Organ Donation: A Modern Act of Heroism

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MEDICAL CENTER | Marios Prikis
Marios Prikis MD FACP, Medical Director of Pancreas and Kidney Transplant Programs, University of Vermont Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Robert Larner M.D College of Medicine at the University of Vermont

Live a Legacy of Life. Be an Organ Donor”

Is there anything more heroic than saving a life? Whether, it’s saving a child from drowning or pulling a driver from car wreckage, we are fascinated and profoundly moved by people who perform selfless acts on behalf of others.

When it comes to donating an organ however, many consider this form of selflessness as somehow perverse. Yet, whether the donors are alive offering a kidney or deceased and donating all available organs, are not such acts equally heroic as rescuing a child from a raging river?Is there anything more heroic than saving a life? Whether it’s saving a child from drowning or pulling a driver from car wreckage, we are fascinated and profoundly moved by people who perform selfless acts on behalf of others.

In 2017, more than 120,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant.Unfortunately, many may never get the call saying that a suitable donor organ — and a second chance at life — has been found. On average, 18 people die every day while waiting for organ transplants in the U.S., and every 10 minutes, another name is added to the waiting list.

Organ donation takes healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another. There are two ways that someone can become an organ donor. Most organ and tissue donations occur after the donor has died (Deceased Donor). But some organs and tissues can be donated while the donor is still alive and well (Living Donor). Continue reading
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