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The Transplant Process

 

Nationally, there are more than 123,000 people waiting for much needed organs. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) manages the list of those individuals across the country, ensuring that the available gifts go to those who are best matched.

This system developed out of the National Organ Transplant Act in 1984, which established the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN), a national organ sharing system to guarantee the fairness in the allocation of organs for transplant.

In the transplant centers, patients are evaluated by transplant physicians to determine if and when they should be placed on the waiting list. The rules which dictate the waiting list vary by organ. General criteria guide the allocation of organs and may include:

  • a patient's medical urgency,
  • blood, tissue and size match with the donor,
  • time on the waiting list
  • proximity to the donor

Factors such as a patient's income, celebrity status, and race or ethnic background play no role in determining allocation of organs.

Transplant Centers

The Living Legacy Foundation works with two world-class transplant centers located in Maryland, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center. Both centers have organ-specific programs as well as prominent living kidney donor programs. Below is a list of the programs available at each center.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital Comprehensive Transplant Center

  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Pediatric Transplant
  • Reconstructive Transplant

The University of Maryland Medical Center Division of Transplantation

  • Heart
  • Kidney
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Pediatric Transplant
  • Reconstructive Transplant
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