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Debunking the Myths About Organ Donation

04/25/2013 | Transplant

It’s one of the leading medical issues of our time: human donor organs are in extremely short supply, while nearly 20 Americans die daily waiting for a life-saving transplant. So, why aren’t more people giving the gift of life through organ donation? In many cases, family members aren’t even aware of the potential donor’s decision, resulting in a lost opportunity. That’s why it’s imperative to have a conversation with your family and communicate your wishes. But…

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National Donor Day is Today

02/14/2013 | Treatments & ServicesTransplant

What better way to show our love on Valentine’s Day than to share the gift of life! Did you know: Over 100,000 people are waiting for an organ? 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ? 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives? Organ transplant is the treatment of choice for patients with end-stage organ disease. The fact is that almost anyone can sign up to be an organ donor.   Patients can receive transplants from deceased donors, but may also receive organs from living donors.…

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What Happens After Transplant?

01/30/2013 | Treatments & ServicesTransplant

If you or a loved one has been waiting for a kidney, liver, lung or other organ transplant, finally getting the life-saving surgery is unquestionably wonderful. But what happens after a transplant surgery? In the Hospital Immediately following a transplant operation, patients are taken to the intensive care unit where the IU Health physicians, nurses and other professionals trained in transplant care will watch over you during recovery. From the intensive care, you will be transferred to a regular…

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Debunked: 9 False Beliefs About Organ Donation and Transplantation

10/15/2012 | Treatments & ServicesTransplant

It’s one of the leading medical issues of our time: Human donor organs are in extremely short supply, and everyone who needs a transplant doesn’t always get one. Although organ donors contribute to the more than 28,000 life-saving transplants that happen each year, there clearly aren’t enough organs available for all of the 113,000 people currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. As a result, nearly 20 Americans die daily while waiting on the list. Clearly, the world needs…

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Notifying Others of My Transplant

09/22/2012 | Treatments & ServicesTransplant

To my law partners, kidney transplantation apparently bordered on science fiction. We sat around the firm's large conference table as I explained that I was undergoing the surgery the next morning. My announcement was met with an eerie silence, shocked stares, and gaping mouths. Sure, I blindsided them with my news; but we lawyers are rarely speechless. I could see they had no basis to understand what a transplant would mean. The idea of transplanting organs is obscure to many and conjures up…

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Give the Gift of Life

08/17/2012 | Treatments & ServicesTransplant

More than 1,000 Indiana residents and 100,000 people nationally are waiting. They are waiting on an organ donation that will not only save their life, but allow them to get back to living it fully. Increasingly, patients not only receive transplants from deceased donors, but may also receive organs from living donors. In fact, for kidney, bone marrow and sometimes even a portion of a liver, living organ donation has become more common, offering those on the waiting list a greater chance of finding…

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Successful Transplant on Twitter Calms Surgery Jitters

08/01/2012 | Treatments & ServicesTransplant

Mackenzie and Shawn King.  Photo by Bre Daugherty, Bedford Times-Mail.

Last month, Indiana University Health gave thousands of online viewers from across the country an educational behind-the-scenes look into what happens during a kidney donation surgery—all thanks to one Indiana man’s heroic decision to give a lifesaving kidney to a friend and their willingness to share the experience on the popular social media platform Twitter. While having dinner one night in their hometown of Merom, Indiana, near Terre Haute, Colin Newton, 33, learned his fishing buddy…

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Saving Lives in Real Time

07/03/2012 | Treatments & ServicesTransplant

Live Tweets of kidney transplant were a huge success for both patients and followers.

Earlier this month, Indiana University Health took a bold initiative when it hosted a live “Twittercast” of a kidney transplant via the social network, Twitter. Living donor Colin Newton helped give his friend Caleb Johnson a new lease on life with the life-saving organ donation. At the same time, IU Health helped spread the word about the importance of living organ donation. IU Health Public Relations Coordinator Kris Karol said the Twitter cast was a huge success. “We went into…

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Overcoming Kidney Disease

03/01/2012 | Diabetes & EndocrinologyNephrology & Kidney DiseasesTransplant

I did not learn I had kidney disease until I had lost nearly 70 percent of my kidney function. This is not unusual because kidney disease generally advances without obvious symptoms. Recent research indicates that over 26 million U.S. adults have kidney disease, and 95 percent are unaware of it. Meanwhile, their failing kidneys are increasing risks for cardiovascular disease and causing other ailments. My kidney disease, called Alport's Syndrome, causes the filtering units (nephrons) in my kidneys…

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David Moore and His Family Gave the Gift of Life

11/21/2011 | Transplant

Ba-boom. Ba-boom, Ba-boom…Brenda Biggs feels her heartbeat and thinks of a very special person—Officer David Moore—the man who gave her a second chance at life. In January Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Moore was killed in the line of duty. In the midst of coping with their loss, the Moore family honored David’s wish to be an organ donor. "We think he was cut down too short in life and possibly had other things he could have done," Spencer, David’s father,…

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