Donation Close to Home

One healing graft from a donated placenta made a world of difference for Judy—grandmother to Lifeline of Ohio Donation Program Coordinator Brian Leonard.

Because of an injury, Judy was faced with the possibility of having her leg amputated, which would have required her to leave her home and live in a nursing facility to receive the care she needed.

“While amputation was a distant possibility, the healing graft from a placenta donor ensured that that remained the case,” said Brian. “The wound has since healed, and my grandma remains well and at home where family can care for her thanks to her donor.”

One donated placenta can create up to 25 healing grafts, which can be used for a wide range of procedures involving eye, oral and spine surgery, and for the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and burns.

“It was uplifting to hear the story of Brian’s grandmother, whose life was enhanced by placenta donation,” said Melissa Mack, Placenta Program Development Coordinator. “I’m so pleased the story has a happy ending.”

More information about Lifeline of Ohio’s Placenta Donation Program, including video featuring a donor mom, can be found here.