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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Area nonprofit broke U.S. record for organ donations in 2015

Delaware First Media | Annie Ropeik 

The Delaware region's organ donation nonprofit was the busiest group of its kind in U.S. history in 2015.

Last year also broke records for organ donations across the country.

The United Network for Organ Sharing reported Thursday that the U.S. broke 30,000 organ donations for the first time in 2015. Of those, more than 1,600 happened through Gift of Life, which serves Delaware and parts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

It's the most organ donations ever coordinated in a year by one U.S. nonprofit.

Some were handled at Christiana Care, where Dr. Sidney Swanson is the chief of transplant surgery. He explains why this is such a busy region for donations:

"I think one of the most important things is incorporating all the different donor hospitals," Swanson says. "Not only is Christiana a transplant center, but being also a major trauma center, it's one of the top hospitals for organ donation in the area as well.'" Continue reading
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