Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Organ Donation

Today the kids learned about organ donation and its importance. Our presenter, a wonderful woman from Albany Med, Jen Salm, coordinates all the donations in the capital region area and was kind enough to meet and speak with the kids. An actual kidney recipient came as well and shared her story. In addition, Jen brought an actual human kidney in one of the preserving pumps to show the kids. It was pretty amazing to see. This particular kidney was taken from a 59 year old who recently died. It was found to have some defects and therefore, could not be used for a transplant. But it certainly was interesting and educational for the kids. They also got to dissect pig kidneys and had a great time doing it.


Bridget said...

how wonderful!
i have been present at an organ procurement and its pretty emotional.

Linda said...

You certainly are having some great experiences yourself by teaching these classes. How awesome that the kids are seeing this too.

Who knows what the impact will be on them, and how many people may benefit because of what they're learning this summer with you!

Framing Images and Memories said...

Wonderful moment again for you and your students. Organ transplant is such a great gift to others.

trishalyn said...

I've enjoyed both Tuesday's and Wednesday's photos and explanations. Wow...what an enriching summer you're having! Thanks for sharing!!! :-)

philmary said...

Really nice that you can get young kids into tissue and organ study without squeamishness and dislike by the serious and intent they must have an excellent teaching style to keep everybody so focused ..Where do you get these brilliant ideas?

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