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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Organ Donation By The Numbers

United Network For Organ Sharing


New organ preservation technique could replace UW Solution

LaCrosse Tribune | David Wahlberg

Jeff Ethington, left, and Dr. Emre Arpali, center, of UW Hospital, prepare to load a donor liver preserved in a cooler with ice and cold solution into a vehicle after the organ arrives by plane at the Dane County Regional Airport. With them is Terry Cullen, a driver with the Nationwide Organ Recovery Service.

For decades, surgeons around the country have preserved organs in a cold solution as the organs are shipped in coolers to transplant recipients hundreds of miles away.

Developed at UW Hospital, the fluid is known simply as “UW Solution.”

Now, UW Hospital and other transplant centers are looking at a different way to keep organs healthy outside of the body: pumping them with blood at or just below body temperature.

The process, called warm perfusion, can keep hearts beating and lungs “breathing” while allowing doctors to assess and treat organs to make them last longer, studies suggest.

“Warm perfusion allows the organ to function as it normally would inside the body,” said Dr. Tony D’Alessandro, a transplant surgeon at UW Hospital, which has studied the method in hearts and plans to use it soon on livers.

“The ice age is over,” said Gail Frankle, transplant director at the University of Minnesota, which is using warm perfusion on lungs in a clinical trial.

Warm perfusion could enable transplants of organs that are discarded or not recovered today, including some from a procedure called donation after circulatory death, proponents say. It could extend the time organs can safely travel. Continue reading


Organ donors, transplants and registrations, are up: Trillium

Sault Star | Jeffrey Ougler

SAULT STE. MARIE - Major campaigns to bolster organ donation numbers can be super-effective — but grassroots efforts can also deliver growth.

That was the message Tuesday from Ronnie Gavsie, Trillium Gift of Life Network president and CEO, discussing 2014-2015 Ontario organ donation numbers.

In fact, it was Gavsie who cited recent efforts by a young Sault Ste. Marie woman, Maggie Braido, who launched an online campaign last spring to convince at least 1,000 area residents to sign up as organ donors. Braido, whose father has been diagnosed with a rare kidney ailment and requires a transplant, reports she surpassed her target.

"We very much encourage people to do it individually or do what Maggie has done and she, obviously, has a very personal, heartfelt reason for doing it,” Gavsie told The Sault Star from Toronto. “And her kind of story will grab at the hearts of other people."

It’s such efforts — along with a host of other factors —that have helped yield an increase in organ donors, transplants and registrations, Trillium says. Continue reading


Organ and Tissue Donation Service NSW asks Hastings residents to have

MacQuarie Port News | Lisa Tisdell

Compassionate approach: Dr Kishore Sanghi, registered nurse Matt Cox, Organ and Tissue Donation Service NSW co-state medical director Dr Elena Cavazzoni and Port Macquarie Base Hospital intensive care unit nursing unit manager Patrick Regan with a simulation mannequin during the simulation exercise.

It is a difficult conversation but knowing a love one's organ and tissue donation wishes can help during a tragic time, an expert says.

Families with knowledge about each other's donation decisions are more likely to uphold them.

Organ and Tissue Donation Service NSW co-state medical director Dr Elena Cavazzoni encouraged people to ask themselves if they would want an organ transplant operation if needed.

She said: "If the questions is yes, would you be willing to be a donor?

"That changes slightly the frame.

"If you are willing to receive a donation, then maybe you're willing to donate."

Dr Cavazzoni encouraged people to discuss their wishes with family members. Continue reading


Monday, July 6, 2015

Jerry Brown signs protection for pot smokers

Sacramento Bee | David Siders

In this file photo taken Jan. 13, 2015, marijuana plants sit under powerful lamps in a growing facility in Arlington, Wash. | Elaine Thompson AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users based solely on their use of the drug, Brown’s office announced Monday.

Proponents of the bill argued some patients had been denied life-saving organ transplants because medical professionals classified them as drug abusers.

Brown, a Democrat, signed Assembly Bill 258 without comment. The legislation, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, cleared the Legislature with little controversy.

In a prepared statement, Levine said the legislation will “save lives by ensuring medical cannabis patients are not discriminated against in the organ transplant process.”

Six other states provide medical protections similar to those contained in the bill, according to a legislative analysis. Americans for Safe Access, the advocacy group that sponsored the legislation, estimated 1,150 Californians who use medical marijuana were on a transplant waiting list and at risk of being denied, according to the analysis. Continue reading


Lung transplant recipient runs to raise Georgia organ donation awareness

Every Organ Donor

Darlene Briggs is a special person.

In 2004 she got pneumonia and her only hope was lung transplant. The same treatment that saved Brigg’s life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer made her so sick that her lungs no longer worked. She got a double lung transplant at Duke.

Ten years ago with her new lungs, Darlene and her five siblings ran the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

“One year we decided we were going to do t shirts for everybody just for awareness for organ donation,” Briggs said. “We all got t-shirts so we all wear them now. It’s kind of nice people will recognize us on the road and say, ‘Oh, I had a liver transplant’ last year or, ‘I donated a kidney!’ Continue reading


When Summer Fun Hurts, Donated Tissue Heals

West Hartford Patch | Alisa Picerno

Donated Corneas and Tissue are Used to Heal Burns, Bones and Blindness

Summer is a fun-filled season with many outdoor activities that unfortunately, can turn deadly in an instant. Burns from fireworks or injuries from a sports or motorcycle accident can require life-saving skin grafts or bone replacement. LifeChoice Donor Services wants to educate Connecticut residents about the lesser known, but vital role that donated tissue plays in healing these types of injuries.

"Donated tissues can be used to heal an incredible variety of injuries," said Caitlyn Bernabucci, Public Education Specialist for LifeChoice Donor Services in Bloomfield. "From corneas used to restore sight, to bone for joint replacement and tendons to reconstruct torn ACLs and repair Achilles ruptures, the list is practically endless." Continue reading



Kentuckians Touched by Organ Donation Featured on Kentucky Speedway Racecar

Surf KY | Karen McKnight

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (7/6/15) — “Everyone always said she was very small, but mighty. She was a very loving and caring person,” says Driver Joey Gase, of his mother, on FoxSports before finishing fifth at Talladega this May.

Joey’s mother, Mary Gase, died suddenly from a brain aneurysm, only a few months after Joey’s 18 birthday. Knowing his mother’s passion and love for life, he made the valiant decision to save lives through organ donation. In April of 2011, Mary Gase was able to save or heal 66 people.

Driving his No.52 Donate Life Chevy has now become his personal mission to educate the nation about the importance of organ donation. His car is regularly adorned with the faces of his mother and others who have been touched the Gift of Life. Continue reading


Local grandfather grateful for organ donation

South Jersey: The Central Record

This Father’s Day, Evesham resident John Browne, has a big reason to be grateful. This year marks his ten year anniversary since receiving a life-saving liver transplant. John and his wife, Pat, have two sons, Tim and Greg. Their sons are now adults with children of their own, and live in Atlanta, GA and Philadelphia. In 2003, John wasn’t sure if he would survive to see his grandchildren be born and grow.

He was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 2003, a very serious and rare form of cancer. After receiving radiation therapy, doctors told John that he would need a liver transplant to survive. He was listed on the organ transplant waitlist, and then his wait began. The prospect of waiting was a frightening one. In Gift of Life Donor Program’s region (eastern PA, southern NJ and DE), there are more than 6,100 people who are waiting for an organ transplant. Currently, 21 people die each day while waiting in the United States. John was justified in worrying that his second chance at life may never come. And then, he received the phone call that saved his life – there was a liver available for him. Continue reading


Doctors seek organ donation from deaths outside of hospitals

The Wisconsin State Journal | David Wahlberg

Less than 2 percent of the 2.6 million Americans who die each year qualify for organ donation, largely because most people die outside of hospitals and hospital deaths generally are required for donation.

Some doctors are advocating for a new type of donation — from people who die of cardiac arrest at home, in emergency rooms or other places outside of inpatient hospital units.

First responders, after exhausting resuscitation efforts, would ask to preserve the bodies with solutions or machines. They or others would seek consent for donation.

The idea, allowed in France and Spain, is called “uncontrolled donation after circulatory determination of death.” It could generate 22,000 more donation opportunities per year, more than the 14,000 or so annual donors in the U.S. today, according to the Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit that advises Congress.

“The U.S. organ donation system is not leveraging an approach that could expand the pool of potential donors,” Dr. Stephen Wall and colleagues at the New York University School of Medicine wrote in May in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Continue reading

UPMC exploring future of eye transplants

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mark Roth

Jika Gonzalez Veteran Tim Hornik, 35, was shot in the face by a sniper in Iraq in 2004. It destroyed vision in his left eye and damaged it severely in his right eye.

Even if it takes another 20 years to become a reality, Tim Hornik said, he would be willing to volunteer to get an eye transplant at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Hornik, 35, was shot in the face by a sniper in Iraq in 2004. It destroyed vision in his left eye and damaged it severely in his right eye.

In the years since then, he has participated as a consultant for the U.S. Defense Department in reviewing research proposals on treating war injuries, including the futuristic effort being led by transplant surgeon Vijay Gorantla at Pitt.

Dr. Gorantla, who has helped pioneer Pitt’s hand and arm transplants, is the first to acknowledge that it will be years before surgeons can attempt whole eye transplants in human patients. But he says the approach has a key advantage over other attempts to repair traumatic injuries to the eye, whether they have come from a roadside bomb, an industrial accident or a car collision.

The eye is so complex that trying to repair its internal parts is an enormous challenge. Continue reading


Mum of nine-year-old Wakefield transplant patient thinks of tragic organ donor every day

Yorkshire Evening Post | Jonathan Brown

James Hodgson pictured with his mum Rachel Hodgson at their home in Sandal, Wakefield. Picture by Simon Hulme.

The mother of a nine-year-old James Hodgson thinks of the organ donor who saved her son’s life every day.

James, who lives in Wakefield, was born jaundiced with a liver that was barely functioning due to a genetic disorder called alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, and at the age of two he was placed on the waiting list for a transplant in 2008.

Within just eight days mum Rachel Hodgson got a phone call after a match was found. She later found out the liver came from a 19-year-old man who had died in a tragic car accident.

Rachel is backing the call for people to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register through the YEP-backed Be a Hero campaign, run by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, to give the likes of James a chance at life.

The 45-year-old mum-of-two told James of the background to his transplant for the first time last week, and he has since pledged to write a letter of thanks to the donor family. Continue reading


Metro State student looking for donor for fourth kidney transplant

The Denver Post | Tom McGhee

After three failed transplants, 25-year-old Kelsey Crider is hoping a live donor will provide her with a new kidney.

After three failed transplants, Kelsey Crider is waiting for a live donor willing to part with a kidney and give her a renewed life.

The Gunbarrel resident was 17 and preparing to attend Fort Lewis College in Durango when she learned that she had medullary cystic kidney disease, a hereditary condition that degrades kidney function.

At the time, Crider, now 25 and attending Metropolitan State University of Denver, had about 12 percent kidney function.

"She felt tired and wasn't eating well, (but) it was a complete shock. We didn't see it coming," said her father, Steve Crider.

Kelsey Crider began dialysis, going three times a week to a center where she was hooked to a machine that cleaned her blood for four hours at a stretch. The process left her exhausted.

In October 2007, she had her first transplant, a kidney donated by her dad. "My dad was a perfect match — on paper," she said.

But her immune system rejected the organ despite the anti-rejection drugs she was taking. Continue reading


Imminent death organ donation could help others, stir distrust

Wisconsin State Journal | David Wahlberg

Buy Now Wayne inside with JoJean checking his IV Assistive devices on Wayne Bender’s wheelchair allow him to convert it into a bed, move it around his home and talk on the phone. JoJean Homme, a caregiver from Angels Loving Care, checks his intravenous line. Assistive devices on Bender's wheelchair allow him to convert the chair into a bed, move the chair around his home and talk on the phone. JoJean Homme, a caregiver from Angels Loving Care, checks his intravenous line.

Wayne Bender is dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which destroys muscle but leaves people mentally aware.

He wants to donate a kidney or all of his organs, considered healthy despite his disease, and help others live.

But doctors say regular living donation is too risky because Bender, of Madison, is too ill. He almost certainly won’t become brain dead, which is typically required for donation upon death. He could donate his organs after his heart stops — an alternative known as circulatory death donation — but might not die quickly enough for the organs to be usable.

A controversial proposal could help patients like Bender: imminent death donation.

The concept, being discussed by transplant doctors, would allow people in late stages of terminal illnesses or with severe, irreversible brain injuries to donate a kidney — and potentially other organs — just before they or their families plan to withdraw life support. Continue reading


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Heart transplant patient says connecting with Aboriginal culture vital to recovery

Australian Broadcast Company | Blythe Moore

Peter Daley is now fighting fit at home in Mount Isa, north-west Queensland, after receiving a heart transplant four years ago.

To look at Peter Daley these days it is almost unbelievable to think he was on the verge of death just four years ago.

Mr Daley had spent more than a decade battling a genetic heart condition and the organ had just about given up entirely when he was flown to Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital in 2011.

He spent several months connected to an external mechanical heart before he was well enough to receive a transplant in June of that year.

Since receiving his donor heart the father-of-four has never looked back.

"Everyone's got their own way of dealing with stuff and I just take every day as it comes," he said.

"I love every day as if it's my last and I take nothing for granted.

"You get that second chance of life and you see things from a different perspective."

When he was released from hospital Mr Daley said he was under strict instructions from his surgeon to take it easy. Continue reading


Breath of life

Orange County Register | Denisse Salazar

Julie Hancock of Placentia, center, received the first lung transplant ever performed at UCLA Medical Center 25 years ago. Today, she is still going strong and feels blessed to be able to live out her life with her family. She is pictured with husband Dan Hancock, top center, son Daniel Hancock, top row, second from left, daughter-in-law, Emily Hancock, far left, grandchildren Teddy Hancock, 15 months, Jackson Hancock, 4, daughter Shannon Powers, holding Hannah Powers, 9 months, son in law, Josh Powers, far right, grandchildren Bethany Powers, 9, and Keilah Powers, 6, bottom right.

Placentia’s Julie Hancock feels like she’s won the lottery − twice.

Hancock received the first lung transplant ever performed at UCLA Medical Center 25 years ago. She had had primary pulmonary hypertension, a rare lung disease that leads to narrowing of the blood vessels of the lungs.

Since then, UCLA has performed nearly 900 lung transplants.

Just eight months earlier, the married mother of two young children who lived in Yorba Linda at the time was rushed to Kaiser Medical Center in Anaheim.

“One day I felt really light-headed and was out,” Hancock said. “My son heard me fall and came upstairs, shook me and finally got me back.”

That son, Daniel Hancock, was nine years old when he found his mother in a pool of blood.

“In my child head, I didn’t realize the magnitude of what was going on,” Daniel Hancock, now 34, said. “Nobody did.” Continue reading


Officer hopes for organ transplant

North Platt Telegraph | Liz McCue

The deputies and officers of the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office are learning the hard way that it takes three people to do what Lt. Jeff Hedgecock does as the chief administrator in the detention center. Hedgecock, his family and friends are hoping for a match to allow him to have a kidney and liver transplant.

Across the county, from coworkers to the hundreds of children he’s coached through little league sports, even the inmates he’s worked with since starting at the Lincoln County Detention Center in 1986, Hedgecock is highly respected as an officer and father.

He has been living with type 2 diabetes for some time, but was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and decreased kidney function, according to a GoFundMe webpage created by his four children and daughter-in-law. The page has raised $2,540 to support his medical costs.

“For a guy who hasn’t touched a drop of liquor in his life getting liver disease,” said Rollie Kramer, chief deputy, is hard to understand.

Kramer said Hedgecock trained him when he first started with Lincoln County and he also trained Sgt. Dave Grandel, one of Hedgecock’s closest friends in the department. Continue reading


Walk to help to two kidney charities

Wakefield Express

A walk will raise cash to help people with kidney problems and awareness of the need for more organ donors.

Scott Fairbrass, who is recovering from a kidney transplant, and friends have organised the walk from the Carleton pub in Pontefract on Sunday, July 26.

Mr Fairbrass, 31, suffered a kidney failure when he was 24, and has been on the list for a transplant ever since.

After his condition worsened, Mr Fairbrass was told he had around six months before he would have to start going to hospital for dialysis three times a week.

Tests were carried out and his friend Lee Scott was found to be an almost perfect match.

But then a deceased donor was found and the transplant operation was carried out five weeks ago. Continue reading


UW Hospital a leader in alternative to brain death organ donation

Wisconsin State Journal | David Wahlberg

Editors note: It is important to understand the following:

  • Family in partnership with their physician has made the descison to withdraw life sustaining support. This difficult decision by families take place many times a day in hospital ICU units often because of an individual's wishes not to be kept alive on a machine.
  • Only after the decision to withdraw care is made, families are giving the opportunity for donation; if patient is not a registered donor, family will need to consent to donation.
  • In this case, patient is a registered organ donor and has already given her permission for donation to take place after she is declared dead; no further authorization is required.
  • In the case of a registered donor, the family, hospital and organ procurement organization are obligated to fulfill the wishes of the donor.
Terry Flugaur, of Wisconsin Rapids, looks through a memory book of her daughter, Kiley Hackl, of Sun Prairie, a mother of five who died at UW Hospital at age 32 in 2013. Hackl, who was left with minimal brain function from a clot in her brain, donated organs after life support was removed and her heart stopped. UW Hospital is a leader in the technique, called donation after circulatory death.

Kiley Hackl, a fitness buff, was in a kickboxing class in Sun Prairie when she collapsed.

A helicopter took the 32-year-old mother of five to UW Hospital, where scans showed a clot had destroyed most of her brain. Doctors said her condition was futile and irreversible, but she still had minimal brain activity.

In many parts of the country, that would have prevented her from being an organ donor. Doctors typically declare a person brain dead, meaning they have no brain function at all, before removing organs while a ventilator keeps the heart beating.

But after Hackl’s family decided to withdraw life support, they learned that Hackl, who had signed up to be an organ donor, could still be one once her heart stopped and her body shut down — known as circulatory death.

UW Hospital is a leader in donation after circulatory death, an alternative to donation after brain death. The procedure, which is somewhat controversial, allows people with severe, irreversible brain injuries or in late stages of terminal illnesses to donate organs after a controlled death.

As loved ones watched, doctors removed Hackl’s breathing tube in the operating room and waited for her heart to stop. A few minutes later, they declared death and recovered her organs. Continue reading


Consent for organ donation strengthened through registries

Wisconsin State Journal | David Wahlberg

Editors note: The term 'consent' is used incorrectly in this article. Organ donor registries fall under gift laws and there for no consent is needed; the correct term in this case is authorization. Individuals who sign-up on state organ donation registries, have given their permission for donation to take place at the time of their death no matter how death is declared. It is the obligation of families, hospitals and organ procurement organizations to fulfill the gift.

Henry Mackaman

When Henry Mackaman got his driver’s license, he registered to be an organ donor.

Two years ago, as a 21-year-old UW-Madison student, Mackaman died from meningitis.

His family supported the recovery of his organs, knowing he had authorized donation, said Meredith Leigh, Mackaman’s mother. Seven organs went to five recipients, including Walter Goodman, a UW-Madison professor, who received his heart.

“It gives me comfort that my son has saved five lives — and that, in a way, he lives on,” Leigh said.

Online donor registries, like one that started in Wisconsin in 2010, have increased attention to organ donation around the country.

Before Wisconsin launched its registry, residents who got stickers on their licenses or otherwise signed up to be donors expressed intent. Doctors still had to get consent from family.

Now, people who sign up online or when getting or renewing their driver’s license give first-person consent. No further permission is required, though parents can override the decision if the potential donor is under age 18. Continue reading


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Meet Olivia Swedberg, The 3-year-old Hero Who Doesn’t Wear a Cape

American Live Wire | Enozia Vakil

3 year old Olivia helps two children after death from brain cancer Photo Credit: Google Images Read more at http://americanlivewire.com/2015-07-04-meet-olivia-swedberg-the-3-year-old-hero-who-doesnt-wear-a-cape/

The organs of Olivia Swedberg, 3, who had a terminal disease would go on to save other children.

A girl with her vibrant personality, Olivia was diagnosed in May with terminal brain cancer known to be diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, which has a 0 percent survival rate.

Her family was aware they needed to live whatever life she has left to the fullest and went on a Disney cruise. It is there where they realized that the condition of Olivia had deteriorated quickly.

“When I was in Orlando, a lady emailed me and said she had been following Lucas’ story and knew he needed a liver transplant,” Lauressa Swedberg, Olivia’s mother, said.

Lucas had only weeks to live but was settled in the Pittsburgh area. After learning about Olivia, his family was praying for a miracle. The liver of Olivia was a miracle needed by Lucas which the Olivia’s family arranged for a direct organ donation to Lucas. Continue reading


Firefighter donates portion of liver to teen

The Times Argus | Eric Blaisdell

PLAINFIELD — A central Vermont teenager has a new lease on life after a local firefighter performed the selfless act of giving the boy part of his liver.

When he was 10 years old, Caleb Quittner, of Plainfield, was diagnosed with primary sclerosis cholangitis, an autoimmune disease that can cause liver failure. Doctors told Quittner’s mother, Brandi Parker, his liver could fail any time from two years after the diagnosis to 30 years.

The next six years progressed just fine until Quittner, 17, developed a head cold in September. Parker says that cold sent his disease into motion, quickly causing scar tissue on his liver.

Parker was left wondering why the disease had decided to start up then, as she said Quittner had much worse colds in the past six years. A month after he caught the cold, Quittner was put on the liver transplant list. Continue reading


The health system's struggle to get more black and Asian donors

BBC News | Sandish Shoker

Kieran Meht waited 13 years for a kidney donor match because he was Asian

Despite several NHS publicity campaigns, only 4% of the 21 million people on the organ donor register are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds - but why?

The average adult waits three years for a kidney donation.

But Kieran Meht, 33, from Nottingham, waited 13 years, which doctors put down to him being Asian.

He was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of three and two previous transplants, including one from his mother, were unsuccessful.

"Life was difficult because I wasn't allowed out," he said. "I saw my brother go swimming, to karate, play football and I couldn't.

"I always saw myself as different from my friends. I had to always be careful with what I was doing."

Spending 20 hours a week on dialysis to keep his body going and having failed to find matches among friends and family, Mr Meht's hopes were pinned on generous strangers. Continue reading


Friday, July 3, 2015

2nd Local Child Receives Transplant From Nebraska Girl

CBS LOCAL Pittsburgh | David Highfield

WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) — The same donor who gave 2-year-old Lucas Goeller a new liver is also helping another little boy.

A 3-year-old girl from Nebraska is the donor. She passed away after battling brain cancer.

Her intestine was transplanted into 4-year-old Angelo Giorno from Derry, Westmoreland County, at Children’s Hospital.

Giorno was born with his intestines outside his body, which resulted in a condition called short gut syndrome.

He’s forced to spend 16 hours a day attached to an IV to get nutrition.

Dean Kuhns and his husband Dale Darazio took Angelo into their family three years ago, as soon as they met him. Continue reading


OKC Dodgers to Honor Everlasting Fans During July 4 Game

Our Sports Center

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Dodgers and LifeShare will honor two friends forever linked by organ donation and encourage guests to become Everlasting Fans during the Saturday, July 4 OKC Dodgers game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Friends Cheryl Manley and Stephanie Baker are eternally intertwined by the gift of organ donation. Both suffered the unthinkable loss of having children pass away. Both of their children were organ donors, which brought Manley and Baker together initially. Baker later needed a kidney transplant, and Manley became her donor in October 2014.

"Cheryl Manley, Stephanie Baker and their families offer an excellent example of the amazing gift of organ donation," OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes said. "Organ donation helps save lives, and OKC Dodgers fans can register to become organ donors, or Everlasting Fans, right here at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark during our Independence Day game to assist with this great cause." Continue reading


Donors all in the family

News Times CT | MacKinzie Rigg

Chris Reseska, center, his brother Mike Reseska and sister-in-law Mary Lou Reseska on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Bethel, Conn. Chris Reseska received a kidney from his brother Mike about 20 years ago, 14 years later his kidney started to fail. Everyone in his family was tested but no one was a match, until his sister-in-law Mary Lou Reseska, Mike's wife, was tested and found to be a match. Photo: H John Voorhees III

When he was 22, Chris Reseska went to the doctor with a sore throat.

He got a strep test, which was negative, but his blood pressure was high so he decided to get a second opinion.

He was tested again for strep and this time it came back positive. His doctor decided to do a full work-up, and eventually diagnosed Berger’s disease, which causes inflammation of the kidneys and can lead to organ failure.

“It was by far the most crushing day of my life,” Reseska said. “I would drive by that dialysis center at Danbury Hospital, and that was heavy on my heart because I thought, ‘One day I’m going to end up there.’ ”

But 30 years later, Reseska, who lives in Newtown with his wife and two children, is happy, healthy and able to continue working at his sales job. Thanks to two kidney transplants, he has managed to avoid dialysis. Continue reading