Children’s lobby mural to be mosaic of individual masterpieces

Published on Monday, November 18, 2019

By: Annie Oeth, [email protected]

Armed with handfuls of colorful markers, children and parents, caregivers and patients around the state are creating thousands of personal pieces of art that will, collectively, be a focal point in the lobby of Children’s of Mississippi’s new pediatric hospital expansion.

Through the nonprofit Project S.N.A.P., Children’s of Mississippi for months been collecting artwork, working toward a goal of 8,000 drawings. The drawings will then be assembled into a large digitized mosaic mural.

Portrait of Jen Hospidor

“The design, which is still being finalized, will show the nature and architecture of Mississippi,” said Jen Hospodor, director of community partnerships at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. “Beloved landmarks such as the Mississippi River, the piney woods and the Gulf of Mexico as well as buildings including the state Capitol will be formed by thousands of individual drawings from all over Mississippi.”

Ryan Mains, a development liaison at the Medical Center, is among those reaching out to the community through drawing sessions with schools and groups.

Portrait of Ryan Mains

“Project S.N.A.P. is a way for people around the state to have a connection to our new children’s hospital expansion,” Mains said. “It gives them a way to tell their own personal stories through art, to honor a caregiver or a loved one.”

The mosaic will include a kiosk where visitors can type in their name to find their piece of the mural.

Drawings range from pastel to vivid. Some, Mains said, convey messages. “The words ‘hope’ and ‘love’ are often in the artwork, and we often see drawings of happy families and the Children’s of Mississippi logo of a rainbow, kite and sun.”

The $180 million children’s hospital expansion is on schedule to open in fall 2020.

Anesthesia tech Ericka Griffin shows her contribution to the mural that will we a focal point of the children's hospital expansion's lobby.

Anesthesia tech Ericka Griffin shows her contribution to the mural that will we a focal point of the children’s hospital expansion’s lobby.

Included in the seven-story tower will be a larger lobby as well as two floors of private neonatal intensive care rooms where families can stay with their babies and be part of their care. A dozen state-of-the-art operating suites, a new home for the Children’s Heart Center and more space devoted to pediatric intensive care are also part of the plans.

The expansion will also be home to another first for the state, an imaging center designed for children.

A pediatric outpatient clinic with a 517-space parking garage nearby will allow for collaborative care among pediatric specialists and subspecialists.

“Children’s of Mississippi serves all of the state,” said Hospodor, “and this is the state’s only children’s hospital. What better way to reflect that than to showcase Mississippi’s beauty in a mosaic of individual drawings as a signature mural for our expansion?”

Air Care flight paramedic Cole Logan creates a sunrise that will be one of the thousands of drawings in the mural that will be on display in the lobby of the Children's of Mississippi expansion.

Air Care flight paramedic Cole Logan creates a sunrise that will be one of the thousands of drawings in the mural that will be on display in the lobby of the Children’s of Mississippi expansion.

Cole Logan, an Air Care flight paramedic who started working at UMMC last week, was among Medical Center employees creating Project S.N.A.P. drawings during Employee Giving Week.

“It’s great that our drawings will be part of the new children’s hospital,” he said while coloring a bright orange sunrise.

Katie Puckett, whose children, Caroline and Luke, are both Children’s of Mississippi patients, created a drawing of rainbow-colored flowers growing for Project S.N.A.P. earlier this year.

“It was based on the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi’s slogan ‘Growing. So they can grow,’” she said. “That slogan has always been really special to me because this hospital is truly where my kids have grown up. It is because of Children’s of Mississippi that my children were given a chance to grow up.”

Caroline was born with a severe congenital heart defect that required three open-heart surgeries between birth and age 3. Luke was born with spina bifida, a condition where the spinal column does not close completely. He had surgery at Children’s of Mississippi when he was a day old to close his spine and spent close to a month in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit before coming home. They both continue to see Children’s of Mississippi specialists for outpatient care.

“I don’t think people realize the impact that Children’s of Mississippi makes statewide,” said Puckett, of Pearl. “Just for my family alone, they have changed our world.”

Schools and groups can book drawing sessions for Project S.N.A.P. with Mains by emailing [email protected].

Children’s of Mississippi is accepting artwork online at projectsnap/childrensms. The website includes space for personal stories to accompany uploaded artwork.

Artwork can be dedicated as a memorial or to honor a caregiver or loved one through a $500 contribution to the Campaign for Children’s of Mississippi, the fund drive to bring the children’s hospital expansion to completion. Launched in 2016, the Campaign has raised more than 76 percent of its $100 million goal.

To learn more about Children’s of Mississippi’s expansion, visit


Three popular options for male body contouring

three popular options for male body contouring

Time affects everyone. With age, the skin and tissues on the face and body stretch, descend and lose their elasticity. This can adversely affect your facial and body contour. For men, in particular, this shows up on the abdomen, chest and the neck/jaw juncture. As plastic surgeons, it is our job to come up with new, safer and better ways to address our patients’ needs. There have been huge advancements of late in terms of nonsurgical modalities for reducing fat and tightening skin. This 1-2 combination has made it possible to treat many of the male face and body contouring issues without having to resort to surgery. This is a huge plus for men who have less tolerance for downtime.

Sometimes, however, surgery is going to be the best option. Whenever considering any type of aesthetic procedure, it is important that you be assessed in person by a board-certified plastic surgeon. You want to see someone who not only offers the full range of nonsurgical and surgical options, but who also has the experience and training to deliver a safe, natural-looking result. The internet has made patients more aware of the many male face and body contouring options, but a procedure is only effective if it is the right match for your individual anatomy and needs. Bottom line: what worked for your friend may not work for you.

Male body contouring options for treating the abdomen

The abdomen is probably the single greatest area of concern for most men. Many men want to have a taut, flat abdomen with visible abdominal muscles, also known as the “six-pack.” With age, however, some men tend to develop a gut no matter how hard they exercise or how well they eat which can hide that taunt abdomen. The fat on the outside of the abdominal wall—the extra-abdominal fat—is treatable. On the nonsurgical side, the two most popular fat reduction techniques are:

Both work by destroying the fat cells in the treatment area either through cold or heat. Once destroyed, these cells are then eliminated through your body’s own lymphatic and metabolic systems. CoolSculping® and SculpSure® are both fast, effective and versatile. However, they each require multiple treatments, spaced 6-8 weeks apart, in order to deliver optimum results. The goal for each treatment is to reduce the targeted fat by about 20%.

Liposuction, on the other hand, is a more aggressive surgical procedure and can be more effective. Most plastic surgeons agree that liposuction is the gold standard when it comes to male abdomen and flank body contouring. It allows the surgeon to literally re-sculpt your torso. Laser technology can also be used as an adjunct body contouring modality. In the right patient, it can even reveal the 6 pack abs that are covered by the extra-abdominal fat. Liposuction does require downtime, typically about a week, and you will need to wear a compression garment to ensure the best results and skin contour.

Gynecomastia options for a flatter chest

The second most popular area for men when it comes to body contouring is the chest. Gynecomastia is a fullness in the chest caused by an excess in glandular tissue, fat or a combination of the two. Incredibly common, there are a number of different ways to treat gynecomastia. The right procedure is going to depend on the underlying cause. In patients whose fullness is solely the result of too much fat, liposuction is the most common form of treatment. Sculpting and reducing the fat may lead to a trimmer and more masculine chest. Liposuction of the chest can be done safely under local anesthesia with minimal downtime and recovery.

Most men who are afflicted with gynecomastia, however, have excess glandular tissue in addition to fat. The gland must be surgically removed in order to deliver the kind of flat, smooth chest that men desire. There are a few different incision options. The right one is going to depend on the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed. Although the idea of scars on the chest sounds frightening, ideally, the incision can be camouflaged in the border between the darker skin of the nipple and the lighter skin on the chest. Men who have excess, loose skin in addition to gland and fat might need surgical removal and adjustment of the skin as well.

Aesthetic procedures for a crisp jawline

A crisp jawline is a youthful-looking jawline. Unfortunately, some men aren’t born this way and some lose this definition with age. The area under the chin is a prime spot for excess fat in men. Whether you wear a tie or not, a buildup of fat at the neck/chin juncture can make you feel dumpy and overweight when you are not. Thankfully, this focused area of fat accumulation is treated well with noninvasive body contouring devices such as CoolSculpting® and SculpSure®. Furthermore, there is an injectable, Kybella®, that was specifically designed to decrease the submental fat beneath the chin. In patients with a severe amount of extra fat, liposuction is probably going to be the best option.

Assuming that your skin has enough elasticity or “bounce back,” these can all be stand-alone procedures. However, older men or men who have loose or lax neck skin may need to combine a fat reducing modality with a skin tightening procedure such as ThermiRF. The latter uses radiofrequency energy to heat up the tissue in the treatment area. This creates a controlled injury to the neck skin. The body’s natural response to any injury is to produce more collagen and elastin. As the foundations of youthful-looking skin, more collagen and elastin results in smoother, tighter, more lifted looking skin.

So, if you would like a face or body contour with a bit more tone, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area to discuss which options might be right for you. It’s not just about looking better. Getting rid of pockets of excess fat may make you feel more vital, confident and in charge.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


Best Rhinoplasty Surgeons Miami

Dr. Kim Patrick Murray, MD – Rhinoplasty / Nose Job – Miami, FL

Rhinoplasty (RIE-no-plas-tee) is surgery that changes the shape of the nose. The motivation for rhinoplasty may be to change the appearance of the nose, improve breathing or both.

The upper portion of the structure of the nose is bone, and the lower portion is cartilage. Rhinoplasty can change bone, cartilage, skin or all three. Talk with your surgeon about whether rhinoplasty is appropriate for you and what it can achieve.

When planning rhinoplasty, your surgeon will consider your other facial features, the skin on your nose and what you would like to change. If you’re a candidate for surgery, your surgeon will develop a customized plan for you.

Sometimes part or all of a rhinoplasty is covered by insurance.

Rhinoplasty can change the size, shape or proportions of your nose. It may be done to repair deformities from an injury, correct a birth defect or improve some breathing difficulties.


As with any major surgery, rhinoplasty carries risks such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • An adverse reaction to the anesthesia

Other possible risks specific to rhinoplasty include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Permanent numbness in and around your nose
  • The possibility of an uneven-looking nose
  • Pain, discoloration or swelling that may persist
  • Scarring
  • A hole in the septum (septal perforation)
  • A need for additional surgery

Talk to your doctor about how these risks apply to you.

How you prepare

Before scheduling rhinoplasty, you must meet with your surgeon to discuss important factors that determine whether the surgery is likely to work well for you. This meeting generally includes:

  • Your medical history. The most important question your doctor will ask you is about your motivation for surgery and your goals. Your doctor will also ask questions about your medical history — including a history of nasal obstruction, surgeries and any medications you take. If you have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia, you may not be a candidate for rhinoplasty.
  • A physical exam. Your doctor will conduct a complete physical examination, including any laboratory tests, such as blood tests. He or she also will examine your facial features and the inside and outside of your nose.The physical exam helps your doctor determine what changes need to be made and how your physical features, such as the thickness of your skin or the strength of the cartilage at the end of your nose, may affect your results. The physical exam is also critical for determining the impact of rhinoplasty on your breathing.
  • Photographs. Someone from your doctor’s office will take photographs of your nose from different angles. Your surgeon may use computer software to manipulate the photos to show you what kinds of results are possible. Your doctor will use these photos for before-and-after assessments, reference during surgery and long-term reviews. Most importantly, the photos permit a specific discussion about the goals of surgery.
  • A discussion of your expectations. You and your doctor should talk about your motivations and expectations. He or she will explain what rhinoplasty can and can’t do for you and what your results might be. It’s normal to feel a little self-conscious discussing your appearance, but it’s very important that you’re open with your surgeon about your desires and goals for surgery.If you have a small chin, your surgeon may speak with you about performing a surgery to augment your chin. This is because a small chin will create the illusion of a larger nose. It’s not required to have chin surgery in those circumstances, but it may better balance the facial profile.

Once the surgery is scheduled, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home if you’re having an outpatient surgery.

For the first few days after anesthesia, you may have memory lapses, slowed reaction time and impaired judgment. So arrange for a family member or friend to stay with you a night or two to help with personal care tasks as you recover from surgery.

Food and medications

Avoid medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) for two weeks before and after surgery. These medications may increase bleeding. Take only those medications approved or prescribed by your surgeon. Also avoid herbal remedies and over-the-counter supplements.

If you smoke, stop smoking. Smoking slows the healing process after surgery and may make you more likely to get an infection.

What you can expect

Rhinoplasty does not have an ordered series of steps. Each surgery is unique and customized for the specific anatomy and goals of the person having the surgery.

During the surgery

Rhinoplasty requires local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia, depending on how complex your surgery is and what your surgeon prefers. Discuss with your doctor before surgery which type of anesthesia is most appropriate for you.

  • Local anesthesia with sedation. This type of anesthesia is usually used in an outpatient setting. It’s limited to a specific area of your body. Your doctor injects a pain-numbing medication into your nasal tissues and sedates you with medication injected through an intravenous (IV) line. This makes you groggy but not fully asleep.
  • General anesthesia. You receive the drug (anesthetic) by inhaling it or through a small tube (IV line) placed in a vein in your hand, neck or chest. General anesthesia affects your entire body and causes you to be unconscious during surgery. General anesthesia requires a breathing tube.

Rhinoplasty may be done inside your nose or through a small external cut (incision) at the base of your nose, between your nostrils. Your surgeon will likely readjust the bone and cartilage underneath your skin.

Your surgeon can change the shape of your nasal bones or cartilage in several ways, depending on how much needs to be removed or added, your nose’s structure, and available materials. For small changes, the surgeon may use cartilage taken from deeper inside your nose or from your ear. For larger changes, the surgeon can use cartilage from your rib, implants or bone from other parts of your body. After these changes are made, the surgeon places the nose’s skin and tissue back and stitches the incisions in your nose.

If the wall between the two sides of the nose (septum) is bent or crooked (deviated), the surgeon can also correct it to improve breathing.

After the surgery, you’ll be in a recovery room, where the staff monitors your return to wakefulness. You might leave later that day or, if you have other health issues, you might stay overnight.

After the surgery

After the surgery you need to rest in bed with your head raised higher than your chest, to reduce bleeding and swelling. Your nose may be congested because of swelling or from the splints placed inside your nose during surgery.

In most cases, the internal dressings remain in place for one to seven days after surgery. Your doctor also tapes a splint to your nose for protection and support. It’s usually in place for about one week.

Slight bleeding and drainage of mucus and old blood are common for a few days after the surgery or after removing the dressing. Your doctor may place a “drip pad” — a small piece of gauze held in place with tape — under your nose to absorb drainage. Change the gauze as directed by your doctor. Don’t place the drip pad tight against your nose.

To further lower the chances of bleeding and swelling, your doctor may ask that you follow precautions for several weeks after surgery. Your doctor may ask you to:

  • Avoid strenuous activities such as aerobics and jogging.
  • Take baths instead of showers while you have bandages on your nose.
  • Not blow your nose.
  • Eat high-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, to avoid constipation. Constipation can cause you to strain, putting pressure on the surgery site.
  • Avoid extreme facial expressions, such as smiling or laughing.
  • Brush your teeth gently to limit movement of your upper lip.
  • Wear clothes that fasten in the front. Don’t pull clothing, such as shirts or sweaters, over your head.

In addition, don’t rest eyeglasses or sunglasses on your nose for at least four weeks after the surgery, to prevent pressure on your nose. You can use cheek rests, or tape the glasses to your forehead until your nose has healed.

Use SPF 30 sunscreen when you’re outside, especially on your nose. Too much sun may cause permanent irregular discoloration in your nose’s skin.

Some temporary swelling or black-and-blue discoloration of your eyelids can occur for two to three weeks after nasal surgery. Swelling of the nose takes longer to resolve. Limiting your dietary sodium will help the swelling go away faster. Don’t put anything such as ice or cold packs on your nose after surgery.

Your nose changes throughout your life whether you have surgery or not. For this reason, it’s difficult to say when you have obtained your “final result.” However, most of the swelling is gone within a year.


Very slight changes to the structure of your nose — often measured in millimeters — can make a large difference in how your nose looks. Most of the time, an experienced surgeon can get results both of you are satisfied with. But in some cases, the slight changes aren’t enough, and you and your surgeon might decide to do a second surgery for further changes. If this is the case, you must wait at least a year for the follow-up surgery, because your nose can go through changes during this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is rhinoplasty different from septoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a surgery to change the shape of the nose. Because both breathing and the nose’s shape are interrelated, a rhinoplasty may sometimes be performed not only to change the way the nose looks but also to improve breathing through the nose.

Septoplasty is a surgery to improve breathing by straightening the wall inside the nose that divides the nasal passages into a right and a left side (nasal septum). When the septum is crooked, it can make it harder to breathe through the nose. A septoplasty is often combined with a rhinoplasty.

Is rhinoplasty a simple operation?

No. Rhinoplasty is a challenging operation. This is due to several factors. First, the nose is a complicated 3D shape that is in the middle of the face. Changes made during rhinoplasty are often very small. But these changes can make a major difference in the way the nose looks and functions. Because these changes are small, so is the margin for error.

Swelling and the placement of local anesthetic in the skin distort the nose during surgery, hiding many of the subtle changes made. Rhinoplasty also doesn’t have a standard plan or set order of steps. Doctors tailor each operation to the needs of the patient.

Will I need to stay in the hospital?

Nearly everyone who has rhinoplasty is able to safely leave the hospital the same day after surgery. In rare cases, you may stay in the hospital for one night if you’re having a hard time with nausea or have other health problems that need to be monitored.

How long is the recovery period?

Plan to take a week off from work, school or other obligations. You will feel progressively better each day during the first week. One week after surgery, people usually feel like they are themselves again.

After surgery, there will be some swelling. The swelling can take many months to resolve, although most people stop noticing it after a couple of months. People are usually back to performing most activities after a week and resuming all activities after two to four weeks.

Are there risks?

All surgeries have risks. Fortunately, rhinoplasty risks are small and complications are rare. Your doctor will talk to you about the surgery’s risks and benefits in detail before the operation.

Does insurance pay for a rhinoplasty?

Sometimes insurance pays for a rhinoplasty, but it depends on the insurance policy. Before scheduling surgery, your doctor’s office will help you get prior written authorization from your insurance company. Although this isn’t a guarantee of coverage, it’s the only way to confirm that rhinoplasty is a covered benefit. Sometimes insurance will pay for a part of a nasal surgery, but not other parts. In these cases, you can contact the business office to get a quote for the operation.

How much does rhinoplasty cost?

The cost of a rhinoplasty depends on several factors, including the complexity of the surgery, the surgeon’s training and experience, and geography. At Mayo Clinic, the cost of surgery will be the same regardless of which surgeon you choose.

Can I see what my nose might look like after surgery?

Yes. Before your consultation, your doctor will take standardized photographs of multiple views of your face. These photos can be manipulated to give you an idea of what your nose might look like after surgery.

Is rhinoplasty painful?

Not for most people. One day after surgery, most people rate their pain between 0 and 4 out of 10.

Will you pack my nose?

No. Packing can be very uncomfortable. But you’ll likely have some soft splints in your nose. These splints have a hole in them to make it possible to breathe through them, at least for a few days. Doctors easily remove these splints at the one-week visit.

How long will I be bruised?

Bruising is uncommon. If you do have some minor bruising, it usually lasts a week or so.

What should I look for in a surgeon?

Plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons or otolaryngologists (ENT) perform most rhinoplasties. Training and board certification in one of these specialties is a good starting point. You’ll likely want a surgeon who often performs rhinoplasty.

You’ll likely want a surgeon with a good reputation among patients and other doctors. If your surgeon has published many papers in medical literature related to rhinoplasty and is invited to speak at educational conferences, that is usually one sign that their peers recognize expertise in rhinoplasty.

Make sure that your surgery will be performed in an accredited surgical facility or hospital. You likely should also feel comfortable with your surgeon. Look for a surgeon who can explain to you in understandable terms what is going to happen during your surgery.



A new minimally invasive treatment to get you ready for the holidays

minimally invasive procedures to get you ready for the holidays

minimally invasive procedures to get you ready for the holidays

Now that the holidays are quickly upon us, how do we look great at the holiday party on very short notice? Luckily, there are several new aesthetic options that don’t require surgery or significant downtime.

PDO threads are synthetic absorbable surgical sutures that are used to enhance the appearance of the area treated. Although most commonly used in the face, PDO threads have also been successfully used in the extremities and the abdomen. PDO stands for polydioxanone, a material that induces collagen production around the thread. The thread can increase collagen production by up to 100% in the area treated.

How do PDO threads work?

When barbed threads are used in the face, they can lift the skin in the cheeks, jowls and marionette lines. The contour of the face is improved while, at the same time, stimulating long-term collagen production. In addition, PDO threads can be used to give lip fullness as well as reduce wrinkles in the perioral area.

The procedure takes less than one hour and is done under local anesthesia. Bruising and swelling can occur, but usually, patients can apply makeup and return to work the next day. If desired, thread lifts can be added to enhance surgical procedures such as a neck lift or facelift. They can also be combined with dermal fillers or neurotoxin treatments.

What results can you expect PDO threads?

For those patients do not want to undergo surgery, PDO threads offer an excellent alternative. The results last 12-24 months, but they are instantaneous and require minimal downtime. The best candidates for thread lifts are those who have early signs of aging. Patients with heavy tissues and advanced aging signs are probably better off with more traditional facial plastic surgery.

As with any aesthetic procedure, proper patient selection is key. If the patient is well informed and has appropriate expectations, PDO threads can yield a quick, natural-appearing rejuvenation. For the plastic surgeon, PDO threads represent another arrow in the ever-expanding quiver of choices that we can offer our patients.

So add a little Botox, some filler and a PDO lift and you can be at the company holiday party with no sign of surgery and without having missed a single day of work!

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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From tragedy, life: Organ donors give ultimate gift

Published on Monday, November 11, 2019

By: Ruth Cummins, [email protected]

In life and in death, 13 was Abbie O’Cain’s lucky number.

As a 12-year-old sixth-grader and cheerleader at Carroll Academy in Carrollton, she won the crown for “Most Beautiful.” Her contestant number, mom Stephanie Edwards said, was 13.

Thirteen days before a brain aneurysm took Abbie’s life, she had been baptized. At her funeral, “13 people were saved,” Edwards said. “The reading was 1 Corinthians 13:13 .. Faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.”

Portrait of Abbie O'CainPortrait of Abbie O'Cain

Just a week after earning her crown, Abbie died March 30, 2019, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Batson Children’s Hospital. When it came time to say goodbye to Abbie, Stephanie Edwards said, choosing to donate her organs wasn’t the hard part.

“As a mother, I never knew I would have to make that decision with my child, although I knew I wanted to donate mine,” she said.

“It’s such a special gift.”

Those who make that same difficult decision in the midst of traumatic grief have extended the lives of many receiving transplants at the Medical Center and in surrounding states.

A standing-room only crowd attended Friday's Wall of Heroes ceremony.A standing-room only crowd attended Friday's Wall of Heroes ceremony.
A standing-room-only crowd attends Friday’s Wall of Heroes ceremony.

Donors young and old are represented by their photos on a Wall of Heroes. One is located at UMMC’s University Hospital, and a second one is in the Children’s Hospital. A collaborative effort of UMMC, the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency and the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank, the memorial displays are a tribute to honor patients who gave the final gift of organ, eye or tissue donation.

Abbie’s name, along with those of dozens more adult and child donors, were recited Friday during the annual Wall of Heroes recognition ceremony at UMMC’s Chapel. “It’s one small way that we can show our gratitude and honor them for the heroes they are,” said Kellie Wier, MORA’s director of hospital development.

The need for organ donation is great. As of Oct. 28, 170 organs had been transplanted in 2019 at UMMC, the state’s only transplant center. Of that number, 110 were kidneys; eight, pancreas; 38, liver; and 14, heart.

Another 1,300-plus Mississippi residents await a transplant, and the national waiting list is more than 114,000. Nationally, an average 20 people die each day while waiting for an organ, and a new person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

Gina Smith describes the loss of her daughter Carmen, an organ donor.Gina Smith describes the loss of her daughter Carmen, an organ donor.

Gina Smith describes the loss of her daughter, Carmen, an organ donor.

One organ donor can save eight lives, and one tissue and eye donor can improve the lives of 50 or more.

“She saved four lives with the donation of five organs, and one person was lucky enough to get two of them,” Gina Smith of Louisville said of her daughter Carmen, who died in 2015 at age 12 after suffering a traumatic brain injury.

A talented barrel racer, Carmen was in Jackson for a competition when she took a tumble at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds and landed on concrete. She was treated at UMMC’s Emergency Department and admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, but her condition deteriorated. “I knew in my heart that if Carmen could help other people with the organs she didn’t need, she would want to do that,” her mom said.

Donor heart recipient Timothy Lewis speaks at the Wall of Heroes ceremony. Five years ago, he received the heart of an 18-year old.Donor heart recipient Timothy Lewis speaks at the Wall of Heroes ceremony. Five years ago, he received the heart of an 18-year old.

Timothy Lewis, a donor heart recipient, speaks at the Wall of Heroes ceremony.

Timothy Lewis of Jackson knows what it feels like from the other side. Almost six years ago, near death from end-stage heart failure, Lewis received the heart of an 18-year-old young man whose family, in their most painful moments, made that gift of life.

Today, Lewis pays it forward as a Medical Center volunteer, spending much of his time ministering to patients who just received a new organ or who continue to wait. “I will walk this journey with them,” Lewis said. “I have been the one lying in that bed.”

Know that your loved one’s photo on the Wall of Heroes won’t be forgotten, but instead will be seen by thousands of visitors and patients at UMMC, Lewis told donor families who were part of the overflow crowd Friday. “They are beautiful superheroes who had an immense effect on generations and communities,” he said.


Jordan Mathews, an organ donor at age 21, began playing baseball at age 6.

Twenty-six people at the ceremony, from arm babies to senior citizens, wore identical T-shirts in memory of Jordan Mathews, a 21-year-old baseball star and rising senior at Tougaloo College. Just days before his death in August following an asthma attack, Jordan was preparing to sign a contract to play minor league ball for the Atlanta Braves, said his mom, Sheila Kidd.

A family entourage that also included his grandmother, his sister and a plethora of aunts, uncles and cousins drove almost five hours, in a total eight vehicles, from Sylacauga, Ala., to see Jordan’s photo unveiled on the Wall of Heroes.

Her son was a community volunteer, worked in his church audiovisual ministry, and had played baseball since he was 6, Kidd said. “He did so much,” she said

“On his driver’s license, he had that little heart,” Kidd said of the symbol designating the license holder as an organ donor. “I wanted to honor his wishes.”

John Marc O'Cain changed his jersey number to his sister's lucky number 13 for the 2019 football season at Carroll Academy.John Marc O'Cain changed his jersey number to his sister's lucky number 13 for the 2019 football season at Carroll Academy.
John Marc O’Cain changed his Carroll Academy jersey number to his sister’s lucky number – 13 – for the 2019 football season.

Abbie’s brother, John Marc O’Cain, didn’t make it to the Wall of Heroes ceremony. The starting junior fullback and linebacker for the Carroll Academy Rebels was preparing for that night’s second-round playoff game against Sylva-Bay Academy. He and Abbie, who killed her first buck earlier this year, had an unbreakable bond.

This fall, John Marc is playing with a new number on his jersey.


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How long does Botox last?

how long does Botox last?

how long does Botox last?

Let’s start with what Botox is. Botox is the brand name for Onobotulinumtoxin A, a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum. There are currently four different types that are FDA-approved for cosmetic facial wrinkles. These include Botox, Xeomin, Dysport and now Jeuveau.

They all work by blocking a signal from the nerve to the targeted muscle that prevents it from contracting. By preventing the contraction of these specific muscles, there is less action or pull on the skin and a decrease in the formation of wrinkles. While all of these products have the same end result, they differ slightly in their onset, duration of action and discomfort.

When to use each product is dependent on several things. Sometimes, it is the surgeon’s or injector’s preference. In other instances, a patient may have had experience with different products and have found that one works better than the other in them personally. In either case, all of these products are safe and effective in the right hands.

What to expect during your procedure

Finally, the real question. Oftentimes, at the time of your injection, your injector will discuss with you your goals and, after an examination, will be able to assess if those goals can be achieved with the use of neurotoxin. If it can, it’s your lucky day!

Your face will be cleansed and the areas that are to be injected, possibly marked with a removable eyeliner/marker. You might have a numbing cream applied or be given ice packs to help with any discomfort. Once you are ready, the injections will be performed in various areas to target the desired muscles.

You might have a few small bumps in the skin at the actual injection site but these will be gone by the time you leave the office. You might also have some mild bruising which will resolve in 24-48 hours. Finally, you will be given instructions on what to do and what not to do in the next 24 hours. This is can vary from injector to injector.


Neurotoxins generally take effect in 3-5 days but it is common to not see your full and final results for 7-10 days. I, personally, always tell my patients to wait a full 2 weeks after their Botox injection and, at that point if they need a touch-up, we will take care of it. It takes this long because it takes time for the toxin to block off those nerve impulses to the muscles. It is not immediate.


Well, don’t we wish Botox lasted forever? Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Eventually, the action of the neurotoxin will wear off and the nerves will again be able to send those signals to the muscles to start working or contracting. In general, Botox lasts 3-4 months.

There will certainly be patients in which in lasts longer, in that 4-6 month range, or shorter, in that 2-month range. It is also common for first-timers to notice that it may not last as long initially but may last longer after the second treatment. Everyone has a unique experience and results may vary.

Hopefully, this helps answer any questions you have about Botox or other neurotoxins. For any further questions, consult with your local board-certified plastic surgeon or use the ASPS Ask A Surgeon tool.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Research excellence awards mark faculty, staff achievements

Published on Monday, October 28, 2019

By: Karen Bascom, [email protected]

The University of Mississippi Medical Center held its annual Excellence in Research Awards Oct. 25 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Hosted by the Office of Research, the ceremony recognizes faculty members for their achievements in gaining outside funding. The award levels – platinum, gold, silver and bronze – are based on the cumulative amount of extramural funding received by the investigator for their original research over their career at UMMC.

The 18 medallion recipients, including two platinum, five gold, nine silver and two bronze contributed to UMMC’s 302 grants and awards for fiscal year 2019.

Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, said the event is one of his favorite days of the Medical Center year. He noted the diversity of the recipients, representing 14 departments and three schools. He also noted that UMMC brought in nearly $75 million in FY 2019, more than 60 percent of which came from federal agencies ranging from the National Institutes of Health to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“This is a reflection of the robustness of our research mission across the university,” Summers said.

Addressing the researchers in attendance, Summers added, “Your hard work has accomplished this, not the Office of Research. We are just your cheerleaders and facilitators, and we are very excited about the direction our mission is going.”

Platinum Medallion – $5 million total

Dr. Susan Buttross, professor of pediatrics-child development

Buttross, medical director of the Center for Advancement of Youth, is the principal investigator of the Child Health and Development Project, which seeks to measurably improve health and development outcomes for young children through screenings and interventions in child care centers, doctors’ offices and other locations.

Dr. Deborah Konkle-Parker, professor of medicine-infectious diseases

Konkle-Parker served as PI for the UMMC cohort of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study and serves in the same capacity for the study’s successor, the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study. She is also the PI for a substance abuse treatment program called Helping HAND (Helping to Advance in New Directions).

Gold Medallion – $1 million total

Dr. Fan Fan, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology

Dr. Bernadette Grayson, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

Dr. Michael Hall, associate professor of medicine-cardiology

Dr. Bradley Walters, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

Dr. Licy Yanes Cardozo, associate professor of cell and molecular biology


Gold Award recipients Dr. Fan Fan, Dr. Licy Yanes Cardozo, Dr. Bernadette Grayson and Dr. Michael Hall. Not pictured: Dr. Bradley WaltersGold Award recipients Dr. Fan Fan, Dr. Licy Yanes Cardozo, Dr. Bernadette Grayson and Dr. Michael Hall. Not pictured: Dr. Bradley Walters

Gold Award recipients include, from left starting second from left, Dr. Fan Fan, Dr. Licy Yanes Cardozo, Dr. Bernadette Grayson and Dr. Michael Hall.

Silver Medallion – $500,000 total

Dr. Denise Cornelius, assistant professor of emergency medicine

Dr. Charlotte Hobbs, associate professor of pediatrics-infectious diseases

Dr. Sally Huskinson, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior

Dr. Michael Roach, associate professor of biomedical materials science

Dr. Joshua Speed, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics

Dr. Frank Spradley, assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Kedra Wallace, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology

Dr. Junming Wang, professor of pathology

Dr. Keli Xu, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

Silver medallion recipients Dr. Sally Huskinson, Dr. Michael Roach, Dr. Joshua Speed, Dr. Charlotte Hobbs, Dr. Denise Cornelius, Dr. Keli Xu, Dr. Kendra Wallace and Dr. Frank Spradley. Not pictured: Dr. Junming Wang.Silver medallion recipients Dr. Sally Huskinson, Dr. Michael Roach, Dr. Joshua Speed, Dr. Charlotte Hobbs, Dr. Denise Cornelius, Dr. Keli Xu, Dr. Kendra Wallace and Dr. Frank Spradley. Not pictured: Dr. Junming Wang.

Silver medallion recipients include, from left starting second from left, Dr. Sally Huskinson, Dr. Michael Roach, Dr. Joshua Speed, Dr. Charlotte Hobbs, Dr. Denise Cornelius, Dr. Keli Xu, Dr. Kendra Wallace and Dr. Frank Spradley.

Bronze Medallion – $250,000 total

Dr. Seth Lirette, assistant professor of data science

Dr. Zhen Wang, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics

Bronze Award recipients Dr. Zhen Wang and Dr. Seth Lirette.Bronze Award recipients Dr. Zhen Wang and Dr. Seth Lirette.
Bronze Award recipients include Dr. Zhen Wang, second from left, and Dr. Seth Lirette, second from right.

Discovery Awards

Early Career Investigator

Dr. Denise Cornelius, assistant professor of emergency medicine

Early Career Investigator Dr. Denise CorneliusEarly Career Investigator Dr. Denise Cornelius

Dr. Denise Cornelius receives the Early Career Investigator Award.


Meritorious Research Service – Faculty

Dr. Vani Vijayakumar, professor of radiology

Meritorious Research Service-Faculty award recipient Dr. Vani VijayakumarMeritorious Research Service-Faculty award recipient Dr. Vani Vijayakumar

Dr. Vani Vijayakumar receives the Faculty Meritorious Research Service Award.

Meritorious Research Service – Staff

Ashley Johnson, scientist III in pharmacology and toxicology

Gloria Minniefield, accounting manager for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Post-Award

Meritorious Research Service-Staff award recipients Ashley Johnson and Gloria MinniefieldMeritorious Research Service-Staff award recipients Ashley Johnson and Gloria Minniefield

Ashley Johnson, left, and Gloria Minniefield each receive the Staff Meritorious Research Service Award.

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research

Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, professor of medicine, director of clinical and translation research, Cancer Center and Research Institute 

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research award winner Dr. Shou-Ching TangOutstanding Achievement in Clinical Research award winner Dr. Shou-Ching Tang

Dr. Shou-Ching Tang receives the Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award.

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Five common questions everyone has about getting a facelift

five common facelift questions

five common facelift questions

With so many facial products and nonsurgical treatment options available that address signs of aging, is a facelift still something people consider? The answer is that a surgical facelift remains an excellent option for many women and men who want better facial definition, smoother skin and an overall younger appearance. While numerous other options exist, facelifts are still the most effective way to lift sagging facial tissue and eliminate sagging neck skin.

To help you better understand the procedure and decide if it is right for you, here are some answers to a few of the top questions people have.

How do I know if I need a facelift?

When your daily regimen of creams and serums, or even nonsurgical treatment options, don’t seem to make a difference anymore, it may be time to consider a facelift procedure. If you have sagging skin that easily pulls away from the face and neck or hangs loosely, a facelift is the only treatment option that can help. The facelift procedure removes this extra skin, creating a firm, youthful appearance.

What happens during the surgery?

Several different techniques may be used during a facelift procedure, depending on the cosmetic concern your surgeon is correcting. After anesthesia is administered, incisions for a facelift are usually placed in the hairline around the temple and work down to the lower scalp. During this procedure, the surgeon will sculpt or remove fat, reposition underlying tissue and lift facial muscles. A small incision under the chin may be needed to treat an aging neck. Once complete, the incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives.

What about recovery and scarring?

After your facelift procedure, you can expect your lower face and neck to feel sore and tight for the first few days. Pain medications are usually prescribed and can help ease discomfort. Taking a couple weeks off from work is advised to allow yourself time to heal. You may be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for at least three weeks. While individual healing times vary, within about 10 days, the swelling and bruising should be minimal. Makeup is usually enough to cover any signs of surgery until your face heals completely.

Because the incisions follow your hairline, facelift scars typically aren’t noticeable. Even when a chin incision is necessary, it should be placed to follow the natural creases in your chin, hiding the scar.

When will I see real results?

You may see changes to your facial appearance immediately after the procedure, though you will experience bruising and swelling for the first 2 weeks. After that, any additional bruising can be covered with makeup. Your face may not yet feel normal and can take anywhere from 2 to 3 months to completely heal. Your face should appear much more youthful and toned and many patients are often able to take as much as 10 years off their appearance.

How much is the procedure?

The cost for a facelift procedure varies based on a variety of factors including the amount of correction needed, the surgeon’s experience and the area where you live. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a facelift nationwide is $7,655. Keep in mind that this estimated cost does not include anesthesia or operating room expenses.

Next steps on your facelift journey

If you think facelift surgery is right for you and you’re ready to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation, be sure to use the ASPS Plastic Surgeon Match referral service to find an ASPS member surgeon in your area.

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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After accident, Ole Miss senior back in school, thanks to SON students

Published on Thursday, November 7, 2019

By: Kate Royals, [email protected]

Summer Jefferson, a senior at the University of Mississippi majoring in biochemistry, is a planner and a self-described “type A” personality.

Her plan last summer was to take the medical school admissions exam and return to the University of Mississippi to finish her senior year. But a week and half before she was scheduled to take the MCAT, a bad car accident and spinal injury threatened to derail her carefully laid plans.

Jefferson, a native of Cumming, Ga., was driving home from Oxford one day in July when a pile of debris in the road caused her to lose control of her car. She does not remember the car flipping three times or at what point one of her vertebrae was fractured.

She regained consciousness when the car landed in a still position. The first thing she remembers is getting out of the car and someone had stopped to help her.

“Coincidentally, it was a nurse who stopped to help me and called the ambulance,” Jefferson said. “I got out of the car and she told me to just lay down on the grass.”

Summer Jefferson's vehicle after the car wreck that threatened to keep her from returning to Ole Miss for her senior year.Summer Jefferson's vehicle after the car wreck that threatened to keep her from returning to Ole Miss for her senior year.
Jefferson’s vehicle was a tangle of glass and steel after the car wreck that threatened to keep her from returning to Ole Miss.

As soon as she lied down, Jefferson, who had dealt with scoliosis all her life, knew something was not right with her spine.

“If someone was trying to kill me, I could’ve gotten back up. But I knew something was wrong with my back,” she said.

Paramedics picked her up and put her in an ambulance, which drove her to a small emergency room in Hamilton, Ala., where she had the wreck. Jefferson told the doctor he needed to look at her spine as soon as he could, and after checking for head injuries, a basic X-ray revealed she was right.

She had fractured her L2 vertebra and needed to go to Tupelo 45 minutes away to get a back brace. Her friends from Ole Miss drove her there while her parents started the trip from Cumming.

“I was on pain medication for two weeks I think. Then basically I was like, ‘I have got to stop this, I need to start getting ready for school and transition off of this,’” she said. 

Luckily, Jefferson did not need surgery to repair the fracture – but the road to recovery was still a long, and often painful, one. She spoke to her neurosurgeon and asked what she needed to do to be able to return to school.

“I was in a back brace and by the time school started I was still in a lot of pain. I wasn’t immobile, but I am usually a very fast-paced kind of person and I was really kind of limping along,” she remembered. “She (my neurosurgeon) said ‘Honestly, I don’t know if you’re going to be able to go back.’”

But Jefferson was determined: she transitioned off the pain medication and eventually was taking only regular doses of Advil. She and her mother got to work figuring out how she would get help with regular activities since her mobility was extremely limited. She wouldn’t be able to drive until her spine healed, and simple activities like blow drying her hair and making breakfast would be impossible to do without assistance.    

With no family in the Oxford area, they began calling home health agencies to ask about caregiving services for her. Every company had the same response: no.

“It was really, really heartbreaking because I really had to go back to school,” she said.

Portrait of Dr. Neeli KirkendallPortrait of Dr. Neeli Kirkendall

With five days left before the semester started, Jefferson spoke with a neighbor in Cumming whose daughter, a college student, has cerebral palsy and receives help from students in the nursing school at her college. Jefferson reached out to Dr. Neeli Kirkendall, an assistant professor in the UM School of Nursing’s Oxford branch.

Kirkendall remembers getting the phone call from a distraught Jefferson the week before classes began. After hearing her story, Kirkendall sent out an email to all the students in the Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing program, a 12-month, three-semester program that allows people with a bachelor’s degree in another field to receive their BSN. Kirkendall, who directs the service learning activities for the program, immediately got several responses, and one student, Carson Luke of Oxford, created a Google Document to organize the schedule. 

Jefferson made it back to Oxford two days before classes began, a change from her usual arrival a week before the school year starts to take part in various activities for clubs and groups she belongs to.

Beginning on the first day of classes, a pair of nursing students went over to Jefferson’s house to help her make breakfast, put on her make-up and blow dry her hair. Their presence also fulfilled one major requirement of Jefferson’s neurosurgeon: that someone always be in the house when she showers in case of a fall. Once she was ready, they drove her to class.

In all, eight nursing students worked together over the next several months to help Jefferson in the mornings.

“There’s never, to my knowledge, been a day she needed care and wasn’t cared for,” said Kirkendall. “We had not even taught the students skills such as how to do Foleys or IVs, but they were already showing those intrinsic characteristics of care and compassion. Those are character traits you cannot teach.”

Luke, along with fellow students Kimball Beck, Sarah Brouchaert, Katherine Fowlkes, Emily Hennigan, Jessica McIntosh, Mary Brooks Thigpen and Marlee Watts, were all eager to help.

Watts, who is from Brookhaven, entered the Accelerated BSN program with the goal of becoming a pediatric nurse.

“I think when Dr. Kirkendall was telling us about Summer … I just kind of went back to my senior year, it’s such an exciting time and I was ready to do all these fun things. I put myself in her shoes, like (thinking) ‘How would this affect me?’” said Watts. “I would feel so helpless. Once I did that, there wasn’t even a hesitation. Carson Luke and I were like ‘Yea, we’ve got to do something.’”

Luke and Watts would go together in the mornings and developed a routine. Luke would make breakfast while Watts helped Jefferson get ready. The first day of school, Jefferson had pictures she needed to get ready for, so Watts curled her hair.

“The first few weeks in nursing school we were learning how to take care of people and still give them their dignity. It was really beneficial to actually experience that and have a way to actually do it,” Watts said.

The nursing students were also learning about therapeutic conversations at the time, and Watts said her interactions with Jefferson helped her to understand their value.

“We’d always talk to her and ask how her classes were going and what the hardest part was and what she struggled most with (in relation to her injury),” she said. “I don’t think she realized how much she helped us learn, especially in the first few months we were in school putting all the pieces together. It’s really easy to be stuck in the books and reading and really forget it’s not just about the test and the books, these are real people we’re taking care of.” 

The setup was a win-win: Jefferson said without the nursing students’ help, she would not have been able to come back to school. Between their help on weekday mornings and her parents alternating weekend visits, Jefferson managed her classes, was released from her neurosurgeon in mid-October and is currently weaning off the back brace. She is scheduled to take the MCAT over Christmas break.

“I’m very, very grateful,” Jefferson said. “The girls were so kind, so helpful, and compassionate. When you imagine someone (you would want) going into the field of health care – these girls are the epitome of it. If they had not been able to come and volunteer, I would not have been able to come back to school and finish my year.”

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UC Davis Health researchers join the search for chlamydia vaccines

UC Davis Health biostatistician Laurel Beckett and immunopathologist Alexander “Sandy” Borowsky are part of a new research center to develop vaccines for chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis


Alexander Alexander “Sandy” Borowsky and Laurel Beckett will be testing the safety and efficacy of new chlamydia vaccines.

The center, called the Cooperative Research Center for NanoScaffold-Based Chlamydia trachomatis Vaccines, launched Oct. 1 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). It includes experts at LLNL, UC Irvine and UC Davis. Their work is funded by a five-year, $10.1 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

“LLNL is extremely pleased to be named an NIH Cooperative Research Center focused on developing new vaccines to prevent diseases that potentially touch so many lives,” said Kris Kulp, the acting leader of LLNL’s Biosciences and Biotechnology Division

“This project capitalizes on a wealth of expertise that our scientists have worked hard to build over the last decade and will help develop LLNL capabilities to create novel treatments for other diseases of national security interest,” Kulp added.           

The scientists will build on a nanotechnology ― called nanolipoprotein particles (NLPs) ― developed at LLNL for delivering vaccines and drugs inside the human body. NLPs are water-soluble molecules that are 6 to 30 billionths of a meter in size. They resemble HDL particles, which are associated with regulating good cholesterol.

They will use NLPs to find surface-exposed proteins within the outer membrane of Chlamydia trachomatis. They believe those proteins could serve as vaccine targets.

The UC Irvine team will develop models that mimic chlamydia infections in people. That process will enable LLNL researchers to refine their nanoparticle designs. The UC Davis team will focus on testing the safety and efficacy of the vaccines. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017. Nearly half of reported cases were in women aged 15 to 24 years. Most infections are asymptomatic. Untreated infections in women can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility. The disease also has been linked to ovarian cancer. 

More information about chlamydia is available from the CDC.

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