I am the mother of a beautiful, amazing boy suffering from immune deficiency after having his thymus removed during heart surgery without my knowledge or consent.
I believe people should be given accurate information about thymectomy during heart surgery and given the right to keep their organs.
Please visit my facebook page where I have posted medical articles describing what happens to the immune systems of people who have had their thymus removed during heart surgery. https://www.facebook.com/OrganRemovalDuringHeartSurgery?ref=hl
The children and adults suffering from thymectomy have no name for their disease and no plans for treatment by medical society. No one is ever told that they are at risk. One estimate says that over 69,000 people have heart surgery each year and over 10 million people total have had heart surgery. Well over 50% of these individuals have had their thymus removed.
Only 40-100 children a year are born with an immune deficiency called SCID. These few children have a name for their disease and a treatment protocol. Don't our children deserve recognition and treatment?
The thymus' ability to heal diseases has been studied in animals and man since before the 1960's, when research on the thymus importance was at it's peak. At this time science declared the thymus to be the clock that controls when we age.
During the 1970's thymectomy during heart surgery without putting the thymus back was invented and articles turned up showing immune deficiencies in these individuals. In the 1980's medical articles advising against thymectomy during heart surgery were published. In 2009-2012, medical articles were published stating that these thymectomized individuals now represent an important group of people to study premature aging. I believe that thymectomy during heart surgery needs to stop.