Friday, February 12, 2016

Transplant pioneers describes overcoming obstacles

Richmond Times Dispatch | Tammie Smith

UNITED NETWORK FOR ORGAN SHARING

When it comes to organ donation, Dr. Velma Scantlebury said she is pretty much always on a soapbox.

“Even within my arena of people that I see on a day-to-day basis — whether I worship with or in a book club — I am always trying to figure out why are you reluctant to be an organ donor,” said Scantlebury, recognized as the first black female transplant surgeon in the United States.

“Even the educated people, why is that reluctance there? It goes back to family traditions, what they heard growing up, what their grandmother told them. It’s very difficult for many people to let go,” she said. “It’s still my passion to try to figure out. Even if I say, ‘I am a transplant surgeon, I do this, I can tell you that everything is legit,’ it’s not enough.”“Even the educated people, why is that reluctance there? It goes back to family traditions, what they heard growing up, what their grandmother told them. It’s very difficult for many people to let go,” she said. “It’s still my passion to try to figure out. Even if I say, ‘I am a transplant surgeon, I do this, I can tell you that everything is legit,’ it’s not enough.” Continue reading

 

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