Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center will be featured in Living the Miracle: Transplant Stories, set to air on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 11:30 a.m. on WJZ-TV (CBS). The documentary focuses on the center's transplant program and the significant advances that have been made in treating transplant patients.
The show is hosted by newscaster Faith Daniels, who introduces viewers to four patients who have received or are about to receive kidney or liver transplants. Their personal stories address both medical advances and lifestyle issues.
The program is sponsored by Fujisawa, a corporation that produces medications used to prevent organ rejection.
"The art and science of transplantation has evolved immensely over the past two decades," said Andrew S. Klein, chief of transplantation at the Comprehensive Transplant Center. "What was once an experimental operation for a small number of critically ill people now has been expanded to embrace a large number of patients on a daily basis."
The show includes discussions with national leaders in the field of transplantation, who explore recent advancements.
"Before 1980, patient survival rates after transplantation were dismal because of our inability to control organ rejection," Klein said. "Today resources are available that allow us to correct this problem."
As of November, there were 66,400 people on the national organ donor waiting list.