Earlier this year, eight of 11 transplant regions in the U.S. voted
thumbs down on a UNOS proposal to reallocate livers and yet the President of UNOS
says the votes are not binding in 'any way, shape or form'. Currently, lawmakers
from the same eight regions are sending another letter to Health and Human Services
(the first was sent in 2014) asking Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell to direct the
OPTN to withdraw the “Redesigning Liver Distribution” proposal immediately!
Keep Transplants Fair remains actively engaged in watching and publically
sharing the actions of the Liver Intestine Transplantation Committee as well as the UNOS Board of Directors to make certain the voices of transplant community experts, patients, donors and lawmakers are not diminished in ‘any way, shape or form’.
The first Facebook LIVE is Monday, Dec. 5, from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., during a special luncheon broadcast from the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. Dr. Seth Karp, professor and chair of surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will speak to UNOS board members on behalf of the eight transplant regions who oppose the redistricting proposal. Dr. Sander Florman, director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute, Mt. Sinai Medical Center will speak in favor of redistricting.
Watch their presentations LIVE at https://www.facebook.com/keeptransplantsfair/ and share via your Facebook pages.
The second Facebook LIVE is Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dr.
Ryutaro Hirose, University of California San Francisco Medical Center and chair of the Liver and Intestine Transplantation Committee will present to the Board on behalf of the Liver Committee during the afternoon open OPTN session The presentation will focus on the themes that came out of the public comment period on the redistribution and the National Liver Review Board proposals, possible changes to the redistribution proposal based on that public comment, and alternative solutions that have been suggested (such as the neighborhood model). The Board will then discuss and provide direction to the Liver Committee on next steps.
Watch his presentation LIVE at https://www.facebook.com/keeptransplantsfair/ and share via your Facebook pages.
The Facebook LIVE broadcast provides immediate and open access to the public and journalists to follow this important story first hand. UNOS board members are not required to seek public comment before taking a vote. The video below has more information regarding these important LIVE broadcasts.