4 people helped save or enhance the lives of 12 people through organ donation and transplant during 1 weekend at Upstate
Transplant surgeon Mark Laftavi, MD, tells about a particularly busy weekend recently during which four patients at Upstate University Hospital became organ donors. Their gifts helped save or enhance the lives of 12 people. Laftavi, the interim chief of transplant services and the director of the pancreas program, explains how transplants are accomplished. Upstate's kidney transplant program is doing a growing number of living donor transplants, in which a person donates one of his or her healthy kidneys to someone with severe kidney disease. Laftavi also talks about pancreas transplants and how some people receive both a kidney and a pancreas in a single operation.