Transplant: A Gift for Life features the human side of cutting-edge medicine. A daughter offers to donate half of her liver to save her father’s life; the recipient of a lung transplant reaches out to his deceased donor’s family; two mothers nurse their sons through multiple transplants and only one gets a happy ending. The documentary profiles organ recipients both young and old, and donors consisting of friends, family and complete strangers. Leading surgeons and specialists from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota are featured, and researchers offer the simple and heartbreaking arithmetic behind the urgent need for donors: each day, 19 people in the United States die waiting for an organ, and every 12 minutes, another American is added to the transplant list.
Told with amazing intimacy and honesty, this film spotlights not only the science behind the burgeoning practice of transplantation, but offers a compelling window on the ethical and moral dilemmas in modern medicine.
A co-production of tpt National Productions and Dennis Mahoney.
Midwest Regional Emmy for Best Topical Documentary
Funding provided by The Carlson Family Foundation and the Curtis and Marjorie Nelson Family Foundation, Susan and Michael Kerr, Astellas, The Persephone Fund of The Whitney Foundation. Additional funding by Steven Wexler and Pamela Stewart and Gus A. Chafoulias.
For more information visit http://www.pbs.org/programs/transplant-gift-life/