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Project Donor: Transforming Lives of Potential Kidney Donors and Patients

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Project Donor: Transforming Lives of Potential Kidney Donors and Patients

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In the United States, over 70 kidney transplants are conducted daily. Yet, weight and smoking history often become significant barriers for potential donors, leading to their rejection. However, with programs like Project Donor, these barriers are being tackled head-on to turn potential donors into successful ones. This article delves into the story of Rachel Watson, a digital marketer, and her journey from being rejected as a kidney donor due to her weight to successfully donating her kidney after shedding 17 pounds with the help of Project Donor.

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Project Donor: An Overview

Project Donor is an initiative from the University of Chicago aimed at helping potential kidney and liver donors who get turned away due to weight or smoking issues. The program's primary goal is to reduce the number of potential donors who fail to qualify by providing assistance in weight loss and smoking cessation. Along with these, the program also offers financial assistance for the donors' transportation and wages lost during recovery. Since its inception, Project Donor has worked with 170 prospective patients, and 25 of them have met their donation goals.

Rachel Watson's Story

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Rachel Watson, who initially faced rejection as a kidney donor due to her weight, joined Project Donor and turned her life around. With 17 pounds lost through Noom, a weight loss program, Watson was accepted as a donor and successfully donated her kidney. Her story is a testament to the potential of Project Donor in transforming lives and addressing the prevalent issues in organ donation.

The Impact of Project Donor

Project Donor is making a significant impact by addressing the financial barriers associated with organ donation. It provides much-needed support and resources to donors, making the process smoother and less stressful. By assisting potential donors in overcoming hurdles like weight and smoking, the program is boosting the number of successful donations, thereby potentially saving more lives.

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Expanding the Scope of Organ Donation

The program's success has inspired the introduction of three new programs that have replaced the Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) – genitourinary organ (GU) program. These programs, together with Project Donor, aim to facilitate organ donations across the United States. Additionally, recent kidney monitoring reports indicate that the new kidney policies are working as intended, and lung-alone transplants have risen by 11.2 percent.

The Future of Organ Donation

With programs like Project Donor, the future of organ donation looks promising. The program's efforts to connect with every organization facilitating organ donations across the United States exemplify this optimism. With continued endeavors and success stories like Rachel Watson's, the number of potential donors turned away can be significantly reduced. The initiative also serves as a beacon of hope for patients needing a transplant, like Miracle Springer Millsap, a 7-year-old girl with polycystic kidneys and a rare cancer, and her family who are earnestly looking for a donor.

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