Monday, May 2, 2011

Pay It Forward With Organ Donations

With all of the news focus on Osama Bin Laden's death and memories of 9-11, it is time for a feel good story.  We have one compliments of Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois.   A total of 7 kidneys have been donated by perfect strangers and 5 of them were from hospital employees.  Loyola has set up a "Pay it Forward" program to inspire others to do the same.  When a person gets a good Samaritan kidney, it is hoped that a relative or friend who was not a match for that person will donate to someone else.  The new relative continues the chain by donating to yet another stranger.

Since the program started last year, 18 donors have contributed to 95 organ transplants through the National Kidney Registry.  Of all needed organs, kidneys are most in demand and every year thousands of Americans die while waiting for one.  Stranger donations are relatively rare.

The first altruistic donation was made by Dr. Susan Hou, the medical director of the renal transplant program.  She was the first U.S. physician to donate a kidney to a patient.  Her administrative secretary followed That allowed him to get off dialysis return to a normal life with his young children. Following that was the credentialing coordinator who  donated a kidney,  and then a registered nurse who also donated to a stranger.   Not to be outdone, the administrative director of the Graduate Medical Education Program and the manager of the clinical lab also donated kidneys as an act of giving and life.

I would say that is an organization with a culture of community service!!!


April is National Donate Life month. To learn more about becoming an organ donor, visit www.donatelifeillinois.org.

8 comments:

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Dr. Paula said...

This is such an inspirational story of giving. Bravo!

KM said...

Thanks Dr.Brayer, for this uplifting post. It is especially meaningful to me since I have had a relative receive a successful kidney transplant and also was in the hospital room with a close friend who died and wanted to be a organ donor and was there when she was on life support to keep her organs going even tough she was brain dead. Seeing it from both ends. Thanks to these exceptional people for giving the biggest gift of saving someone's life and giving them a healthy future.

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Dial Doctors said...

This is one of the best things I've read all week. This program is great because even though a lot of people are donors they don't consider being living donor for those who need them. Hopefully this will transmitted to everyone. Great post!

BrainDame said...

Great post-and perfect timing. As healers, we should celebrate life and giving rather than death and destruction.

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