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He survived a stroke a decade ago, and Jose Maldonado credits the doctors at Johns Hopkins with saving his life.
"My stroke was caused by a brain aneurysm," said Maldonado, "Lucky I came here and they diagnosed it correctly, because if they had given me a clot buster, it would have actually killed me."
But doctors at Hopkins will have $38 million less for research due to sequestration, and the director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, says it has been forced to slash funding at 2,500 other institutions as well.
"Who knows which one of those grants might have been the next breakthrough in cancer... might of been the start of the career for the next person to win the Nobel Prize? We'll never know. That opportunity has gone by," said Collins.
NIH supports 18,000 jobs in Maryland alone, and Senator Barbara Mikulski says now prospective medical researchers may have to look elsewhere for work.
"This is not the only year. It will be 10 years," said Mikulski, "We're going to lose generations of talent. We're going to lose a generation of research that will improve the lives of our American people and have dramatic impact on our economy all because we can't come up with finding reductions in our public debt of $100 million a year."
For Jose Maldonado, sequester has placed a price on the very research that saved his life, and that which could save those who suffer from cancer, heart disease and other deadly conditions in the future.
"We shouldn't have to be up here," said Maldonado, "Nobody should have to be reminding us about the importance of funding this research for medical. Of all of the diseases we've talked of today, we shouldn't have to be up here. I don't know what in the heck these people are thinking down in Washington you know."