Pros And Disadvantages Of Transplant

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At the end of 2002, when I was six years old, my youngest sibling was born. Unbeknownst to my family previous to his birth, he had a congenital heart defect called aortic valve stenosis, the narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve (Mayo Clinic). The Ross procedure was performed nine days later, hopefully keeping him alive for the next ten years. However, another valve replacement was needed when he was three years old. Over the next eight years, my brother required another valve replacement, performed in the Cath lab, and had three cases of endocarditis, an infection inside of the heart (Mayo Clinic 2). Eventually, his heart began to fail and the tissue was too soft for another surgical repair. Transplant was the only option left to save his…show more content…
Joseph E. Murray. It was a living kidney transplant from one identical twin to his brother (Petersen). The 1960s saw deceased donors being used for transplantation, the first being a kidney transplant in 1962. In 1962, Dr. James Hardy completed the first successful lung transplant. It was not until 1967 when the first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa by Dr. Christiaan Barnard (“Transplantation”). Immunosuppression drugs, such as cyclosporine, were introduced to increase the success rates of deceased donor transplantation…show more content…
Because most of the entertainment coverage of organ donation and transplantation has been negative for several decades, many people refrain from donating. Only 30-50% of people consent to donating a loved one’s organs and about 30% join a registry (Morgan 2007). Although it may be unintentional, the inaccurate information that the media presents enters their audience’s subconscious, leading them to believe the fallacies they see week after week. Specifically, television programs have an impact on the thoughts and feelings of their audience. In their commentary Representation of Organ Transplantation in Cinema and Television, G.G. Kalra, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Sion Hospital in Mumbai, and D. Bhugra, professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, UK, explain how this
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