Layal Abdel Rahman, MD – Largo Medical Center

(calm piano music) – Since I was a little kid, I knew that I want to be a physician. And I think this is
because I mainly grew up in a small village, very
removed from the city. People often needed medical help. Especially elderly people who
did not have family support. And it was not available
for them all the time. I felt like I want to help them
and listen to their concerns and treat their conditions. And now every time I treat a patient, I feel I have fulfilled my dream. Since I became involved in nephrology, when patients has a
chronic kidney disease, they have a dramatic life change. It decreases their life expectancy and it changes their lifestyle. So they have to go to
dialysis three times a week, they have to withdraw
from their social life and their family life. And they quit jobs most of the time. When we do give them a kidney transplant, it increases their life expectancy and it changes their
lifestyle to the best. We have a saying back home, if we prevent a disease from happening, it’s better than treating it. And as we learn about chronic conditions, especially chronic kidney disease, we realize that these
conditions can be prevented if we have modified our
lifestyle many years back. So when we do a kidney transplant and we give the patient
new hope and new life, we work with them very closely and educate them on how they
can change their lifestyles so they prevent the
disease from recurring. As a transplant nephrologist, I see the patients before transplant to make sure they are
medically in good condition to go through the surgery and to start amino suppression
medication after transplant. Once they have their
transplant surgery done, I start following them from
day zero in the hospital, and make sure I manage their medications, and I do dialysis for them in case it was needed in the hospital. After that, I follow them in the clinic to manage their amino suppression and their medical
condition after transplant. Everyone is excited to work together and to help the patients, get them in very quickly, and give them the transplant
as soon as we can, and take very good care of them.

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