"We see patients who have received and are doing well after an organ transplant who might not have lived ... if we had not had this program in place," says Dr. Ajit Limaye.
In the first year of a new protocol, UW Medicine specialists transplanted 13 patients with donor organs – seven hearts and six livers – from people who had active hepatitis C before they died.
Lauren Beste, a general internist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, treats hepatitis C patients at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
If you needed a heart transplant, would you choose to get a donor heart that would also infect you with hepatitis C? That's the decision Kerry Hayes had to make.
UW Medicine is declaring success with the Pacific Northwest’s first heart-transplant recipient to purposely acquire the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the donor organ and then have the disease eradicated by antiviral medication.