On December 21, 2018, I almost died. In January, I was reborn with a new heart, all thanks to a selfless organ donor who was [probably] from around the area and happened to have a matching blood type. This blog is dedicated to my personal journey & thoughts around and after the event— whatever I can do to help others in similar situations or those who want to learn about what happened to me. I also want to use this space to advocate for organ donation, research, and charities— our donors deserve it.
The reason why I needed an urgent heart transplant (explained in full detail in my blog) was because I had something called “dilated cardiomyopathy.” And yes, before all of this, I was completely healthy (exercised, ate well, very active, nonsmoker, etc). We found out that I had familial dilated cardiomyopathy that was likely worsened by a virus that I had caught during the fall of 2018. Some luck I had, I know.
Name: Alin (pronounced “uh-LEEN” or “ah-LEEN”)
Birthday: January 29, 1988
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current City: Philadelphia, PA
Profession: ER doctor-in-training
Interesting fact: I’ve been to 39/50 of the US states.
Quote: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” (Oscar Wilde)
Emergency & Critical Care medicine
The future of medical education
The history of our criminal justice system
Travel, road trips
The works of Oliver Sacks
Photography & photo editing (especially cityscapes, l'heure bleue, and clouds)
True crime books, podcasts, documentaries
Listening to “old school” hip hop, The Weeknd, & RHCP
Public health research, patient advocacy