Photo:You can follow the surgery on Twitter through the hashtag #calebskidney. Caleb Johnson (@calsjohn, on right in photo) will receive a new kidney from his friend Colin Newton.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, Indiana University Health (@IU_Health) will host the state's first "Twittercast" of a live surgery, posting real time "play-by-play" commentary, updates and photos from the operating room while taking questions posted by followers online.
Through Twitter, the public will have a virtual all-access pass to observe the entire process as surgeons at Indiana University Health University Hospital remove a kidney from a living donor and immediately take the organ to the operating room next door to transplant it into a recipient.
"There are a lot of myths and misconceptions that surround organ transplantation," said Tim Taber, M.D., medical director for the kidney transplant program at IU Health and associate professor of clinical medicine for Indiana University School of Medicine ."Twitter provides us with a great tool to educate people about the living kidney donation and transplant process. It's our hope that, by offering a window into what happens during a living kidney donation and transplant surgery, more Hoosiers will be encouraged to give the gift of life through organ donation."
Dr. Taber, a transplant nephrologist with IU Health Physicians Kidney Diseases who also serves as the chief medical officer for the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization (IOPO), will be in the operating room and available to answer questions posted on Twitter during the surgery.
Those on Twitter can follow the Twittercast by using and following the hashtag #calebskidney, named after the recipient, Caleb Johnson .
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