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KU Hospital liver transplant program has record year

January 19, 2010

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Kansas University Hospital’s liver program is growing.

It performed a record 85 liver transplants last year, up 15 percent from 2008.

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The hospital performs the only adult liver transplants in the area.

Dr. Richard Gilroy, medical director of liver tranplantation, says the overall volume of the liver program is up 350 percent over three years and transplant evaluations are five times the number of three years ago.

“Liver disease is common and a major health concern for so many in the Kansas City area,” he said.“It is great to see a hospital, university and transplant team collaborative of the highest order has been assembled and through the magnificent work in local organ donation pioneered by Midwest Transplant Network, we can see people in Kansas City cared for locally.”

According to Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, 92 Kansans are awaiting a liver transplant.

Comments

emptymind 4 years, 3 months ago

It makes sense to me that if you're an alcoholic, and your liver diesase was a result of that, then you should be able to give up booze in order to get a new liver.. Yes it is a very expensive operation and the aftercare drugs are expensive. I know there are orginazations that help with financial assistance. In order to get a new liver you must pass a battery of tests to assure them you are physically strong enough to make it. It's not a walk in the park but an everyday effort to maintain your health. I was fortunate that I had a job with insurance and was in good physical shape or I would not have been considered. I've had a new liver for 1 1/2 years now and doing great with it

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davidsmom 4 years, 3 months ago

Some people are like Oscar the Grouch - they can't be happy with good news. Some people try to take something positive from just about everything, but others are looking for the negative side to everything.

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Danimal 4 years, 3 months ago

I just read the article about LMH seeing a disturbing increase in alcohol related injuries, I wonder if there's a connection?

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/jan/19/lawrence-memorial-hospital-reporting-dramatic-incr/#c1116392

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bromidrosis 4 years, 3 months ago

Where's the part of the story that talks about the number of people who die each year because they don't have insurance and can't afford to buy a new liver from the hospital, or those who are denied a new liver and chance to live because they are alcoholics and haven't/can't quit drinking. I'd like to hear a bit about that please.

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