Gift From the Grave

To readers for whom this is the first exposure to lifesaving organ transplants this may be a difficult subject to wrap your head around.Most of us are not familiar with this area of medicine unless a friend or loved one has faced the choice of death or a transplant. The vast majority of conditions which make a transplant necessary are either genetically acquired, metabolic disorders, trauma, injury or nutrition deficiencies. Some are of unknown origin. The 4 principal transplant centers in San Diego, UCSD, Sharp, Scripps Green and Rady Childrens saved the lives of 339 people in 2010. These included kidney, liver, heart, lung and pancreas transplants. 12 children are among those saved. The lives saved and improved by the efforts of Lifesharing staff far exceed these 339 people because some recipients are outside the San Diego area, and other factors. Big Thanks to Elizabeth Salaam and the Reader for increasing awareness of the "Gift of Life" through transplantation. I have a question for readers: If, at no cost or risk to you, you could save the life of another person(s)or give sight to a blind person, would you do so? If, through accident, injury or unexpected illness, you needed a lifesaving transplant, would you want another person to have made such a lifesaving donation? Thank you to all the people who are a part of this article and to the exceptional medical professionals who make transplants a reality. "Life is Good, Lifesharing Made it Happen"
— September 12, 2011 10:27 a.m.

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