While a living donor’s evaluation and surgical expenses are paid for by the recipient’s insurance, the follow-up care (required for two years post-surgery) is not. Consequently, follow-up for many living donors is inconsistent, and on a bigger scale, the long-term data for living donors is tragically incomplete.
The University of Maryland Medical Center has established the first living donor follow-up clinic in the country, opening its doors on July 3, 2008.
“…to promote the lifelong physical and mental health and wellness of our living donors.” says UMMC associate professor and transplant surgeon Matthew Cooper, M.D.
On August 7, Nashville recording artists gathered in Falling Waters, W.VA to raise over $5000 for the clinic.
If you would like to donate to UMMS foundation, specifically the Transplant Fund (including the living donor follow-up clinic), you can do so here.
(After an exhaustive web search, it appears the clinic doesn’t have a website or page of its own and the UMMC website contains very little additional information. If you find some, please leave it in the comments, or send me an email. thanks!)