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Monday November 20, 2017 at 2:10pm Age: 1 year
Category: High School


“How many teens can say they’ve seen a live kidney transplant?” asked one of Mrs. Russell’s college biology students in response to their recent experience of the “Live From Surgery” program at Liberty Science Center, in Jersey City.

Our students had the unique opportunity of viewing a kidney transplant in real time, in a 3D theater, as it happened at St. Barnabas Hospital on Nov. 17. During this complex procedure students were encouraged to pose their questions to the medical experts involved, and they were able to physically hold the surgical instruments shown on screen. 

The transplant involved a 52-year-old affected by a genetic disorder known as polycystic kidney disease. His kidney donor was his 45-year-old wife. Adding to the students interest and learning experience, the surgeon found anatomical abnormalities in the donor which needed to be rectified before the transplant could be completed. 

“I thought it was absolutely amazing. I learned so much in three, short hours,” one student observed. 

This powerful program exposes students to real-life settings and day-to-day challenges of careers in biotechnology and medical science.