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A voice for the vulnerable

Dr. Adeera Levin, head of the UBC Division of Nephrology at St. Paul’s, and Dr. John Gill, clinician scientist, were among dozens of stakeholders invited to attend an Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism Summit on February 7 to 8, 2017, at Vatican City.

Dr. Adeera Levin, head of the UBC Division of Nephrology at St. Paul’s, and Dr. John Gill, clinician scientist, were among dozens of stakeholders invited to attend an Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism Summit on February 7 to 8, 2017, at Vatican City.

 The issue of organ trafficking has been a concern of the World Health Organization (WHO) for three decades. Aware of this tragedy, Pope Francis made the eradication of this new form of slavery one of the main goals of his Pontificate.

An official statement was issued and signed by over 65 participants from around the world.

“I have an enormous amount of respect, admiration and gratitude for all of them,” says Darrell. “They supported me through all of my trials and tribulations, and took the time to talk to me about other things beyond my medical condition. I owe my life to them.”  Darrell Epp

That professionals from Providence are called on to be a voice for vulnerable populations and human dignity speaks to Dr. Levin and Dr. Gill’s credence in the global medical community, and our organization’s known reverence for justice, equity and respect.

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