LifeShare of Oklahoma has made national history by being the first organ procurement organization (OPO) in the U.S. to successfully own, operate and place a liver for transplant following preservation on the OrganOx metra.
This represents the first time a liver has been clinically transplanted in the U.S. after being preserved on the metra by an OPO-based preservation team. Prior to this, all U.S. transplants involving the device have either been conducted by transplant center teams as part of the
Perfusion and preservation of organs has become a heavily explored area of medical advancement in hopes of providing more organs for transplant to decrease the national waiting list. LifeShare has grown their use of perfusion technology to improve both the number and quality
“When we started down this path to grow our liver preservation efforts last November, the vision was to bring this important, new lifesaving technology to LifeShare to further our mission of saving more lives,” shared Jeffrey Orlowski, President and Chief Executive Officer
The Clinical Innovation Center is a new 19,000 square foot state of the art clinical facility built to support LifeShare’s core purpose of saving and healing lives, along with medical advancement in donation and transplantation.
“The work LifeShare is doing is a major step forward in liver preservation,” said Orlowski. “Our work is proof that an OPO-based liver perfusion system can be successfully implemented, thereby broadening efforts to save more lives across the nation.”
Milton grew up athletic but was diagnosed with a disease that affected his kidneys and soon needed a transplant. One day, an anonymous donor saved his life by donating a kidney to him. They met and became like family.
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José was born with chronic renal failure. At age 10, José's health started to decline and he was placed back on the list. His family is thankful for the wonderful lifesaving gift he received.
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Stacy had an infectious laugh that made everyone around her feel like a friend. With her unwavering character, it was no surprise she was an organ donor. Stacey saved six lives through donation.
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