Kidneys are not usually a trending topic on Twitter, but on Wednesday, IU Health is trying to change that.
Hospital staff will live tweet from inside an operating room, as one Indiana man gets a kidney from his good friend.
dialysis, but he needs a new kidney. His friend, 33-year-old Colin Newton, is stepping up to give him one.
Johnson and his doctors hope giving the surgery social media attention will raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and the option of donating live organs.
“There is a huge need for kidney transplants,” said Dr. Tim Taber, medical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at IU Health. “Over a 1,000 people in Indiana are on the waiting list for a kidney and about 85,000 are waiting for a kidney nationally. We don’t have enough donors we don't have enough kidneys. There are about 16,000 to 17,000 kidney transplants done annually and that doesn’t come close to what we need.”
If you would like to follow Caleb’s journey, check out IU Helath on Twitter with the handle @IU_Health. You can use the hashtag #calebskidney to talk about the surgery.
The team of tweeters will also post photos and facts about kidney transplants throughout the day.
The operation starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to take about five hours in total.
IU Health tweets during live kidney transplant