The Gift of Life: The Reality Behind Donor Organ Retrieval

The Gift of Life: The Reality Behind Donor Organ Retrieval

by Traci Graf
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The Gift of Life: The Reality Behind Donor Organ Retrieval by Traci Graf

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770853065
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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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The Gift of Life: The Reality Behind Donor Organ Retrieval 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
AnnaGraceAB More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!