Game Changers  
    Volume VIII, Issue 49 | Dec. 6, 2019    
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University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Study Shows Increased Transplant Organ Availability Largely Due to Opioid Deaths
Researchers at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine have found that the increased availability of transplant organs over the past decade was mostly caused by the opioid crisis. The study was published in the journal Clinical Transplant.
"The data suggests the increase in organ availability is not due to large scale systematic improvements in the procurement system," said associate professor David Goldberg, MD, a transplant hepatologist at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine and co-author on the paper. "On the national level, it is almost exclusively a byproduct of this ongoing tragedy. These are families and donors who saved lives in a final act of generosity. These transplants are lifesaving and we should honor -never diminish or mislabel - the circumstances of any donor's gift."
Memorial Performs 50th Adult Heart Transplant
After living what he describes as a health "rollercoaster" nearly his entire life, Alex Lacroix's heart finally failed in late September. The North Miami resident had been living with end stage heart disease for more than two years, with a previously implanted left ventricular assist device (LVAD) helping his weakened heart pump enough blood to keep him alive. But, ultimately, even that technology wasn't enough.

"I had no choice but to be hospitalized until I got myself a transplant," said the married father. "That's how I ended up here under the care of all the great nurses and doctors who kept me afloat until I could get this wonderful miracle."

"Here" was the Memorial Transplant Institute at Memorial Regional Hospital and Lacroix's "miracle" was the 50th adult heart transplant performed at the Hollywood facility, a successful surgery that took place November 3.
Dr. Thomas Klein of Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach is interviewed on WFLX Fox 29
Dr. Thomas Klein of GSMC is interviewed on WFLX Fox 29