28: Dr. Sara Rasmussen-A Pediatric Surgeon Shares Why She Is Motivated To Make A Difference In So Many Children’s Lives.

In this episode, Dr. Sara Rasmussen talks about her job as a pediatric surgeon and why she is so driven to make a huge impact on so many children and their family's lives.

Dr. Rasmussen shares:

  • What inspired her to become a pediatric surgeon.
  • How she spends her time each day.
  • UVA recently partnered with the University of Pittsburgh Children's Hospital so more children can receive kidney and liver transplants. Dr. Rasmussen talks about how this relationship is mutually beneficial to both hospitals.
  • Dr. Rasmussen talks about what qualifies a child for a liver transplant.
  • She also talks about the feeling in the operating room during the first collaborative liver transplant and how partnering with University of Pittsburgh Children's Hospital is going to provide better care to more patients!
  • Plus, she talks about monitoring patients that have had liver transplants.
  • Moreover, she talks about the cases that she finds most difficult and how no procedure or case is uninteresting to her.
  • Why G-Tubes often provide families with a huge sense of relief and benefit.
  • Plus, she talks about parents supporting each other and taking care of themselves, while their child is in the hospital and after the child has been discharged.
  • Finally, Dr. Rasmussen talks about her mindset and perspective when a child succumbs to their health challenges and how she helps the child's parents.

Join us for this episode!


A Child Of Mine by Edgar Guest 

I will lend you, for a little time,
A child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while he lives,
And mourn for when he's dead.
It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty-two or three.
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you,
And should his stay be brief.
You'll have his lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over,
In search for teachers true.
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain.
Nor hate me when I come
To take him home again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
'Dear Lord, Thy will be done!'
For all the joys Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness,
We'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.
But should the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we've planned.
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.

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