June 18th, 2012

Transplant Recipient Fights For Repeal of HIV Positive Transplant Ban

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We first introduced you to Sherbert and his partner Charles Tripp in March. As Sherbert waited for a transplant at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Tripp, a would-be donor match who is also HIV positive, fought to change a federal  law from the 1980's preventing HIV positive organ donation…Although HIV positive patients can receive organ transplants, they can't donate. While he researched and lobbied for a way to get Sherbert the liver he needed sooner, the call from a healthy donor finally came. "Next thing I know I woke up and I have a new liver," Sherbert said. "I'm ever grateful to whoever it was."

 

First Coast News by Erin Hawley

Tags: First Coast News, HIV-positive, Legal / Leadership, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, organ donation, Transplant

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