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Friday, January 30, 2015

Early data suggest kidney allocation system meeting key expectations

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Kidney transplant data from the first four weeks after implementation of the new kidney allocation system (KAS) suggest that a number of key outcomes are meeting expectations, while other trends merit continued close monitoring. These are detailed in a report released by UNOS.

Please note that early data may not be a reliable indicator of trends that will either change or become more pronounced as additional kidneys are recovered and transplanted. Data will be analyzed at regular intervals to continue to study the performance of the allocation system and identify areas of potential improvement.

Compared to trends before KAS implementation in early December 2014, the early results indicate three major changes that are consistent with key performance goals for the new system:

  • a seven-fold increase in transplants for patients with the highest immune system sensitivity (a CPRA score from 99 to 100 percent) Continue reading

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Anophthalmia Leaves Newborn With No Eyes, But Transplant Advancements May Make Seeing Possible

Medical Daily | Dana Covey


Ritchie Lopez was born with absolutely no eye tissue and will wear spacers to expand his empty sockets. Photo screenshot of KTLA-Los Angelos

At first glance, little Richie Lopez looks like any other sleeping baby. However, his mother noticed that something was off with her newborn son. Despite having perfect health and normal reflexes, the infant never opened his eyes. Upon closer examination, she found no eyeballs behind Richie’s eyelids. He was born with anophthalmia, a rare condition where no eye tissue forms. In dawn of 2015, however, scientific advancements in eye transplants have made it so that Richie’s eye absence may only be a temporary handicap.

Richie’s mother, Kelly Lopez, from Mesa, told Arizona news station KTV3 her initial thoughts upon discovering her son’s unique birth defect.

"I think we were just in shock. Obviously very upsetting," Kelly explained. "The first thought through your mind is, how did this even happen and how was it not even caught?"

Thirteen days after Richie’s birth, an MRI scan showed that the child did not have any eyeballs. Prosthetic eyeballs were his only option, and although this may change his appearance, they could do nothing to restore his sight. Continue reading
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Breakthroughs for Circuit Clerks' Organ Donation Awareness Program

Surf KY | Karen McKnight


The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky made 2014 a momentous year in the fight to save lives.

With 998 Kentuckians on the waiting list for an organ transplant, there is no better time to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

In 2014, 103 unselfish individuals in Kentucky were able to save 332 lives, and many more individuals were able to enhance someone's life or give sight through tissue and cornea donation. Still more than 124,000 patients are currently waiting for their organ transplant. Tragically, each day 21 patients lose their fight, and their lives, waiting. Kentucky's Circuit Clerks are determined to make a difference and end the wait.

"When you get your license or state ID, we ask if you would like to donate $1 to increase public education about the mission of organ donation in Kentucky. We also ask if you wish to be a registered organ donor. Every person who says 'yes' gives hope to all those patients on the waiting list," explains Hopkins Circuit Clerk Karen McKnight.

This year was a record year for Kentucky, thanks to the Circuit Clerks and their hardworking staff. In 2014, 44.5 percent of Kentuckians donated $1 to the organ donation awareness program. The Kentucky Organ Donor Registry reached a milestone and celebrated 1.5 million Kentuckians registered as donors. Continue reading
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Family’s hope for transplant takes wing with high-flying charity

The Buffalo News | Anne Neville


Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Tim Day, right, talks with Wings Flights of Hope founder Joseph DeMarco, center, and his brother Michael as they prepare to board a plane earlier this month. John Hickey/Buffalo News
Group to fly patient when organ is found
To most people he meets, Joseph DeMarco Sr. looks like a normal guy. To Tim Day and his family, DeMarco looks like an angel, complete with wings.

DeMarco is the founder and main volunteer pilot for Wings Flights of Hope, a local charity that transports people on free medical or compassionate missions all over the northeast. One of his clients is Day, a Town of Tonawanda police officer who has been waiting for a heart transplant for almost two years and who would not be living at home with his wife, Sherry Brinser-Day, and their three children if not for DeMarco and his organization.

“They have saved us,” Brinser-Day said.

DeMarco has been flying Day to appointments since August – when Day was accepted for transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston – and stands ready to fly 47-year-old Day to Boston when he gets the word that a matching heart has been found. A transplant patient has four hours to get to the hospital when an organ is found; commercial flights would not work, and driving to Boston would take the Days more than six hours. Continue reading

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Eric Montano, first in San Diego to undergo pediatric heart transplant, leaves hospital

ABC NEWS 10 | Robert Santos


SAN DIEGO - An 11-year-old boy who became the first youngster to undergo a pediatric heart transplant operation in San Diego was discharged from Rady Children's Hospital Tuesday following a 12-day stay.

Eric Montano should be able to go back to school in a few months and even resume playing sports in the summer, Dr. Rakesh Singh told a local media outlet.

"I'm just very, very grateful, and we're all very excited that the outcome was great and he's doing awesome," said Eric's mother, Alma Mundo. VIDEO, Continue reading
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The legacy of a friend and co-worker 'gone too soon': opinion

AL.com | Frances Coleman


Former newspaper writer Cheryl Brantley was 51 when she died.
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It's not the gray hair that reminds you you're on the other side of 50; there's hair dye for that. Or the crow's feet; a little plastic surgery and a lot of money can reduce them.

It's the fact that, more and more frequently, people younger than you are dying. Good people. Smart people. Kind and generous people, with everything to live for including spouses and children. People who encourage the rest of us with their bravery, their stoicism and their positive attitude even as fate deals them a terrible - and terribly unfair -- hand.

Cheryl Washington Brantley was one of those people. A former reporter and page designer for the Mobile Press-Register, she was only 51 years old, with a husband and a pre-teen daughter, when she died. Lupus - a vicious disease that attacks organ systems and robs the body of its ability to fight infections - had dogged Brantley for well over a decade. Last week, it finally claimed victory.

Or did it? Does a disease win when its "victim," for lack of a better word, makes a point of educating people around her about the disease's symptoms and treatments? When she continues to work despite debilitating fatigue, and quits only when repeated hospitalizations and, ultimately, a kidney transplant make it impossible to hold down a job? When she keeps up with old friends, helps rear her daughter as normally as possible despite the abnormal circumstances, and is determined to live and die on her own terms? Continue reading
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Donate Life Northwest will be hosting their first family fun walk -- The Donate Life Tabor Trot.

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On Saturday, May 30, 2015, Donate Life Northwest will be hosting our first family fun walk -- The Donate Life Tabor Trot.

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Two-time transplant recipient gave back to others

Shelbyville Times Gazette | John I Carney


David Orr appears at a May 2014 coffee promoting organ donation. From left: Orr, liver recipient Connie Davis, liver and kidney recipient Pam Cooper, kidney donor Jennifer Meeks. (T-G File Photo by John I. Carney)

It was in 2004 that he was first diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a rare disease in which progressive scarring takes place in the lungs. In late 2006, his condition worsened and he was placed on a high-priority list for a double lung transplant, which he received.

Recoveries

He recovered quickly, and resumed his active lifestyle, including his favorite pastime, golf.

Then, in 2008, he contracted a virus which led to pneumonia, a condition made worse by the weakened immune system common to transplant recipients. In 2009, he received his second double lung transplant.

He returned to golfing, and even participated in the Transplant Games of America, an Olympic-style competition for transplant recipients. In 2012, he won a silver medal in the age 60-65 division golf competition at the Transplant Games.

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Orr took his second and third chances at life seriously. He and his wife Donna, who was by his side throughout the ups and downs of his transplant odyssey, became active advocates for organ donation. He was fond of the quotation "Don't take your organs to heaven, because God knows we need them here."Continue reading
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DONATING ORGANS IS MORE THAN JUST CHECKING OFF A BOX ON A DMV APPLICATION

Golden Gate Xpress | Hannah Mullins


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I don’t know why sitting around my living room table with a glass of wine prompted a discussion of organ donations on a Thursday night, but telling my
roommates I wasn’t a donor shocked them. I could not give them a clear reason as to how or why I would ever change my mind.

I thought back to that exact moment when and where I decided not to be a donor, envisioning my mother’s body in a casket at her funeral. As a lost and upset 12-year-old, all I wanted to do was hug her cold, lifeless body.

I could not imagine what it would have been like to see her body sewn up, her skin graphed or to feel rods in place of her bones. Seeing her body in a mutilated form would have scarred me for life, far worse than seeing her not alive.

I know what I’m saying sounds selfish, but experiencing my mother’s death as a young child changed everything about myself and my life from that point on. The lost experiences, the anger and the grief took a toll on my ability to face life and its continuous hardships in the months that came after her passing. Continue reading
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Littlefield Dad Donates Kidney to 19 Year Old Daughter

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LUBBOCK -- 19 year old Mandi Arce was born with a horseshoe kidney and she knew at a young age that she would one day need a kidney transplant. Her first came in 2011. But her body quickly rejected the organ. To get help, she turned to her father, who was a match.

"I think it's pretty, pretty nice to be able to do that for someone, pretty special. But when you do it for your own child, it just means that much more," said Roy Arce, Mandi's father.

Three months after the surgery the two said they are feeling great. To show their thanks to the medical staff at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, they brought lunch from Roy's Littlefield restaurant. Continue reading
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

First kidney swap at St. Louis Children's Hospital allows two parents to help their children

The St. Louis Dispatch | Michael Munz


Duan and Turquoia Wyatt of Quincy, Ill. At left is 2-year-old Alyvia. Turquoia Wyatt visits her daughter two days after donating a kidney as part of an organ donation swap. photo by St. Louis Children's Hospital

When Turquoia Wyatt found out she could not donate a kidney to her 2-year-old daughter because their blood types didn’t match, she was devastated. “I was so upset. I cried,” she said. “That should be me. I’m her mom. I’m supposed to do it.”
Her daughter, Alyvia Wyatt, needed a kidney as soon as possible. For months, the toddler had lived without her two kidneys, which doctors had to remove because of a rare genetic disease. Each night, Alyvia would be hooked up to machines that did the work of the organs. She had to be fed through a tube and faced dangerous infections.

Waiting on a kidney from a deceased owner can take months, and a kidney from a live donor tends to last more than twice as long after being transplanted. So when Turquoia Wyatt wasn’t a match and her husband’s hypertension barred him from being a donor, doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital offered the parents another option: a paired kidney exchange.

Wyatt and her daughter would be entered into a database that would pair them with another donor and recipient needing a kidney, and they would swap. While adults have received kidneys through such swaps with strangers, Alyvia would be the first child in the St. Louis area get a new kidney this way. Continue reading
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Imams to lead organ donation efforts in Turkey

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Yesterday, Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB) launched a new campaign for imams to raise awareness about organ donation, while DİB head Mehmet Görmez urged imams to donate their organs first before advising the congregation to do so.

DİB, the top religious authority in the country, quashed a religious debate on whether donating organs is permissible in Islam by introducing a new campaign to raise public awareness about organ donation.

Görmez and Minister of Health Mehmet Müezzinoğlu attended a meeting in order to inform religious figures on the matter in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Görmez called upon imams, muftis and other members of the religious authority "to practice what they preached" and donate their own organs. "Sometimes, clerics fail to act in line with advice they dispense to their congregation. On this issue, we should lead the people. I call on my colleagues to tell their congregation in the sermons that they have donated their organs," Görmez said. "This will make people attending mosques heed your advice," he added. Continue reading
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Local man searching for kidney donation

Powell Tribune | Ilene Olson
As a child, Marc Beaudry of Powell had some “really bad experiences” in a hospital, and that created an aversion to hospitals and doctors for him.
So, when he began experiencing problems emptying his bladder five or six years ago, he tried natural treatments to deal with his prostate problems instead of seeking medical help.

Unfortunately, that strategy came with a high price. He found himself in Powell Valley Hospital on Oct. 9, 2013, with kidney failure.

“I took myself in for a blood test at the insistance of my wife,” he said. “They put me immediately into the hospital.”

Beaudry was weak and shaky, his heart was racing and he felt very cold. “I couldn’t walk a block without becoming breathless,” he said.

At the hospital, among other things, he received a transfusion of two units of packed red blood cells. Continue reading
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Teenager on the road to recovery

The Reading Chronicle | James Ash


A TEENAGER who received a life-saving liver transplant has celebrated his recovery by joining a ski camp for young patients with similar conditions.

Luke Alexander, from Shinfield, was diagnosed with a serious liver condition when he was 10 weeks old and, after successful surgery in 2012, has recently returned from Anzère in Switzerland where he joined nine other UK transplant receivers on the slopes.

The 14-year-old Bearwood College student was accompanied by dozens of patients from across the world on the TACKERS International Ski Camp and thoroughly enjoyed the trip, which ran from January 18 to 25.

He said: “It was really good fun. I’ve been skiing three times now and love it. I learnt a lot and made lots of new friends.”

His mum Rachel has been thrilled by his progress since the surgery, which took place at King’s College Hospital in London, one of four specialist transplant centres in the south of England. Continue reading
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Artificial heart patient alive after 6 months

Johns Hopkins News Letter | Sunny Chai


According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, an average of 18 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant. Instead of relying solely on people to donate organs to recipients, imagine if scientists could construct the necessary organs using readily available materials. Fortunately, this science fiction fantasy may soon become a viable reality for patients who require heart transplants.

On Dec. 2, 1982, Barney Clark, a 61-year-old dentist from Des Moines, Wash., became the world’s first recipient of an artificial heart. In the 32 years that have passed, artificial heart technology has undergone significant advances, but the vast majority of artificial hearts developed thus far have been unable to lengthen recipients’ lives for significant periods of time. In fact, these artificial hearts are typically used to assist a failing heart pump blood throughout the body, which means they have primarily served as “bridging” devices to allow patients to survive until they can receive a “real” heart from an organ donor. Continue reading
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“Do Unto Others:” Friendship, compassion lead ETBU alum to donate kidney to lifelong friend

KTBS | By K.C. Kilpatrick-Stone


Joey Sutton (left) of Hallsville and Shane Moore of Houston, grasp hands in the recovery room after a successful kidney transplant surgery

MARSHALL, Texas (1/29/15) – In the course of a friendship, many words are expressed among longtime friends. Friends share laughs as well as hurts. Friends spend time together like seeing a movie or attending a football game. When a close friend is in need and you say, “I will do anything to help you” do you really mean it? How about donating an organ to that friend?

In 2006, East Texas Baptist University alumnus Shane Moore graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. The Marshall native chose the nursing field because of the genetic disorder he has called FSGS, which stands for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerois. FSGS is a kidney disease.

In 2000, Moore was involved in a terrible vehicle accident in which he was severely injured. The trauma he experienced triggered the FSGS to progress on a quicker timeline than normal progression of the disorder. Continue reading
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Ontario's organ donations set new record

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TORONTO - Ontario set a new record for organ donations last year that helped save more than 1,000 lives, an agency for organ, tissue and transplant donations said Thursday.

Trillium Gift of Life Network, which co-ordinates deceased donations in the province, said there was an 18 per cent increase in organ donations from the year before.

Ronnie Gavsie, the president of Gift of Life, said publicly disclosing hospital donation performance has been "a game changer."

"We have learned that you treasure what you measure and when hospital performance is made transparent, hospital performance has improved," Gavsie said.

Gavsie also attributed the increase in donors to greater pickup by hospitals contributing to the donor system. Now the large majority of Ontario hospitals with a ventilator — only those who die on a ventilator can become donors — are part of the program, she said. Continue reading
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Organ donors gave more than 2 million years of life to sick patients

Los Angeles Times | Karen Kaplan


UCLA surgeons prepare to do a kidney transplant. Organ transplants of all types have added more than 2 million years to the lives of Americans since 1987, according to a new study. (Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times)

Hearts, kidneys and other donated organs have added more than 2 million years to the lives of the American patients who received them, according to a new analysis.

That tally, published this week by the journal JAMA Surgery, covers 25 years of organ donation in the U.S. Researchers started with 1987, the year when the United Network for Organ Sharing began keeping track of all organ transplants in the U.S.

Between Sept. 1, 1987, and Dec. 31, 2012, 533,329 patients received a donated organ (or perhaps two). Another 579,506 patients were put on the UNOS waiting list but didn’t get an organ. By comparing the outcomes for patients in both groups, the researchers were able to calculate how much longer the transplant recipients lived as a result of their new organs.

So far, that number adds up to 2,270,859 years – a “stellar accomplishment,” according to the study authors. And that number will keep on getting bigger as long as any of the transplant recipients are still alive. Continue reading
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Years Later, Father Takes Up Organ-Donor Cause Of ‘Baby Quinn’

CBS Chicago | Dorothy Tucker
(CBS) – Last month, just days after his 23 birthday, the man once known as “Baby Quinn” was killed in a tragic car accident.

Now, his father, Dwain Kyles, is taking the lead, encouraging people to donate their organs.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

In a very real sense, Quinn was really the community’s baby, Dwain Kyles says.
We met Baby Quinn just days after he was born clinging to life at Children’s Memorial Hospital. His parents were dealing with the news their baby boy had a defective heart.

The options to save his life were limited. That’s when the Gift of Hope contacted the couple.

Gift of Hope suggested the infant was the perfect candidate for a heart transplant. But at the time insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of the $300,000 operation. Fundraising drives included a concert by family friend Stevie Wonder. Continue reading
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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New York Organ Donor Network is now...

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The Story Behind the Name

LiveOnNY is meant to convey the duality and positivity of organ and tissue donation. Through donation, recipients
and donors live on. Recipients live on through the selfless act of donors. Donors live on via a legacy made stronger as a result of their donation, and they live on through others.

The Story Beyond the Name

This is not just a name change. Our new name and new look are products of the evolution of our organization on the inside. We've enhanced the way we work so that we can better serve our community, and our partners.

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So, as LiveOnNY, we ask you to join us. Join us in fulfilling the promise of this great cause for the 13 million New Yorkers we serve. Join us in making New York number one in lives saved through donation. Join us in elevating the care for donors, and donor families. Join us in helping New Yorkers, and New York to live on.
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Great news: In 2014 we broke the state record for donor designation rate! 67.7% of Colorado residents said YES to organ, eye and tissue donation at the driver's license office last year--that's one of the top rates in the entire nation.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hartford Man Dedicates His Life to Helping Others After Organ Transplant

New Milford Hamlet Hub | by Alisa Gaudiosi


Gary Kureczka of Hartford is a man others in need often look to for support. Specifically, he helps people battling alcohol and drug addiction. It’s a career path he ventured down later in life.

“I got to go back to college in my 50's and become a drug and alcohol recovery counselor,” said Kureczka, now 65. “I did a clinical practicum in a sub-acute psychiatric hospital and got hired as a counselor. I found my niche and people grew to respect and love me. I am truly blessed and have had an amazing life.”

However, Kureczka had a difficult journey that led him to this work. He had his own demons to battle first. He served his country in the US Marine Corps in Vietnam for two years and returned home a chemically dependent person. He suffered combat PTSD along with an addictive family history. Those risk factors, combined with the culture of the late 60's all led to his battle with addiction.

He got sober in December 1984 but the damage had been done. Thirteen years later, a hospitalization for severe pain and fatigue lead to his diagnosis of Hepatitis C and Stage 4, End Stage Liver Disease. Continue reading
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Musicians sing with joy after liver transplant

Press Republican | Danielle Erb


Lowell Wurster (from left), Christopher Rigsbee, George Wurster and Catie H. Wurster all gather in the warmth of the Wursters' home in Plattsburgh on a bitterly cold evening nearly three weeks after George underwent a liver transplant, receiving 60 percent of Rigsbee's liver. A Facebook plea had brought many potential donors; Rigsbee, a close friend already, proved a perfect match.

PLATTSBURGH — George Wurster became very ill around two years ago, starting with a massive and rare blood infection.

A local musician with the Blind Pigs Blues Band and former paralegal, he suffered a series of health problems, which led to his liver becoming cirrhotic.

Within months, it was clear that he would need a liver transplant to survive. Waiting for a liver from someone who has died can take years; by living donors are another option.

On Nov. 14, 2014, George’s son, Lowell Wurster — a member of the band Lucid — turned to Facebook for help.

The response was overwhelming. In just days, more than 30 people came forward as willing donors. Continue reading
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BC Children’s Organ Transplant Society urges donations in wake of Ontario case

CKNW AM 980 | Ria Ranouf


As an Ontario couple waits to hear which of their adopted twin daughters will receive their father’s liver in a much-needed transplant, the President of BC’s Children’s Organ Transplant Society, Debbie Bielech, says it’s a medically complicated choice.

“Medically when they’re choosing which child, it may not be the child that’s necessarily the sickest – it may be the child that – the way his liver is designed, will match most successfully.”

Michael and Johanne Wagner of Ontario adopted three year old twins Binh and Phuoc from Vietnam.

The two girls have Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting their liver and delaying their development.

The father is leaving the choice of the liver recipient to doctors.

That transplant is expected to take place in the next few weeks.

Bielech urges more people to consider organ donation – you can find out more about registering here. Story source
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Pitt researcher to test organ-cooling device to protect human livers for transplant

Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Adam Smeltz


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An organ-cooling device that preserves livers from pigs might protect human livers for transplantation, a discovery that could help save untold lives, a University of Pittsburgh researcher said.

Dr. Paulo Fontes said UPMC Presbyterian and Montefiore in Oakland could run the first human trial of the method this year and enlist 10 liver transplant patients to start, pending approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers expect the approach developed at Pitt's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine could sustain some human livers that doctors might not transplant otherwise. Up to 40 percent of donated livers can't be used for transplantation because oxygen deprivation in storage and transit leads to too much tissue damage, said Fontes, a deputy director at the institute.

“That bothers me a lot,” he said, adding that organs from donors with medical problems are often not suitable for transplants. “We're not increasing our output.” Continue reading
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Miss. eye bank honors Jackson ophthalmologist

The Clarion Ledger | Leslie R. Myers


Connie McCaa (Photo: Skipper, Debbie)

In many states, eye banks must pay their medical directors large fees to screen corneas before transplants. Not so in Mississippi. For a dozen years, Dr. Connie S. McCaa donated her time to help Mississippians receive corneas.

As thanks for the Jackson ophthalmologist's service as medical director of the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank, the supporting Lions Clubs of Mississippi will honor her at its annual district meeting Feb. 7 in Madison.

McCaa will receive the Samuel B. Johnson Legacy Fellowship Award, said R. David Barham, chief operating officer of the eye bank, which has its office and lab in Flowood. Continue reading
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Compton is consistent - and inspiring

The Press Enterprise | Jim Alexander


Erik Compton hits out of the tall grass on the first hole at the Nicklaus Private course Saturday. CHRIS CARLSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LA QUINTA — Erik Compton’s official PGA Tour biography notes that winning a tour event is “something on his bucket list.”
Given the meaning of that expression, and given Compton’s background as a two-time heart transplant patient, applying that expression to his golf career seems the utmost in irony, maybe even kind of cruel.
And yet Compton could check that ambition off of his, uh, list of things to do Sunday.
Displaying week-long consistency, and eschewing the normal roller-coaster routine that requires at least one obscenely low round here, Compton’s 67 Saturday gave him a share of the lead at 17-under, tied with Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam, going into the final round of the Humana Challenge at the Palmer Private course at PGA West. Continue reading
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Rare domino liver transplant saves two lives

The Baltimore Sun | Andrea K. McDaniels


Michelle Martin (left) received a liver from Betty Dzielski (right), who was a recipient of another liver. Dr. John LaMattina (center) was one of the transplant doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

Betty Dzielski's liver was slowly destroying her heart.

If the Pasadena resident didn't get a liver transplant, she would die eventually, doctors told her.

The 52-year-old suffered from a rare genetic disease, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, that caused her liver to produce a protein that travels to other organs and sickens them. She had a stroke after the protein had begun to deposit in her heart, and she also had trouble walking.

Dzielski underwent a lifesaving liver transplant in October. And although her old liver threatened her life, in the end it saved someone else's.

During a nearly five-hour procedure at the University of Maryland Medical Center called a domino liver transplant, Dzielski received a liver from a deceased organ donor and then gave her liver to an Owings Mills woman. Continue reading
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