The Organ Shortage


The Organ Shortage


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At a briefing on Georgia's first "domino" liver transplant (sequential, one-after-the-other nature of the process in which a viable liver from a deceased donor is transplanted into the first recipient), Dr. Christopher Hughes of the Emory Transplant Center talks about the sad fact that thousands of Americans are waiting on organs -- in part because too few Americans are registered organ donors. Background Info Transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital are the first in the state of Georgia to perform a very rare domino liver transplant procedure. In effect, the procedure is saving two lives and curing one rare disease (Maple Syrup Urine Disease - MSUD) in a 24-year-old patient, and dramatically improving the quality of life in the other patient, who has suffered a lifetime battle with hemophilia, and more recently hepatitis C. Related Links Emory University Hospital Performs Georgia's First Domino Liver Transplant http://shared.web.emory.edu/whsc/news/releases/2009/08/georgias-first-domino-liver-transplant.html New tool in the fight for scarce donor organs http://www.emoryhealthsciblog.com/?p=551 Liver Transplant Program at Emory http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/transplant-center/liver-transplant/


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