April 29, 2011
There's no hole in his heart
WSU's Swartz competes with leukemia
By John Blanchette, Spokesman-Review
Here's the deal on the hole in Shawn Swartz's chest:
To administer chemotherapy intravenously and withdraw blood and do the things that must be done to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a Hickman line was implanted - a catheter with three ports. Regular flushes and cleaning were required to guard against infection and blood clots, and yet he developed such a clot nonetheless. So the line had to be - and this is the technical term - pulled out. And now there's a hole.
"But he tells everybody he got shot," said his mother, Dianna Swartz.
It is not ...
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