2003 1 st "humanitarian" live-donor kidney transplant
1 st paired exchange transplant
2004 desensitization program started
donor mentor program developed
In various years since 1996, the UW Transplant Program has been ranked the 1 st or 2 nd most active kidney transplant center in the U.S. and has consistently performed in the top five kidney transplant centers nationally.
Source: UW Health Transplant database. Represents the total number of kidney transplants from 1/1/1995 through 12/31/2005. Includes all kidneys transplanted, including multi-organ transplants. 01/24/2007
The donor’s health is the goal in the screening. A risky transplant doesn’t help anyone.
Don’t rule anyone out. Let the Transplant Team decide if they are healthy enough.
Over 30% of donors screened are not approved. The screening for risks is very careful.
All medical costs for kidney donor exam and surgery are paid by the patient’s insurance or Medicare. Donor pays only travel and hotel. Lost wages can be a financial impact – depending upon employer sick/vacation/disability leave policies.
If an organ donor (any “vital” organ including kidney, liver segment, lung segment, partial pancreas, small bowel segment) later needs a kidney transplant, national policy provides priority on kidney wait list
Cause of organ failure doesn’t matter
Donor gets points equal to 4-years wait time
Likely that others in family/community may volunteer to help by donating
Statistical chance of this scenario is very unlikely
I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there can be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.