Local organ transplant recipients, along with representatives from the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), recognized CAMC nurses for their dedication and support of the hospital’s organ donation program on Sept. 12 at CAMC General Hospital. Several organ recipients shared their inspirational stories of how receiving the gift of life changed their lives and how appreciative they are for the skilled and compassionate nurses and physicians who are involved in the transplant process.
Because CAMC is home to the only kidney transplant center in the state, viable kidneys can be transplanted to matching recipients on site. Nearly 1,000 kidney transplants have been performed at CAMC over the past 25 years, including 24 transplants to date in 2012.
CAMC also participates in other organ, tissue and eye donations. Although these transplants do not take place at CAMC, many lives are saved from organs and tissue donated here. To date, CAMC has had 22 organ donors, 23 tissue donors, and 27 cornea donors in 2012.
“One person can save up to eight lives through organ donation and assist dozens of others with life enhancing tissue and eye donation,” said Holly Mitchell, CORE’s regional professional services liaison. “It is very important to share with your family your wishes regarding donation. The best way to do that is to have it appear on your driver’s license. It is also important to make family and friends aware of your wishes or to sign an Advanced Medical Directive.”
Pictured (L to R): Donald Grant – LeRoy, WV (heart recipient, 2003); Bernard Cobb – Ripley, WV (heart recipient, 2000); Olivia Epling – Cool Ridge, WV (liver recipient, 1997); John Oesterle – Parkersburg, WV (double lung recipient, 2006)