MARIETTA, Oh.-(WTAP) Marietta Memorial Hospital is among the first in Ohio to perform a unique operation.
After having a C-section, a new mother this week donated her placenta for tissue grafts that can be used to treat a variety of wounds.
They include diabetic foot ulcers and burn injuries.
Kristin Casto provided the tissue after the birth of her child Monday.
"I had never really heard about it before, but they gave me a brochure at the doctor's office and I figured, 'why not help people if I can', Casto told us.
"Even though the bigger hospitals in Columbus are performing placental donations, they have seen roughly around 15 to 20 donors since they started their program," says Director of Critical Care Services Teresa Adams. "This is the first one is southeastern Ohio."
Kristin agreed to the donation through Lifeline of Ohio, which promotes organ and tissue donation in both Ohio and West Virginia.
It is working with a small number of hospitals in the region to expand the program.
In normal circumstances, placenta would be discarded as medical waste after completion of a C-section.