Ohio State performs 800th liver transplant, aims to grow program

The Columbus Dispatch | Lori Kurtzman
ADAM CAIRNS | DISPATCH  In addition to receiving a new liver, the staff at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center presented Stewart with a signed, liver-shaped pillow.

Manning Stewart is groggy in his hospital bed, still in a gown, still attached to machines. A few days ago, a surgeon pulled out one of Stewart’s vital organs and replaced it with someone else’s . Recovery is going to take months.

He lies back, obviously drained.

He hasn’t felt this good in years.

“I’m feeling much better,” Stewart says, “now that they took that old liver out.”

Stewart is No. 800, though the doctor who performed his surgery doesn’t want anyone calling him that. That’s the number of liver transplants that have taken place at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center since it began transplanting livers in 1984. (No. 800 doesn’t come with a prize, unless you count the liver.)

And while 800 is a good number, Dr. Ken Washburn says 1,000 is better. He expects Ohio State to hit that landmark in the next few years. In fact, he has big plans for organ transplants across Wexner Medical Center as well as at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Continue reading
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