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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Father's kidney is gift of life to son

Tulsa World | Bill Sherman


Jeremy and Carrianne Burton pose with their children, from left, Emma, 9, Joe, 12, and Hope, 4, at the Ronald McDonald House next to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. the Burtons, both Tulsa area natives, met at Northeastern State University./BILL SHERMAN/Tulsa World

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After fighting kidney disease for all 12 years of his life, Joe Burton is finally feeling better.
The level of impurities in his blood dropped sharply following an Aug. 18 kidney transplant at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. His new kidney came from the same man who gave him life — his father, Jeremy Burton, 38-year-old senior director of university relations and communications at Oral Roberts University.

Nearly 17,000 people received kidney transplants last year in the United States, about a third of them from living donors, often family members.

On Monday, two weeks after their surgeries, father and son sat in a giant wooden rocking chair at the Ronald McDonald House next to the hospital, Jeremy smiling broadly, Joe’s face hidden behind the mask he must wear to reduce the risk of infection.
Also unseen was Steve, the name Joe gave to the transplanted kidney, a tradition common in the transplant world. Continue reading
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Long awaited transplant

Lees Summit Journal | Russ Pulley

Gary Welty advocates for more donors
Gary Welty, of Lee’s Summit, waited four years for liver and kidney transplants and recently had a brush with fame as an advocate for organ donation.

Welty, 65, an employee of Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation for 22 years, was in a television news segment last week where he spoke from his bed at the University of Kansas Hospital about how his long wait affected his health.

He’s been recovering nearly eight weeks in intensive care.

“My survival rate is going down and down and down, whereas if you do it early, it gives people more of a chance to survive and recover in a shorter period of time,” Welty said in the televised interview.

Some doctors are concerned that longer waits locally would result from a proposal to change the system for distributing organs. Continue reading
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Organ donations and gay men

The New Glasgow News | REFOCUS BY GERARD VELDHOVEN


The blood donation issue I raised in my last column is not the only concern for gay men. The wish to be able to contribute to save lives and improve quality of health to Canadians is at the heart of this ongoing attitude by Health Canada and the Canadian Blood Services. Organ donations are also included in the ban.

As a gay man I am not allowed to leave my organs to assist in saving lives, including my children and grandchildren. HIV/AIDS has been part of our lives for decades and was first diagnosed in 1982. This was an issue of great concern as family members, friends and all citizens of the world were dying at an alarming rate. No one seemed immune from contracting this disease that was of epidemic proportions. Eventually, new medications and various precautions lessened the severity and spread of this horrendous disease.

As I mentioned in my last column, the Canadian Blood Services screen every blood donation thoroughly. Perhaps! Each organ donated is presumably screened as well. Therefore one may conclude that infected organs are then discarded. Continue reading
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Body builder muscles on despite transplants

Dayton Beach News-Journal | Jim Haug


Andrew Hager works out recently at the Body Sculpting Studio in Ormond Beach. The Port Orange resident has had two kidney transplants. News-Journal/David Tucker

Body builder Andrew Hager has faced his share of obstacles to compete in the National Physique Committee Daytona Beach Classic on Sept. 27. He was born with one kidney and has undergone two transplants.
Hager, 24, talked to The News-Journal about his motivations for competing.

What problems have you had with your kidney?

People are born with two kidneys. I was one of the unlucky few. I was born with one. Usually, that’s fine. You would never know it unless something else happened. (Hager explained that he was about 10 years old when he found out he had one kidney.) During an ultrasound in 2000 for another (health) issue, the ultrasound tech said, “For how long have you known that you only have one kidney?” My parents and I sat there stunned. The funny joke was,“Oh, about a second now.” (The tech) went, “Oops. I’m going to get a doctor.” My kidney was malformed because I was born prematurely. In 2003, I got my first kidney transplant. (It later failed). In 2011, I got a second kidney transplant.

Who donated your kidneys? Continue reading
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Stevenson woman donates kidney to Michigan man

Columbian | By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter


Kia Calderon-Dillon of Stevenson traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., this summer to donate a kidney to a man she met on Facebook. (Zachary Kaufman/The Columbian
Recipient calls act 'very selfless thing'
Kia Calderon-Dillon traveled more than 2,000 miles to give away one of her organs. She made the trek from her home in Stevenson to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a man she met only a couple of months earlier on Facebook.

"I've just always done what I can to help people," Calderon-Dillon said. "The chance of me needing both kidneys later is unlikely. If I can help somebody, why wouldn't I?"

Calderon-Dillon has for years donated blood, visiting the donor center every eight weeks. She gives her time, volunteering for the parent-teacher association at her sons' school and for local political campaigns. The 28-year-old also has long had a desire to donate a kidney.

In May, the mother of three decided to start looking into the process for becoming a living donor. Continue reading
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Swisstransplant backs e-organ donor card

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Jocelyn Corniche developed the new organ donor app (Keystone)
A mobile app has been developed in Switzerland to help address a nationwide organ shortage. The new donor card function is believed to be a world first.
It allows donor information to automatically display on the home screen of smartphones brought into an emergency room – even if the screen is locked.

Anaesthesiologist Jocelyn Corniche of Lausanne University Hospital worked on the Echo112 app with support from Swisstransplant, the organisation in charge of organ allocation in Switzerland.

“We hope that this new technology will contribute to a significant increase in the number of people who state their preferences” with regard to organ donation, said Swisstransplant director Franz Immer. “We’re convinced that a digital strategy is needed to alert the public to the lack of a sufficient number of donor organs.”

Each year in Switzerland 100 people who are in need of an organ die, and more than 1,000 are currently on the waiting list for a transplant. Continue reading
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Medal Glory For Local Transplant Athletes

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Pictured is Irish team manager, Colin White from Balbriggan, with his wife and team member, Chikoyo, who won a gold medal at the Games

Local athletes who participated in the recent 8th European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships in Poland emerged victorious, as they arrived back home sporting medals.

A total of 34 inspirational athletes including participants from Balbriggan and Skerries, returned with an impressive medals tally of 18 Gold, 18 Silver and 31 Bronze medals, Transplant Team Ireland was ranked in the top three position on the medals table, and received a rapturous welcome home at Dublin airport from family and supporters festooned with flags and banners.

Balbriggan man and Transplant Team Ireland Manager Colin White, who is also the newly elected Secretary of the Presidential Committee of the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Federation told the County Leader, “It’s fantastic to be placed in the top three on the medals table out of 24 countries. Each and every member of Transplant Team Ireland proved to be great ambassadors for organ donation both on and off the competitive field.” Continue reading
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Ways to Reduce the Kidney Shortage

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The United States and many other nations are confronting a heart-rending problem: The number of kidneys available for transplants falls far short of the need.

While some argue that the way to reduce the growing shortage is to pay living donors for kidneys, either in cash or government benefits, there are many ways to increase the supply without paying for human organs, which is prohibited by the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act and generally opposed by the World Health Organization.

In the United States, the number of kidney transplants fell to 14,000 last year, while the waiting list for kidneys currently exceeds 100,000 patients. The average wait time for a transplant has risen to almost five years; more than 4,000 people die each year while waiting and a great many more, possibly thousands, become too sick to undergo transplantation and are dropped from the wait lists.

The first step in easing the shortage is to end the current shameful waste of organs.

Hundreds of kidneys taken from deceased donors that are suitable for transplant are discarded every year, probably more than 1,000 some experts say. Surgeons typically hope to transplant a kidney within 24 hours to 36 hours of the time it is recovered and placed on ice for evaluation. Sometimes the clock runs out before a suitable recipient can be found. The United Network for Organ Sharing, which runs the allocation system, will revise its formulas in December in ways that it believes will increase the utilization of donated kidneys and thus reduce wastage. Continue reading
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'Lucas is our gift from Oscar': Family's joy after baby boy is born four months after his big brother died

Daily Mail | Lizzie Parry


Lois and Jason Tasker from Coventry, welcomed baby Lucas two weeks ago. Four months earlier they lost their 14-month-old son Oscar after he was born with the main arteries in his heart wired the wrong way around

A family are today celebrating the arrival of a baby boy, just months after losing another son to a rare heart condition.

Lucas Tasker was born just over two weeks ago.

But his arrival comes months after his parents Lois and Jason suffered a devastating loss when their 14-month-old son Oscar lost his battle for life.

The toddler became the face of a national organ donor appeal after he was born with the arteries to his heart wired the wrong way around.

Mrs Tasker did not find out until three weeks before Oscar's sudden death that she was pregnant with Lucas, by which time she was already 17 weeks pregnant.

'We looked back trying to find any signs, any symptoms, but there was nothing,' the 29-year-old from Radford, said. Continue reading
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Missoula man: Take control of diabetes to live life you want

Ravalli Republic | Dillon Kato


Dillon Kato/Missoulian. Rob Laird, 48, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the eighth grade. After a successful kidney and pancreas transplant four years ago, he said he no longer needs insulin injections and has more energy than ever.

“I’ve been through the gamut, I’ve seen what happens when you’re not in complete control of your diabetes,” said Rob Laird.

Laird was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1980, when he was in the eighth grade. He said he went through a phase where he was losing a massive amount of weight, and having to use the bathroom constantly, but was constantly thirsty. His teachers were concerned, but he said it was his dad who first put the pieces together. Laird took a urine test, confirming the suspicion.

He said the tests, which are how he measured his sugar levels for the first few years before switching to the lancet finger-prick style of tests, were not incredibly accurate. They involved holding a test up to a chart, and having to decide what area matched the test strip best.

He said he doesn’t know why or how he got Type 1 diabetes, there’s no history of it in his family, and the cause isn’t yet known to medical professionals. Continue reading
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Waiting for a kidney, he breaks out in song

Herald Net | By Quinn Russell Brown


Seated between his son, Asher, and his dialysis machine, Michael Goldberg records “High,” a song he wrote about the emotional highs and lows of life.

Michael Goldberg isn’t letting his tubes hold him back.
The 55-year-old dialysis patient recorded a song while hooked up to an NxStage System One, a 75-pound machine that fulfills the job of a kidney by cleaning his blood.

Unlike most patients battling kidney failure, Goldberg does dialysis in his own bedroom thanks to training from Northwest Kidney Centers.
A professor at the University of Washington’s Bothell campus, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 15. He had a kidney transplant in 1995, which began to give out in 2011. He’s been on home dialysis for the past two years.
“The thing we tell our patients waiting for a transplant is, ‘Tell your story,’” said Joyce F. Jackson, president and CEO of Northwest Kidney Centers. “It’s surprising where people have found donors.” Continue reading
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Colorado organ donors reportedly save 400 lives each year

The Gazette | Stephanie Earls


Kate Gallagher was a graduate of Air Academy High School, engaged to be married and studying early childhood development at Pikes Peak Community College. She had a special way with children, who seemed magically drawn to her - the one grownup in the room who, kids could tell, would be game for whatever.

Kate would drop to the floor to play with them, despite the constant pain in her abdomen and the swelling in her legs. Complaining was never her way.

"The best part about Kate was her heart. She was so compassionate, she just loved kids and she wanted to help people," said her father, Mark Gallagher, of Monument.

In 2005, when she was a high school senior, Kate was diagnosed with a liver disease called Budd-Chiari syndrome. Clogs in the hepatic veins had irreparably damaged her liver, and in 2009, she was placed on the liver transplant list at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.

"We knew when Kate got a transplant it would be difficult, but she just accepted all that," said her mother, Gail. "We met donor families and recipient families. I thought how brave they were to go out in public and talk about their loved ones. At that time, I never realized that the tables would be turned and Kate wouldn't be a recipient, but a donor."

Colorado a top 3 donor state. Continue reading
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Guy’s and St Thomas’ patients celebrated at British Transplant Games

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Over a thousand supporters flocked to Bolton to watch 750 inspirational transplant athletes compete in the British Transplant Games on 7-10 August.
A team of 15 athletes who have all had lifesaving organ transplants at Guy’s and St Thomas’ competed in various sports such as running, swimming, squash and archery, despite having all undergone complex surgery.
Celebrating a second life

James Kirby, 20, who has had two kidney transplants, took home a silver medal for table tennis and bronze for tennis. When James was just seven years old both of his kidneys failed. His mum Lisa donated a kidney to replace one of his and then in 2010 an anonymous donor gave James his second kidney.

Just less than a year ago, James had to undergo five more operations and spent two months in hospital after one of his transplanted kidneys became infected.

‘The latest medals mean so much because of how far he has come in the last few months after being dangerously ill and all those operations. Lisa and I are very proud of his achievements. We are also very grateful for the care he received from the amazing team at Guys,’ says James’ dad Rupert.

‘The games were tough competition and it feels amazing to win because you fight through all the hardness and this gives you the chance to celebrate a second life,’ says James. Continue reading
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A Brother's Love: One Brother's Quest to Find A Kidney Match for His Brother

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A Monroe County man is in need of a kidney transplant. Robbie Harrison and his brother, Pat are looking for community support.. .

Robbie Harrison, Stroudsburg is trying to stay positive"I'm just trying to stay on my feet. Stay humble, positive, stay optimistic because this type of life style is not set for a 26-year-old."

It's been a rough ride for Robbie Harrison, who is now awaiting his second kidney transplant since 2010. In December, Robbie's first kidney transplant was rejected by his body. Now, with his younger brother Pat by his side, the Harrison brothers are committed to finding a compatible kidney. Pat Harrison told Eyewitness News "He's my brother. That's basically what I tell all the doctors. They ask me why I do this. I say, he's my brother. I see everything first hand."

Because Pat's kidney is not compatable for Robbie, Pat is donating the organ to someone else, with the hopes his brother with more easily find a new kidney. "It increases his chance of getting a kidney faster. said Pat. Continue reading VIDEO

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Monday, September 1, 2014

LIFE AFTER NEAR DEATH

CBS Sports | Gregg Doyel


His name is Kelly Wells, and he has three kidneys. Two of them weren't originally his, and one of those doesn't work. The only kidney that is his? It doesn't work either. Kelly Wells is a miracle of modern science and organ donation, and he's not a bad basketball coach either. He won a 2003 high school state championship in Kentucky and the 2011 NAIA national title at Pikeville (Ky.) University, and he's only 43 years old, and he hopes to add more titles. And more kidneys.

"They're supposed to last about 18 years," Wells says of the two kidneys he has received, one in 2004 and another in late June. "I was looking at myself in the mirror the other day and said, 'I don't have much palette left to do any art work.' If I'm blessed enough to need another one, they'll have to take one out to make room. Maybe they'll take out two or three."

That would ruin Wells' macabre parlor trick, where he invites someone to poke him below the ribs and feel all the useless organs in there. Kidneys tend to be toward the back, but the surgeon put each of Wells' transplanted kidneys closer to the front. Continue reading
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IOPO Show Us Your Heart Run/Walk

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In less than one week supporters of IOPO will gather on the Pedestrian Bridge at the White River State Park, in Indianapolis, for the IOPO Show Us Your Heart Run/Walk. Hundreds have already registered, have you? Register by noon on Thursday and use the code “Heart10” to save $5 off your registration fee.

Can’t attend but want to support our event? Our sleep-in registration option allows you to receive an event t-shirt.  Learn more: http://indy.ioporunwalk.org

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Conway man donates kidney to friend of 30 years

Carolina Live | Alex Heaton

Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

However, the numbers also reveal 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't happen because of the shortage of donated organs.

The need for organ donation hits home for Conway resident Stanley Holland and Virginia native Marvin Wise.

The two friends were co-workers for more than three decades, but this year their friendship became much deeper.

Wise needed a kidney transplant following a history of high blood pressure and diabetes, and it was Holland who stepped up to help.

"He said I'm on the kidney transplant list, and I knew nothing about it so I asked him what does that entail. He said, someone would need to give him a kidney, and I said I would give him a kidney," Holland says, recalling a conversation in March before Wise's transplant. Continue reading
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Consider incentive system for organ donation

The Denver Post | By The Denver Post Editorial Board
Facing an uncertain future and years of dialysis, people in need of kidney transplants find themselves faced with a question: Is it worth $150,000 or more to end the wait?

According to a recent New York Times investigation of the black-market trade in organs, it's a question many people are answering in the affirmative.

And it underscores why the U.S. should move away from an organ transplant model that relies largely on donations while prohibiting compensation.

The altruism demonstrated by those who designate their organs for donation, or donate a kidney while alive, isn't enough. Demand has been far outstripping supply for some time, and it's getting worse.

Worldwide supply of transplantable organs meets just a tenth of the need.

The Times story detailed how brokers connect buyers — those who need kidneys — and sellers, who are typically living donors. With such an imbalance, of course there's going to be illicit trade. Continue reading
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On a First, Combined Organ Transplant Done in the State

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Sayid Yunus Shehrin who underwent a combined pancreas-kidney transplant, at AIMS, along with his wife and doctors | Melton Antony
KOCHI: For the first time in the state, a combined pancreas-kidney transplant was successfully performed at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.

A team of doctors did the highly complex surgery on 35-year-old Sayid Yunus Shehrin, who was suffering from complications such as retinopathy and kidney failure due to Type 1 diabetes.

The hospital administration said that it is the third such transplant to be performed in the country.

Yunus opted for surgery even though he was using the insulin pump because his blood sugar levels had become erratic and his kidneys too had been badly hit.

The doctors said that after the transplant Yunus’ blood sugar levels have become normal even without using insulin. His kidneys too are functioning normally.

The multidisciplinary team which carried out the surgery involved doctors from transplant, nephrology, urology, endocrinology, anaesthesia and critical care departments of medicine. The transplant surgery was done on August 17. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/On-a-First-Combined-Organ-Transplant-Done-in-the-State/2014/08/31/article2407291.ece
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Organ Donation in Australia

Stay at Home Mom | Sarah Grant

Our own mortality is not something we discuss often. It’s not exactly great dinner conversation to talk about what you want to happen after you die, but it is a vital conversation that needs to take place at some stage with those closest to us. That way if someone should ever have to make the tough choices for us, at least they know what our wishes are.

Organ donation in Australia is turned on its head at the moment; we have one of the world’s highest rates of transplant surgery success, but a much lower donation rate than any other established Western, Asian and European country. At any given time there is approximately 1600 people waiting on Aussie transplant lists and sadly, without enough donors, some of these people are dying waiting for a phone call.

One person can save the lives of up to 10 people and improve the lives of many more through organ and tissue donation. About 70% of people are registered as organ donors either through the Organ Donor Register online or by opting in on their drivers licence. When you register you can choose what you are happy to donate, whether that be some or all of what is suitable.

Suitable Organs – kidney, liver, heart, lung and pancreas

Suitable Tissue – heart valves, musculoskeletal tissue, skin and eye tissue. Continue reading
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Man gains experiences during bike tours

Killeen Daily News | Janice Gibbs

For 16 years, cyclists in the annual Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour have logged thousands of miles and brought attention to the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donations.
Over the years about 190 riders have participated in the Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour.

Some are repeat riders, such as Keith Steward, of Gatesville, who took his first ride in 2000.

Before his participation, Steward was diagnosed with polycystic disease, a genetic kidney disease. His father died from the disease in 1964 and an older sister had a transplant in 1985.

In 2001, Steward was part of the Circle of Life team and met Shari Miller, a new rider. Miller worked for South Texas Blood and Tissue in San Antonio.

“We became friends and stayed in contact,” Steward said.

Damage from polycystic disease is gradual and inevitably leads to dialysis and transplant, he said.

In 2006, Steward went on dialysis and was put on the transplant list.

Steward’s wife wanted to be a donor and went through the testing process.

She was disqualified toward the end of testing because of the possibility of her developing kidney stones and passing that trait along. Continue reading
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A recipient - Bill Taylor beats the odds after heart transplant

Star News OnLine | Mike Voorheis

Bill Taylor (right) received a heart transplant in Virginia about 18 years ago. At the time, doctors expected him to live about five years with his new heart. Pictured with Bill is his brother, Jeff Taylor. Contributed photo

Bill Taylor slouches forward in his chair at a Brunswick County nursing home. He tells a visitor that he likes his shoes, and saliva drips from his chin as he smiles that smile that sold hundreds of cars during his sales career in Winchester, Va. Taylor's spine no longer supports his body, and his liver is failing.

At age 71, his body is succumbing to an inevitable decline.

In the mid-1990s, Taylor contracted what he calls double pneumonia, an infection in both lungs. He was released from the Virginia hospital but was readmitted later with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that he says resulted from his bout with double pneumonia. Doctors told Taylor that he was going to die if he didn't get a new heart.

So Taylor, like about 2,300 Americans per year, followed all the instructions, took all the tests, kept himself as healthy as possible and received a heart transplant. Continue reading
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Waterloo Woman Meets Parents of Man Whose Heart Saved Her Life

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WATERLOO, Iowa — In many ways, it felt just like a family reunion, with all the emotions of people who haven’t seen each other in a long time.

But the two families in question never met before Friday. In fact, a tragedy brought them together.

“I miss my son so much, but now, I have a daughter,” said Vicky Patino.

Three years ago, Emily Kachulis, of Iowa, was very sick. Doctors told her without both a heart and lung transplant, she would die.

“I went into ICU at St. Mary’s in Rochester, Minnesota, and I waited in there two months,” said Kachulis.

Unbeknown to her, hundreds of miles away, 22-year-old Raul Patino, who grew up in Murrieta, was killed when he fell off a party bus in Minnesota. Continue reading VIDEO
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Organ transplant elsewhere might begin at New Hanover Regional

Star News OnLine | Mike Voorheis

New Hanover Regional Medical Center operating room staff Rachel Johnson (from left), Kelly Bolliger, Barbara Koehli and Phyllis Long prepare for an organ donation procedure. Photo by Paul Stephen

Editor's note: This article carries the reader through the story of an organ transplant donation at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. It does not refer to a specific surgery or a specific patient.
The wind whipped the flags around the poles in front of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The American flag – hanging in every classroom, at every stadium and in the corner of every red-blooded American's heart – is easy to recognize. On the next pole, the Donate Life flag from Carolina Donor Services is less recognizable.

But it flies during every organ donation as a symbol of pride, of respect, of generosity.

That flag means that a family still reeling from the tragic loss of a loved one has decided to donate his organs. That flag means that a critically ill patient in a hospital more than a hundred miles away has seen his flicker of hope ignite cautious optimism. That flag means that a team of surgeons is descending on Wilmington, using their honed skills to carry life across the state and implant it into another human being.

Whirlwind of activity

David Gerber is one of those doctors. When he's at the UNC School of Medicine, staring at the empty cavity where his team has just removed an organ vital to life, that's the moment when the adrenaline kicks in. Continue reading
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Staring down death to save lives: The grizzly work of Human Tissue Banks

Sunday Express | Jane Clinton
Adam Edwards, Melanie Wynned (left) and Rebecca Denton work in Liverpool's tissue bank [MATTHEW POVER]
THE work of Liverpool's human tissue bank is a mystery to most of us. Jane Clinton meets the team who retrieve skin and bone from the dead for a living
In freezers locked away in a building on the outskirts of Liverpool are human bones, skin, heart valves, vessels and tendons. It may sound like something from the pages of a grisly crime novel but this is the NHS Blood and Transplant’s national human tissue bank, where vital tissue is stored for transplant.

While we are familiar with the concept of organ donation, tissue donation is less well known. Of the 500,000 people who die in the UK every year, fewer than 1 per cent donate more than one tissue. Yet a donation from just one person could benefit more than 50 others.

Now a two-part documentary on BBC Three is giving an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes at the UK’s only tissue bank, and into the world of “the human tissue squad”, as they have been dubbed. Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
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...and have a conversation with your family.

Heart to Heart: Transplant families meet for the first time.

WKRC Cincinnati | Adam Clements

CINCINNATI (ADAM CLEMENTS) – I began following this story on February 14th, 2013, the day young Trinity Lazo received a lifesaving heart transplant.

To tell the full story of the heart that now beats in Trinity, we have to start with the story of young Logan Baker. It’s A story you will see only on Local 12 news. A story that now comes in full circle.

The sound of a heartbeat can be powerful, especially when it comes from a child.

“Logan was a beautiful, sweet, calm happy baby,” says Logan’s mother, Tracie Baker.

Kevin and Tracie Baker knew they were on borrowed time with their son Logan.

“At about six weeks, his biopsy came back that it was a form of muscular dystrophy,” says Tracie. VIDEO, continue reading
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National Donor Sabbath

Donate Life Northwest
National Donor Sabbath is coming November 14-16, 2014. Donate Life Northwest's intern created this wonderful poster and they are requesting we put it up in our place of worship.


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After his kidney transplant....

Donate Life Connecticut


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Volleyball coach ready to return after life-saving surgery

Tracy Press | Bob Browne



Mountain House High School’s first volleyball match tonight will be a new start for Heather Lamb, the Mustang team’s coach.

She is recovering from kidney transplant surgery. While her doctors at U.C. San Francisco have cleared her to return to her coaching job, as of Thursday she was still awaiting word from Lammersville Unified School District on whether she could return to the team’s practices.

Either way, she said she wouldn’t miss tonight’s 5 p.m. match at the Mountain House High main gym, when the Mustangs will face the Millennium High Falcons junior varsity team. The team expects at least a few hundred fans.

“Just based on a few community Facebook posts, there will be a good crew out there,” Heather Lamb said, adding that if she’s not there as a coach, she’ll support the team as a fan. “I will be there no matter what.” Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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...and have a conversation with your family.