After the sudden closure of Hawaii Medical Center East, the only option for transplant patients is to travel to the mainland.
Officials at Queen’s say they anticipate that they were be able to begin services for liver transplant patients within a few weeks.
The United Network of Organ Sharing, the national approval organization for organ transplantation, approved Queen’s application to perform liver transplants on January 25.
Requests to perform kidney, pancreas and heart transplants are still under review by UNOS.
On Saturday, Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law House Bill 608, which will provide The Queen’s Medical Center with $1.5 million to help start up the new program. Another $300,000 was donated to the hospital by the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.
We’ll have more on this developing story on the KHON2 News at 6.
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