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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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Father Receives Help After Mother of His Firstborn Baby Suddenly Dies

NBC Los Angeles | Kim Baldanado

Holding his firstborn child in his arms should be the happiest time of Derek Ellison’s life. But seeing the baby’s mother in his son’s face brings a mix of emotions – a feeling he describes as "a gift and a curse."

Ellison's girlfriend, Kayla Katler, was more than 6 months pregnant when she went to the doctor for a severe headache. A few days later, she died from a blood clot in her brain.

Doctors were able to save her baby, who weighed only 3 pounds, 6 ounces when he was born.

"I have my moments of, ‘Why me? Why would we be brought together just to be ripped apart?’” Ellison said. "I went into this looking forward to raising a son with Kayla and in 1 minute I became a single father." VIDEO, continue reading
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Mother of suspected drunk driving victim meets man who received her son's donated lungs

CBS 19 TV | Jimmy Isaac

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A Longview woman lost her only son almost two years ago in what police say was a deadly drunk driving accident.

But her son was an organ donor, and today, she met the man who lives because of it.

The last time Lenay Okeke hugged this set of lungs this close was 21 months ago, the last time she saw her son alive.

"Today is the closest I can get to my son. As I listen to him breath, inhale and exhale, I think, 'That's my son's lungs,'" Okeke says.

On November 22, 2012, Lyndon Alexander Bell was walking from his mom's house on Lee Street, when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle.

"This has been the most difficult thing in my entire life. There are no words to describe it. There are no words to describe it," Okeke says. Continue reading
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A second chance at life: Daughter gives her father priceless gift

Cherokee Ledger News | Jessica Lindley

Vronique Wilson recently gave her father, Gilbert Wilson, the gift of life after becoming a kidney donor.

Vronique Wilson has given her father a second chance at life by donating her kidney to him — a true testament of the strong bond between a father and his daughter.

After sustaining an injury while playing basketball, Woodstock resident Gilbert Wilson found out when he was 35 years old that he was born with only one kidney. Now, at the age of 60, he is finally living life with two fully functioning kidneys.

“I started going to the doctor every month after I found out that I was born with one kidney, just so they could keep track of what was going on with the kidney,” he said. “At some point, around 40 years old, my creatinine level rose from 1.6 to 2.5 (milligrams per deciliter). They put me on medication to keep my blood pressure down, but over the years it has been elevating.”

When Wilson’s creatinine levels reached 5.2 milligrams per deciliter, he said his doctor gave him two options: undergo dialysis treatment or be placed on the national organ transplant waiting list. Continue reading
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La Place de Vie under construction at LGMC

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Lafayette General Foundation (LGF) has begun construction of La Place de Vie, a space for patients, families, friends and employees to find hope for healing and celebrate the memories of life. Located next to the main entrance of Lafayette General Medical Center, the space will also be used to host flag-raising ceremonies honoring the contribution of organ donors and their families.

"The incredible level of support we have seen for La Place de Vie shows that this community has a real commitment to giving back to those who are hurt and recovering, and those who have lost and are grieving," says Geoff Daily, Executive Director of the Lafayette General Foundation. "It is our hope that this space becomes well known throughout Acadiana as a place that celebrates life and healing."

La Place de Vie serves to accentuate the partnership between LGF and Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA). Lafayette General Medical Center's organ donation policies and procedures, in tune with LOPA's recommended guidelines, help many individuals awaiting transplants get a second chance at life. An honorary flag will be raised at La Place de Vie on the days an organ donation is made at Lafayette General Medical Center. Continue reading
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Inside Out: Family of Robert Columbia continues to raise organ donor awareness on Staten Island

Staten Island Live | Carol Ann Benanti

Robert and Nicolle Columbia, with their daughter, Giuliana, at their Great Kills home in 2012. Balloons will be released on Sunday throughout Staten Island on the first anniversary of Robert's passing. (Courtesy/Columbia family)
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In September 2012 we published an item about Great Kills resident Robert Columbia, who was in kidney failure, on dialysis and in dire need of a transplant.

He was also in the process of kicking off a not-for-profit program he called "RJ Donatelife." At the time, he asked that Staten Islanders help him raise awareness about organ donation — his number-one goal.

Fundraisers were in the works because, as Robert stated, many aren't aware of how simple the donation process can be. Proceeds were earmarked for The National Kidney Foundation and Donate Life New York.

Robert was awaiting a transplant that was schedule for Sept. 17, 2013.

His sister, Gina Columbia, wasn't a match for her brother so she signed up for a kidney swap program that would allow her to donate her kidney to a stranger in need in order to get one for Robert. Continue reading
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The gift of life: Ireland's transplant athletes speak of their experiences

Independent | Joanna Kiernan

Sean Marshall, who won a gold and a silver at the games, with his wife Marianne and daughter Lorna
The Irish entrants swept the boards at last week's European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships. They see the games as a way of saying thanks to the unsung heroes who have given them a second chance.
As the Irish Transplant Team competed in the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships, participants hoped to bring comfort to the families of organ donors, who have given them the greatest gift of all - life.

"It's a really positive way to give back to everybody who has contributed to your health and keeping you right," says 46-year-old liver transplant recipient Deirdre Faul from Dalkey, Dublin, who won four medals at the event.

At just 35, Deirdre, then a mother of two children aged three and five, became seriously ill. "Essentially I just got sick," she explains. "I had vertigo, I felt sort of sea sick and that kept going on and then I got jaundice and the doctor thought I had gall stones, then they thought it was something viral."

Within three weeks Deirdre's liver failed and she received a transplant.

"It was very unexpected," she says. "You wake up and all of a sudden you have this liver transplant and you don't know what your life is going to be and when you will get out of that hospital bed." Continue reading
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David Foster Foundation prepares for lift-off with out of this world auction item

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Trip to space on XCOR’s Lynx spacecraft to be auctioned at September fundraising gala

Aug. 11, 2014, Calgary, AB – When attendees gather at the WestJet campus in Calgary, AB for the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert, Sept. 27, 2014, presented by TELUS, one destination auction item will have them on the edge of their seats – and the edge of space – when they have the chance to bid on a 62 Km high space flight aboard the XCOR® Lynx® spacecraft.

XCOR® Lynx® is a rocket-powered spacecraft built by XCOR® Aerospace® that takes off and lands much like a jet. The XCOR® Lynx® space flight package includes a space suit fitting, medical screening and pre-flight training at XCOR headquarters in Mojave, California, followed by a space flight experience onboard the XCOR® Lynx® next to XCOR Chief Test Pilot and NASA Space Shuttle Commander Rick Searfoss.

Each XCOR Lynx flight includes all the phases of flight, from a boost to supersonic speeds in sixty seconds, to weightlessness. Instead of being seated in back as a passenger, winning bidders will view Earth from space sitting right next to Commander Searfoss making it a true “Right Stuff” experience.

Although guests attending the gala will have the opportunity to meet Searfoss and see the XCOR® Lynx® close up, those who are unable to attend the evening event will be able to register their bids for the trip remotely via phone. Continue reading
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Georgetown College student eager for fresh start six months after transplant saves her life

KY Forward | Allison Perry

Lynsey Farrar, second from left, with her transplant surgeon Dr. Erin Maynard, her mother Sherra and UK Liver Transplant Coordinator Vanessa Greer (Photo from UKNow)

The notorious “Freshman 15″ is usually little more than a nuisance for new college coeds across the country. But when Georgetown College freshman Lynsey Farrar gained 15 pounds in a single week, she knew something just wasn’t right.

When the Sparta native came home for a weekend visit in late February, Lynsey’s mother Sherra said her daughter complained of feeling bloated and fatigued. Her condition worsened over the next few days as Lynsey developed other troubling symptoms, including nausea and nosebleeds. When her eyes turned yellow – initial stages of jaundice – Sherra knew right away that Lynsey’s problem was serious.

“I thought, oh my God, it’s her liver,” Sherra said. “I panicked. I knew she was really sick.” Continue reading
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Wall of Heroes introduces families of organ donors to recipients at GSMC in Longview

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‘The Greatest Gift’. The program for the Wall of Heroes Dedication Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at the facility in Longview. (Kevin Green/News-Journal Photo)

Helen Frost is comforted by knowing her son was able to save a life after losing his own in 2012.

“The greatest gift to give in death is life. Life is the greatest gift to give,” Frost said.

Frost’s son Sean Drake of Longview died in 2012. After his death, Frost made the decision to make Drake an organ donor.

Good Shepherd Medical Center hosted a “Wall of Heroes” memorial Tuesday with about 80 people in attendance. The crowd consisted of donor families and recipients.

According to Good Shepherd Medical Center information, more than 123,000 Americans are awaiting organ transplants. Continue reading
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York plea for more organ donors

York Press | Kate Liptrot

Jayne Jackson, who needs a kidney transplant
A YORK woman who has nine hours of dialysis a day has urged people to join the organ donor register - as it emerged there are 45 people currently waiting for life-saving kidney transplants in North Yorkshire.

Jayne Jackson, 55, of Haxby, has been waiting for a kidney transplant for two years after becoming seriously ill with kidney disease and seeing her kidney function fall to eight per cent.

Mrs Jackson, whose condition is well managed by nightly peritoneal dialysis, has urged people to sign up to the register to address a shortage of donors.

She said: "If there is no kidney, there is no kidney. It doesn't matter how ill you are. If there's a match, there's a match. Continue reading
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Beat goes on for retired Braintree teacher in need of heart

Enterprise News | Lisa Kashinsky

Brigham and Women’s HospitalJim Carelli, 66, a retired Braintree High School teacher, is the first recipient of a total artificial heart in New England.
Carelli, 66, a retired Braintree High School teacher and track and field coach, met with reporters Thursday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In February, he became the first recipient in New England of a total artificial heart. The device is meant to keep him alive until he can undergo transplant surgery.
Jim Carelli paused mid-sentence and swallowed hard, taking a few moments to compose himself before continuing to thank the doctors and family surrounding him.

“This is a long and arduous journey,” said Carelli, of Holbrook. “I could not ask for better people to travel this journey with.”

Carelli, 66, a retired Braintree High School teacher and track and field coach, met with reporters Thursday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In February, he became the first recipient in New England of a total artificial heart. The device is meant to keep him alive until he can undergo transplant surgery.

Carelli was diagnosed in 2010 with amyloidosis of the heart, a rare disease that leads to heart failure. Within two years, his health had deteriorated to the point where a transplant was necessary. But with no donors available, doctors said an artificial heart was his only option. Carelli said the choice was clear. “I wanted to live.” Continue reading
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Larose teen gets heart transplant, tests it by meeting Timberlake

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Emily Sanchez and Justin Timberlake
A Larose teen got a heart transplant and then, thanks to Kids Wish Network, a Florida nonprofit, met heartthrob Justin Timberlake and attended his concert in New Orleans.

Emily Sanchez’s wish also included a included a mother/daughter day before with lunch at Bravo! Cucina Italiana and a shopping excursion courtesy of Lakeside Shopping Center. Emily and her family dined at Palace Café before the concert. Sanchez began suffering from heart palpitations in 2010 when she was in eighth grade. An angiogram showed she had congenital heart disease and a heart malformation. By late 2012 she was in heart failure.

Sanchez was placed on the heart transplant list, but her rare blood type made finding a suitable match more difficult. As a result, she didn’t get a donor match until early this year. Continue reading
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Mid-America Transplant Services Donor Family Event

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Mid-America Transplant Services invites you and your family to join us for a special evening honoring those who have given the Gift of Life through organ, tissue, and eye donation.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seating for the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

MTS Donor Memorial Monument at Highlands Plaza Park
1110 Highlands Plaza Drive East
St. Louis, MO 63110

RSVP to 314 735-8220 by Monday, September 22.

In the event of inclement weather, please call the RSVP line or visit www.mts-stl.org for updated event information.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, MTS has chosen to alter the Candlelight Memorial Ceremony by enhancing the emphasis on Donors and Donor Families. While many of the traditions of past ceremonies will remain in this event, the pre-ceremony activities have been removed to allow us to focus on the Life of Hope organ and tissue donation provides us all.  Continue reading
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Friends Remember Raquel Middleton

NBC Right Now | Femanda Lopez

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 26-year-old woman who died after she was hit by a car Saturday afternoon.

NBCRightNow.com - Friends and family are mourning the loss of a 26-year-old woman who died after she was hit by a car Saturday afternoon.

Police say Raquel Middleton was walking on the sidewalk near Columbia Center, when she was hit by a car driven by a16-year-old girl.

Middleton's friends say they will miss her strong personality most.

Amira Stanley met Middleton while they were both working as care givers together, they then formed a tight knit group of girlfriends at the gym.

Stanley said Middleton had a great sense of humor and always spoke her mind. Continue reading
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Edmonton-area surgeons set 10-day record for organ transplants

Edmonton Journal | BY NELSON WIEBE, EDMONTON JOURNAL

Local organ transplant surgeons performed 32 transplants in 10 days in Edmonton. Double lung transplant recipient Rick Galloway talks about his second change at life. Video by Bruce Edwards, Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - Edmonton-area surgeons performed a record 32 organ transplants in a 10-day period last month, more than the usually would in a month.

The operations were performed by a team of six organ transplant surgeons at the University of Alberta Hospital between July 18 and 27. The previous 10-day record of 30 transplants was set nine months ago. Surgeons usually perform between 20 and 25 organ transplants per month.

Grain farmer Rick Galloway, 54, was one of the patients who received a lung transplant during the record-setting stretch. He had been diagnosed with pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, a rare incurable disease that narrows the pulmonary veins.

“The doctor told me I only had two days to live,” Galloway said. Continue reading
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Georgetown Couple will run Falmouth Road Race to Raise Awareness for Organ and Tissue Donation

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Kip and Valerie Durney of Georgetown will participate in the 42nd Annual Falmouth Road Race to raise funds and awareness for the New England Organ Bank. The team consists of 20 athletes who will run in “Organ Donors Save Lives” running shirts to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation, and to urge those watching the popular race to consider registering to be organ and tissue donors.

This is Valerie’s third year participating on the NEOB team. As a Nurse Practitioner, she works with patients waiting for a lifesaving transplant, making the cause very meaningful for her. This year she has recruited her husband Kip to join in the fun. The 7 mile course will be the longest road race he has attempted so far.

“This is our third year with a team participating in the Falmouth Road Race and we are very excited to be back” said Laura Dempsey, Team Coordinator. “Many of our runners have a personal connection to donation and are very passionate about the cause.” http://valleypatriot.com/georgetown-couple-will-run-falmouth-road-race-to-raise-awareness-for-organ-and-tissue-donation/
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Grimsby boy and his mum urging people to register as organ donors after youngster's successful kidney transplant

Grimsby Telegraph

LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL: Kyle Nuttall, 12, and mum Janette pictured at the fundraising day at St Christopher's Church hall, Grimsby.

A GRIMSBY boy who is still living life to the full seven years after having a kidney transplant and his mum are urging people to sign up to the organ donor register.

Kyle Nuttall, 12, underwent the operation in 2007 after suffering from chronic renal failure, caused by an infection called pneumococcal haemolytic uremic syndrome which was diagnosed when he was ten months old.

Before the operation, which took place at St James' Hospital in Leeds in October 2007, the brave youngster had to have regular dialysis treatment – causing him to miss his first two years at school.

But now the Oasis Academy Wintringham pupil, who was the UK's 500,000th kidney transplant, is full of energy, and enjoys playing football just like other boys his age. Continue reading
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Israel’s first successful kidney transplants from cardiac-death donor will expand supply of organs

Jerusalem Post | Judy Siegel ITZKOVICH

For two hours, the kidneys in the 30-year-old man who suddenly died of cardiac arrest were kept cold while they were tested for tissue and blood types, diseases and functioning.

Two people in their 50s are alive a month after a successful kidney transplant made possible by organ transplants after cardiac death for the first time in Israel.

The transplants took place a month ago, one on a 57-year-old woman at Petah Tikva’s Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus and the other on a 58-yearold man at Ichilov Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

The kidneys of a 30-year-old man who died suddenly of cardiac arrest were kept cold for two hours and tested for tissue and blood types, diseases and functioning while his family gave permission for the donation, recipients were prepared and the transplant team was assembled.

Prof. Jonathan Cohen, a South African immigrant who brought the technology from Europe, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday about the approval and adoption of the technology, especially for kidneys but also for livers and lungs.
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David Klassen, MD, named UNOS chief medical officer

Nephrology News


David K. Klassen, MD, has been selected as the chief medical officer of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS matches donated organs with transplant candidates nationwide and manages the national transplant database through contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“David is one of the most respected transplant professionals in the country," said OPTN/UNOS President Carl Berg, MD. "He’s cared for many kidney transplant patients over the years. Now he’ll contribute to the health and safety of all who need a transplant.”

As chief medical officer, Klassen will serve as an expert medical and clinical resource to other UNOS staff, committee members, the government, and the general public in the performance of OPTN contract requirements and other UNOS corporate initiatives. He will provide advice with respect to the medical and clinical aspects of OPTN operations, including participation in OPTN policy development, policy compliance, patient safety-related incident handling, development of transplant clinical quality improvement initiatives, professional and lay education, and research conducted by the UNOS staff in collaboration with OPTN/UNOS members.Klassen will report to the chief executive officer and assist him in developing, planning and implementing UNOS’ strategic direction. Continue reading
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The Pink Dot Plate is Now the Donate Life Plate

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SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Donate Life California announces the Pink Dot Plate featuring the pink “DONOR” dot is now called the Donate Life Plate and features the blue and green Donate Life logo, the national symbol for organ, eye and tissue donation. Reservations for this license plate are immediately available at www.DonateLifePlate.org.

The change to the Donate Life Plate is the result of overwhelming feedback from the state’s organ and tissue donation and transplant community that, while the pink “DONOR” dot is a recognized symbol for organ, eye and tissue donation in California, the blue and green Donate Life logo is preferred nationwide amongst organ donation and transplant advocates.
“The California Highway Patrol and Donate Life share a similar overall mission, saving lives”
Donate Life California needs to collect 7,500 paid reservations, the number required for the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to produce and distribute the license plates to those with reservations. After that, funds raised from the Donate Life Plate will help save and heal thousands of lives by allowing Donate Life California to expand its statewide education and outreach programs. Continue reading
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Five-year-old gets second chance at life thanks to his dad

ABC 17 New | Dana Clemens


Troy, MO - If you saw 5-year-old Kyle Morrison now, you would have no idea he's been fighting for his life, his whole life.

Now, he loves playing outside and coloring and riding his tricycle. But just a month ago, Kyle wasn't able to live a normal life.

That's because his kidneys were only functioning at 13 percent.

Kyle was diagnosed with posterior urethral valve when his mom, Loren Morrison, was only 18 weeks pregnant.

"He had an obstruction in his urethra that would stop him from urinating and it would back up into his kidneys, causing significant kidney damage," Loren said.

That damage to his kidneys started in the womb. VIDEO, Continue reading
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TBI Celebrates 50 Years of Honoring the Gift

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Today Donate Life California launched their license plate campaign

Today Donate Life California launched their campaign to make "Donate Life" license plates as common in the Golden State as they are in other states around the country. 

Help reach the 7,500 pre-orders required for the state to authorize production! http://www.donatelifeplate.org/


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Heart-lung support technology increases number of kidneys, livers, pancreases for transplant

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Using heart-lung support technology, the University of Michigan's Transplant Center was able to increase the number of kidneys, livers and pancreases available for transplant by about 20 percent.

The results were published in the journal Transplantation and detail the impact of more than 10 years of using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, or ECMO, to improve the quality and viability of organs donated after circulatory determination of death.

"Organ transplant is limited by the number of donated organs available, so the use of organs that are donated after circulatory death is one way to increase the number of life-saving organs available for patients waiting for that gift of life," says Alvaro Rojas-Pena, M.D., the lead author on the study and a research investigator for transplant surgery at the University of Michigan Health System.

As of Aug. 6, 2014, 123,191 people nationwide were waiting for a solid organ transplant in the United States. The Institute of Medicine has named donation after circulatory determination of death as the number one research priority to improve organ donation. Continue reading
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Gary McCormack of Loveland helps wife, Phyllis, find a kidney donor, now wants to help others needing live kidneys

Loveland Reporter Herald | By Shelley Widhalm


Phyllis McCormack poses Wednesday in the backyard of her Loveland home.
When Gary McCormack of Loveland learned that his wife, Phyllis, needed a new kidney, he pulled out a restaurant napkin and started brainstorming with her.

"He told me to concentrate on keeping yourself healthy, and I'll find you a kidney," said Phyllis McCormack, who as a regular exerciser walked five miles a day until her surgery on May 15. "He was my kidney finder. He was my PR guy."

The McCormacks, both 75, brainstormed ways to find a live donor for Phyllis McCormack, who in February 2013 was told she was in stage 4 of kidney failure, caused by her lifelong condition of hereditary polycystic kidney disease, something she learned she had 35 years ago.

Polycystic kidney disease, which killed her mother and other members of her family, caused dozens of benign cysts to form on her kidneys, enlarging them over time and rendering them defunct. With a new kidney, the disease will remain but will not attack the transplant, she said. Continue reading
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Huge medal haul for transplant team

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• MAKING WAVES: Harry Ward (top left), from Baldoyle, won a bronze medal in doubles badminton, while Peter Heffernan (top right), from Skerries, won a bronze medal in the 100m back stroke. (Bottom) The Dublin members of Transplant Team Ireland who performed so well in Poland.

TRANSPLANT Team Ireland, which included a number of Northsiders, returned home from the European Transplant & Dialysis Games in Krakow at the weekend with a fantastic medal haul.

The Irish team won 18 gold, 18 silver and 31 bronze medals. Medals for doubles and triple events counted as one medal in the table.

Peter Heffernan, a kidney transplant recipient from Skerries, was just one of the local success stories.

Peter showed great stamina when competing in the very intense swimming competitions and was delighted to secure a bronze medal in the 100m back stroke.

“I enjoyed all the races and I swam to the best of my ability,” he said. Continue reading
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Human-rights issues surround S.F. convention

The San Francisco Examiner | Dafang Wang

Doctors from around the world descended upon San Francisco for the World Transplant Congress meetings held at Moscone Center West July 26-31.

They discussed many of the technical issues involved in this highly complex medical procedure. But outside the conference, Falun Gong practitioners such as myself gathered to raise awareness about one of the most horrific crimes known to mankind — the forced organ harvesting from unwilling victims that has taken place in China in the past 15 years or so.

Based on mounting evidence and eyewitness accounts, human-rights activists and medical professionals alike have been trying to figure out how China is able to perform over 10,000 organ transplants a year without an official organ donor system in place.

After years of investigation, Canadian human-rights attorney David Matas and former Canadian official David Kilgour concluded that there were 41,500 unaccountable organ transplants performed in China during the years 2000 to 2005.

Of course, a few questions arise: Where did all these extra organs come from — if they didn’t come from executed prisoners — and why was there a sudden spike in organ transplants in China in 2000, just six months after the persecution of Falun Gong began? Continue reading
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