We’re honored that these donors and families have made the decision to save lives through organ donation under the HOPE in Action study. With hard work and collaboration between Johns Hopkins, our transplant center partners, and organ procurement organizations across the country, in 2016 we were able to help 20 patients with HIV live fuller, longer, healthier lives after receiving HOPE transplants.
Our research indicates that thousands of lives could be saved by HOPE transplants in the next decade – both those with and without HIV infection who are waiting on the same transplant lists in need of a life-saving transplant. That is a powerful and lasting legacy, and we hope it provides these special donor families some small measure of comfort as they mourn the loss of loved ones.
Every day, when we walk into Johns Hopkins to serve patients and advance the field of transplantation, we are inspired to do our best by the generous patients, donors and families who make our research possible.
With continued hard work by our whole team at Hopkins and beyond, we hope to honor these amazing donors, donor families, and HOPE transplant recipients. We look forward to saving many more lives in 2017 and beyond through safe, legal HIV-HIV organ donation and transplantation under the HOPE Act.
After six years of starting the campaign in Washington D.C. and after three years of passing the HOPE Act, Johns Hopkins performs the first HIV-positive to HIV-positive transplant in the US. ERGOT’s own Dr. Dorry Segev took part in front-running for the change in legislation that now allows the once illegal practice of donating and transplanting HIV-positive organs.