How an ‘unbelievable’ ‘superior’ patient treated at the Mayo Clinic in Florida helped save a man’s life
An incredible story of how a highly effective medicine saved a life.
Read moreHere’s the story of Dr. John Fauci, the Florida physician who saved the life of a patient with a rare type of cancer.
Fauci started at the Florida hospital after a colleague died from the disease, and was then brought on board to help manage the patient.
“I got this guy who had had multiple brain surgeries and had brain cancer, and he was in remission, but he was still having trouble getting his hair,” Faucs doctor, Dr. Richard Smith, told the Miami Herald in 2012.
“And so I said, ‘John, this is something you’re gonna really love.
Why don’t you go and get this patient and see if we can really do something about it?’
And he said, `I don’t think I can.'”
When the patient arrived at the hospital, Faucis team was preparing for the worst.
“It’s a terrible situation,” Fausi said in an interview with the Miami-Dade Health & Hospital Authority.
“It’s like being in a movie and seeing a scene from the beginning where you’re just waiting to get started and it never comes.
You’re just like, ‘Oh my God, what am I gonna do?
I’m just going to stay there.
It’s not going to get better.'”
Faucises team treated the patient for an infection in his liver.
But when he arrived at a waiting room, he was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer.
“We had to do the surgery and the procedure,” Faucis said in the interview.
“We had surgery, a biopsy, and then we had a colonoscopy.
The colonoscopies were the most important part.
They looked for any cancer in the colon.””
When you have an infection that has spread and you have to do a colonic incision, you’ve got a lot of bacteria,” he said.
“So when the colonoscops were done, it took us three days to go in and get everything down, and we had to get a colonoscope out.
We got all the colon, and it was just so much better than anything we’d seen.”
After he recovered, Fausis and his team treated another patient with Stage II colon cancer, who had already died.
“Then we had another patient who had cancer, so we had this little boy,” Fafci said.
“And he had Stage IV cancer, too,” Fucicis said.
Fausi’s team found that he had a highly aggressive form of the tumor, which they knew they needed to treat, but they were unable to do so with conventional treatments.
“They had to make a choice between a procedure that they could not do, which would have cost more, and they would have lost the patient, and having surgery, and the surgery was the only way that we could get that done,” Faulci said in a video released by Mayo Clinic.
“They chose surgery.”
The patient was given an experimental chemotherapy regimen, but his condition worsened.
“That’s when we realized we had something very different that could be used to help him,” Faunci said, adding that it could also be used as a treatment for other cancers.
“When you’re treating an extremely aggressive form, you can see how it works and how it helps to keep a patient alive.
It can be a lifesaver.”
When the disease progressed to Stage IV, the team decided to switch to chemotherapy and then radiation therapy.
“So we got the first two rounds of chemotherapy and got him off of it,” Faffi said.
After six months, Fucs team found a way to make the cancer shrink, and after six months the patient died.
Fucci’s team has not yet been compensated for his work, but in a letter to the hospital and the patient’s family, he wrote, “It was a wonderful experience and I’m grateful for what I did.”
“You will always be remembered as the first to tell me that there is nothing more amazing than the love and compassion of your patients and the dedication of your staff,” Fufci said during the video.
“I thank you for being there.”
“If you have cancer, you are loved and you will always have a friend and a place to be,” Fuccci said at the end of the video, his voice rising.
“If you don’t have cancer and you want to help other people, then go for it.”