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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 23, 2005

UI Transplant Specialists Perform Record-Setting Organ Donation

Specialists in the Transplant Service at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently performed a historic procedure when they obtained eight organs from a single donor for the first time in the history of the state, according to the Iowa Donor Network.

A surgical team led by Ty Dunn, M.D., UI clinical professor of surgery, played a key role in the procedure on Nov. 6. Two of the organs, both kidneys, went to Iowans on the waiting list. The remaining organs, including the heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and small bowel, benefited three other patients across the United States.

Terence Claypool, 41, of Vinton, Iowa, and Jeffery Johnson, 38, of Chelsea, Iowa, received the donated kidneys. Both were experiencing end-stage renal failure and required frequent dialysis treatments to remove toxins from their blood.

"I was handling the dialysis fairly well, but I was working full time and I was always tired," Johnson said. "Now I'm back to a normal life, my energy is good, I'm even going deer hunting with my daughter."

"I feel great," Claypool said. "This was my second kidney transplant and I'm looking forward to doing all the things I like to do again."

"The donor's family probably can't imagine how much they've helped the people who received their loved one's organs," Johnson added. "There's no way to repay them for what they have done."

Transplant specialists urge everyone to consider giving the gift of life. "This is the perfect time of year, when families are together, to talk to your loved ones and let them know that you wish to donate your organs, tissue or eyes if the opportunity should arise," explained Paul Sodders of the Iowa Donor Network.

You may also sign up to donate organs, tissue or eyes when you obtain or renew your driver's license or via the Internet at www.iowadonorregistry.org.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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