Dr. Allan Friedman

Neurosurgeon, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC

In 2003, Kindra King was diagnosed with a brain tumor. That was when she met Dr. Allan Friedman at Duke University Medical Center, who ended up saving her life more than once.

"Dr. Friedman was my neurosurgeon who diagnosed and operated on my brain tumor. He recommended me for a trial treatment that ended up saving my life. 

One day, about three weeks after my second brain surgery, I became very ill. I was running a very high fever and could not stop vomiting. I went to the emergency room at Duke and was kept there all day and late into the evening while they ran scans, took blood for further tests, etc.

My mother and father-in-law were out in the main entrance to the hospital when Dr. Friedman spotted them. Out of the hundreds, if not thousands, of patients Dr. Friedman has, he remembered me. He asked them why they were at the hospital, clearly worried about me. When they told him, he rushed right into the emergency room, got my chart and directed the staff to move me to the operating room immediately. He said he didn't need any test results to tell him that I had a staph infection and I needed to get into the OR immediately. 

What I didn't know until later was that when Dr. Friedman saw my in-laws, he was headed to the airport to leave on a red-eye for Washington D.C. for a surgical conference. He not only stayed to operate on me, he stayed until I was out of post-op and into a room so he could talk to me before he caught a flight out. I may not be here to this day if Dr. Friedman did not put my health before his professional plans. I could never repay Dr. Friedman for all he has done for me."