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Friday, August 29, 2014

Donate Life New England 'Charmed by Charity' Event

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Join us at Alex and Ani Portsmouth, New Hampshire for the latest "Charmed by Charity" event on Thursday, September 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. During the event 15% of sales will be donated to Donate Life New England. Contact Jennifer Cray (jennifer_cray@neob.org) for more details or stop by on Thursday night.
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DONATE LIFE RED WINGS GAME - SAVE the DATE!

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Save the Date Red Wing fans! Our Donate Life game is Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Tickets are available by calling Peggy Burkhard at (248) 770-5172. Start that winter break off right. Think early Holiday gifts. And $10 of each ticket price ($45 and $60) includes a donation to the Donate Life Coalition of MI. Thank you! Reserve your tickets today! Visit us on the Concourse near section 110 that evening.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jackson Prep Athlete's Organs Save Lives

WJTV | By Danielle Avitable


In Mississippi alone, more than 1,400 people are on the organ transplant waiting list, according to CEO Kevin Stump with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

Even though he is not walking this earth physically, Jackson Prep student Walker Wilbanks continues to change people's lives.

"Anytime a family gives permission for organ tissue donation it really does make an impact on all the different people who benefit from it," says Stump.

Walker died Monday from what doctors are calling a freak occurrence. He had low sodium in his blood leading to too much water in his brain.

He was first hospitalized Friday during the season opener football game and once at the hospital Walker started having seizures. VIDEO, continue reading
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Baby Logan all smiles at B.C. Children’s Hospital after heart transplant

Global News | By Negar Mojtahedi Global News

At 11-months old, Logan Vandermeulen is thriving at Ronald McDonald house, five weeks after receiving a new heart.

At his young age, Logan has already made history as the first baby in British Columbia to have what is called a Berlin Heart, a life-saving heart pump that helped keep him alive until a donor became available. The device is used in children whose hearts are no longer strong enough to pump enough blood to vital organs.

Multiple tubes are connected to the heart as the device sits outside the body.

Baby Logan had a tough start in life. When his mom was 26 weeks pregnant, doctors noticed there was something wrong with Logan’s heart. He was just a day old when he had a pacemaker installed, then surgery after surgery, but his only shot at having a future was a transplant.

Waiting was the hardest part for the Vandermeulen family. Logan’s mother, Veronica, said the estimated wait time for a transplant was anywhere from 24 hours to a year and half, but time was running out as her son was on the verge of death. Continue reading, VIDEO
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Join our High Five Squad @ the Donate Life Night with the Colorado Rapids

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We still have room for transplant recipients and donor family members ages 4-15 to join our High Five Squad on 9/13! These kiddos will get to high five the Rapids players as they leave the field at halftime, plus they'll receive a free ticket to the game and a t-shirt for participating.

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JOEY GASE TO MAKE SPRINT CUP DEBUT AT CHICAGOLAND

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Gase will drive the No. 32 Ford for Go FAS Racing.

"I am very excited and thankful that Archie (St. Hilarie, team owner) and the entire team are giving me this opportunity," Gase said in a team release. "My Nationwide Series career started with Go FAS in 2011, which led to a great 20th-place finish (at Iowa). Hopefully, I can get another good finish with the team."

The team currently has a couple of associate sponsors for the race, but is looking for a primary sponsor, according to the release.

Gase is currently running a full Nationwide Series schedule for Jimmy Means Racing. He is 20th in the standings with a best finish this season of 11th at Talladega in May. In 66 career Nationwide Series starts, the 21-year-old Iowa native has yet to record a top-10 finish.  Continue reading
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Legacy of man killed in fall from cop's Jeep 'can live on in someone else’

Northumberland News | Molly Hayes - Hamilton Spector
Joey Flaherty's family hopes his charismatic, generous and fun-loving legacy will live on in others.

The 27-year-old Dundas man was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon, a day after he tumbled out of a friend's moving vehicle.

In a final act of generosity, his organs were donated.

"We knew that's what Joey would want," older brother Jamie said Wednesday. "If that could be his way of helping out somebody else, and saving somebody else's life ... then his legacy can live on in someone else."

The police officer accused of drunk driving in the incident will now face upgraded charges after Flaherty's death.

Ryan Grant, 33, who has been on the police service in Brantford for two years, will be charged with impaired driving causing death. The official charge will be read at his next court appearance on Sept. 23. He's also facing a charge of impaired driving.

Hundreds of family and friends poured into the Flaherty home in Dundas over the last few days, paying respects to Jamie and their parents, Janice and Jim. It's the same house where the boys' friends would gather every Christmas Eve. Continue reading

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Linda Alvarado, every breath a gift

The Fort Stockton Pioneer News | By Chris Adams

How do you measure the worth of tissue? Most would say that is an abstract or esoteric question devoid of logic. Others might state that the question is a riddle without rationality. If Linda Alvarado was answering the question she would find absolute clarity and understanding in the enigmatic query.

She might answer, “Do not take for granted two very precious things that God has given us; our lives and our bodies.”

Unfortunately, most human beings take those two gifts and stick them up on a closet shelf. Not Alvarado. She has unwrapped them and put them on the mantle of careful and loving consideration.

When one is in imminent peril of losing organs and life is teetering at the edge of death's ravine, the lucidity of those laborious moments forever changes a person's perspective on the aforementioned blessings.

Alvarado is such a person. Last fall she was informed of a possible match to replace her dying lungs. It was the second time she had received a word of hope.

“I got the second call on Oct. 9...there was only one lung that was good at that time so they couldn't put it in.” Continue reading 
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Patient with Hepatitis C Gets Kidney from Donor with Same Disease

HCP Live | By Catherine Kolonko
Surgeons transplanted a kidney from a donor who had hepatitis C to a recipient who also has the disease in what is believed to be the first procedure of its kind in the state of Utah, health officials there said.

Newly developed drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV) have high cure rates but also potential harmful side effects for patients with kidney disease and therefore the drugs are not approved for this patient population, Paul J. Campsen, MD, surgical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, said in an interview with HCPLive.com. 

The transplant was done in late July and the patient went home four days later, no longer in need of dialysis. “He was super animated again and he said all of his energy is back” Campsen said of the 61-year-old patient. “It’s the same stuff we see with all of our patients. Dialysis keeps you alive but it’s not the same quality as a human organ that filters the body.” Continue reading
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Baby Found Not Breathing At Daycare, Organs Save 2 Others

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LYNDON, Kan. (WIBW) -- An Osage Co. infant died after the four-month old baby was found not breathing at an daycare in Lyndon on Monday, according to Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

Emergency responders found Brody Johnston, of Scranton, at the daycare shortly after noon after someone called 911 saying the child wasn't breathing. The infant died on the way to the hospital, said Dunn.

The daycare, 1020 Monroe Street, in Lyndon, closed for two days while the Sheriff's Office investigated at the request of the Osage Co. Health Dept.

The cause of death has not been determined yet.

Brody's family asked the Sheriff's Dept. release the details of their child's death because, since then, the infant's organs have been donated and saved the lives of two other children, said Sheriff Dunn. Continue reading
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Kaitlyn Doorhy's parents celebrate their daughter's life with memories, photos

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One of the highlights of Kaitlyn Doorhy's summer happened when she was walking in Southampton and someone tapped her on the shoulder, told her she loved her dress, and asked where she'd gotten it. Kaitlyn told the woman she was wearing Michael Kors — a designer she loved; she even worked at Michael Kors — and it was only after she'd lifted her signature designer sunglasses that she realized the woman asking had been Khloe Kardashian.

"She didn't realize who it was at first," her mom Darla said. "It was only when she lifted up her sunglasses that she just started to shake."

That bright summer day was only a few weeks ago, but in a heartbeat, everything changed when Kaitlyn, just 20, was struck by a car and died on Friday.

She will be buried wearing the very same Michael Kors dress — and her Strawberry Queen crown.

Kaitlyn has touched lives across the board — condolences have been coming from far and wide. Even, in fact, from Michael Kors — flowers arrived from Jeff Dunn, vice president of outlets, with deep sympathy.

At the Doorhy house in Mattituck on Thursday, a beautiful home filled with framed photos of Kaitlyn along with her parents, Joe and Darla, and sister Carly, a steady stream of visitors brought flowers, food, and an outpouring of love unprecedented in a small town still reeling from unexpected loss and utter heartbreak. Continue reading
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Richmond Spider saves classmate’s life 30 years after leaving campus

WTVR | Greg McQuade
RICHMOND, Va. — Matt Felix and Pat Kacani’s friendship stretches back three decades.

“Well, we met freshman year. We kind of hit it off right from there,” Richmonder Pat Kacani said.

The 51-year-old men share fond memories of University of Richmond and a bond thicker than most guys thanks to a four-pound organ. About 20 years ago Matt was diagnosed with a rare liver disease. Medication treated the ailment and life went on as normal until two years ago. That is when Matt’s doctors told him his liver was failing fast.  Continue reading
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Local resident awaits transplant

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BROWNSBURG — “If Winter can, I can!” is the motto of Stephanie Evans, a 19-year-old Brownsburg woman who needs a liver and kidney transplant as recommended by doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Evans is a fan of the bottlenose dolphin named Winter, who resides at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. She takes inspiration from her mammal friend, who has beaten the odds and survived in spite of the loss of her tail.

At birth, Evans was diagnosed with a chronic rare metabolic disorder called Methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). It is a disorder where the enzyme in the liver cannot digest protein. Her body does not receive all of the nutrients and energy it needs to develop and grow properly. She requires a special protein-restricted formula as well as a strict medication regimen. Because her stomach does not work properly, Evans is fed by a tube that goes straight to her intestines. She requires daily IV fluids as her kidneys cannot control the fluid balance, and she easily dehydrates. Continue reading
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Gold star for South Texas Health System

The Monitor | KRISTEN MOSBRUCKER

MCALLEN ,TX-Aug.27,2014 - Dr. Mourad Alsabbagh nephrology doctor checks on transplant patient and donor Antonio and Esperanza Ramirez of San Juan while at McAllen Medical Hospital Wednesday Aug.27,2014. Photo by Delcia Lopez dlopez@themonitor.com

South Texas Health System, a network of six hospitals in the region, was awarded a gold star by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for organ transplant awareness on Wednesday.

“We are very proud to be involved in creating awareness for organ donation in our community,” said Elmo Lopez Jr., CEO of the McAllen Medical Center, who noted that one-third of organ transplants in the Rio Grande Valley come from local donors.

“Approximately half of the population is at risk for diabetes, and with that comes the need for some of that population to need a kidney and we provide that.” Continue reading
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Lyons and McAuliffe in the medals at Transplant Games

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Laois athlete Robbie Lyons is coming home from the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Krakow today with two silver medals and a bronze.
Also in the medals is Portarlington man Eddie McAuliffe who won a gold medal in the golf for his nett score.

From The Swan in Laois, Robbie, a 20 year old kidney transplant recipient, competed in the 18 to 29 year old category in his 400m and 100m sprint events.

In the 100m event he crossed the line in 12.53 seconds securing a bronze behind two Hungarians. In the 400m sprint, with a time of 61.7 seconds, he was just pipped to the post by a German competitor. In the Long Jump event he secured a silver medal competing against athletes aged between 18 and 39 years and one former Olympian who took Gold.

Robbie said after his first race, the 100m sprint, “I am really happy with the outcome. The racing conditions were extremely tough with the rain which makes me even more proud of my time.” Continue reading
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Scientists grow complete new organ, take major step in regeneration

Daily Digest News | By John Tyburski, Daily Digest News

A new report describes the first successful attempt to grow an entire new organ, transplant it into a recipient, and have it function normally.
In a major forward leap in regenerative medicine research, a group of British scientists report that they have successfully grown a complete, functional organ from harvested mouse cells. Even better, the new organ functioned normally after it was transplanted into a recipient mouse.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh produced the world’s first working thymus, not from stem cells but from connective tissue cells called fibroblasts. Although the work was done entirely in mice, the success is nonetheless an extraordinary achievement in regenerative medicine, which endeavors to one day be able to replace diseased or injured organs with fresh ones grown in the lab.

Up to now, only small portions of functional organs have been successfully grown in the lab. Bits of hearts, livers, and even brains have been grown from stem cells, but no complete, functional organs have been produced this way. In the new study, the investigators created the new thymus from fibroblast cells, not stem cells. Continue reading
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Brookeville boy scheduled for liver transplant

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Photo from Melanie Koller. AJ Koller (left), 10, and his little brother Hunter, both of Brookeville, ride the school bus Monday for the first day of classes at Belmont Elementary School in Olney.
Brookeville boy, 10, braces for liver transplant
It’s a time for fresh starts for many area schoolchildren, but for 10-year-old AJ Koller of Brookeville, this school year marks another new beginning, as he prepares for a liver transplant.

On Monday, AJ started fifth grade at Belmont Elementary in Olney, and proudly fulfilled his duties as a school safety patrol.

“He was very excited about his first day and being a patrol,” said his mother, Melanie Koller.

It was important to AJ to start school with his classmates, even though he will miss a significant portion of the semester.

AJ was born with Alagille syndrome, a multi-organ disorder that primarily affects his heart and liver. He has endured several open-heart surgeries since birth, in addition to countless other medical procedures. Continue reading
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The Perfect Match: Kidney Transplant Leads to Marriage

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Photo Credit: Chelsea Clair/Facebook
All of us newlyweds promise to love our spouses in sickness and in health, but one Indiana couple's amazing story was actually born from the ultimate sacrifice: Donating an organ to a stranger.

Chelsea Clair, 26, met Kyle Froelich, 23, at a car show four years ago. He was diagnosed with a fatal kidney disorder when he was 12 years old, and doctors estimated that the then-senior in high school only had one more year to live unless he could obtain a successful kidney transplant. Many of his family members and friends were tested, but none proved to be a perfect match.

That is, until he met Clair, who heard his story through a family friend, and declared on the spot that she would give him her kidney. Froelich had guarded himself from getting his hopes up — according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, only slightly more than 50% of people on the national waiting list receive an organ within five years — but a month later, test results gave them the green light to move forward with a transplant. Continue reading
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Organ Donation – The Opportunity to Give the Gift of Life

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Life is a gift. Those who are at risk of losing theirs through organ failure know that all too well. They are also aware of the obstacles of receiving the organs they so desperately need. Over 3,000 Michigan residents are on the waiting list to receive an organ transplant. Nationally, there are over 100,000. In Michigan, approximately 300 lives are saved every year through organ donation. Why not more?

There are a few misconceptions about organ donation. For many people, it is the concern that their own life will be taken too lightly if they are seriously hurt or ill, or you may think you are too young or old. The truth is, your life is just as precious as the person who is on the waiting list, and age is not necessarily a factor in determining who can be an organ donor. Additionally, it’s a misguided belief that the process will be too complicated to deal with. Continue reading
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Birmingham hospital becomes first in world to revive a liver for transplant

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Surgeons successfully revived a liver for a transplant. Credit: PA Wire

A hospital in Birmingham has become the first in the world to successfully revive a liver for a transplant using a groundbreaking new technique.

Surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital successfully performed a liver transplant on Satpal Mahal after pumping oxygenated blood through the organ.

It had made a journey of more than 200 miles inside an ice box.

The seven-hour delay in transporting the organ would likely have led to the failure of the operation under normal circumstances, liver specialists said.

But after using the "warm blood" machine, the surgery team were able to transplant the liver into Mahal, 46, who had been on a waiting list for more than two months.

The unique process took 18 hours from the organ first being retrieved from the donor to the successful completion of the operation. Continue reading, VIDEO
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Plan for allocating livers for transplants creates concern in our region

FOX 4KC | BY MERYL LIN MCKEAN

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Human organs donated for transplants are precious gifts that are in short supply. Some regions of the country have fewer liver donors for the population than the Midwest Transplant Network’s region has. Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital, which performs liver transplants, are concerned about a plan before the United Network for Organ Sharing or UNOS. The plan could result in more livers donated here being moved to other places for transplantation.

Gary Welty lies in an intensive care unit bed at K.U. Hospital seven weeks after receiving a new liver. Welty waited four years for the transplant, and says his declining health during that time has made it harder to recover.

“My survival rate is going down and down and down whereas if you do it early, it gives people more of a chance to survive and recover in a shorter period of time,” said Welty. VIDEO, continue reading
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Delaware's first Donor Dash! Join in today!

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Today marks 3 weeks until the first-ever Delaware Donor Dash! Pre-registration is $25 and day-of registration is $30. All proceeds will go towards organ and tissue donation awareness initiatives in the state of Delaware. Register online today!www.dedonordash.org
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Walker Wilbanks donated heart, says brother

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The heartbreaking story of Walker Wilbanks, a 17-year-old Jackson Prep football player who died on Monday, has been shared all over the metro area and beyond.


And yesterday on Twitter, Walker's brother, Landon, shared that his brother's heart was going to save the life of a 14-year-old.

Other social media accounts are saying there's more, and we are trying to track down the extent of Walker's amazing gift to others.


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Any time is the perfect time to share with the world the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation

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Any time is the perfect time to share with the world the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. If you’re registered, tell your friends and family today. Not signed up yet? Go to www.organdonor.gov
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Williamston boy lives full life with only half a heart

WBTV | Adrian Acosta

WILLIAMSTON, SC (FOX Carolina) - 
Christopher Browning turned 10 years old on Tuesday and is living life to the fullest despite being born without half of his heart.

Iris Browning said her son has had three heart surgeries so far.

"Hypoplastic left heart," Browning called the condition. "Its where the left side of his heart didn't develop."

The latest surgery has led to complications.

"He is not able to keep protein in his body, and he can't grow," Browning said.

Christopher, who is now in the third grade, doesn't let the condition slow him down, said teacher Jane Tucker.

"He has a huge heart, but he's wearing it out and he needs a new one," Tucker said.

Christopher may soon get the new heart he needs. The 10-year-old is near the top of a transplant waiting list at MUSC in Charleston.

Browning said she's been told the call that her son's new heart is ready could literally come any minute. Continue reading

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Through another’s eyes

Standard Speaker | Dr. Alexandra Wamanski

Approximately 35 million people are blind or going blind worldwide. Fortunately, many can be cured.

Unfortunately, the number of people awaiting corneal transplants is out-numbering the available donor tissue.

Corneal transplantation is the only effective restoration for the replacement of human tissue in the eye.

Eye donation is the oldest form of tissue and organ donation. It began back in 1905 with the very first corneal transplant.

Currently over 46,000 corneas are transplanted yearly in the United States alone. This surgery is over 90 percent successful at restoring sight to the recipient.

The cornea is the clear outer portion of the eye that covers the pupil and the iris.

allows light to be transmitted through the eye to the retina. If the cornea is cloudy or damaged, it can greatly interfere with a person’s ability to see — regardless of whether or not they are wearing glasses or contact lenses.

The cornea can de damaged in a number of ways. Severe scarring may result from injury, inappropriate contact lens use, or severe dry eye syndrome. Continue reading
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