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1 million lives saved in the US through organ transplants – Brospar Daily News

The United States has just passed a major milestone in organ donation, reaching 1 million transplants.

“It’s not about a million, it’s about a million,” said Brian Sheppard, chief executive of the United Network for Organ Sharing. “A million people have recovered, not just their health, but their families, workplaces, congregations and communities.”

Sheppard said the United States was the first country in the world to hit 1 million. Cooperation is an important reason why we are so far ahead, he said.

“Some of these organizations, you might think of as competitors, but really in the porting process, people are working together, they’re sharing best practices, they’re sharing what they’ve learned and how the system is progressing,” he said. Say.

The first human organ to be transplanted was a kidney in 1954. Since then, kidneys have led the way, followed by liver, heart and lungs.

Recent advances have also allowed for more non-traditional transplants, Sheppard said.

“The field of hand and face transplants, womb transplants is really emerging and making a huge difference in the lives of people who want children,” he said.

More than 40,000 transplants are performed in the United States each year, double the number 25 years ago.

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