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“I don’t know who gave me this incredible gift, but I sometimes imagine

When Dan reflects on his life, he feels a deep connection to his organ donor. “I don’t know who gave me this incredible gift, but I sometimes imagine that my donor was a man,” says Dan. “And I envision that he had a family – perhaps two children. It saddens me to know someone had to die for my life to be restored. But I would like to assure my donor’s family that I will take very good care of my lungs and that a part of their loved one lives on.”

that my donor was a man. And I envision that he had a family – perhaps two children. It saddens me to know someone had to die for my life to be restored. But I would like to assure my donor’s family that I will take very good care of my lungs and that a part of their loved one lives on.”

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When it comes to healthcare, knowledge is power. So let’s learn more about organ transplantation: the number of people affected, the medical conditions that can require transplants, and the services that are available here in Virginia. If you think organ transplantation is a rarity, or if you assume that no one in your family will ever need a transplant, read on. The facts will astound you. More than 116,500 people in the United States are on the waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant. Even so, only 33,611 transplants were performed in the country last year. Every day, twenty people die while waiting for an organ and another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. One day, that person could be you or a loved one.

Which organs can be transplanted? Most people are familiar with heart, kidney, and liver transplants, but you may be surprised to learn that the pancreas, intestines, and even hands and faces can be transplanted as well. Around 80 percent of the people on the list are waiting for a kidney, 12 percent for a liver, 3.4 percent for a heart, 1.2 percent for a lung, and 2.5 percent for another organ.

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OurHealth Lynchburg & Southside Feb/Mar 2018  

Keeping your Health in the Game of Life, Organ Transplants, Athletic Trainers and and more.

OurHealth Lynchburg & Southside Feb/Mar 2018  

Keeping your Health in the Game of Life, Organ Transplants, Athletic Trainers and and more.