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Organ Transplants - Downward Trend?

The lines on the graph track the total number of organ transplants completed annually (starting in 1988) for the 4 most active categories. The source of the data is the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), the agency under contract with the U.S. government to maintain the national patient waiting list.

It is interesting to note the interruption in 2006 of the steady upward trend in all categories. All categories, except for heart, are on the decline. What happened??

Well, it seems that in the 2006 timeframe, "an endorsement of DCD (donation after cardiac death) by the Institute of Medicine followed by timely federal mandates issued by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration have bolstered the number of DCD transplants. Consequently, DCD has risen more than 10-fold over the past decade currently comprising >10% of all deceased donors. In contrast, donation after brain death (DBD) has reached a plateau and more recently has declined since 2006". See the entire American Journal of Transplantation article at the link provided below.

The answer to my question is somewhere in the detail of this article but I can't fully understand it. Why are fewer transplants being performed in spite of stable organ donation rates? Perhaps someone with better analytical skills than mine can shed some light on this worrisome trend.

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National Foundation For Transplants April 2013

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Transplant Talk   April 2013
Dear Rise,
Welcome to the April issue of Transplant Talk! It's Donate Life Month, and we've been busy with lots of activities to help spread NFT's mission of raising hope and changing lives.
Our 30th Anniversary Online Scavenger Hunt is in full swing, and we hope you're playing along!
If you are running low on NFT brochures or need to update your contact information, e-mail us at We'd love to hear from you!
Thanks for all you do to assist our patients!

30th Anniversary Online Scavenger Hunt

Are you participating in NFT's 30th Anniversary Online Scavenger Hunt? It's not too late to play! There are special 30th anniversary logos hidden on our website, and we've sent several "bonus" logos out via e-mail over the past few weeks.
The scavenger hunt lasts through the end of April. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card--and will get to choose a current NFT patient to also receive a $100 Visa gift card!
This is a fun way to celebrate NFT's 30th Anniversary. We hope you'll share the information with your contacts and play along!
Are You a Gamer? Play Games and Help NFT!
Do you play games online? GoodSearch is now offering GoodGames! GoodGames is an online game site that allows you to raise money for your favorite cause while you play games. Register and choose National Foundation for Transplants as your cause, and you can help our patients as you play!
Patient of the Month: Joey Leger
One morning in 2006, Joey awoke experiencing congestion and heaviness in his chest.
Assuming he had the flu or a cold, he waited a couple days before visiting his doctor after he was able to find relief with a hot shower and rest. At the doctor’s office, Joey’s blood work revealed a white blood cell count that was off the charts, so he was encouraged to go to the hospital, as meningitis was going around a local university at the same time.
Soon after, an EKG had shocking results—Joey was suffering a massive heart attack. He was rushed to surgery, where doctors discovered 100% blockage of the artery often called the widow maker. Fortunately, they were able to place a stent, and a defibrillator was implanted later that year. In 2011, tests showed his stent was occluded, and open heart surgery wasn’t an option because of the scar tissue left behind from his previous surgery. Doctors said there was nothing they can do.
Thankfully, Joey refused to give up. He’s now in the process of evaluation and consideration for a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which would literally act as a mechanical heart to keep his heart functioning. While he is hopeful for this opportunity, he can’t help but worry about his health and the future. More than anything, he simply wants to be healthy enough to spend more time with his loved ones and once again enjoy time outdoors. But right now, he needs your help.
To read more about Joey or to make a donation in his honor, visit his personal fundraising page.
For questions, please contact your state's fundraising consultant:
Kay Horne, ext. 104
Laura Hughes, ext. 103
Claire Prince, ext. 120
All consultants can be reached at 1-800-489-3863 and their extension listed above.
March Transplant Recipients
We're thrilled for our patients who received transplants during the month of March!
Winning Wednesday
Be sure to visit our Facebook page each week for Winning Wednesday! We'll be asking trivia questions and giving away some great NFT prizes, such as travel mugs and t-shirts. Don't miss out!
NFT Night at the Redbirds
We had a great time at NFT's Organ Donation Awareness Night at the Memphis Redbirds game! More than 11,000 people attended the game, making it the best attended April game in six years!
Check out some great photos from the event! We are already looking forward to next year!
Dates to Remember:
Month of April: NFT 30th Anniversary Online Scavenger Hunt
Monday, July 1: Online registration opens for NFT's Raise Hope Golf Classic
Monday, October 7: NFT's second annual Raise Hope Golf Classic, Windyke Country Club, Memphis
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There is very limited understanding and research on the kidney transplant community. Please help to contribute to the research by sharing your experience as a caregiver. If you are a caregiver or know someone that is, feel free to pass along the information in the flyer below. Caregiving is a demanding and stressful job that drains physical and mental energy. Research for caregivers of the chronically ill shows depressive symptoms are common! Lets help out our caregivers by contributing to research that will inform mental health practitioners what kind of services should be provided. Here's to physically and emotionally healthy caregivers of kidney transplant recipients all around the world!

Participate in a Study on the

Impact of Kidney Transplantation on Caregivers


 If you are or have been a caregiver for someone who has undergone a kidney transplant between the ages of 12-30, you may qualify to be a participant in a study on the psychosocial effects of kidney transplantation.


This study is focused on the emotional functioning, social functioning, stress, and growth you may have experienced as a caregiver for an adolescent or young adult kidney transplant recipient.  It explores how being a caregiver has affected you and your life.


In order to qualify, you must be:


a)  a primary caregiver for a kidney transplant recipient who is between 12-30 years old and received their transplant at least 1 year ago.      


If you choose to participate, you will be asked to independently complete an online survey. Each individual’s responses will be kept completely confidential. Participation in this study will take no more than 90 minutes for caregivers. Results of the study will be shared with interested participants.




If you are interested in participating in this study, please send an email to:


You may also contact the research coordinator directly,

Mariana Naldi, M.S., at 209-485-2937.



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Transplants for citizens of Mexico!

I recently returned from meetings in Mexico with government health officials and transplant surgeons in Mexico City. Mexican citizens are eligible for human organ transplants immediately. There is no waiting time! Mexican law bars cadavder organs being transplanted into foreigners in order to prevent exploitation. There is a surplus of organs for citizens no matter where they reside, inside or outside Mexico. I toured the surgical facilities and met with the surgeons at ABC Hospital in Mexico City as well as Angeles Hospitals in Tijuana and Mexico City. The facilities are first class and are Joint Commission International certified.If you know any Mexican citizens residing outside Mexico have them contact their local Mexican Consulate or me. There are no middlemen involved. A transplant at a government hospital can be free. Private facility transplants cost an average of $30,000.00 at private hospitals.I post this information only because I don't want anyone who can cut their waiting time down legally to take avantage of this if they can qualify through Mexican authorities.
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Looking for My Kidney Hero

My dear Friend Susy - a double lung transplant survivor is in need of a Kidney Angel (O positive blood type).  If you can be Susy's Hero- contact her at Thank You So Much!