Kan. Congressman Kevin Yoder Reminds Community That Time Is Running Out

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            U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder supports efforts by The University of Kansas Hospital to stop a proposal by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) that would take donor livers from Kansas and give to transplant programs in bigger cities. 

            “The UNOS proposal is very unfair,” Congressman Yoder said. “It will have perverse and unintended consequences in terms of the amount of organs that will be donated and the lives that will be saved.”

            UNOS admits their proposal would result in 200 fewer transplants and zero lives saved.  The proposal also increases transplantation costs by flying livers around the country.  Kansas is among several states in 11 donor regions across the U.S. whose transplant patients will suffer longer wait times and less access to donated livers if the proposal to redistrict and reallocate livers is approved. 

            “We’re trying to get the word out in the community and make the public aware of this mysterious group UNOS and their efforts to change the distribution process,” Yoder said.  “I think it’s a really bad proposal for the Midwest and a really bad proposal nationally.  I believe as people in our community realize this we need them to speak out.”

            Yoder is asking the public to tell UNOS to stop this proposal and concentrate on growing organ donation nationwide.  The public comment period ends Oct. 15.  Click here to comment. The video below has more from Congressman Yoder and shows an animated map of the forced flow of livers if the UNOS proposal is approved.