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The Gift of Life: Behind the Scenes of Donor Organ Retrieval

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"Organ transplants are a very controversial and unique area of medicine. Those of us who work as Transplant Coordinators were frequently referred to by hospital staff as 'organ vultures' behind our backs, but also many times within earshot. I felt this reference to extremely ugly birds was unfair and short sighted. I did say once in a while to a difficult staff person, 'if your kid needed a transplant wouldn't you hope that someone was out there being as ethically aggressive about finding an organ as they can?' ...

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Overview

"Organ transplants are a very controversial and unique area of medicine. Those of us who work as Transplant Coordinators were frequently referred to by hospital staff as 'organ vultures' behind our backs, but also many times within earshot. I felt this reference to extremely ugly birds was unfair and short sighted. I did say once in a while to a difficult staff person, 'if your kid needed a transplant wouldn't you hope that someone was out there being as ethically aggressive about finding an organ as they can?' That usually shut them up quickly."
— from the Foreword

One of the miracles of modern medicine is the ability of surgeons to transplant organs. Often, it's the only way to save the life of a person whose own kidneys, lungs, liver or heart are failing. But with barely 2 percent of critically ill patients suitable for organ donation, the demand far exceeds the number of organs that become available.

The Gift of Life is about the remarkable world of organ transplant coordinators, profiles of the men and women who locate and arrange for the donation of organs from those who are dying and wish to live on in others' bodies through this selfless gift. Traci Graf tells the riveting story of this unique and demanding branch of medicine.

Transplant coordinators review the medical files and charts on all patients whose condition is so severe that they are not expected to live. Their task is to convince the patient (or the patient's family) to allow organs to be donated immediately upon death. The transplant coordinator works to saves lives by finding and obtaining consent for as many organ donations as possible.

In The Gift of Life, transplant coordinator Traci Graf recounts the stress, drama and joy of working long hours dealing with emotionally distraught family members and overworked medical staff, and the emotional toll of a job that means the difference between life and death for the recipients.

Packed with riveting first person narrative, The Gift of Life will appeal to anyone interested in modern medical practice and the lives and challenges faced by nurses and doctors who work to offer critically ill patients the gift of life thanks to donors' foresight and generosity.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/24/2014
Drawing on her experience as a transplant coordinator, the author leads the reader through the modern world of organ transplants. Even in states like New Jersey where the law strongly encourages donation, demand for organs will always be much larger than the supply, and the time critical nature of organ harvesting places additional pressures on those involved, from recipients, medical staff and the soon-to-be-bereaved. Although the work begins clinically with the definition of brain death, the author acknowledges that the process is inherently emotional, presenting ethical quandaries even professionals may struggle with. These issues are explored through a series of anecdotes, and while the author is clearly on the pro-donation side, the book does not shortchange the challenges donation presents to the families of the donors. The author's prose is straightforward and clear; professional jargon does not sabotage clarity. The context is quite specific, not just American but East Coast, but Graf does a competent job of using particular experiences to fuel larger conversation. One flaw may be the book's brevity. At just over 200 pages, there are profound limitations to the depth to which the author can explore the issues; some readers may come away wanting more. (Mar.)
New York Journal of Books - Roberta E. Winter
Seriously, the book should be read by anyone contemplating becoming an organ donor, any of the 121,274 folks waiting on the transplant list, or family and friends of the former. Scratch that, this book should be read by anyone looking to make a lasting gi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770853065
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 530,781
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Registered Nurse and first time author Traci Graf has worked in several unique areas of medicine. Starting with a 16-year career as an Operating Room nurse; then moving to nursing in a Psychiatric Emergency Room (Crisis Response Center); followed by a career as a Transplant Coordinator and now as a home health care Case Manager. She enjoys being an RN and helping empower patients to take control of their healthcare. She lives with her family in Merritt Island, Florida.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Brain Death
Chapter 2: How to be a Transplant Coordinator
Chapter 3: A Bad Decision
Chapter 4: Donation after Cardiac Death
Chapter 5: Pablo
Chapter 6: A Typical Day on Call
Chapter 7: It's Like the Wild, Wild West
Chapter 8: Will this Case Ever End?
Chapter 9: Dual Advocacy
Chapter 10: Example of a Letter to a Donor Family
Chapter 11: Pediatric Recovery
Chapter 12: The Family Conversation
Chapter 13: The Heart
Chapter 14: A Champion in Life and Death
Chapter 15: What I Have Learned
Appendix: Transplant Coordinator Checklist
Index

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    This book was recommended to me by a friend who had known that m

    This book was recommended to me by a friend who had known that my sister-in-law was the recipient of an organ donation. It was great to read the other side of the story. I think anyone touched by organ donation should read this book. Excellent Ms. Graf!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    This book was very informative about an important and controvers

    This book was very informative about an important and controversial subject with an emotional human story to tell as well.  A very worthwhile read. I definitely recommend reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! Fascin

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! Fascinating, interesting, informative, dramatic......this book has it all! It has changed my opinion about being a donor and I have already placed it on my license since reading this!

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