Wisconsin’s Story Of Organ Donation and Transplant Surgery

Guests:
Tony D’Alessandro, M.D.
Interim Chair, Transplant Surgery, UW

Mary Nachreiner
Community/Family Services Specialist
UW Hospital Organ Procurement

With the U.S. Transplant Games scheduled July 30th-August 4th, 2010 in Madison, and the state of Wisconsin recently launching an online organ donor registry, the spotlight is on Wiscosnin as leader in organ donation. In 2000, four weeks after receiving her driver’s license at the age of 16, Mary Nachreiner’s daughter, Kelly, was killed in a automobile accident. Kelly had stated she wanted to be an oran donor, and because of her gift, three people are alive today. Mary Nachreiner took Kelly’s story to the state legislature who quickly passed Kelly’s Law, requiring all drivers’ education programs in Wisconsin to give at least thirty minutes of instruction on organ donation.

Dr. Tony D’Alessandro talks of the major advances that have been made in transplant surgery and of the need for everyone to consider themselves eligible to be a possible organ, tissue or eye donor. For more information go to, www.YesIWillWisconsin.com, and register online today.