JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- University of Mississippi Medical Center officials say the teaching hospital transplanted 103 kidneys last year, a figure they expect to surpass in 2013.
Dr. Christopher Anderson, associate professor of surgery and division chief of transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, says more patients could stay close to home for the major procedure than ever before.
Anderson would like to average 150 kidney transplant cases a year within five years. Achieving that will require increases in both living and deceased donations.
No other health care facilities in Mississippi transplant organs.
The UMMC transplant teams performed the first of two kidney transplants ever in the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. Previously pediatric patients received their transplants in University Hospital.