5 Organ Transplant Firsts

The very first successful organ transplant occurred in 1954, a kidney transplant from one identical twin to another. This historical event marked the beginning of successful organ transplants yet it was almost a decade later that other organ transplants would begin to achieve success. In this article we look at the major milestones in organ transplantation history.

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A Living Will: Why You Need One

Unlike a will, or “last will and testament”, which stipulates certain directives after your death, a living will relates to your end-of-life wishes while you are still alive. In a living will, you give certain instructions in the event of a grievous medical condition that would render you unable to make or express your own decisions. It would include your wishes regarding artificial life support and organ donation. In this article we give some tips for creating a living will.

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Should Organ Donors Get Transplant Priority?

Due to the urgent need for more organs, countries are either adopting or considering different methods to increase these numbers. One such method is the concept of transplant priority to people who are already signed up as organ donors.

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Every Organ Counts

When it comes to organ donation, you may be surprised to learn how many different organs from one donor, can be used to save the lives of up to seven people or improve the lives of many more.

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The Heart of Cape Town Museum

The Heart Museum at Groot Schuur hospital, aptly named the Heart of Cape Town is the home of the first ever human heart transplant. The museum offers an engaging and fascinating tour of the theatres where the world’s first successful heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard.

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Exploring Ways to Increase Organ Donation

The critical shortage of organs available for life saving medical procedures is one that governments around the world are tackling in their own imaginative ways, but with varied degrees of success and a fair amount of criticism.

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