PATIENTS

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LORI FELBER

Kidney Transplant Patient

I received alarming news in 2001 that I would need a kidney transplant in the future. After being placed on the waiting list for a kidney, my loving husband, Matt, donated one of his, and my life changed for the best. However, after taking even low doses of anti-rejection medicine, I suffered through many health issues, including skin cancer, high blood sugar, shingles, and chronic urinary tract infections as a result of the toxic drugs. Being removed from these drugs would be amazing, and I often wonder how long a donor kidney could last without them. I look forward to the ongoing progress of Dr. Leventhal’s promising clinical trial in regulatory T cell therapy and can only imagine the quality of life that future transplant recipients could have without being dependent on lifelong anti-rejection medicine.”

TRANSPLANTS PERFORMED IN THE U.S. BY ORGAN TYPE

Organ
Transplanted

Kidney

Liver

Heart

Lung

Pancreas

Total


2021

22,817

8,906

3,658

2,539

135

38,055


2022

24,669

9,236

3,817

2,524

143

40,389

Source: unos.org