Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mayo Clinic set transplant record in 2010

Mayo ClinicThe Mayo Clinic recently reported on its website that it set a new record for organ transplants at its Arizona facility in 2010 (read press release here). Their Arizona facility performed 199 kidney, 26 kidney / pancreas, 60 liver, and 22 heart transplants for a total of 307 last year. Its previous record was 301. With similar numbers at its facilities in Florida and Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic now performs more transplants than any other transplant center in the U.S.

Some may consider these numbers as merely a statistic. However, to folks, such as myself, who have experienced the awesome, life-saving miracle of an organ transplant, each one of these 307 is an individual life. A person whose life and time with a spouse, family, and friends has been extended thanks to great medical personnel and a giving donor. We don't take any of it for granted.

If you have not yet signed up to be an organ and tissue donor, I want to encourage you to take the time today to visit the Donate Life America website by clicking here. There, you can learn more about it and find out how to sign up in the state where you live. In many states, you can do it in just a few minutes from your computer in the comfort of your home. Please do it today.
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