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April marks National Donate Life Month. To bring attention to the importance of organ donation, Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute’s associates and patients placed over 800 pinwheels in the lawn in front of Methodist University Hospital, 1265 Union Ave The pinwheels represent the number of people waiting on the transplant list at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute.
The pinwheel’s four sails supported by one stem symbolizes the power one person has to be an organ, eye, tissue or living donor. It symbolizes that we all have the potential to capture and pass on life.
“The Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute is a large, comprehensive transplant center with a highly experienced team capable of managing very complicated cases. Our goal is to help as many patients as possible, so during National Donate Life Month, we feel it’s important to educate people about the importance of organ donation.” said James Eason, MD, medical director of the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute and Professor and Division Chief of the Transplant Division for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “Transplant surgery helps patients return to a quality of life that is the same or even better than what they enjoyed before becoming ill. We are gratified when we can make a difference in the lives of our patients.”
Nationally recognized for its success with kidney, liver, kidney-pancreas, and pancreas transplants, Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute has been a leader in the field for more than 40 years.
Partnering with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute focuses on research breakthroughs, excellence in surgical techniques and meticulous post-operative care to improve the quality of life and the life expectancy for organ transplant patients.