Queen’s Transplant Center celebrates 100th organ transplant

A flag for National Donate Life Month was raised at Queen's Transplant Center.
A flag for National Donate Life Month was raised at Queen's Transplant Center.

Queen’s Transplant Center at Queen’s Medical Center celebrated its 100th organ transplant Wednesday morning.

Recipients 99, 100 and 101 were on hand for the celebration. All of them received kidneys from anonymous donors.

Also in attendance was the family of John Howard, the Ewa Beach man who died after being beaten near his home last week. his family also donated his organs.

“My brother is gone, but whoever he donated his organs to means he still lives on,” said Howard’s sister Maria Gabriel. “When (organ donor organization) Legacy of Life came to us, I cried, because I remember back then when he mentioned that, so I know that’s one thing that he wanted to do.”

Martin Leoncio was the 100th organ recipient. “I am thankful I have a good kidney,” he said. “Every day I (used to) do dialysis. Now, I don’t have any dialysis.”

The Queen’s Transplant Center opened in 2012. It is the only place that offers organ transplants in Hawaii.

April is also recognized as National Donate Life Month.

Nationally, there are an estimated 122,000 patients who are in end-stage organ failure waiting for a life-saving organ. Currently, 432 people are on the waiting list for kidney and liver transplants in Hawaii.

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