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🧵 In the US, until recently, your chances of receiving a donated #liver w/in 30 days would vary significantly depending on where you lived—as low as 1%, or as high as 60%. Remember Steve Jobs' speedy liver transplant? He got on multiple waitlists...🧵…
For decades, experts and providers have been pressing for a more equitable system of organ allocation, one that would even the odds between, say, a patient in a dense urban center with a long waitlist and a patient in a more rural, statistically healthier area with a short one.
For almost 50 years, the system in place was an outgrowth of informal sharing networks between doctors and medical centers, resulting in a web of organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and donation service areas (DSAs) spread out across the country. #donatelife
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🩸🦠 Tainted Love 🦠🩸

Covid convalescent and those vaxxed for Covid may continue to have the spike protein or the S1 subunit circulating in their blood for some time after recovery or
after💉,research studies show>
Some of those people will have a "delayed onset" reaction of Long Covid or delayed Adverse Event related to the coagulation cascade, immune response and inflammation caused by the spike protein. This may not occur for weeks or a year after 💉or after recovery from illness.>
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Hey Twitter! Excited about getting out of lockdown? Ready to download your COVID digital passport? It’s super simple - just go to the Medicare app. But while you’re there, let’s talk about something else you could do which could save lives and takes only a couple of minutes 1/7
REGISTER AS AN ORGAN DONOR There are around 1,800 Australians currently waitlisted for a transplant and more than 12,000 additional people on dialysis — many who may need a kidney transplant. 2/7
In 2020, there was a 16% decrease in the number of donors compared to 2019. Organ donation is a rare event. Only around 2% of people who die in Australian hospitals – approximately 1,300 – meet the criteria required to be an organ donor. 3/7
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On the night of January 6, 1968, @StanfordMed surgeon Norman Shumway transplanted the heart of 43-year-old Virginia White into the chest of 54-year-old Mike Kasperak. It was the first adult heart transplant to be performed in the United States. #medhistory #DonateLife Dr. Norman ShumwayMike Kasperak and wifeVirginia White
By 1967, Shumway had already spent over a decade researching heart transplantation. In 1959, he and Richard Lower had performed the world's first successful heart transplant in a dog. Thus it was widely expected that he would be the first to perform a human heart transplant.
On Nov. 20, 1967, Shumway's team announced they were ready to attempt heart transplant in a human. However, just weeks later, on Dec. 3, Christiaan Barnard took the world, and Shumway, by surprise when he reported the world's first human heart transplant.
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This #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we honor Danny Eschief, who saved and healed 20 people through organ and tissue donation back in 2016.

He worked as a tribal recreation coordinator with the Gila River Indian Community—specifically the Akimel O’Otham tribe. (cont. in thread)
His daughter, Debbie Eschief (pictured with her daughters), says people were easily drawn to Danny, and that’s why he was so successful in bringing the Native community together through sports. He had a community first mentality, helping others even after passing. (cont.)
“We never really talked about organ donation in our Native culture and our traditions,” Debbie says about when she learned her father had registered himself. “He just said, ‘If somebody can use it, I rather somebody benefit.’” (cont.)
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Anyone remember the young man pictured here with Princess Di? On Aug 13, 1985, at 3 years old, Jamie Gavin of Dublin made headlines internationally as the youngest person at the time to undergo heart-lung transplant. The surgery was performed by Sir Magdi Yacoub. #CHD #DonateLife
Jamie was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (#HLHS). Surgical options then were few. Bill Norwood had only just published his initial series on HLHS palliation; most centers remained wary. In 1984, another baby with HLHS, Baby Fae, received a baboon heart transplant.
Just 5 months before Jamie's operation, Yacoub's team had performed a heart-lung transplant on 5yo Brooke Matthews of Australia, who was at the time the youngest heart-lung recipient. Her story generated drama when her father held up a hamburger stand to help pay for her surgery!
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