Selfless stranger saw Facebook post and donated her kidney

She felt helpless as she watched friends and family members struggle with terminal illness. Lindsey Jarrett decided then that if she could, she would help someone in need so she donated a kidney. This is the story of the life of a giver.

By IU Health Senior Journalist, T.J. Banes, tfender1@iuhealth.org

She refers to her decision as “walking a winding road.” Three years ago, Lindsey Jarrett’s middle school teacher was battling cancer. Over the years, the teacher had become a close friend. As the cancer spread throughout her friend’s body Jarrett stood by helplessly knowing there was nothing she could do. Her friend needed a transplant but was rejected due to the invasive cancer.

“When she passed, I told myself ‘if the opportunity ever presents itself, no matter what, I will donate for the sake of saving someone’s life,’” said Jarrett. She made good on that promise when she learned on social media that the father of a friend of a friend needed a kidney transplant.

That “father of a friend of a friend” was Poopalasingham “Pete” Poovendran. He was also a husband, to Rekha, who immigrated to the United States from Sri Lanka more than 40 years ago. He spent most of his life working as an anesthesiologist. At the age of 73, he was settled in Mishawaka, Ind. where he enjoys gardening, golfing, reading, and flying his Piper Archer around the country.

In 1991, Poovendran was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, also known as Berger’s disease. Overtime, his kidneys began to shut down. He needed a transplant.

Poovendran’s, daughter, Dilkushi Poovendran, 36, and a son, Gayan Poovendran, 39, posted on Facebook their father’s need for a new kidney. A mutual friend shared the post with Jarrett, 39.

A resident of Kansas City, Mo. Jarrett and Poovendran were separated by nearly 600 miles but in time they would be joined by a single kidney.

Poovendran was in the care of IU Health nephrologist Dr. Bruce A. Molitoris. Jarrett had never been to IU Health until late 2020 when she made her decision to begin testing as a donor.

Married to her husband, Nick, since 2013, Jarrett is the mother to a 7-year-old daughter. She is also an altruistic giver.

“I spent a lot of time talking about it with my husband and parents, but it just felt right,” said Jarrett. As she talks about her decision, she modestly reveals something about that walk along the “winding road” that started in her childhood.

“I was raised with a philanthropic altruistic philosophy – the spirit of giving is in lots of aspects of my life,” said Jarrett. She was reluctant to give specifics, maintaining humility, but with urging, she described her personal and professional journey. In 2013 she and her husband, a professional musician, traveled to Uganda and founded “Music Across Borders.” The non-profit charity’s mission is providing sustainable music education to people around the world. One of their first projects was “Strings for Uganda” providing music education to children living in an orphanage in Kajjansi, Uganda.

In her youth, Jarrett volunteered at Kansas City-based “Operation Breakthrough.” The program provides a safe educational environment for children in need. The program provides weekday care for 700 children – ages 6 to 14. More than 80 percent of those children are from families living below federal poverty guidelines.

Later in life, after obtaining her master’s degree, Jarrett returned as a staff member of “Operation Breakthrough.”

“It’s important for me to be in the community doing work. I’m a boots-on-the-ground person,” said Jarrett, who has professional training working in the disability community. She went on to receive her doctorate in therapeutic science. She now works as a principal investigator, a social scientist dedicated to clinical research, for the Center for Practical Bioethics. The non-profit is dedicated to raising and responding to ethical questions in healthcare.

From a young age, Jarrett said her heart has been pulled toward helping others.

“My parents raised us in church environment and around volunteer work. My mom was part of a volunteer organization and when I was a kid I remember her dragging me to these things. It really opened my eyes to people living outside my bubble. Growing up in a very giving family made me who I am today,” said Jarrett.

And on Nov. 19, 2021 that “giving heart” was extended to a stranger. Jarrett became an altruistic kidney donor. In the care of Dr. William Goggins, that man who was a stranger received Jarrett’s kidney – the gift of life.

Typically, donors and recipients do not meet immediately after transplant. But Jarrett’s parents were with her in the hospital and fate played out. Jarrett’s mom and dad shared a waiting room with Poovendran’s wife and daughter. Through contact with Poovendran’s son, they learned the donor and recipient were just doors away from each other on the same floor at IU Health University Hospital’s transplant unit.

“They asked if I could come to his room and we just went with it,” said Jarrett. When his eyes met his donor, Poovendran began to cry as he thanked her.

“I said ‘I’m really happy I could give this to you and you could have more time with people you love,’” said Jarrett. “I just wanted to make someone’s life better.”

5 Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Somewhere around 70 million grown-ups in the United States manage some kind of ongoing aggravation. Truth is, low back aching is the second most normal explanation Americans see their doctors.

Many individuals are keen on tracking down options in contrast to prescriptions for help with discomfort. Chiropractic treatment is one potential pain relief choice, particularly assuming that you’re managing back torment or neck torment. Chiropractor in Longview Texas has become the first choice of the natives.

Now let’s take a look at what is the best Chiropractic Center is,

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is a type of reciprocal medication dependent on the possibility that your body can mend itself with the assistance of explicitly involved controls from a prepared proficient. These controls assist with realigning your joints and might conceivably prompt relief from discomfort.

Chiropractor in Longview Texas can relieve your pain from situations affecting you,

  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Connective tissues
  • Cartilage

Basic Facts about Chiropractic Care:

  • Chiropractic treatment frequently centers around your spine however may zero in on different pieces of your body contingent upon the specific issue you’re managing.
  • As a general rule, Chiropractors in Longview Texas are bound to utilize hands to diminish your manifestations. Actual advisors will more often than not put a greater accentuation on restoring wounds with stretches and works out.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care:

It’s not surprising that despite being a successful and proven method, many people still don’t know much about the benefits of Chiropractic Care. Such lack of knowledge might cause a delay in treatment and thus damage their health.

Let’s take a quick look at 5 most useful benefits of Chiropractor in Longview Texas,

  1. Sooths Neck Aching: Neck torment is a typical issue, particularly assuming you sit for a long time a day, oftentimes twist your neck to utilize your telephone, or have a helpless stance. A Chiropractor might assist with facilitating your neck torment by realigning your spine and facilitating strain in your neck muscles.
  2. Goodbye to Opioid pain relieves: Individuals with chronic pain are frequently given remedies for Opioid pain killers to assist with dealing with their distress. However, going through chiropractic treatment might bring down your need to take these pain killers. It will directly affect your health for the betterment.
  3. Eases Back Pain: Chiropractic therapy might be a decent option in contrast to more intrusive options like a medical procedure or infusions for treating short-term or constant back torment. Some carpal tunnel treatment massage recommendations include yoga, Tai chi, exercise, etc.
  4. Relieves from Headache: Spinal control might be successful at treating strain cerebral pains and migraines that start in your neck.
  5. Reduces Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis torment is brought about by the degeneration of the ligament in a joint that makes the closures of your bones rub together. A few kinds of chiropractic changes might assist with adjusting your joints and diminish how much your bones rub together

According to the association of Chiropractic in longview tx, there are more than 70,000 centers in the USA. It might get difficult to find out the best one for your service. You should take a look at the services they provide before hiring one.

Contact US:

Woods Chiropractic Center

Address:111 Community Blvd
Longview, TX
Phone: 903-668-2787

Weekly IU Health COVID-19 Update

IU Health is committed to being a trusted source of information for the public during the COVID-19 crisis. As part of that commitment, we are sharing with the community how COVID-19 is impacting our hospitals and team members.

IU Health is releasing key data related to the COVID-19 pandemic on a weekly basis. As always, patient privacy remains at the forefront of all decisions regarding data disclosure. The most up-to-date, comprehensive data for Indiana is available through the Indiana State Department of Health.

Local congregations provide extra layer of care in winter months

The holidays and the winter months can be lonely for people with limited access to family and friends. Add to that a pandemic that instills fear of the unknown and there’s a formula for isolation. One IU Health program is working to improve that isolation – here’s how.

By IU Health Senior Journalist, T.J. Banes, tfender1@iuhealth.org

Some have faced extended illness. Some are without transportation. Some are in need of social services. Many are just lonely.

They are former patients who are now at home. Their health has improved but they still crave human connection. That’s where the IU Health Congregational Care Network comes in. The program is a bridge to hospital care and home.

Through the Congregational Care Network, members of faith-based congregations receive special volunteer training. They are then paired with IU Health patients that are back home. Essentially, the patients go home to get well physically, but they miss the other parts that improve their quality of living – social interaction.

“We currently have 120 active patients in the Congregational Care Network program; 138 patients have completed the program and we have an additional 27 patients pending, which means we are following them on our own a bit until they are ready for outreach by one of our congregations,” said Tricia Behringer, an IU Health social worker with the program. “This brings our total participants to 285 as Jan. 4, 2022. We are working with 15 congregations at this time, 13 of which are in Marion County and two in Monroe County,” she added.

The widespread pandemic has added more challenges to that interaction. But volunteers have found creative ways to connect through phone calls, personal notes and holiday gifts.

Working as a team that includes chaplains, social workers, and other hospital caregivers, the Congregational Care Network identifies patients who may benefit from the companionship. Once a patient consents, they are matched with a congregation and a volunteer – usually in close proximity to their home.

In addition to weekly contacts, the volunteers help connect the patients with social service agencies, or stipends for food, transportation or other necessities.

As special initiative during the holidays, members of one participating congregation – First Baptist Church North Indianapolis – provided 15 fruit baskets to their companions. The deliveries were part of the church “Feeding & Fueling” outreach.

“With COVID, some outlets have scaled back and perhaps ceased distribution of food/clothing and spiritual guidance to their surrounding neighbors,” said Stephanie Patterson, who heads up the Congregational Care Network for First Baptist North. “I’m proud to say, God blessed us to continue our ministry and with the help of IU Health we have enhanced our ministry to provide for our neighbors of the ‘companion’ program,” she said.

“I’d like to think while modern medicine can mend a broken body, a listening ear, or whispered prayer can sooth a broken heart. Our desire is to minister to clients, walking beside them as they heal – providing companionship and resources on their journey to feeling better.”

Irsay gift helps Hoosiers find strength and resilience

When Rachel Gonzales Pinto was admitted to IU Health West Hospital to give birth to her third child, she was intoxicated. As someone who struggled with alcohol use disorder since she was 14, and who drank during her pregnancy, this moment became her turning point.

Before being discharged, Gonzales Pinto was met by IU Health West Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center Director Trisha Palencer and IU Health Therapist Libby King. They convinced her that she could turn things around.

IU Health West Hospital

The next day, Gonzales Pinto went to work on sobriety with King as her primary therapist. She credits her progress to intensive, daily therapy sessions, accountability and being educated about her mental health.

Many of the programs Gonzales Pinto participated in are thanks to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who last year gave $1 million to IU Health Foundation in support of increasing access to addiction services for people in need across Indiana.

Because of the Irsay gift, the IU Health West program was able to double its staff and add evening classes. Almost 60% of patients who complete the program successfully reach their goals, compared to about 30% for similar programs. It helps people who have lost jobs due to substance use disorder: 51% of people have a job when entering the program, and 70% are employed when they compete it. And the percentage of patients who are sober jumps from 20% at intake to 76% at program completion.

Now part of that 76% is Gonzales Pinto who says the Center made it possible for her to recently celebrate a full year of sobriety.

Gonzales Pinto and her family

Having tried a variety of programs over the years—sometimes making progress but inevitably relapsing — Gonzales Pinto lost custody of her two sons, places to live, a relationship with her dad and more because of her addiction.

But now, thanks to the Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center, she has restored relationships with her family, is married and is happily raising her daughter alongside her sons.

Gonzales Pinto and her father

“I can tell you now, I have the best life ever,” Gonzales Pinto says. “And I know it’s only going to get better.”

You can help patients like Gonzales Pinto find their strength and resilience by giving to the Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center at IU Health West Hospital. Once prompted, select IU Health West Hospital as your location. Then select “Other” under “Direct My Gift To.” Type “Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center.”

IU Health Bloomington celebrates first baby of 2022

It’s a boy!

As people around the world celebrated the New Year, parents Momoko and Sadamori Kojaku celebrated their new bundle of joy.

Their baby boy, Eiji Tyler Kojaku, entered the world at 1:14 am Saturday, Jan. 1, making him the first baby of 2022 in Bloomington and the first New Year’s Baby to be born at the new hospital.

Little Eiji weighs 8 pounds 8 ounces and is 20 inches long!

We all here at IU Health wish the Kojaku family well on their new addition!