Alabama's Organ & Tissue Donation Alliance

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History

The past 55 years have been a time of unbelievable advancement in transplantation. See how Legacy of Hope has played a key role in this growth. 

A Record Breaking Year!

Thanks to the generosity of our donor families, 2022 was a record breaking year for the number of lives saved and healed through organ and tissue donation.  We had 292 organ donors with 714 organs transplant and 553 tissue donors.

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First university-based Student Organ Donation Advocates chartered at University of Alabama

Student Organ Donation Advocates inspires and supports student-led organ and tissue donation education and registration efforts on high school, college, and graduate school campuses. 

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Support UAB’s Uterine Transplant Program, the 1st program in the Southeast and 4th program in the U.S.

This program allowed for the first birth via uterus transplant outside of a clinical trial.

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First Student Organ Donation Advocates chapter chartered at Chelsea High School

Partnered with UAB on groundbreaking Xenotransplant Research

2021

Donate Life Alabama distinctive license plate became available

2020

The Alabama Organ Center changes its name to Legacy of Hope

2019

50th anniversary of the first kidney transplant performed in Alabama by Dr. Arnold G. Diethelm.

Alabama participated in the HOPE (HIV Organ Policy Equity) Act. A liver was successfully transplanted from Alabama’s first HIV+ deceased donor. Prior to the HOPE Act, it was illegal to knowingly transplant HIV+ organs. This advancement will help to save and improve more lives.2018

Angelynn and Courtney’s Law implemented. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency shall create and implement a program promoting organ donation through the application or renewal process of the driver’s licenses.

2016

Alabama Organ Center performs first organ recovery in dedicated Donor Recovery Center2015

Children’s of Alabama performs first transplant and opens  Pediatric Transplant Program

2013

First small bowel-liver transplant performed in Alabama, UAB Hospital

500th liver transplant performed in Alabama

National Conditions of Participation enacted; required hospitals to refer all deaths and imminent deaths to the local Organ Procurement Organization (OPO)

1998

500th heart transplant performed in Alabama

1997

First double-lung transplant performed in Alabama, UAB Hospital

3,000th kidney transplant performed in Alabama

1992

First lung transplant in Alabama, UAB Hospital

1989

FDA approves Viaspan that greatly extends the preservation of donated livers

2,000th kidney transplant performed in Alabama

First pancreas transplant in Alabama, UAB Hospital

First heart/lung transplant in Alabama, UAB Hospital

1988

Changed name to Alabama Organ Center

1987

Required Request Laws require hospitals to develop policies to identify patients as potential donors and approach families about organ donation

1986

National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) establishes nationwide computer registry operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS); authorizes financial support for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs); prohibits buying or selling of organs in the United States

1984

FDA approves Cyclosporine, the most successful anti-rejection medication developed to date

First liver transplant performed in Alabama, UAB Hospital

1983

First bone procurement completed by Alabama Regional Organ Center

1982

First heart transplant performed in Alabama by Dr. Robert Karp, UAB Hospital

1981

Alabama Organ Bank established

1979

First kidney transplant performed in Alabama by Dr. Arnold G. Diethelm, Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Birmingham

1968