Every 10 minutes, a new person is added to the national transplant waiting list, and each year the gap between the number of available organs and recipients waiting for organs grows larger and larger. With nearly 115,000 Americans awaiting a transplant, organ and tissue donation is more important now than ever before. And without the generosity of organ and tissue donors, University of Chicago Medicine physicians would not be able to perform life-saving transplant surgeries, such as the historic back-to-back triple-organ transplant.

Recipient Neil Perry thanks his donors

Yes, I could not imagine losing someone. My life has been tragic-free. And I've kept alive. And I'm so thankful to the family that of the donors whom I do not know yet. But anyone who's ever made that sacrifice for their family is, I'm, we're grateful, very grateful. And I want to use my life to help others as much as I can to every.

I don't care about making money anymore, I don't care about fun things to do or you know, working in an office job. I just want to help, help, help. And I'm excited about getting a degree in nutrition. I think I have good insight into that, and fitness. So that's what I want to do. And thanks to all the donors. It's so important for that.

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Transplant Programs and Resources

Kidney transplant patient Stewart Botsford (in bed) and his donor, Justin Maduena, visit with each other in Mitchell Hospital after their surgeries two days earlier on August 18, 2016, at University of Chicago Medicine
Organ Matching and Transplant Wait List Process

If you are a candidate for transplant, your name will be added to the national waiting list.

Rich Matula, kidney transplant patient, with his friend and kidney donor
Living Kidney Donation

For many patients waiting for a transplant, living donation is an alternative option that offers hope.

Helen Te, MD, Medical Director of the Adult Liver Transplant Program, with a patient
Living Liver Donation

Living liver donors can give part of their healthy liver to a transplant patient and end their long wait for treatment.

At The Forefront Live: Kidney Donation

Receiving or donating a kidney is a life‐changing experience. UChicago Medicine nephrologists Dr. Yousef Kyeso and Dr. Sambhavi Krishnamoorthy as well as transplant surgeon Dr. Rolf Barth answer questions about the kidney transplant process.

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World's First Back-to-Back Heart-Liver-Kidney Transplants

UChicago Medicine physicians made history in December 2018 after performing two triple-organ transplants within 27 hours, replacing the failing hearts, livers and kidneys of 29-year-olds Sarah McPharlin and Daru Smith.

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