Organ Donors: Connected For Life

Watch "Connected for Life" on 7online. (WABC)
May 5, 2014 8:41:54 AM PDT
We New Yorkers, so proud of our "top dog status" in so many areas, are now last when it comes to donating life-saving organs. Every other state in the nation has more organ donors than New York.WABC-TV, in connection with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is inviting viewers to answer the call to be an organ donor. We'll sort through the myths and talk to the experts. "Organ Donors: Connected for Life" is a half-hour special hosted by Eyewitness News Anchor Liz Cho.

We'll learn about living donors and hear how one young man from New Jersey donated a piece of his liver to his brother and how they're both on a crusade to spread the word about the importance of registering to be an organ donor. We'll see how a donated kidney changed the quality of life of a Staten Island man and a Broadway actor.

Deceased donors are heroes to many families in our area, including a young father with a new heart. Outreach and education is crucial and we'll see what's being done to raise awareness. We'll hear from former NFL pro Boomer Esiason about his personal reasons for bringing awareness to this issue. And we'll get answers to the most asked questions when it comes to organ donation.

Experts featured include physicians and surgeons from NY-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center and the New York Organ Donor Network.

Note: Recently, "Connected for Life" from 2013 was awarded the New York Emmy award for a special in the Societal Concerns category.

We hope you can join us for "Organ Donors: Connected for Life" on Saturday, April 26th at 7 p.m.

Resources Featured on our Show:

Where to register as an organ donor:
New York State:

NY Organ Donor Network registry
24 Hour Hospital Referral Line 1-800-GIFT-4-NY

New Jersey:

New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network


To find out how to register in your state go to:

National Registry
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

Kidney Registry:
For information about donating a kidney and kidney chains:
Bone Marrow Registry:

Hospital/Doctor information:

New York-Presbyterian Hospital
877-NYP-WELL (9355)

Weill Cornell Medical College

Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NY-Presbyterian

Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Jean Emond
Vice Chair and Director of Transplantation, NY- Presbyterian/Columbia

Dr. Sandip Kapur / Chief of Transplant Surgery
New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
Dr. Sandip Kapur

Dr. Linda Addonizio
Director of Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Heart Failure and Transplantation,
NY-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Dr. Linda Addonizio

Dr. Lloyd Ratner, Surgeon Director of Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation/ Attending Surgeon Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation
NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Lloyd Ratner

Dr. Benjamin Samstein Surgical Director/ Attending Surgeon, Living Donor Liver Transplant Program
NY-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Dr. Benjamin Samstein

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