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Long-Haul COVID-19 Survivors | KU Continues Transplants | 'The Jim Tyrer Story'

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For thousands of people, COVID-19 infection has turned into a chronic condition. The British Medical Journal estimates up to 10% of people who have tested positive for the virus could develop a prolonged illness.

Doctors still struggle to treat COVID-19 survivors experiencing symptoms months after infection, a local transplant center takes extra care with organ recipients, and the legacy of a Kansas City Chiefs stand-out is examined in a new film.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:58: Some people who have contracted COVID-19 face an unusually long battle recovering.

Some folks suffering from COVID-19 aren’t just laid up for a few days. The disease can leave some bed- and couch-bound for months, and medical professionals worry it could have knock-on effects in other organ systems.

Segment 2, beginning at 31:03: How KU Medical Center managed to continue performing transplants during a national crisis.

Transplants were put on hold at many hospitals because of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, but the University of Kansas Medical Center continued its program. The immune system of transplant patients needs suppressing, which makes a major operation and post-op care even more fraught.

Segment 3, beginning at 41:56: "The Jim Tyrer Story"

The NFL season is underway, and concerns over having fans in the stands are front and center. But another health threat remains for players — CTE, the brain condition associated with repeated blows to the head. A new documentary goes back in Chiefs history to one player, Jim Tyrer, and how the unknown damage done playing the game he loved may have contributed to his untimely death.

"A Good Man — The Jim Tyrer Story" can be seen at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Screenland Armour Theatre, 408 Armour Rd., Kansas City, Missouri 64116. For ticketing information, visit GoodManMovie.com.

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