February 15, 2019

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

By Karl W 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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