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More people on the national transplant waiting list are waiting for a kidney than for any other organ. How are you connected to kidney donation? Let us know in ...the comments with an emoji. 🙂 #DonateLife Register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor and learn more about becoming a living donor at

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WELD: Women Encouraging Living Donation

World Kidney Day AND International Women’s Day. What a coincidence.
Women dominate as living donors—75% in the world, 64% in the US. So thank a woman today—not only for bringing life but for bringing it again. Bring it!

More good news...

A group of strangers got the kidneys they needed thanks to one selfless donation that set off a chain reaction

Our VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center is one of only three transplant centers across the U.S. conducting a trial that’s taking kidney disease patients off the waiting list and giving them a new chance at life. Learn more from WCVE

Dr. Guarav Gupta, a transplant nephrologist, explained that the clinical trial uses a deceased donor’s kidney infected with Hepatitis C, “Put them into patients without Hepatitis C and then, either eradicate the virus up front or treat if the patient develops an infection.” Dr. Richard St...

This is good news. There was also a report aired by our local WCVE-FM station.…/VCU_Health_is_involved_in_a_clinical…

Doctors at the VCU Health Hume-Lee Transplant Center are conducting a clinical trial that’s taking kidney disease patients off the waiting list and giving them a new chance at life.

Here is a good question --

Who pays for Organ Donation surgery?

Generally, the recipient's medical insurance or Medicare will cover the expenses of testing and screening, surgery, and post-op recovery.


The Life Donor may need to cover his/her own out of pocket expenses.

The National Living Donor Assistance Program may help to cover expenses for those who can't afford travel and subsistence expenses associated with an organ donation.

The American Transplant Association may help with lost wages, and help to cover expenses such as: mortgage or rent, utilities, car payment or insurance.

The donor's faith based organization may also be able to pitch in with either volunteers, meals, and/or with covering some expenses after the surgery. (I know that in my denomination, clergy and bishops have discretionary funds that may be taped to support a member's organ donation.) Also, there's always the possibility for organizing a fund-raiser.

The Living Organ Donor Network offers the possibility of buying life, disability and medical insurance for complications that may arise from being a kidney donor.

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Cristina, a long time RVA resident, a VCU and UR graduate, and an amazing Elementary School Teacher in Henrico County needs a Kidney Transplant due to a condition she has suffered from her early teens


We will greatly appreciate your willingness to visit, like, follow, and share the Miracle4Cristina Facebook page.

Doing so will create our greatest chance of success in finding Cristina a living kidney donor. Spread the word...the more the better chances she will have!

If you are so moved, you can communicate your interest in sharing a bit of your life, so our Cristina can continue what she greatly loves – teaching kids and being a shining light for friends, family, and students. Please contact Cristina through the Facebook page. Every day counts!

If you have any question about transplants, you will find some answers visiting TheLifeDonor Facebook page, @TheLifeDonor.
Cristina is being cared for at the VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center in Richmond, Virginia. The Center is a national leader in the use of robotic surgery for donor removal of a kidney. The benefits of robotic surgery include increased dexterity, precision and control for the surgeon, and decreased surgical trauma, pain and recovery time for the donor.

For more information please visit today the Miracle4Cristina Facebook page.
– Thank you!!

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What about Kidney Donation surgery?

Any healthy person can donate a kidney. When a Life Donor donates a kidney, the remaining kidney will enlarge slightly as it takes over the work of two kidneys. Donors do not need medication or special diets once they recover from surgery. As with any major operation, there is a chance of complications, but kidney donors have the same life expectancy, general health, and kidney function as most other people. The kidney loss does not with a woman's ability to have children.

If a Life Donor successfully completes a full medical, surgical, and psychosocial evaluation they will undergo the removal of one kidney. Most transplant centers in the United States use a laparoscopic surgical technique for the kidney removal. This form of surgery, performed under general anesthesia, uses very small incisions, a thin scope with a camera to view inside of the body, and wand-like instruments to remove the kidney.

Compared with the large incision operation used in the past, laparoscopic surgery has greatly improved the donor's recovery process in several ways:
>> Decreased need for strong pain medications
>> Shorter recovery time in the hospital
>> Quicker return to normal activities
>> Very low complication rate

The operation takes 2-3 hours. Recovery time in the hospital is typically 1-3 days. Life Donors often are able to return to work as soon as 2-3 weeks after the procedure.

In the field of living donor kidney transplantation, the VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center in Richmond, Virginia, is a national leader in the use of robotic surgery for donor nephrectomies (kidney removal). The benefits of robotic surgery include increased dexterity, precision and control for the surgeon, and decreased surgical trauma, pain and recovery time for the patient.

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January 20
Gustavo Mansilla

Here are some good news...

A "kidney swap" empowers families who each have donors who aren't compatible for their loved one.

Yep... Three Cheers for the Life Donor!! (And, yes, you may be aware that we are looking for a donor for our own Cristina... So, do spread the word.... Thanks!)

Jeff Bramstedt from California had never met Melinda Ray but he flew to Colorado to save her life.

To keep in your prayers and thoughts. Would you consider sharing this page? Thank you!

Cristina is a wonderful teacher and friend, and needs a kidney soon. Our mission is to help her find a miracle living donor.

Have you ever thought what would be the best Christmas present?

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Sincerely yours!

What stops you from being a Life Donor?

According to UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing, as of 5 pm, November 27, 2017, there are 116,115 patients awaiting a life-saving donation of an organ. And every 10 minutes, one more patient is added to the list.


Unfortunately, for me it is too late in life that I have come to be aware about the life-saving gift of organ donation – becoming a Life Donor. Had I known what I know now, I believe that I would have volunteered to be a Life Donor. Nevertheless, I have done what I can. I signed a Living Will and communicated my wishes to my family, I have it registered with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles), Donate Life Virginia (, and all my doctors have copies. My drivers license carries the symbol of organ donation, and I carry a record information card with my Virginia Life Donation center’s donor number. Thus, even I have an accident far away from home, doctors and the Rescue Squad will know what to do.

Each and every life is precious to their family, friends, society at large, and under the eyes of God. Each merit the chance to live a fruitful and productive life, surrounded by their families, friends, and neighbors – If only we are willing to become Life Donors. One organ, tissue, and eye donor can save and heal up to 75 lives!

Be now, or after death, a Life Donor. For life is the precious gift with which we have been endowed -- Life to be treasured and celebrated, life to be nurtured and enriched, and, yes, life to be shared!

For the truth is -- We do not live to ourselves. Alive and dead, we still are God's beloved children.

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If I register to be a donor, how can I be sure that I’ll really be dead when organs and tissues are recovered?

Organ donation is only accepted following the declaration of death by a doctor who is not involved in transplantation. In order to donate organs, a patient must be declared brain dead, or in cases where a family requests withdrawal of ventilator support, declared dead by cardiac criteria. Brain death is the complete and irreversible loss of all brain function, the brain stem and therefore, the patient has NO CHANCE OF RECOVERY. To be a legal determination, Virginia Code requires two physicians to make this declaration based on clinical exams and nationally accepted brain death testing methods. The first and foremost job of healthcare professionals at any hospital is to do everything they can to try and save your life. It is only after all of these efforts have been exhausted and death has been declared that organ, tissue and eye donation would even be considered.

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If I become an organ donor, would hospital staff let me die to harvest my organs?

If you are sick or injured, and an Ambulance or the Rescue Squad must be called in, or if you are admitted to a hospital, the one and only ethical and medical priority is to save your life, to restore you to health, and to provide medical care according to the directions you may have established by signing an Advanced Medical Directive. Period.

Organ donation doesn't become a possibility until all lifesaving methods have failed. Top hospitals and other health related organizations involved in organ transplantation are regulated and the medical records are generally open to evaluation and research. Plus, perhaps with a bit of tongue-in-cheek, just one word, “Lawyers.”

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