Dr. Richard Darling, DDS, OUR SPECIAL GUEST
2003 National Public Citizen of the Year
ON ANDY”S 11TH MEMORIAL DAY – FEB. 25, 2003
Washington — The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased to name Dr. Richard Darling, DDS, as the 2003 Public Citizen of the Year for his work which exemplifies the values and mission of professional social work.
Dr. Darling is a dentist from southern California who contracted Hepatitis C through a blood transfusion following a car accident. He has personally survived a coma and has undergone three liver transplants. Because of his own near death experience, Dr. Darling founded, and is co-moderator of, the Coachella Valley Hepatitis C Liver Disease and Transplant Support Group, which provides support, promotes education, generates awareness, and advocates for quality medical care for all people with liver disease. Through his own experiences and the autobiographical memoir that he wrote, Coma Life, he is able to teach other patients how to find strength through their own spiritual awareness, as he unselfishly provides transplant patients with strength and encouragement. Coma Life is now entering its 4th Edition and has been a great source of information for patients in the USA, Canada and Great Britain.