When Sarah Guman of Olyphant, Pa., was diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor in late April 2021, she learned she would need a complete hysterectomy. Doctors wouldn’t know until they operated if it was malignant, but after months of constipation and urinary leakage, Guman, then 69, was grateful to finally have a plan of action.
She had one condition, though: As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she would not accept a blood transfusion and required bloodless surgery. “My doctor didn’t offer it,” Guman says, “but she referred me to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Patient Blood Management Program. I immediately called them and was told they could accommodate me. It took such a weight off my mind.”