Throughout the month of April, we will be answering all questions around organ donation & transplants. The goal is to spread knowledge & facts while inspiring others to have conversations and register as organ & tissue donors.
Why are transplant patients required to be on anti-rejection medicine?
The sole purpose of your body's immune system is to attack foreign invaders that enter your body. This could be a virus, pollen, a bug or an organ from another person. Because the immune system takes its job very seriously, it doesn't know the difference between fighting a virus and a life-saving graft (donor organ). Without medical intervention, a transplant patient's immune system would attack and destroy the transplanted organ. This is known as rejection. To minimize the chances of rejection, doctors created drugs to suppress the body's immune system. These are called 'anti-rejection,' or 'immunosuppression' medicines. While the immunosuppression medicine helps minimize the chance of rejection, it also suppresses the body's ability to effectively fight things such as colds, flu or infections. Finding a balance between protecting the graft (transplanted organ) and allowing the body to fight every day threats is a life long challenge transplant recipients will face.
If there are any questions you have about donation, transplantation, Hudson, or our family, please do not hesitate to email or message me. We are using this month to be as transparent and open as possible so don't be shy about your questions! Who knows, someone might have the same question you do!
Jordan, Morgan, Hudson, Dude & Jax