From Yale Medicine: With around 113,000 people waiting for an organ transplant, every donated organ is a potentially lifesaving gift.
“The disparity between the number of people waiting for an organ and the number of organs available is significant,” says transplant surgeon Dani Haakinson, MD.
Despite the great need, some donated organs are considered unsuitable for transplantation. “Compared to 20 years ago, deceased organs now come from donors who are older, who have more comorbidities or other diseases,” says Continue Reading →
From Chicago Sun-Times: Just because she cries at work doesn’t mean that Cara Moulesong is unhappy with her job.
As an organ recovery coordinator for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network, she regularly faces the emotionally fraught task of guiding families through the process of letting go of loved ones — and allowing their vital organs and tissues to be donated to people waiting for transplants.
Tears come with the territory.
“You’re dealing with death, and there’s no sugarcoating that it can ...
The woman lay draped and still on the operating table, while nurses and surgical techs bustled around the room, placing surgical equipment on the tables surrounding her. As the surgeon moved closer to the patient, a tall man in scrubs stepped forward and cleared his throat.
“Time out,” Steven Ashley said, and the room fell silent.
He read a few words about the woman no one in the room knew, but who was the reason they were there that night. He shared personal messages from ...
New York has one of the lowest rates for organ donation in the country, a problem the state has been actively working on for the last few years.
In October, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a number of executive orders to work toward improving donation numbers. This included making “Lauren’s Law” permanent, which requires all drivers to verify whether they’ll become an organ donor before their license is processed.
But not only does New York need more willing organ donors, it ...
On the night of 29 September 1994, seven-year-old Nicholas Green was fatally shot during a family holiday in southern Italy. The death was a tragedy for his parents, Reg and Maggie, but their decision to donate his organs caused organ donation rates in Italy to triple in a decade – a result dubbed the “Nicholas effect”.
“The first time I sensed danger was when a dark car came up close behind us and stayed there for a few moments,” says ...
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ procurement organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the greater Los Angeles area, announced today a new national record of organs recovered and transplanted in 2016.
According to Chief Executive Officer Thomas Mone, the year just concluded saw a 9.2 percent increase in transplants over 2015 to a national record of 1,463 recovered from a OneLegacy all-time high of 481 organ donors(a 4.6 percent increase). The year also saw ...
First Time an OPO Reaches – and Exceeds – 500 Donors in One Year
Philadelphia, PA – For the ninth year, Gift of Life Donor Program – the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – is the nation’s leading OPO with its successful coordination of life-saving organs from 540 organ donors, whose generous gifts resulted in 1,412 organs transplanted. This milestone is the first time an OPO has ...