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Organ Donation Hits Close to Home – A Thankful Mother’s Story
Apr 20, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Organ Donation Hits Close to Home

D’Sean Bray, Heart Transplant Recipient

In December 2014, Renita Hylton, one of Emory Healthcare’s own, had to quickly familiarize herself with the subject of organ donation. She received the devastating news that her 17-year-old son, D’Sean Bray, was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy that would require a lifesaving heart transplant. “I knew something was wrong. He was always very active, and then he began sleeping a lot. When he was admitted, his heart was only functioning at seven percent,” she recalls. D’Sean needed immediate open-heart surgery to save his life until a new heart would become available. He was quickly placed on the pediatric transplant list. D’Sean was receiving care from the pediatric cardiology team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston when the family received news that a heart was available. “I was in disbelief,” says [...]

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Live Q&A Today: Giving the Gift of Life, Understanding Organ Donation
Apr 13, 2017 By admin

Donate Life = Organ DonationJoin us back here at noon (12 p.m. EST)

Hosted bySharon B. Mathews MS, RN, CPTC, Lead Transplant Coordinator, Living Kidney Donor Program April 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 123,000 men, women, and children are awaiting a lifesaving 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. Get the facts and learn more about organ donation today at noon with Sharon Mathews, MS, RN, CPTC, of the Emory Transplant Center. She will answer all of your questions about organ donation, including how many people are currently waiting for an organ, what [...]

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April is National Donate Life Month
Apr 1, 2017 By admin

Emory Transplant Center Commemorates Organ Donation Month

Donate Life Organ Donation Logo Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine, but the need for organ donation is greater than ever before. More than 123,000 men, women and children are on the national transplant list, within another person added every 10 minutes. Each April, we celebrate National Donate Life month to raise awareness around organ donation and honor the donors who have given the gift of life. Research shows that 95 percent of Americans are in favor of being a donor, yet only 48 percent are registered. Those awaiting a lifesaving transplant need organs, tissue and bone marrow. These can all be transplanted, giving recipients, and their families, a second chance at life. Emory Transplant Center is proud to play a part in transplantation – giving hope to thousands of people with organ [...]

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Good Morning America Pays Tribute to a Transplant Recipient's Wife
Mar 23, 2017 By admin

It all started with a Facebook post…Raleigh Callaway, a veteran Georgia police officer and patient of the Emory Transplant Center, needed a kidney transplant. Desperate to find a match as he entered the late stages of renal failure, he and his wife, Kristi Callaway, turned to social media to find a potential donor. Kristi posted a message on Facebook sharing Raleigh’s need for a kidney. The post resulted in more than 900 people contacting the Emory Transplant Center – one of whom was Chris Carroll, a health care consultant and grandfather from McKinney, Texas. 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. On Thursday, September 25, 2014, Raleigh received Chris’ kidney. Both recipient and donor are doing well. But [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Performs Its First HIV to HIV Kidney Transplant
Feb 23, 2017 By admin

Emory Transplant Center performs its 1st HIV to HIV kidney transplant Made possible by the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, Emory Transplant Center has performed its first HIV-positive kidney transplant from an HIV-positive deceased donor. Not only was this Emory’s first HIV to HIV kidney transplant, it is also the first of its kind in Georgia and the first HIV to HIV positive kidney transplant in 2017. Emory and eight other centers nationwide are taking part in the HOPE in Action clinical trial -- a prospective, pilot study to evaluate the safety of HIV-positive deceased donor solid organ transplants (kidney and liver) in HIV-positive recipients. Stable HIV-infected adults with end-stage kidney disease who meet study-specific HIV criteria for organ transplantation will be offered enrollment in the study at Emory. Currently, Emory is enrolling participants for HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplants, with a plan to include [...]

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Real Patients, Real Stories – Hear from an Emory Liver Transplant Patient
Feb 9, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Simone Whitehead was an active 30 year old, running half marathons and chasing around her 2-year old son. In April 2016, she began to feel ill, and she slowly started getting worse. Tests revealed that her liver was failing, and that she would need a liver transplant. Hear Simone’s story as she describes her experience receiving a liver transplant from the Emory Liver Transplant Program and how she was saved by an exclusive liver dialysis therapy machine called MARS. [...]

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Emory Liver Transplant Program Ranked 2nd Nationally
Jan 25, 2017 By Emory Transplant Center

Emory Transplant Center has great news to share about our Liver Transplant Program. The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) just released their January 2017 program specific reports. In this latest release, when comparing adult liver transplant centers across the nation by volume and outcomes (survival at 1 year with a functioning graft), Emory is now ranked SECOND NATIONALLY, bested only by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Below is a portion of a graph that shows the top three ranked adult liver transplant centers by volume with an outcome score of ‘5’, meaning better than expected survival (survival at 1 year with a functioning graft). It is sorted from best to worst. SRTR National Ranking – Emory Liver Transplant Program Ranked #2* *SRTR.org As you can see, Emory is a large volume liver transplant center which attests to the [...]

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Emory Transplant Center Ranked Second Largest Kidney Paired Donor Program
Jan 11, 2017 By Emory Healthcare

Emory Transplant CenterEmory’s Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program was ranked the second largest paired donor program in the country through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). ended 2016 with a bang. Emory’s Kidney Transplant Program was ranked the second largest paired donor program in the country through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). Our last transplant for 2016 set a new record for us at 55 kidney paired donor transplants in a single month. We ended 2016 with 399 transplants facilitated, an increase of 11% over 2015. We expect to cross the 2,000 program-to-date milestone by the end of this month. Emory began its Kidney Paired Donor Exchange Program in 2010, and has been participating in the National Kidney Registry since 2012. Paired donor exchange gives patients an opportunity to receive a living donor kidney transplant from a loved one or friend, despite incompatible blood types and positive crossmatches. In paired donation, a donor and recipient are matched with another incompatible donor and recipient pair, [...]

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Stranger Gives Holiday Gift to Georgia Teen
Dec 14, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

This time of year, during the holiday season, most people are shopping for family and loved ones trying to find that perfect gift. Well, a 16-year old Georgia teen received that perfect gift from a complete stranger – she received the gift of life. Kelly Bundick, a 42-year old medical sales rep and single mother of a 5-year old son and a 12-year old daughter, decided to donate one of her kidneys to the Georgia teen. Kelly saw a photo of the teenager on the Callaway Facebook page. You may remember Raleigh Callaway, a kidney transplant recipient who received a lot of media attention when his wife posted a message on Facebook with their two children holding a sign that read, “Our Daddy Needs a Kidney.” They were able to find a donor, and Raleigh had his kidney transplant surgery at Emory. To give back, the Callaway family continues the Callaway Facebook page to spread the [...]

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Reminder to Transplant Patients and Families to Get Your Flu Shot
Nov 29, 2016 By Emory Transplant Center

We would like to remind our patients and their families to take preventive action now, and if you have not done so yet, get your flu vaccine.We have officially embarked upon flu season. While employees and faculty of the Emory Transplant Center have been vaccinated against the flu, we would like to remind our patients and their families to take preventive action now, and if you have not done so yet, get your flu vaccine. Because transplant patients have a chronic disease and/or are now taking anti-rejection medicine, they are at an increased risk of getting the flu. If you had your transplant more than three months ago, it’s time to roll up your sleeve and get protected. If you are not at the three-month mark, ask for the shot during your three-month follow-up visit. Research has shown that flu vaccination is the most effective way to reduce complications and deaths related to influenza. Please take care of yourself, and make a commitment to get your flu shot to ward off the flu this year. If you are a [...]

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