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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.

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Jenna Valle, liver transplant recipient and Onyi Kenine, liver transplant recipient

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.

Learn more about the waiting list.

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 Family House Caregiver Lifeline Program offers great resources to learn about the waiting list, what to expect, caregiver and Family House information, and more.

Learn what to expect while awaiting an organ transplant.

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 Family House

Gift of Life Family 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.

The Family 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.

Learn more about Gift of Life Family House.