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A New World: Transplant Surgery Live on Twitter

On Monday, May 18, 2009, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX will Twitter live from the operating room while three-year-old John Gilbreath receives a life-saving kidney transplant from his hero of a dad. When Chris Gilbreath isn’t saving his son’s life, he’s busy saving others’ lives as a firefighter in Bonham, TX.  This will be the first time any hospital has Twittered from a transplant surgery.

Children’s will be Twittering from both Chris’s operating room at UT Southwestern University Hospital and John’s operating room at Children’s in an effort to educate the public and raise awareness of living organ donations.  Currently in the United States, nearly 85,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney. Last year, Children’s performed the most pediatric kidney transplants in Texas.

If you would like to join the conversation, go to http://twitter.com/ChildrensTheOne beginning 6AM, May 18.

About Children’s Medical Center:  One of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation, Children’s Medical Center is private, not-for-profit, and is one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the nation. As the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18, Children’s provides patient care ranging from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology and cystic fibrosis.  For more information, visit http://www.childrens.com

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