Heather Fox, a Registered Nurse in ECMC’s immunodeficiency clinic, was on the receiving end of the gift of life 6 years ago when her youngest son was born. Following complications during childbirth, Heather had to have an emergency C-section to deliver her son who was in fetal distress. Heather’s son was healthy upon delivery, but immediately following childbirth Heather’s health deteriorated and her prognosis was poor.
Heather developed a condition called DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation), which was directly related to pregnancy, causing her to begin hemorrhaging and her blood to stop clotting. Within the first few hours after delivery Heather received over 20 units of red cells, platelets and cryo precipitate in an effort to keep blood flowing through her body, and keep her alive. Fortunately, the blood transfusions and treatment for this condition were successful and after 5 days in the ICU and 6 days total in the hospital, Heather and her son Ryan were released to go home. Due to the massive amount of blood and the severity of her condition Heather had many months of recovery. Today she and her son are healthy and vibrant thanks to many local blood donors.
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Headquartered in downtown Buffalo and established in 1981.
Unyts is among the leading procurement organizations in the United States, and is one of the only eight centers nationwide to house organ, tissue and eye procurement in one location. With the addition of Community Blood Service, Unyts has become the first organization of its kind nationwide. Unyts operates as a non-profit serving the eight counties of Western New York and works to assist donor families, coordinate the donation process and increase knowledge and awareness within the community regarding transplantation.
Unyts routinely has helped to secure higher rates of donation in Western New York than the national average. When approached following the death of a loved-one for organ donation, Western New York families are very generous. In 2014 the Unyts conversion rate was 81.5%– the national average was 63.2%. Due to these numbers, Unyts is ranked as one of the top procurement organizations nationwide. As recently as 1997, Unyts had just 200 donors; in 2014 the organization surpassed 1,200.
The organization’s network and success have gone hand-in-hand, and as a result, Unyts has been able to spread the message that transplantation is vital – and transplantation saves lives. Unyts is currently headed by President & CEO Mark Simon, and Chair of the Board of Directors David Carlson.
*As of January 1, 2012, Unyts operates under, d/b/a Unyts, WNY’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center. We are no longer Upstate NY Transplant Services.
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