How Hepatitis C-positive heart transplants could help address the organ donor shortage

Jane Poston received a lifesaving heart transplant two years ago at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health. Hospitalized and extremely ill, Jane relied upon her husband Charles to make critical medical decisions. Charles’ choice to accept a hepatitis C-positive heart for Jane was the first step in saving her life … Continue reading How Hepatitis C-positive heart transplants could help address the organ donor shortage

Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Lifesaving it may be, organ transplantation carries a life sentence, so to speak — that is, anyone who receives a donor organ also gets a lifetime prescription for anti-rejection medication. It’s for good reason: These drugs suppress your immune system’s natural defenses so that your body doesn’t attack (or “reject”) the new organ. But in … Continue reading Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Third Chance at Life: Life after two organ transplants

In 1986, Rhonda Jung was diagnosed with a rare type of liver cancer called Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma that could not be treated by radiation or chemotherapy. Rhonda, who was 24 at the time, was Baylor University Medical Center’s 61st liver transplant recipient. Rhonda said that getting a liver transplant changed her outlook on life. Once she … Continue reading Third Chance at Life: Life after two organ transplants

Living liver donors shorten wait times for those needing a transplant

For many people, waiting on a liver transplant can take years on the current wait list. According to Donate Life Texas, an average of 18 people die every day waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. The traditional organ donor model of waiting on a deceased donor organ to match the recipient has created significant wait … Continue reading Living liver donors shorten wait times for those needing a transplant

Dialysis or transplant? During kidney failure, know your options

Dialysis and kidney transplantation are treatments for severe kidney failure. When kidneys are no longer working effectively, waste products and fluid build up in the blood. When they fail – often because of diabetes, high blood pressure or hereditary conditions – the damage can spread to other parts of the body. There is a shortage … Continue reading Dialysis or transplant? During kidney failure, know your options

Heart transplant recipient ‘Jane’ recovering well, issues call for organ donation

“Jane,” the Dallas patient whose heart transplant was covered live on social media last week, is recovering well, her doctors report. She was transferred out of the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas intensive care unit late last week and is now being monitored on a patient floor, where she is undergoing physical therapy and … Continue reading Heart transplant recipient ‘Jane’ recovering well, issues call for organ donation

Mythbusters: Organ Donation

Scott & White Healthcare has been performing organ donation since 1997, beginning with kidney transplant. Since then, we’ve successfully transplanted more than 500 kidneys. Scott & White Healthcare also offers pancreas, heart and lung transplants. Cinda Courtney, Transplant Coordinator at Scott & White Healthcare, busts some myths about organ donation. MYTH: My doctor will hasten … Continue reading Mythbusters: Organ Donation