Unique prescription for transplant patient

Rebecca Adams is only 20, but she's on a transplant list waiting for both a heart and lung.

December 22, 2009 5:18:41 PM PST
During this holiday season, many sail through the busy days, never considering that each day is a gift. But there is one young woman who doesn't take life for granted. And when she became depressed about her future, her doctor came up with a surprising prescription. Rebecca Adams is only 20, but she's on a transplant list waiting for both a heart and lung. After a year, she's been dropped from third to sixth on the list, and that has sent her into a devastating depression.

"In recent months, Rebecca has talked seriously about just giving up, just dying," said Dr. Richard Pesikoff, who is treating Rebecca.

Even if two organs become available, a double organ transplant is risky.

"I'm trying to come up with a way to convince myself to go through it anyway because I know I have to," said Rebecca.

"She feels like she's never gonna have a normal life, she's never gonna have a boyfriend," said Dr. Pesikoff. "She thinks she'll probably die before she ever kisses a boy."

So instead of prescribing pills for her depression, Dr. Peskioff prescribed a makeover, hoping the new look will translate into a new outlook.

"I'm hoping that it will make her feel encouraged and like she's part of the world," said Pam Adams, Rebecca's mother.

Ronnie Anderson at The Blue Mambo donated her hairstyle.

"Who knows? We may even color it or she may even get a Mohawk," said Anderson.

She had a makeup makeover.

"It really boosts your self-esteem," said makeup artist Rita Contreras.

She got a new outfit, and jewelry.

Will her new look help her with her real hope, a date?

"I don't know. I've never been asked on a date before," said Rebecca. "I would like the company, actually."

She left with her outlook already brighter.

"I feel better," she said. "I feel better than I did."

And that's all her new friends here wanted to hear.


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