February 15, 2019

Thousands of people are waiting for life-saving organ transplants in Arizona

By Karl Oestreich

KPNX Arizona
by Hayden Packwood

People frequently die waiting on an organ transplant. According to Donate Life America, every 10 minutes another person is added to the organ KPNX-12 NBC Phoenixwaiting list while 22 people die each day waiting for that lifesaving transplant. Dr. Eric Steidley, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, says people die waiting even before they get referred to a transplant center. "Because people don't realize how sick someone is," Steidley said.

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Context: Eric Steidley, M.D. is a cardiologist with Mayo Clinic's Transplant Center and is a specialist with Mayo's Heart Transplant Program. Experts in heart and lung surgery (cardiac and thoracic surgeons) perform more than 90 heart transplants a year at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. People turn to Mayo Clinic for help with a wide range of heart diseases. To register as an organ donor, please visit Donate Life America.

Contacts:  Jim McVeigh, Lynn Closway

 

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