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Transplants give second chances – Jackson Sun


Nathan Handley, The Jackson

Sun11:47 a.m. CDT April 4, 2015

Transplant surgeon James Eason and others perform an organ transplant at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis.(Photo: Submitted Photo)

Transplant surgery changes lives, said Rebecca Nenon, Jackson native and nurse practitioner at the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis.

“We’re literally giving people a second chance,” Nenon said.

James Eason, medical director and surgeon at the institute, is also a native of Jackson. He has worked at the institute for nine years, and he said he has performed more than 2,000 transplants in that time.

He said the institute does abdominal transplants in children and adults, including liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. He said the most common transplants are adult livers, and the most common contributing disease is Hepatitis C.

“We do about 120 a year,” Eason said. “We have been one of the 10 largest transplant programs in the country for the last eight years.”

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to raise awareness of the need for people to register as organ donors. To learn more about organ donation in Tennessee, visit

Eason said children can get liver disease, and the Transplant Institute is the only pediatric liver transplant center in the Mid-South.

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