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Hospital sets transplant record; looking to break it

JACKSON – Teams at the University of Mississippi Medical Center transplanted a record 103 kidneys last year, a figure they could surpass in 2013 even while preparing to restart liver transplantations following a 22-year hiatus.

“This record stands as a benchmark as we work toward becoming a complete abdominal-organ transplant center,” said Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs.
No other health care facility in Mississippi transplant organs.

With approval in late January from the United Network for Organ Sharing, the governing body for organ transplantation in the U.S., UMMC cleared the final regulatory hurdle to perform liver transplants. UMMC last performed a liver transplant in 1991.

The first case for the renewed liver-transplant program could come this year. The team will begin evaluating and listing patients for liver transplants immediately.

The 103 kidney transplants in 2012facilitated another record figure. Last year the highest percentage ever of Mississippi-donated kidneys stayed in the state.

Also in 2012, the teams performed the first of two kidney transplants ever in the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. Previously pediatric patients received their transplants in University Hospital.

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