VCU Health hosted a Twitter chat about organ donation April 26 to highlight National Donate Life Month. Donate Life America established National Donate Life Month in an effort to spearhead local, regional and national activities that encourage Americans to register as organ donors. According to Donate Life America, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, including 3,200 Virginians.
During the chat, Marlon Levy, M.D., director of the VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center, offered answers to questions about living and deceased organ donation. Below are his replies to some of the questions raised on Twitter.
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Why would someone need an organ transplant?
Organs can be malformed from birth, damaged by lifestyle choices like drugs and alcohol, or the damage may be hereditary. Transplant is the standard of care for end-stage liver and kidney disease. Continue reading
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