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Intestine Transplants

In children, the small intestine is often transplanted in combination with the liver, stomach and pancreas – a multi-organ transplant.

About the Intestine

The intestines – both the small and large – run 25 feet long throughout our bodies, digesting food and helping the body to absorb necessary nutrients while also getting rid of waste products. The small intestine handles much of the nutrient absorption, while the large intestine reabsorbs water from digested foods and sends it back into the blood stream.

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Small intestine issues most often require transplants, as the large intestine is not necessary to sustain life. The small intestine can become damaged and not function properly because of short bowel syndrome caused by conditions like tumors, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases, or congenital heart defects.

Transplant

In children, the small intestine is often transplanted in combination with the liver, stomach and pancreas – a multi-organ transplant.

  • There are currently 259 people waiting for an intestine transplant in the U.S.
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The Interactive Body

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Explore the Interactive Body to learn about organs and tissues needed for others awaiting transplants.

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It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!

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End of Year PR

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Record Year for Gift of Life!

Gift of Life broke two national records for organ donation in 2017. We are so thankful to all donors and donor families who have selflessly given the "gift of life." Read our full statement here.

 

Donor Dash

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Donor Dash – April 15!

SAVE THE DATE! The 23rd Annual Donor Dash will be SUNDAY, APRIL 15 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Registration is now open.

The 2018 Donor Dash will feature 10K and 5K runs, a 3K walk, and a Kids Fun Run. This special event attracts people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

Register today: donordash.org

 
 
 
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