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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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Changes to the UNOS Kidney Allocation System
Dec 11, 2014 By Emory Transplant Center

Organ Donation Wait TimeThe Emory Transplant Center would like to share with our transplant community some important changes to the kidney allocation system managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). As many of you know, UNOS manages the nation’s organ transplant system and helps make the best use of donated organs. More specifically, the UNOS Kidney Committee had been meeting regularly to discuss an improved kidney allocation system which resulted in the UNOS Board of Directors approving a new kidney matching system that took effect on December 4, 2014. Under the previous system, how long a person had undergone dialysis prior to being placed on the wait list did not count. But with this new system, it has changed. “One of the major differences is that now you will be given credit for your dialysis time that will be added on to the time you've been on the waiting list,” says [...]

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Truly Thankful – Update on Veteran Police Officer and Altruistic Donor
Nov 19, 2014 By Emory Transplant Center

Raleigh Callaway

Raleigh Callaway and Chris Carroll

As you may remember, it all started with a Facebook post. Raleigh Callaway received a lot of media attention when his wife posted a message on Facebook sharing Raleigh’s need for a kidney. The post resulted in thousands of people contacting the Emory Transplant Center with offers of help. But it was one man from Texas who heard his story, and gave the gift of life – a new kidney. Chris Carroll, who lives near Dallas, says he saw the Callaway family pictured on Facebook with their two children holding a sign that read, "Our Daddy Needs a Kidney." Chris said he felt divinely led to call to see if he could become a donor. "I'm just blessed to be able to do it," Carroll said in one of the many TV interviews the two have conducted after their donor and transplant operations. The media coverage has spread far and wide -- from the U.S. to the [...]

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