Operations came in 24-hour period
Surgical teams with Vancouver General Hospital have set a provincial record, performing 10 major life-saving organ transplants in a 24-hour period, Vancouver Coastal Health announced yesterday.
Dr. John Yee, who performed the lung transplants, said the hospital was pressed for time because organs from the two cadaver donors could only be stored for a few hours.
"This is a sudden gift and it’s our responsibility to place (the organs) into patients waiting for them," said Yee.
He added that the extra procedures required additional staffing and rearranging operating room space.
Two double lung, five renal and three liver transplants were performed between Oct. 23 and Oct. 24.
This is the number of transplants VGH usually performs in a month.
Janet Brine’s 23-year-old daughter, Eva Markvoot, suffers from cystic fibrosis. She received a double lung transplant. "Our gain comes at the cost of another person’s loss," she said, choking back tears. "There’s some guilt in knowing that hoping for a donor means waiting for another person to die."