbies: Hiking/ Camping
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.

During the second half of baseball season in my junior year of high school (2011-12), my left shoulder popped out 7 or 8 times in a matter of a month. It would happen when I would bat, but I played through the pain every game and didn't sit out once. I finally got my shoulder checked out at the end of the season and learned that I had a tear in my left Labrum and it needed to be repaired.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

Dr. Warme really cared about me, not only as his patient, but as a person too. He was very respectful and humble and always calm in the way he presented himself. It was a pleasure to get to know him.

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Jake

Hobbies: Fitness
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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My condition had become progressively worse after a failed attempt (by a different orthopaedic surgeon in California) to reattach my pectoralis major tendon. I struggled to regain much strength and function over two years following the first surgery. I began to sense that the tendon had not been completely reattached and I searched across the United States for an orthopaedic surgeon that would consider performing a "revision surgery" on my pec tendon. After losing more than 60% of my strength and functionality in my right arm/chest and searching (over 2 years) for somebody who could help, I came to Seattle to meet with Dr. Matsen and Dr. Warme.

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My experience at the UW Medical Center was extraordinary. I cannot say that enough. I met with a dozen orthopaedic specialists before meeting with Dr. Warme. None of the previous physicians gave me even an ounce of hope or condidence regarding my injury and possible revision surgery. I came to Seattle from Southern California in hope that somebody would have some experience with my particular injury. It felt amazing to speak with Dr. Warme and explain to him what happened to my pec tendon. The most amazing part of the experience was when I asked Dr. Warme how many of these types of pec surgeries he had completed since it was a pretty rare procedure in the field of orthopaedics. He confidently informed me that he had performed approximately 20 of them with a 100% success rate. And the best part of the conversation was when he looked at me and sincerely told me that he could fix my chest. He said he was confident that he could get the tendon back on the bone. And THAT is exactly what Dr. Warme did.

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Chris

Hobbies: Football
Doctor: Winston J. Warme, MD

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I hurt my shoulder playing baseball last year and the first doctor I saw wanted to do surgery and told me I would be in rehab/recovery for 6 months and I would have to miss my football and rugby seasons. He told me I had a torn labrum. My mom sent my MRI results to Dr. Warme and he gave us a second opinion which did not recommend surgery. I lifted and did rehab with the athletic trainer at my school. Since then, I played a full rugby season and am currently playing football without having any issues with my shoulder. Thank you, Dr. Warme!

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ANTONELLA

Hobbies: Carving, Crafts, Geocaching, Hiking/ Camping, Humanitarian Action, Music, Other, Travel, Walking, Woodworking, Writing, Yoga
Doctor: Dr. Winston J. Warme

Briefly describe your symptoms and the medical condition that brought you to see the doctor.

Over five years ago I slipped down the stairs in my home, holding on to the railimg with my right arm while bracing the fall with my left. Over time both of my shoulders became sensitive and unstable, semi-dislocating when least expected.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

Dr. Warme and his team treated me as a person, not a problem. I always knew they were listening to my concerns and that I was consantly aware of my options for optimum health and recovery.

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Aidan

Hobbies: Shooting, Snowboarding, Swimming
Doctor: Dr. Reza Firoozabadi & Dr. Daphne Beingessner

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I was airlifted from Wenatchee, Washington after a bad snowboarding accident. I overshot a jump and landed flat, breaking my right hip, left femur and sustaining a concussion.

What one or two things stand out to you about your experience with your doctor and their team?

The Doctors and the teams were awesome. They put me back together!

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