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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Waco: Man Receives Cornea Transplants

Our Town Texas | Brandon Marshall

WACO (May 24, 2015) Imagine looking into your loved ones eyes knowing their eyes belong to someone else.

Jerry Ford, 68, of Waco started having trouble seeing in 2011.

Ford visited a doctor and was diagnosed with Fuchs Dystrophy, a hereditary disorder that affects the cornea, the clear front window of your eye.

"You know, when you look at the TV or you look at the road, it was a foggy type thing," Ford said.

The disorder can lead to cloudy vision and to fix his sight doctors recommended Ford undergo an eye transplant.

Dr. Sam Fulcher at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple performed Ford's two eye transplant procedures.

Fulcher has performed more than 2,000 cornea transplants on local military veterans. Continue reading

 

Coroners, organ harvesting group spar over procurement process

Triblive | Luis Fabregas

Eric Felack | Trib Total MediaCheri Croney of Westmoreland County, whose husband, Kevin, was fatally shot in March outside his tattoo business, says having his organs harvested “could’ve blocked the entire criminal investigation.”

The region's organ procurement organization says Pennsylvania coroners needlessly blocked organ donations more than a dozen times because of criminal investigations involving the potential donors.

The O'Hara-based Center for Organ Recovery and Education argues that those organs could have saved lives, but coroners contend that removing them before autopsies can hinder prosecutions.

The simmering dispute affects families on both sides of the debate.

“If they would've taken my husband's organs, they could've blocked the entire criminal investigation,” said Cheri Croney of Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, whose husband, Kevin, died in March. He was shot outside his New Kensington tattoo business.

Croney said her husband was kept on life support for 10 hours while CORE and the Westmoreland County Coroner's Office debated whether doctors could remove his organs. The coroner prevailed.

“At the end of the day, it wasn't worth me giving his organs to save a life when the man that could've killed my husband would be on the streets with my children,” Croney said.

Christopher Scott Patterson, 44, of Vandergrift is awaiting trial in the slaying. Continue reading.

 

Bexley man pleads for new kidney with ad on his van

The Columbus Dispatch | Misti Crane
DORAL CHENOWETH III | DISPATCH Neal Raisman and wife Aileen posted a plea on their SUV for a kidney for Neal. “The more front-facing I can get the issue, the greater the possibility that someone will be a donor,” he said.

It’d be easy to assume that the guy who taped a banana-colored request on the back of his Subaru in hopes of scoring a kidney hadn’t done anything like that before.

But back in the ’70s, Neal Raisman found himself driving a real piece of junk. The Plymouth leaked, and the locks didn’t work, and that wasn’t the half of it.

So out came the tape. Plymouth Lemon, he wrote. Raisman even parked the heap in front of the dealership in the coastal Maine town he called home.

“They didn’t like that too much. I ended up with a deal to get a different car,” he said as he drove on Dublin Road last week in the 2010 silver-blue Subaru Forester that begs to be seen.

“Got Kidney? I need 1. PLEASE call or text 413.219.6939.”

That’s the message Raisman and his daughter, Shana, affixed to his SUV and hers — another Subaru, a gray Tribeca.

Raisman lives with his wife, Aileen, in Bexley, not far from Shana and her family. Neither his wife nor his daughter could donate. Aileen has Type 2 diabetes, and 43-year-old Shana has Type 1. Both of Mr. Raisman’s brothers were ruled out for health reasons, and so was Shana’s husband. Continue reading
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Shiprock toddler with rare disease receives liver transplant in California

Four Corners News | Hannah Grover The Daily Times
Kaiden Charley, 2, is seen in this undated photo in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is staying following a liver transplant. (Courtesy of Zana CharleY)
FARMINGTON — A Shiprock toddler has a new lease on life, thanks to a liver transplant earlier this month.

But the future for 2-year-old Kaiden Charley is still uncertain.

His mother, Zana Charley, said doctors have recommended they stay in California — where Kaiden received the transplant — for another couple of months.

When Kaiden was 14 months old, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic condition known as mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy, or MNGIE. The condition affects his ability to absorb nutrients and move food through his body. Charley and Kaiden's doctors hope the new liver will help slow the progression of the condition.

Charley said her son has already taken steps forward since receiving the liver.

Over the first year of Kaiden's life, he developed like any other child. But after the symptoms began to show, he started regressing. Now, he is starting to make progress once again, trying to sound out words and walk. Continue reading
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More than 2,300 wait for organ transplants in Wisconsin

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In this May 1, 2015, photo, Jackie and Mike Pische pose for a photo near a memorial in honor of their son Joshua Richards in Gillett, Wis. Joshua Richards was shot in the head in an Appleton nightclub in 2013. To date, Richards' organs helped seven people, including two who regain sight thanks to his corneas. His donation has been used in more than 239 tissue grafts.

DARBOY, Wis. (AP) — A left ventricular assist device, along with a bulky battery pack and controller, has been a part of Bruce Nechodom’s life since since his heart attack in late 2013.

The 55-year-old is one of more than 2,300 people in Wisconsin on a waiting list for an organ — in his case through the UW Hospital transplant program.

“I’ve got to carry a control with me, a couple big batteries in my pockets, but (it) is keeping me alive,” Nechodom said. “They tell me the average wait is 290-some days ... I’m just waiting for that call. It’s going to come sooner or later.”

Nechodom, who spent 47 days in the hospital after his heart attack, described the left ventricular assist device as a portable life-support system. His wife of 33 years, Tanya, changes the bandages associated with the device daily.

Transplant specialists said there’s a gap between the number of organs available for transplant and the need. Dr. Johnny Hong, director of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Transplant Center, said he sees the gap throughout Wisconsin. The Transplant Center is a joint effort between Froedtert Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Blood Center of Wisconsin. Continue reading
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North Country Assemblyman Blankenbush promoting ‘Lauren’s Law’ to spread the word on organ donation

North County Now

Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush (R-Black River) says New York State has more than 10,000 adults and children waiting to receive organ donations, but has one of the lowest rates of registered organ donors in the nation.

“This week I had the honor of meeting some amazing people who were saved by the life-giving gift of an organ or tissue donation. I was so moved by their stories, and by how many young people have been given a chance to enjoy longer lives due to those who selflessly gave the gift of life,” he said.

Blankenbush, who represents southwestern St. Lawrence County, says only 23 percent of New Yorkers who are eligible to donate are registered as organ donors.

“Startlingly, every 13 hours a New Yorker dies waiting for an organ donation,” he said. “Policymakers and health care advocates have been thinking of ways to increase awareness and the number of people registered to donate so more lives can be saved. One way the Legislature is trying to address the need is by supporting passage of “Lauren’s Law,” he said. Continue reading

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Gremmo family urges people to talk about organ donation following Nathan’s gift of life

Daily Telegraph | Bev Jordan

“Love you, Mum” were the final words 13-year-old Nathan Gremmo said as he got out of the family car in Glenhaven Rd, Glenhaven.

That was 4.20pm on Thursday, April 30 — just before Nathan was critically ­injured crossing the road.

An off-duty paramedic and policewoman were by his side instantly before a CareFlight trauma team and paramedics arrived and Nathan was rushed to the paediatric intensive care unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

His parents, Kylie and ­Michael Gremmo, were told the next day nothing could be done to save their son’s life and they were asked if they would they consider ­donating his ­organs.

“At first we were taken aback but after speaking with his sisters Annaliese and Ashley, we thought we would proceed as it was in keeping with Nathan’s generous nature,” they said.


“They wanted someone to have Nathan’s big heart. It was the best part of him.”

The family spoke with the Hills Shire Times three weeks after Nathan’s accident to encourage people to discuss organ donation. Continue reading
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Teammates show their strengths on, off track

Auburn Journal | Eyragon Eidam

Roller derby duo back on skates after April kidney transplant surgery

There’s a simple reason roller derbiers wear helmets and pads; it’s a rough-and-tumble contact sport. But even the hardest knocks — whether dealt by an opponent or failing organs — haven’t done much to slow two area women.

In 2014, Stacey Marques, known by her Auburn Gold Diggers teammates as Cheapshot Cherry, was in search of a kidney match. In spite of her tough-as-nails approach to roller derby and life, her own kidneys were failing and leaving her with few options other than a transplant.

After looking for potential donors among her relatives and finding none, she located a match within her extended derby family.

Fellow teammate Desiree Belding, AKA Dez the Destroyher of Grass Valley, just happened to be the perfect match.

Since September, when the pair were going through the uncertain final stages of compatibility testing and planning for surgery, they have come full circle and are back to making their rounds on the track at full force and in full health. Continue reading
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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Be a hero: Donate a kidney

Seattle Times | Joyce F. Jackson

Donating a kidney is a small price for the gift of a longer, healthier existence for your recipient.

STRANGE as it may sound, the nonprofit dialysis organization I lead works very hard to help patients leave dialysis, or avoid it entirely. Instead, we help them get a transplant.

For many people with chronic kidney failure, a kidney transplant offers the best chance at the lifestyle they enjoyed before diagnosis. But until quite recently, nature often thwarted good intentions because of tissue mismatches. Seattle Times reporter JoNel Aleccia recently reported a very hopeful story about technology to arrange kidney swaps, matching willing donors with compatible recipients, greatly extending the possibilities for transplants.

Without a transplant, people with kidney failure must go on dialysis three days a week or daily for life, relying on a machine to do the waste-removal work of a kidney. Continue reading

 

Kidney patient meets donor’s family for first time 47 YEARS after her transplant

Mirror UK | Laura Elvin

50 years on: Anne Whiteman meeting Ellis Hook's sister Frances and brother Clive Hook

A kidney patient has met her donor’s family for the first time more than 40 years after her transplant - despite being told it would only last a decade.

Apprentice baker Ellis Hook, 18, was tragically killed when his motorbike collided with a car in 1968 and his grieving family consented for his kidneys to be donated.

Anne Whiteman, now 72, was aged just 25 and suffering from renal failure when she accepted the organ at a time when the operation was still in its infancy.

She was the first person in Bristol to have the procedure and was warned the new organ might only last a decade.

But nearly half a century later she is still the grandmother-of-two is still going strong.

She was tracked down by Ellis’s siblings Frances and Clive Hook and they met up for an emotional conversation about the impact the transplant had on her life.

Clive, 61, from Stroud, Glos. said: “It is amazing we found Anne, and amazing we could meet her.

 

Two minutes can turn into a lifetime

Woodstock Sentinel Reveiw | John Tapley

More than one hundred people – the largest crowd to date – turned out to the fifth annual Woodstock Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Walk in Southside Park on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Among those on hand for the event were walk ambassadors Ryley Mitchell, who received a heart transplant when she was seven-months-old, and Jack Lalonde who has received two liver transplants – one when he was seven-months-old and the second when he was eight-years-old. JOHN TAPLEY/SENTINEL-REVIEW

Nine-year-old Ryley Mitchell has her sights set on becoming a doctor and an artist one day while Jack Lalonde's mother, Nicole Lalonde, thinks her 10-year-old son might end up directing films.

Whatever the future holds for the two Woodstock residents, it wouldn't be possible without organ donors.

Mitchell received a heart transplant when she was seven-months-old and Lalonde has received two liver transplants – one when he was seven-months-old and the second when he was eight-years-old.

In 2011, the Mitchell and Lalonde families organized an organ and tissue donation awareness walk in Southside Park in Woodstock to celebrate and bring attention to the importance of donors.

“It was a way for us to give back,” said Joanna Mitchell - Ryley's mother - about the event. “We were so grateful that our children had a second chance at life because of those transplants. These kids wouldn't have a future without organ donation.”

On Saturday, May 23, more than 100 people turned out to the fifth annual walk, sponsored by Boston Pizza. Continue reading.

 

More African-American organ donors needed

WNCN | Justin Quesinberry

Organ recipient Rudolph Harris of Wendell

African Americans make up 21.4 percent of North Carolina's population but 53 percent of North Carolinians waiting on an organ transplant.

The nonprofit "Donate Life North Carolina" says that as a result, more African-American donors are needed.

"Any race can match with another race, just like donating blood, but it's more likely to have a match if you're in the same race," said Dr. Elaine Hart-Brothers, who founded Community Health Coalition Incorporated in Durham 25 years ago. Its goal is to reduce health disparities among African Americans.

Dr. Hart-Brothers has treated Rudolph Harris of Wendell who received a heart transplant in 2012.

"Right now I think I'm doing real good considering what I've been through because I was at the point of death," Rudolph said.

Diabetes and hypertension are just two of the chronic diseases that are found in African Americans at a higher rate. With that comes more organ failure and the need for transplants. Continue reading

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At home with hope

Philly.com | Tom Avril

Beinlich shows the SynCardia tubes leading to a portable, battery-powered "driver" that keeps his plastic heart beating - and allowed him to go fishing.

Joseph Beinlich's skin is pale.

At 57, he walks about as fast as someone two decades older.

He is OK with that, given the alternative.

"I'd rather be living than kicking up daisies," said Beinlich, of Philadelphia's Olney neighborhood.

Beinlich is being kept alive by an artificial heart. Temple University Hospital surgeons removed his own, badly diseased organ in August and replaced it with the 5.6-ounce plastic device.

More than 1,000 other patients have gotten the implants since the Food and Drug Administration approved them in 2004.

These days, some patients are able to leave the hospital, hooked to a portable, battery-powered "driver," instead of being tethered in the hospital to a clunky unit and cart that together can weigh well over 100 pounds. After a few months of recuperation, Beinlich in November became the first such recipient to go home from a Philadelphia hospital. Continue reading

 

144 Croatian donors saved 354 live

Dalje

Last year 144 Croatian families donated the organs of their dearest, saving 354 lives of those who waited for a kidney, a liver, a heart or another organ, but also helping Croatia to remain among the world's leaders in the number of transplants, donors and shortest waiting lists, the Croatian association Transplant has said on the occasion of National Organ Donation and Transplantation Day, which is observed on May 26.

On Sunday, the association marks its tenth anniversary.

Croatia is first in the world in the number of liver and kidney transplants, and second in heart transplants. Last year 361 organs were transplanted in Croatia, including 197 kidneys, 15 livers, 34 hearts and five pancreases.

Thanks to high public awareness of the need for organ donations, waiting lists decreased 37 percent over the past five years. Croatian patients wait 15 days on average for a liver, less than a year for a kidney and 70 days on average for a heart. Continue reading.

 

A thank you letter for gift of life

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Marian Barry. Photo| John Kelly

AN Inch widow has urged organ donor recipients to write a letter of acknowledgement or gratitude to their donor family.

Marian Barry, Tullassa, was delighted to receive her first letter of gratitude from an organ recipient via Phyllis Cunningham, the national transplant co-ordinator, recently.

Her husband, Christy, 39, died in 1989 from a massive aneurysm while he was out shooting with some friends leaving two young daughters, aged seven and a half and 11.

He was taken to University College Hospital, Cork for emergency treatment. However, Marian recalls they were told at the time that even if they were at the gates of UCH, he would not have survived.

His two kidneys and his eyes were donated after his death. Continue reading

 

'My world record climb - in honour of my donor': Cambridge lung transplant patient Emily Hoyle

Cambridge UK | Lydia Fallon

Emily Hoyle (Picture: David Johnson)

Following a lifesaving double lung transplant, Emily Hoyle is determined to make the most of the life she came so close to losing. As she prepares to scale one of the world's highest active volcanos, the 30-year-old tells Lydia Fallon why she'll be forever grateful for the "best gift anyone could ever give"

Watching Emily Hoyle pose confidently in front the camera, her pet pooch Freddie by her side, it's hard to take in just what the 30-year-old has been through in her short life.

Petite and impossibly pretty, with glossy blonde locks, bright blue eyes and sun-kissed skin, she's a picture of health and happiness. But it hasn't always been that way, with the last 30 years something of a whirlwind for brave Emily.

As a baby, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Aged 11, she asked doctors how long she had to live – but she wasn't ready for the answer they gave her. "They told me my life expectancy was 30; as an 11-year-old that's a lot to deal with," she recalls, sadly. Continue reading

 

 

Organ donations life saving: Orillia resident

Simcoe.com | Frank Matys, Orillia Today

Organ donations life saving: Orillia resident Margot Crowder Davidson Double-lung transplant recipient Deanna Peacock (right) was on hand during a recent flag-raising recognizing the importance of organ donation. Pictured with Peacock is Lynn Bowen, also a double lung transplant recipient.

Deanna Peacock boarded an emotional rollercoaster following her diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis in 2007.

As her lung capacity diminished and oxygen tanks became a matter of survival, the Orillia woman was added to the transplant list at Toronto General Hospital.

A beeper and cell phone were constantly at hand as Peacock awaited word of an available organ.

Nearly three years after undergoing a successful double lung transplant, the local resident faces yet another hurdle.

“My body is rejecting the organ, but there are different phases of rejection,” Peacock says in a recent interview. “There is treatment with medication, but I’m not at that point so I don’t need that.” Continue reading

 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Donations save lives

Daily Progress | Jo Anne Embleton

Jo Anne Embleton

Tucked away in my pocketbook, between my Texas driver's license and my military ID, is a little white card that tells the world that I am an organ donor.

It's not the original card, one that I signed 20-something years ago as a college kid and witnessed by two friends who worked with me at the campus paper at Texas A&I University. No, that one was tattered beyond belief and eventually replaced with a laminated card bearing my name and a simple "Donate Life Texas" logo.

And if that one happens to get lost or damaged, that's okay – my driver's license has a tiny red heart with the word "donor" stamped at the bottom right corner.

Being a donor isn't something I think about. In all honesty, several of my friends and I decided to sign up on the registry because we thought it was a cool way of establishing the fact that we were capable of making responsible adult decisions at the tender age of 21.Being a donor isn't something I think about. In all honesty, several of my friends and I decided to sign up on the registry because we thought it was a cool way of establishing the fact that we were capable of making responsible adult decisions at the tender age of 21. Continue reading

 

 

Whitemarsh mother donates liver to save her infant daughter

Times Herald | Gary Puleo

Tim and Julia Moeller, with daughter Jade, on Julia’s lap, and son Zachary. Submitted photo

WHITEMARSH >> Being a living donor was a procedure that Julia Moeller was only vaguely familiar with, never realizing she’d one day be endowing her own daughter with one of the most generous gifts a human can ever give.

Last year, her daughter Jade was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that afflicts infants.

Julia and her husband Tim were told that Jade’s only hope of surviving was a liver transplant.

"I sort of gathered you could do a live donation, but medically speaking they’ve only been doing it for a short period of time," Moeller said. "I didn’t even think about it before, and the more you learn about it, that’s such a crazy thing to be able to do — and yet you can do it. It’s just amazing."

As Jade’s health deteriorated, Moeller learned about the organ transplant wait list and realized that waiting for a liver was not an option.

According to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 21 people die every day waiting for an organ, and the Lafayette Hill couple was not going to sit and wait while their daughter got sicker and sicker.

"The doctors at Children’s Hospital had mentioned the live donation, but not a lot. They’re not supposed to be pushing people into surgery. Their job is to take care of the babies. It was just so much to think about and it was something I was hoping we wouldn’t have to do, but she kept getting sicker and then my husband and I realized one of us had to be living donor." Continue reading

 

 

Eugene Melnyk, Wagner twins raise crucial awareness for organ donation

CBC News | Althea Manasan

Twins Binh Wagner, left, and Phuoc have Alagille syndrome which affects the function of their livers. Binh received a liver from an anonymous donor after a public appeal. (Wagner family/Canadian Press)

The story of Eugene Melnyk's live liver transplant has drawn some criticism over the past week from those who accuse the Ottawa Senators owner of using his status to get ahead of others in need.

But advocates say that high-profile cases like Melnyk in fact boost organ donations, raising awareness and potentially encouraging others to become donors.

"Every time there has been one of these public appeals, it brings greater attention to the need for organ donors, and we then hope that drives more people to register as organ donors," says Melanie Kearns, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Liver Foundation.

More than 500 volunteers stepped forward after Melnyk, who is now recovering in Toronto General Hospital, issued a public call for a live donor. Twenty-six of those who weren't selected said they wanted to continue the live donation process for others in need of a liver transplant.

"So that's one of the positive outcomes from this. It's sort of a spillover or trickle-down effect," says Kearns. She adds that Melnyk's appeal isn't queue-jumping, as some have claimed, since there is no wait list for live organ donations — only for organs from deceased donors. Continue reading

 

 

Boisean has bittersweet wait for heart transplant

Idaho Stateman | Jaime Tallan

Rick and Susie Brittell are optimistic that the phone will ring someday with some bittersweet news — someone died and donated their organs so Rick might live longer. “Realizing that someone has to die so Rick can have a new heart has been very tough for us,” Susie said. PROVIDED BY RICHARD BRITTELL

Rick Brittell has had a diagnosed problem with his heart since he was 28. Idiopathic cardiomyopathy is what the doctors call it. They really didn’t know why his heart muscle was weak, but one of his cardiologists at the time predicted a change of heart down the road. “You will need a heart transplant in 25 years or so,” he said.

He was right.

A year ago, Brittell’s breathing was so labored that doctors in Utah took him into emergency surgery to put in a left ventricular assist device, or LVAD. The machine is miraculous, he said. He can breathe easily and walk far beyond the 25 steps from his bedroom to the kitchen, which used to be his limit. The device does more than help his heart muscle — it has taken over most of the work. For Brittell, it is a bridge to a transplant.

It’s a numbers game

Brittell is on the heart transplant list at the University of Utah. For the first 30 days, he was at the top of the list. But, without a donor during the first month, he dropped to third. That was on May 10.

A smaller and more durable LVAD device that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 is doing such a good job at keeping people alive that the heart transplant list is growing. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, 55.9 percent of people on the transplant list will receive a donor heart within a year. At 12 months, 27.5 percent are still waiting and 8.7 percent have died. There are 3.5 heart donations for every 1,000 deaths. Continue reading

 

 

Friday, May 22, 2015

The ultimate gift: Nurse and dad of two, 38, who came down with a splitting headache while surfing and died from a brain hemorrhage two days later saves FOUR lives donating his organs

Daily Mail UK | Freya Noble

Damian Black, pictured here with his sister Sharon Smith, saved four lives when he died because he was an organ donor

The mother of a man who died after a sudden bleed on his brain just weeks ago has revealed how her son's death saved four other people's lives.

Damian Black, a 38-year-old father-of-two, was out surfing in Torquay, about an hour from his hometown of Colac in Victoria, when he felt a splitting headache coming on May 1.

Within hours the theatre technician was unconsious and on life support at the very hospital he worked at - Colac Area Health. He died two days later, on May 3.

Now his family are hoping to spread the message about organ donation after Damian's kidneys, lungs, liver and pancreas helped save four others in dire need.

'He started to get a headache, a really bad headache and he felt that he was in some sort of trouble,' Mr Black's mother Lorraine Black told Daily Mail Australia.

After calling his friend on his way home for help Damian then had a minor car crash, but according to his mother this 'had no bearing on the end result'. Continue reading

 

Joy for kosher butcher as son donates organ

Th Jewish Chronicle | Rosa Doherty

Menachem Haziza with his family. His son Yossi was the only organ match. (Photo: Dina Photography)

A kosher butcher searching for a kidney sounds as if it could be the start of a joke, but for Menachem Haziza it was anything but.

Sixty-two-year-old Mr Haziza, who is well known in the north-west London community as the owner of Menachem's Kosher Butcher and Deli, needed a new kidney after his diabetes suddenly worsened.

After attempts to find a match failed, his son Yossi submitted himself to testing without telling his father. Doctors told him he was a perfect match and gave the green light for the operation to go ahead.

Yossi, 34, said: "My dad is on dialysis four times a day and is not in a good way at all. It was awful see his hopes destroyed each time he got bad news about not finding a match. I started to think about whether there was something I could do. Continue reading

 

Local organ recipient helps organize Transplant Trot

Moose Jaw Times Herald | Matthew Gourlie

© Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman Kevyn Gadd wore this t-shirt during his time in Edmonton where he underwent a double lung transplant. After the surgery, he got all of his trainers to sign it. He has gone on to frame and hang the shirt in his house.

In a week Gadd will take his place at the starting line amongst the other runners and walkers at the inaugural Transplant Trot in Wakamow Valley. Gadd had a double lung transplant 15 months ago and he felt it was only natural to help organize the Transplant Trot to raise money and awareness.

"A lot of people know about organ donations, but they don't know the finer facts about it. Being able to connect with someone who has gone through it and talk to them opens your eyes a little bit," Gadd said.

Gadd had open-heart surgery when he was two and suffered from pulmonary hyper-tension and congenital heart disease when he was younger. After picking up a virus in 2013 his congenital heart specialist in Edmonton brought up the possibility of a lung transplant.

After undergoing six weeks of physical training to get his strength up, Gadd was moved on to the transplant list and was quickly matched with a donor. Many others aren't as fortunate. The Canadian Transplant Association said there are more than 4,000 Canadians on transplant wait lists. Continue reading

 

Power to save a life

Jersey | Clifton Journal

In February 2014, Pat Fatica became ill. The Wayne resident, known for volunteering his time coaching the local special needs baseball program, was in dire need of a kidney transplant and undergoing dialysis.

Today, he's on the road to recovery thanks to a live donor who read about his story in the local newspaper.

"The best Christmas gift we could get is a donor," his wife was quoted as saying in the Wayne Today article.

Wayne resident Jayne Cori came across the article. She said when she read the comment by Fatica's wife, "it grabbed my heart. I read the story and I acted on it."

Jayne's kidney was a match and the transplant was performed on March 24. Fatica is now on the road to recovery.

Cases like this bring new light to the importance of organ donation. Continue reading

 

100-miles to get 100-people to donate organs

Halifax Courier

Councillor Jayne Booth and Issy Pollard will run 100-miles to raise awareness of organ donation

A leading Labour councillor and her friend will run 100-miles to raise awareness of organ donation.

Fitness fanatic and Todmorden councillor Jayne Booth, 52, and Issy Pollard, 39, of Todmorden, will run two 50-mile challenges in June and July to encourage more people to register for organ donation - a subject they feel passionate about.

Both women, who run with the Todmorden Harriers, say close family members would have benefitted from organ donation if it was more accessible on the NHS.

The medical mission runners will start with the Calderdale Way on June 6. The following month, on July 25, they will take on the epic Lakeland 50 where they will have to navigate Lake District fells in darkness. The running partners hope to finish their second challenge in 15-hours.

They aim to get 100-people to sign up for organ donation - one person for every mile each of them run.

Jayne said: “We want to raise awareness of a subject close to both our hearts. One organ donor could save many lives just by registering and carrying a donor card. Continue reading

 

Relay team connects around organ donation

Burlington Free Press | April Burbank

Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen runs in the 2014 Vermont City Marathon as part of a relay team of organ recipients, organ donors and advocates. (Photo: COURTESY)

The runners, some of whom have never met in person, will bear the name "Spareparts."

One offered his liver to his fiancee. Another saw her daughter's life saved by a liver transplant at 15 months old. One retained her sight because of a double corneal transplant. Another works with organ donation at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

The anchor, the runner for the team's fifth and final leg of the People's United Bank Vermont City Marathon & Relay on Sunday, is the state commissioner of health.

"I've been a longtime supporter of organ donation," said Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen. "As an emergency physician for about 30 years, I really saw an opportunity to take something that was potentially tragic and turn it around and touch many people's lives in a very concrete and positive way."

This is the fourth year that a Spareparts team has tackled the relay. The makeup changes a bit each year, but the goal is the same — to raise awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors in Vermont. Continue reading

 

Organ donor series touched hearts across Wisconsin

Post Crescent | Jaime Fitzhenry

The moment you think life might just be a random series of events, you meet someone like Sam Ives.

It wasn't dumb luck or mere happenstance we met at Starbucks. It was something more significant in ways we couldn't have imagined in March when Gannett Wisconsin Media journalists first started writing about the grave need for organ donors.

To look at the 20-year-old, you'd take away his piercing blue eyes and normal appearance. They hold no clue to what's inside, a re-wired heart and a liver and stomach on the opposite sides of his body. He was born without a spleen and not much hope for survival.

the coffee shop, he was relaxing after finishing his finals at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and looking forward to Marvel action movie releases this summer. He's thinking about two more years of college, a career as an actuary and having his liver scanned for cancer every few weeks. Continue reading