Resources for Transplant Patients
If you or a loved one needs an organ transplant, understanding what’s involved can help you to prepare for your transplant journey.
Organ transplant waiting list
When you are an approved candidate for transplant you are added to a national waiting list maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). The UNOS system generates potential matches based on medical criteria, urgency, wait time, expected benefit and proximity to the donor. Gift of Life uses this list to link donor organs with patients in the most dire need of a transplant based on a nationally approved set of criteria.
Waiting for a transplant
If you or a loved one needs a transplant, understanding what’s involved can help you to prepare and achieve a successful outcome. Waiting for a transplant is stressful and it’s helpful to hear how others made it through the process. Gift of Life Howie’s House Caregiver Lifeline Program offers great resources to learn about the waiting list, what to expect, caregiver and Gift of Life Howie’s House information, and more.
How to prepare for Transplant
Anticipating and preparing for an organ transplant can be daunting. Dr. Ali Steinhauser is a certified psychologist and heart-transplant recipient. Click through to watch her video providing advice for preparing for transplant.
Gift of Life Howie’s House
Gift of Life Howie’s House is a “home away from home” for transplant patients and their families. It provides temporary living and support services to people who travel to Philadelphia to receive transplant care.
Gift of Life Howie’s House serves families of patients being evaluated for transplant; families of hospitalized patients awaiting and undergoing transplant; transplant recipients returning for follow-up care on an outpatient basis; living donors and their families.