April is Donate Life month.
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. You can make a difference by joining the ranks of over 50,000 living donors who have donated their kidneys to people facing kidney failure. Donating a kidney not only helps the person who receives the kidney but also shortens the deceased donor wait list, helping others get a deceased donor kidney sooner.
The Virginia Transplant Center was the fourth transplant center in the nation to perform laparoscopic kidney removals. Our surgical team has performed over 300 procedures. Additionally, we care for our living donors; we are one of five programs in the country to offer life insurance benefits to the donor.
THE STORY OF CHIP CHIAPPAZZI AND GINA ROBERTSON
A little over a year and a half ago, Chip Chiappazzi found himself in the Virginia Transplant Center’s waiting room. Chip had recently retired from the FBI and through routine lab work discovered that his kidneys were failing and that he would need a transplant to avoid dialysis if at all possible. His daughter, Gina Robertson was interested in being tested to be a living donor for her father.
Gina began testing for living donation and was eventually approved to donate and her surgery took place as soon as possible. The donation and the transplant procedures both went very well! Gina and her dad have recovered nicely. Gina has returned to her full life being a loving mother, wife, sister, and daughter. Chip Chiappazzi and his wife Sally, are now able to fully enjoy their much earned retirement.