And then there are Good Samaritan or altruistic donors — people like Laurie Miller of Harrisonburg, who donated one of his kidneys to an unknown recipient. Miller is the director of student programs at Eastern Mennonite University. He grew up in the Church of the Brethren and is now a member of the Mennonite Church. His faith is what motivated him to look for opportunities like this to help others. We could make a huge dent in the waiting list if more people would consider organ donation, either living or deceased. In the U.S., 95 percent of adults say they support organ donations, yet only 54 percent actually sign up as donors by checking the box on their driver’s licenses.
Where do I start if I need a transplant or want to donate an organ? The UVA Health System’s organ transplant program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To date, more than 5,000 patients have received life-saving and life-altering organ transplants. There are nine transplant programs at UVA: adult heart, liver, kidney, lung, pancreas, and isletcell, and pediatric heart, liver, and kidney. If you or a loved one needs an organ transplant, or if you would like to learn more about donating an organ, please contact: UVA Health System Transplant Program
800.257.0757 for heart and lung transplants or 800.543.8814 for kidney, liver, pancreas, and islet cell transplants Each program involves of a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, a nutritionist, a social worker, a financial coordinator, a pharmacist and a neuropsychologist. Some of the members of the lung transplant team are: Jose Oberholzer, MD, Director of the Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center, UVA Health
System Max Weder, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
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