Organ Transplants Delayed in Large US Cities

Coverage from the
International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 2017 Scientific Sessions
Myles Kane, liver transplant patient, with girlfriend Elizabeth McDonough
Myles Kane was 34 and living in Brooklyn, New York, when he got the news that his liver failure, caused by an autoimmune condition, had progressed to the transplant stage.

Soon after he was listed at the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai in New York City, his physician gave him a piece of advice that might have saved his life: look at the numbers and get on the list in another region as well.

The wait at Mount Sinai, and in New York in general, is much longer than it is in most other places in the country, the physician explained.

That's when Kane learned a reality of transplantation in the United States: where you live can play a big part in whether you get the deceased-donor organ you need in time to save your life.

You have to be much sicker in New York and California to get a liver than you do in Alabama and Indiana, for instance. Similarly, at some hospitals, the average wait for an adult kidney is less than 2 years, but at others, the wait is 8 to 12 years.

Every day, 20 people die waiting for an organ in the United States. Continue reading


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