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PhillyVoice Shares the Story of Temple Employee Julian Harmon Receiving Kidney Transplant in One of the ORs Where He Works

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PhillyVoice shared the story of Julian Harmon, a Perioperative Services Assistant at Temple University Hospital, who assists doctors, nurses and patients in the operating rooms where organ transplants are performed. Julian also lived with kidney disease for nearly a decade and was put on the kidney transplant waiting list in 2019. On January 6, 2023, he received a transplant in one of the ORs where he works. The surgery was performed by Kenneth Chavin, MD, MBA, PhD, FACS, Director of the Abdominal Organ Transplant Program at TUH. The two threw out a ceremonial first pitch at the April 11th Phillies game during National Donate Life Month. About 37 million Americans are living with kidney disease, including 808,000 with kidney failure. Black Americans are more than four times as likely to develop kidney failure as white Americans. Hispanic and Native Americans are more than twice as likely.