WMCHealth Celebrates ‘Donate Life Month’

The Letizia family – Francesca (R), Tom (C) and Joseph (L) raises the Donate Life flag outside the WMCHealth Transplant Center on Westchester Medical Center campus,Valhalla. Due to a medical condition, Tom’s kidneys were failing him. He was in need of a kidney transplant and wife, Francesca, became his organ donor. The surgery took place in February 2018 and just a few weeks later, both are doing very well. The family lives in Circleville. Photo provided

VALHALLA – Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), home to the Hudson Valley region’s only transplant center, in Valhalla, will welcome former patients and families impacted by the gift of organ donation back to network campuses in April to observe national Donate Life Month and raise awareness about the critical need for organ donation locally and nationally.

Westchester Medical Center performs kidney, liver, heart, pancreas, bone marrow and corneal transplants. The program has transplanted more than 2,300 kidneys and more than 770 livers in its history. More than 220 lifesaving heart transplants have been performed at Westchester Medical Center. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital has pediatric kidney, bone marrow and corneal transplant programs.

“WMCHealth is committed to saving the lives of people in the Hudson Valley and beyond facing life-threatening conditions that can only be treated with an organ transplant,” said Thomas Diflo, MD, Chief of Intra-Abdominal Organ Transplantation at Westchester Medical Center. “At any given time, there are more than 120,000 people nationwide waiting for an organ, and in New York State alone – the state with the lowest organ donation rate nationally – a person dies every 18 hours while waiting for a transplant.* Organ donation offers a second chance to a patient suffering from a variety of life-threatening conditions and one person’s donation has the potential to save as many as eight lives.” Continue reading


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