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Takeaways from Dr. Turgeon’s Organ Donation and Paired Donor Exchange Live Chat
May 5, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

organ donation monthThank you to everyone who joined us during National Donate Life Month for the live web chat hosted by Emory Transplant Center surgeon, Dr. Nicole Turgeon. Dr. Turgeon answered questions about organ donation, including paired donor exchange - what it is, how it works and how paired donor exchange is helping patients get a second chance at life. Perhaps the most important message from Dr. Turgeon was one on the importance of organ donation and how it can have a huge impact on people’s lives. We were thrilled with the number of people who registered and were able to participate in the chat. The response was so great that we had a few questions we were not able to answer so we have answered them below for your reference. If you missed this informative chat, be sure to check out the full list of questions and answers located on our chat transcript. You may also visit the [...]

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Eat Well, Live Well: The Importance of Nutrition for the Transplant Patient
Apr 30, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant nutritionWe all know good nutrition plays a critical role in overall health. But for transplant patients, good nutrition is especially important. Francoise Maillet, a clinical dietitician who works with the Emory Transplant Center, wrote an informative article that highlights the importance of nutrition and the powerful impact it has on the wellbeing of a transplant patient’s life. “In the waiting period prior to a transplant, good nutrition plays a vital role in helping the potential recipient maintain maximum health and wellbeing. This can greatly affect the transplant surgery itself, the healing process, and also the quality of life afterward”, Maillet writes in her article, Eat Well to Live Long. She continues on to say that post-transplant, the need for calories, protein, vitamins and minerals is increased during recovery. If nutritional needs are not met, malnutrition [...]

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Understanding Organ Donation: Deciding to Give the Gift of Life
Mar 31, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

organ donation monthApril serves as National Donate Life month - raising awareness around organ donation and celebrating those who have given the precious gift of life to another. Currently more than 115,000 men, women and children are awaiting a life saving transplant. They are in need of organs, tissue, and bone marrow which can all be transplanted if donors were available, giving recipients a second chance at life. Understandably, potential donors may have reservations about organ donation. The Emory Transplant Center has compiled a list of pros and cons to help you with your decision to become an organ donor. Of note, the cons referenced below may in fact not be cons at all, but rather based on misconceptions.

Pros:

  • ONE organ donor can save up to EIGHT lives. With more than 115,000 men, women and children awaiting organ transplant in the U.S., by registering to become an organ donor you can
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Emory Liver Transplant Program Raises the Bar
Mar 26, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

transplant quality measuresAccording to the December 2014 Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) report, Emory’s adult and pediatric liver transplant program is the second busiest in the nation, establishing the Emory Liver Transplant Program as a leader across the U.S. This feat is made more remarkable by the fact that while volume in the adult program has more than doubled over the past six years, survival outcomes have also dramatically improved, according to the SRTR data. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) is a national database of transplant statistics. The registry evaluates both the scientific and clinical status of solid organ transplantation for all programs across the nation. This includes the number of transplants performed, wait-list candidates, transplant recipients, and survival statistics for each program. The liver teams at the Emory Transplant [...]

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Georgia Transplant Foundation Gala Provides Assistance to Our Patients
Mar 12, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Raleigh Callaway

Raleigh Callaway

Nearly 25 years ago, Tom Glavine’s Spring Training started as a small fundraiser for Georgia Transplant Foundation. In its first year it raised only $17,000 but in 2014 it brought in more than $300,000. This year, on February 7th, the Spring Training event was the year's most productive transplant fundraiser, netting more than a quarter million dollars for Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF) programs that assist many of our patients. More than 1,000 people from the transplant community were on hand for the event, which was held this year at the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Bill Backus, a heart transplant recipient from Emory and president of GTF's board of directors, served as master of ceremonies. In fact, at least 20 Emory transplant recipients were there, including Raleigh Callaway, the Greensboro, [...]

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Heart to Heart – Celebrating Our Heart Transplant Patients
Feb 26, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Harry WuestEach year, Emory heart transplant recipients, their families and our staff and faculty look forward to Heart to Heart, a celebration of renewed lives through heart transplantation and the gift of organ donation. This year, heart transplant recipients from both Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital attended the event on Saturday, February 14th, at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. The Valentine’s Day event was a great success with nearly 200 guests attending. "We always enjoy seeing the smiling faces of our heart transplant recipients and their families, especially on Valentine's Day, a holiday celebrating the heart" says Neile Chesnut, Manager of the Emory Heart Transplant Program. "The celebration affirms how important our work is. We love seeing so many recipients doing well and back to their normal lives." One of the event's highlights was getting [...]

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iCHOOSE Kidney - An Education App for Prospective Kidney Transplant Patients
Feb 19, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

iChoose Kidney AppFor patients suffering from end-stage renal disease (ESRD), there are two major treatment options: dialysis and kidney transplant. Of these two options, medical studies have shown that receiving a kidney transplant offers a better chance of survival and quality of life, eliminating the need for hours of dialysis treatment. Although it is required by law for clinicians or physicians to discuss kidney transplant as a treatment option for their ESRD patients, Emory epidemiologist Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of surgery, says that many eligible patients are not being referred for kidney transplantation. Through her research, Patzer found that such disparities were often present in regions outside the Atlanta area. "There are disparities in who is getting access to that information about transplant, which I think is leading to some of the disparities we see in [...]

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Lung Transplants Received from Heavy Drinkers Linked to Higher Complication Risks
Jan 29, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Drinking in Transplant DonorsIn a recent study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers suggest that lung transplant recipients who received lungs from donors who were heavy drinkers may be more likely to develop higher complication risks. The study looked at 173 lung transplant patients. Of the 173 participants, 1/4 of them received lungs from heavy drinkers. Heavy drinking, according to the researchers, was defined as more than three drinks a day or seven drinks a week for women, and more than four drinks a day or 14 drinks a week for men. When researchers compared patients who received lungs from nondrinkers, those who received lungs from heavy drinkers were nearly nine times more likely to develop a complication called severe primary graft dysfunction (PGD). PGD is a syndrome of acute lung injury that generally occurs within the first 72 hours after lung [...]

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A Home Away From Home for Transplant Patients
Jan 15, 2015 By Emory Transplant Center

Mason House VisitThe Mason Guest House is a private retreat on the Emory University campus offering low cost housing for organ transplant candidates, recipients, living donors, and their families. It serves as a home-away-from-home, allowing patients to be away from the hospital setting, but yet close enough to feel secure should they need medical assistance. During the holiday season, the Mason Guest House, like Emory University Hospital, did not close. It continued to serve transplant patients and their families, opening their doors to accommodate as many guests as possible. Kidney transplant recipient Donald Mason invited a couple of family members to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with him. The wife of a lung transplant patient wrote on a comment card, "Because the timing of our transplant (and additional complications) that happened over the holidays, it touched our hearts that the Mason [...]

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The Most Precious Gift – the Gift of Life
Dec 23, 2014 By Emory Transplant Center

As a reminder during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, please take a moment to reflect on those who have given the most precious of gifts – the gift of life. At Emory, each time a patient or their family makes the generous decision to donate his or her organs; a Donor Flag is raised in their honor. The family is then presented with a replica flag as a memento of this most precious gift. “As the Donate Life flag is raised, what that means to me is it honors those who have graciously made the decision to give life. And it also allows people hope and a second chance with their renewed and active life”, says Kimberly Simpson-Dailey. In this video, Kimberly Simpson-Dailey remembers her son, Anthony, whose organs were donated when a sudden and rare illness took his life. She reflects on this with a mix of pride and grief. May we remember all of our loved ones [...]

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