University Health Network is continent’s top organ transplant program
System that enables doctors to preserve organs outside the body for hours helped UHN complete 639 adult organ transplants in 2017.
With the help of groundbreaking technology, the University Health Network became the largest adult organ transplant program in North America in 2017.
The network, which includes Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, completed 639 adult transplants last year. (The UCLA Medical Center was second in volume, performing 607 adult transplants, and the University of California San Francisco Medical Center came next with 601.)
“I feel very privileged to work alongside such a remarkable and talented team of surgeons, physicians, and nurses,” said Dr. Atul Humar, who leads the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at UHN.
“For us, it’s all about our patients and the huge difference we are able to make to their lives.”
More at the source: Toronto Star / Jaren Kerr / March 15, 2018
The key message of the article is well articulated by the inventor of the XVIVO Perfusion Technique himself:
“One person can save eight people’s lives and change eight people’s lives,” said Keshavjee, referring to the eight organs a person can donate.
“I think, when people see the good that comes out of it, there really is no reason not to sign your organ donor card.”
Folks, we all need to be humble in the face of such towering intellects, who have painstakingly acquired new scientific and medical knowledge to help their fellow human beings but the process can only begin with all of us signing our organ donor cards. I have a beautiful memory of my paternal grandmother who died at a ripe old age at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and who had signed her organ donor card decades earlier to donate her 2 corneas for transplantation. Upon pronounciation of her passing a hospital Chaplain came to her room and waited patiently with my grandmother’s body until the transplant team came to remove her corneas, which were successfully transplanted to a grateful recipient, enabling the recipient to see once again the nature of all things.