Albany Med sees record number of organ donors

Emily De Vito
Created: May 04, 2021 01:56 PM

ALBANY - While the coronavirus pandemic has dominated the healthcare industry the past year, the need for organ donors remained high.

At Albany Medical Center, they say they saw a record response to the need.

It's a startling statistic. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, 17 people die a day waiting for an organ transplant.

At Albany Medical Center, they're trying to change that statistic.

In 2020, more Albany Med patient families agreed to donate their loved ones' organs. Forty-five families chose to give the gift of life, which saved 70 lives.

The donation process is a complex and sensitive one. Doctors work with the Center for Donation and Transplant.

The head of neurology at Albany Med says building trust with patients' families is important.

It's not just deceased donors that save lives. It's also living donors.

Hear from a woman who received a lifesaving transplant at Albany Med, and how her family turned to social media to find a donor by watching the video of Emily DeVito's story.

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