Many patients get their transplant through MatchingDonors.com within six months of signing up on this website.
Nineteen people die every day in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, most waiting 7 to 9 years. The team at MatchingDonors.com is working hard to make sure that doesn't happen by finding altruistic living organ donors for people needing kidney transplants.
MatchingDonors has become the most successful nonprofit organization that is finding living altruistic organ donors for patients needing transplants. The MatchingDonors.com website can get over 1.5 million hits in a month.
You can always call us to give you references of past and present patients that you can talk to about their great success with MatchingDonors.com.
Richard Wells, of Mundelein, Illinois received a kidney transplant from an altruistic stranger –Valentine Imonje- from Nairobi, Africa. They found each other on MatchingDonors.com. The transplant was on April 17th, at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago. Both are doing great!!! Transplant #42
(Discovery Channel) Alex Pratt resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with his wife, and two children. He has been suffering from Kidney disease for over 20 years. In 1993, Alex had his first transplant. It lasted nine years, and in 2002 he returned to the brutal routine of dialysis. Alex has waited 4 years for his second transplant, which he would have never received if it weren't for the altruistic donor Karen Holstrom, the website that got them together-MatchingDonors.com and the paired donation program at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
(C-SPAN) Commentator and guests talked about MatchingDonors.com and organ donations and Dr. Satel’s kidney transplant from her friend Virginia Postrel. They also wrote about their experiences in the October 25, 2006, issue of USA Today. They also responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. Sally Satel spoke by video link from Denver. Virginia Postrel spoke by video link from Los Angeles.
Elliot Riley is a Navy medic. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and 2-year-old daughter. Another baby is on the way. Hannah Towner is a former math teacher and mother of three. She's very sick with lupus. Her kidneys are failing and she's running out of time. Hannah lives 800 miles from Elliot, in Virginia, complete strangers until one day last fall. While surfing, Elliot found himself on this Web site, MatchingDonors.com.
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The Ultimate Gift Found Online
(CBS) MatchingDonors.com Links Organ Donors With People In Need Of Transplants. Paul Wagner did an extraordinary thing. In an act of selflessness, he gave away his left kidney to a perfect stranger he found on MatchingDonors.com. Click here to see the CBS News videoThe Longest Wait
(ABCNews Nightline) "More and more Americans are turning to the internet to conduct all facets of their day to day lives. So, if they can make their own case to the public at large and find someone who empathizes with them and is willing to donate an organ, what's wrong with that?" (Ted Koppel about MatchingDonors.com)
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The following quote is from a front page article written about MatchingDonors.com.
(Washington Post) "I don't think we can legislate or regulate how people get to know each other," said UNOS President Francis L. Delmonico. "Once that occurs and someone decides they want to save another person, I don't think we ought to stop that as long as they are medically suitable, are not violating the law and are fully informed."
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(AARP Bulletin) "Organ Transplants Meeting and Matching Online. It shows a number of our donors and patients including a nice front page picture of one of our donors -Sandy Miller who donated a kidney to Angie Carranza.
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(The New England Journal of Medicine) Interview with Dr. Robert Truog and Dr. Jeremiah Lowney on the ethics of organ donation by living donors. Dr. Truog is a professor of medical ethics and anesthesia (pediatrics) in the Department of Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston. Dr. Jeremiah Lowney is the medical advisor of MatchingDonors.com.
(The New York Times) "I turned to MatchingDonors.com, a Web site created last year to help link potential donors and recipients. Once a match is made, the process follows the standard path, with physicians at a transplant center determining whether to proceed with the surgery." (By SALLY SATEL, M.D.)
The clinical ethics committee at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver allowed Bob Hickey's surgery to proceed after the clinical ethics committe met and conditionally approved the arrangement."If crafted carefully, this (MatchingDonors.com) will allow them (donors) to be matched with people who need those organs," says Reginald Washington, chairman of the ethics committee. "This is another tool. If properly used, it could be a very helpful tool." USAToday
MatchingDonors has been featured in national newspapers,TV and radio coverage in both the United States and Canada. Listen a recent 2005 story from National Public Radio:
- It is absolutely against the law to have any financial benefit from organ donation.
There is a potential for complications for this type of surgery. Anyone interested in being an organ donor should contact their physician prior to matching.
MatchingDonors is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by patient memberships, advertisements and donations. If you wish to donate please call us at 781-821-2204.
MatchingDonors.com wants to increase the number of life-saving organ transplants. f you have ever considered becoming a living organ donor or you are someone in need of an organ transplant MatchingDonors.com wants you to get together!