Tomorrow, Oct. 15, marks the end of public comment on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) proposal to shift livers from one part of the country to another. Click here to tell UNOS that you want it to STOP trying to fly livers around and focus instead on increasing organ donation across the nation. Nearly 80% of transplant regions and transplant professionals agree the proposal on the table now is fundamentally flawed and will save ZERO lives. Still, UNOS President Stuart Sweet says those votes are not binding in “any way, shape or form”. Even the UNOS proposal shows 200 fewer transplants will happen if their plan is enacted resulting in higher transplant costs and added risks to transplants teams. Moreover, the proposal will take livers from populations with less access to health care, such as minorities in the Southeast, to serve predominantly white populations in the Northeast. The proposal has a similar impact on rural Americans by shifting life-saving organs from smaller towns to bigger cities.
Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation at The University of Kansas Hospital Dr. Sean Kumer explains in the video why a majority of transplant professionals want your help in stopping this proposal. Following his interview, you can see an animated map of the forced flow of livers under the UNOS proposal.