‘Donate life’ month celebrated at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center – Orange County Register

Richard Aidem was attending his daughter’s 2006 softball tournament in Kentucky when he was rushed to the hospital after having trouble breathing.

He was quickly diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a serious condition in which the heart fails to pump blood as efficiently as it should.

Then, in 2012, Aidem showed up for work due to illness and never returned, staying home with a pump called a left ventricular assist device inside his body and cords protruding from his chest. In 2013, it became clear that he would need a heart transplant.

More than 10 years later, Aidem is living a different life, thanks to a donor heart.

“Every time I see my grandson, it reminds me that I could have missed everything,” said the Valencian.

Aidem was one of many speakers at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center who gathered Wednesday, April 3, to honor organ donors whose lives could not be saved, and their families.. They were joined by the OneLegacy Foundation, which supports the nation’s largest organ, eye and tissue recovery organization and works with approximately 215 hospitals in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties .

Aidem, whose wife Patricia Aidem is director of public relations at Providence Southern California, shared his story with the Orange County Register in 2015 and told it again Wednesday as he spoke to the public about the importance of become an organ donor.

Nationwide, 42,887 organ transplants were performed in 2022, an increase of 4% from the previous year, according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing, which serves as the national procurement network and organ transplantation. More than 25,000 kidney transplants have been performed in the United States, an increase of 3% from 2021.

Last year, three patients at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center whose lives could not be saved donated their organs to nine patients. These three donors, in addition to two other donors, also provided life-saving tissue – including skin, bones and heart valves – to approximately 375 people.

At Wednesday’s rally, hospital staff raised the OneLegacy Donate Life flag which will remain in place throughout the month of April, also known as National Donate Life Month, to draw attention to the importance of registering as a donor.

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