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Friday, February 27, 2015

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Across China: A French family's gift of life

Shanghai Daily
HANGZHOU, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The parents of a young French man, who died in China last week, left for France on Thursday, but their son's legacy will remain in the Middle Kingdom.

Keen to learn Chinese, the 22 year-old man, who has been affectionately named Xiao Ao, came to China earlier this year.

Unfortunately, while traveling to Lunar New Year celebrations on Feb. 17, he was involved in a serious accident that left him with serious brain damage.

Despite efforts to save him, Xiao died on Tuesday at a hospital in Hangzhou City, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province.

Xiao's parents had hoped their son could return to France to see his family one last time but doctors advised that he was unlikely to survive the journey. Continue reading
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Foundation backs organ donation

The News Mexico | DEVON VAN HOUTEN MALDONADO


The Carlos Slim Foundation launched the Héroes por la Vida campaign this year. COURTESY OF CARLOS SLIM FOUNDATION

MEXICO CITY – Mexico isn’t living up to its potential when it comes to life-saving organ transplants that thousands of Mexicans need in order to continue living, said the Carlos Slim Foundation.

The foundation launched the 2015 “Héroes por la Vida” (Heroes for Life) campaign last month in a bid to encourage more Mexicans to talk with their families about donating their organs in the unfortunate event of their death.

“Today in Mexico, 19,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant,” Vanessa Slim de Hajj said at the campaign launch. “This number is growing every day, and the number of donors in our country is only 3.6 people for every 1,000.”

Based on the figures, the foundation expresses urgency to increase information about donating, as well as educating others about the opportunity to help those in need. Continue reading
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White County woman needs a kidney transplant

White County News | Debbie Gilbert


White County resident Sandra Pilcher, right, is on dialysis and needs a kidney transplant. Her daughter Sarah, left, is not eligible to be a living donor because she’s only 16. (Photo/Debbie Gilbert)


She came so close.

Ever since Sandra Pilcher’s kidneys failed three years ago, she’s been hoping to receive a transplant through Piedmont Hospital’s living-donor program.

So the White County resident was excited several months ago when Heather Cantrell – who attends Pilcher’s church, Loudsville United Methodist – offered to get tested as a donor and turned out to be a suitable match. Continue reading
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Geneseo basketball player thrives after liver transplant

Democrat and Chronicle | Joe Manderlaro


Fairport's Allyson DiMagno, bottom left, and Jordan Harrington battle for a loose ball with Lockport's Renee Schwartz, top left, and Lea Sobieraski during Class AA state quarterfinals basketball action between the Lockport Lady Lions and the Fairport Red Raiders at Gates Chili high school in Gates Saturday afternoon, March 13, 2010.(Photo: KRIS J. MURANTE/File photo)

Dec. 4, 2012, and SUNY Geneseo junior Lea Sobieraski is taking her final exam in Spanish.

But she can't focus. She's bloated. Tired. Anxious.

Two days earlier, she had visited Geneseo's Student Health & Counseling Center complaining about her symptoms. "Indigestion" was the prognosis.

Now, her phone keeps vibrating in class.

The 5-foot-11 forward from Lockport is supposed to board a bus that afternoon for a women's basketball game at Oneonta. Instead, she'll be heading to the hospital.

Sobieraski's life is about to change forever. Doctors remove 7 pounds of fluid from her abdomen. One week later, they tell her she has something called Wilson's disease and will need a liver transplant. Continue reading
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North Walsham kidney transplant patient up for national volunteer award

EDP24 | Alex Hurrell


Kidney transplant patient Paul Welsh enjoys a rare treat - beer and chocolate. Picture: Mark Bullimore
A charity champion who has successfully undergone a third kidney transplant will learn next week whether he has won a national award.
Paul Welsh, 52, is a finalist in the Charity Staff and Volunteers Awards 2015.

He will be off to London next Thursday, March 5, for the awards ceremony - and may well enjoy a pint of beer and something chocolate for pudding as part of the evening celebrations.

Both luxuries were on Mr Welsh’s “banned” list of food and drink for many years while he was undergoing dialysis sessions at Cromer Hospital three times a week, waiting for a call to say a suitable organ had become available.

Despite his condition, Mr Welsh, from North Walsham, became a community champion for the charity Kidney Research UK, which has nominated him for the award. Continue reading
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Organ donation sign up scheduled for this weekend

KBZK | Judy Slate


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BOZEMAN - Organ donations save lives, and this weekend you can learn more about becoming a donor. You may remember baby Poppy, she's a local girl who received a heart transplant nearly two years ago. Her parents are members of TRIO which stands for Transplant Recipients International Organization.

The group supports transplant recipients and their families, and educates people about organ donation. The group will be holding a sign up event this weekend. "To give the gift of life so that when they pass that its known to their families their desires to be an organ donor," said transplant recipient Jim Rivard. Continue reading
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lung Allocation Score Guidelines For Prioritizing Lung Transplant Allocations Revised

Lung Disease News | Charles Moore


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) has released modified guidelines to their Lung Allocation Score (LAS) system, effective February 19, 2015.

VelapourMDr. Maryam Valapour, the Director of Lung Transplant Outcomes at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio was instrumental in the analysis of the new LAS guidelines, and also has just coauthored the OPTN/SRTR 2013 Annual Data Report on the state of the lung transplant medicine.

The report, published in an American Journal of Transplantation Special Issue (Volume 15, Issue S2, pages 128, 2015 first published online: 27 January 2015 DOI: 10.1111/ajt.13200) is coauthored by Dr. Valapour of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Pulmonary Medicine Respiratory Institute at Cleveland, Ohio, along with other colleagues. The coauthors note that available lungs are allocated to adult and adolescent transplant candidates based on criteria of age, geography, blood type compatibility, and the lung allocation score (LAS), which reflects risk of wait-list mortality and probability of post-transplant survival. Continue reading
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Donation gives a second chance for a young family

Inverell Times | Michèle Jedlicka


Leonnee Martin healthy and happy with her son Levi, thanks to a donated heart which saved her life.

IT is the kind of news no expectant mother wants to hear. Tamworth resident Leonnee Martin, 25, was pregnant with her first child when she and her fiancé Joseph Stolker were confronted with some unwelcome news.

That moment has led to a young woman lending her voice to an organ donation campaign that could touch people in the Inverell region.

“So in 2011, I was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy during the third trimester of my pregnancy,” Leonnee said.

The condition occurs when the heart becomes damaged. Leonnee said though women can recover after delivery, her condition was hereditary, and doctors were unsure if she would naturally heal.

“Thinking back not, it wasn’t that scary; I think I was more excited to deliver the baby,” Leonnee said with a chuckle. Continue reading
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Red Wing Man’s Death Touches More Than 60 Lives Via Organ Donation

CBS Minnesota | Jennifer Meyerle
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In times of great grief, we often look for meaning.

That came in an unexpected way for a Red Wing woman after losing her husband earlier this month.

Brad Einck was an organ donor, and what he shared with one person was particularly powerful.

“Brad had a very infectious laugh,” his wife Kim Einck said. “His smile, his aura, just to be around him made you feel happy.”

Einck calls her husband Brad her soulmate, a man who gave everything to her and her son.

“He was an angel, really,” Einck said.

The 42-year-old attempted to end his life on Feb. 1, and then suffered a massive stroke that he did not survive.

“Brad and I’ve always talked about donating if we could,” Einck said. Continue reading
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'American Horror Story' Actor Dies After Being Clipped By SUV Side Mirror In Hollywood

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Ben Woolf (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ben Woolf, who played Meep on American Horror Story: Freak Show, died Monday from head injuries, days after he was clipped by an SUV in Hollywood.

Woolf was 34, and his rep confirmed his death to Variety. Woolf suffered a serious head injury when he was hit by the side mirror of an SUV in Hollywood Thursday night. The driver wasn't cited because it appears Woolf was jaywalking.

A source told TMZ that he died from a stroke. He was listed in critical condition immediately after the crash, and he had been heavily sedated at Cedars-Sinai.

TMZ added that his organs will be donated to help about 50 people. His family released a statement, saying Woolf lives on in his work:
"We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben. He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work."
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Hillsborough author inspires others to find true heroes

My Central New Jersey | Mary Ann Bourbeau
“Sylvie and Sean” is based on a January 2014 real-life rescue in Boston Harbor. Hillsborough author Cheryl Filipak obtained details about the incident from the firefighter involved in order to re-create the events of that day.(Photo: COURTESY OF TATE PUBLISHING)

Story is based on a Boston firefighter who rescued a dog that slipped through the ice in Pleasure Bay

HILLSBOROUGH – Cheryl Filipak wrote her first children’s book in order to inspire young people to look up to and perhaps become true heroes. Filipak knows a thing or two about being heroic. In 1993, she stepped up to the plate and donated a kidney to her youngest sister, Roxanne Weisheit of Howell.

“My sister was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 15,” Filipak said. “I did research and found out that Lupus often affects the kidneys. I always said, ‘If you need a kidney, I’m yours.’ ”

Filipak now is inspiring young readers with her new children’s book, “Sylvie and Sean.” The book was taken from a true story that occurred in South Boston, in which firefighters from Ladder 19 risked their lives to save a husky who had fallen through the ice in Pleasure Bay. Continue reading

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Organ donation: Family the crux of decision

New Zealand Herald News | Martin Johnston 
If New Zealanders want to be a donor, it can be stated on our driver licence. It's the number-8-wire relative of a register. Photo / Thinkstock
New Zealand's rate of deceased organ donors is low by international standards. Health reporter Martin Johnston investigates why, and what could be done to increase the rate.

Appealing to people's survival instincts could help increase New Zealand's internationally low rate of deceased organ donors, a campaigner reckons.

Andy Tookey says what definitely works is high-profile donor cases in which the public becomes intensely interested because of personal tragedy.

Some countries have a donor register. People can have their names entered and this can help families to approve donation if the person arrives in a hospital with a non-survivable condition.

Some do it the other way around: adults are deemed to have given consent unless they "opt off" by telling the register they don't want to be a donor. Spain and Austria do this and Wales will this year. Continue reading
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Mother who was told she would 'outlive her children' advocates for organ donation

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Jessica “Jes” Oldham described her relationship with her younger brother, Tripp, as “very, very close.” She said, “We were always each other’s No. 1 ... Having CF(cystic fibrosis) together brought us closer than most people.” PROVIDED

It’s something a parent never wants to hear, certainly not after the birth of a child.

After Alana Richey gave birth to each of her two children in her early 20s, she was told that she would outlive them. Both had cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system.

And while the life expectancy of those with cystic fibrosis has risen from about 18 years to 37.5 years since that time, Richey already has experienced the pain of losing her youngest.

Tripp Oldham died on May 20, 2013, at the age of 21, while waiting for a double-lung transplant. Weeks earlier surgeons were preparing him for transplant surgery when other transplant surgeons found a spot on the donor’s kidney that turned out to be cancerous. Continue reading
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Transplant patient marks one year with new lungs, new chance at life

Cleveland | Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer


Lori Ard, left, and her mother Lori Baker, right, wait for a follow-up appointment with a transplant coordinator and transplant pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Ard received a double lung transplant after dealing with severe flu complications. (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio - For the past year, Lori Ard has been marking milestones, big and small, along her recovery from a double lung transplant.

On Valentine's Day - Ard's 34th birthday - her family threw a surprise "Celebration of Life" party for her. Her guests dined on a cake in the shape of a butterfly, the symbol for a double lung transplant. The next day, she got a second cake, her favorite cheesecake, for her belated birthday celebration.

On Wednesday, she took in a sold-out Fleetwood Mac concert at Quicken Loans Arena with her sister, brother and his girlfriend. It was Ard's first foray into a big crowd since before her transplant. She carried a face mask in her pocket just in case, to protect against other people's germs, but she didn't need to use it.

Ard, of Windham, also has been working on finishing a letter she will send anonymously to the family of the woman whose lungs helped to save her life. She will give the letter to Lifebanc, Northeast Ohio's nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization. In 2014, Lifebanc facilitated nearly 600 correspondences between donor families and recipients. Continue reading
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Parents of heart donor meet recipient for first time

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A woman who received a heart transplant in 2012 met the donor’s family for the first time on Friday.

Geoffrey Spann, 23, was hit by a car November 11, 2012 as he tried to retrieve his dog from the road. He was taken to Floyd Medical Center and was pronounced dead the next day.

His mother, Sara Spann, said the topic of organ donation was brought up to her son when he was a teenager. His father, Gary, said when Geoffrey earned his driver’s license, he automatically signed up to have “Organ Donor” listed on the card.

“It wasn’t our decision. It was Geoffrey’s decision, and he made the decision on his own then came and told us that he had put it on his driver’s license.”

Mr. Spann said they made sure to carry out Geoffrey’s wishes.

Mrs. Spann said the medical staff at Floyd Medical Center where Geoffrey was taken after the accident came up to her and asked if the family would be interested in organ donation. Continue reading
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Organ recipient, donor’s family meet years later

Toledo Blade | MARLENE HARRIS-TAYLOR


Jason Leone in front of a photo of his pancreas donor, Dylan Flew, on a Hyway Trucking Co. trailer in Findlay. Mr. Leone was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was 13. His health over the last eight and a half years is a credit to Mr. Flew, who died in 2006 at age 20. THE BLADE/JETTA FRASER

FINDLAY — Jason Leone had seen a huge image of a young man from Norwalk encouraging organ donation on the sides of Hyway Trucking Co. vehicles for years.

But he had no idea that the face of Dylan Flew, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2006, was the donor of his own pancreas.

Mr. Leone, 41, of Findlay has suffered from diabetes nearly all his life. He was diagnosed at age 13 and by the time he reached his early 30s, he had “bottomed out.” He was told he needed a pancreas transplant.

He couldn’t work while he waited about 10 months on the transplant list. Then on July 30, 2006, he received a call. There was a donor.

Mr. Flew had been out doing one of the things he loved — riding his motorcycle. His mother, Kathi Flew, said the entire family loves to ride. One of Mr. Flew’s friends lost control of his motorcycle while the group was riding on a back road in Norwalk, and hit Mr. Flew’s bike. Continue reading
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2 East Texans receive kidney transplants from deceased donors

Tyler Morning Telegraph | Coshondra Dillard


On Valentines Day, two East Texans got the best gift of their lives when they each finally received a kidney transplant.

At 4 p.m. on the Friday before Valentine’s Day, Giovanni Fuller, 33, received the call he’d been waiting for. He’d received calls before, but he felt differently about this one.

He’d already had Valentine’s Day plans with a significant other so he asked that they exchange their gifts a day earlier.

“I feel like I’m going to be preoccupied tomorrow,” he recalled saying.

Mrs. Ayala, 62, waited for a kidney for nearly two years when she received the call on Feb. 13 that one was available.

“I feel very good and I’m very thankful that I got a kidney,” she said through a translator, her daughter, Adriana Ayala. Continue reading
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Spain’s high-speed AVE rail to transport donated organs

The Olive Press | Rob Horgan


BULLET TRAINS: Will be transporting organs across Spain
THE ability to move donated organs across the country is about to get a whole lot faster.

For the first time, organs will be fast-tracked on Spain’s long-distance bullet train network in a move that could save thousands of lives.

The country’s tourism minister, Ana Pastor, and health minister, Alfonso Alonso, reached an agreement to allow the free movement of organ transplants on the extensive train network.

The service will initially be used exclusively for crossover kidney transplants from living donors. If that is deemed a success, the service could be extended to other organ donors. Continue reading
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Dual transplant recipient from Modesto gives birth to girl

Modesto Bee | Erin Tracy


Ashley Brown, 25, holds her newborn, Cheyenne Sutton, on Sunday at her grandmother Barbara Hatton’s home in Modesto. CHRISTOPHER WINTERFELDT

When Ashley Brown’s kidneys failed her senior year in high school, she missed her class trip to Disneyland because she was on dialysis.

As her name was being called at Modesto High School’s 2007 graduation ceremony, she was being wheeled into surgery for a dual kidney and liver transplant.

Since then, she has struggled to finish college due to doctor appointments and financial constraints.

Brown, 25, missed out on much in life from the time her kidneys began failing in infancy because of a hereditary condition caused by a gene one of her parents unknowingly carried.

Despite warnings from multiple doctors, she wasn’t willing to miss the opportunity to become a mother. Continue reading
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What Does the U.S. Measles Outbreak Mean for Transplant Patient

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Over the past few weeks, the measles outbreak in the United States has been a big topic of conversation. For those of you who may not know about measles, it is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, which is then followed by a rash that spreads over the body. It is very dangerous and can be fatal.

Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. “One dose of MMR vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus, and two doses are about 97 percent effective,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC, measles was eliminated from the country in 2000; however, measles can be spread by unvaccinated people who catch it while outside of the U.S. They can then spread measles to other people who are not protected against it – which is what is happening today.

What This Means for Transplant Patients

Anyone about to undergo transplant surgery – whether receiving or giving an organ – needs to be even more careful about contracting measles. To make sure you’re safe, we’ll be screening all pre-transplant patients and potential living donors born after 1957. Your nurse coordinator may reach out to you. In preparation, we wanted to provide you with the guidelines for how the measles screening will work. Continue reading
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Burlington’s Coach Craig gets life-saving liver transplant just in time for birthday

My FOX 8 | Shelley Roupas



DURHAM, N.C. — Birthdays just don’t get better than this.

“I will never, ever be the same from all the love,” said Bethany Edwards, wife of well-known local youth baseball coach Craig Edwards. “We’ll be forever grateful.”

Craig Edwards received a life-saving liver transplant this weekend. Today is his 36th birthday.

“The love and support we got from everyone in the community was just remarkable. It helped give me the strength to keep going,” said Edwards.

Edwards, a father of three who doesn’t drink or smoke, found out last year that his liver was in such bad shape he needed a liver transplant to live. Since then, complete strangers became friends. So many people in the community rallied together, rooting for him privately and publicly on Facebook. Turns out, that’s what saved his life. VIDEO, continue reading
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'It was a miracle:' Direct organ donation answered one family's prayer

The Times News | By Natalie Allison Janicello


Amy Clark and others visited the Trinity Worship Center to take part in a bake sale to aid transplant patient Craig Edwards, and as it turned out, the family whose loss made the organ donation possible. Sam Roberts / Times-News

It was an answer to prayer that Craig Edwards would spend his 36th birthday recovering from a liver transplant at Duke University Hospital, something he and his family consider a miraculous outcome after their race against the clock to find a donor.

Edwards, of Burlington, was diagnosed last February with severe liver cirrhosis, a genetic condition that was worsened by a blood clot. His symptoms gradually increased, with Edwards’ health rapidly declining, since Christmas.

Family, friends and strangers in the Alamance County area and beyond have taken to online social media over the past month to share Edwards’ story, and his desperate need for a liver donor, with their efforts finally paying off.

On Thursday, a local family whose loved one suddenly passed away learned of Edwards’ need through a friend, and designated him as the liver recipient. Continue reading
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Organ Donations Save Many Lives

National Geographic | Peta Cappello


Peta Cappello with her husband Michael Cappello at a party to celebrate life. Photograph courtesy of Peta Cappello.

More than 120,000 Americans are on waiting lists to receive organs that could extend their lives. Many, if not most, will be disappointed, because organs will not become available for them. Peta Cappello, a 59-year-old entrepreneur from Maryland, has lived with transplanted heart and lungs for nearly 21 years. As a “Donate Life Ambassador” for Washington Regional Transplant Community, a group that advocates for organ donation in the U.S. national capital area, she writes here of her experience and the gift of living she received from her donor.

When I woke on February 9, my first thought was of Michael Graham. It was his birthday, and, had he lived, it would have been his 38th birthday. What might Michael have done that day, I wondered. What kind of man would he have become? He was a handsome 17-year-old when he passed away.

I had an appointment at the dermatologist for skin cancer treatment on Michael’s birthday, a side effect of being on immune suppressants for over 20 years. Well, 20-and a-half years to be exact, as I am counting down the months before the 21st anniversary of my heart and double lung transplant with Michael’s organs.

My transplant anniversary is a celebration of life. It is a day I celebrate for one more year of being alive. It is also a day when I look around and wish for everyone else an appreciation of life so many take for granted. Continue reading
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Teacher Donating Kidney: First-Grade Student To Receive Kidney From His Own Teacher

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A teacher donating a kidney to one of her students is shocking everyone in Bexar County, Texas, because of the odds. Six-year-old Matthew Parker is in need of a kidney transplant, and his family looked all over the country for a compatible donor. Up to 80 people signed up to donate a living organ for the first-grader. Coincidentally, the donor chosen to donate a kidney to Matthew was his teacher, Lindsey Painter, according to the University Transplant Center in Bexar County.

NBC News reports that when volunteers were asked to be tested, Painter was the “first one to sign up.” The first-grade teacher at Hoffman Lane was astounded when she got a call back saying she was a “preliminary match.”

Before the teacher learned she was donating a kidney to Matthew, she had to get several more tests done. She passed all of them and will be the 6-year-old’s kidney donor.

“It is completely mind-blowing The coordinator of the hospital called me Christmas Eve to tell me I was a match,” Painter said, according to Fox 2 News.

Lisa Parker, Matthew’s mother, said the nurse warned the family to be “realistic.” She said that “the term, ‘needle in a haystack,’ was used several times.” Continue reading

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Hammond woman gets kidney transplant despite blizzard on Super Bowl Sunday

NWI Times | Giles Bruce


Jonathan Miano, The Times. Antonette Sloan, of Hammond, was on the waiting list for a kidney transplant for six years. She received a transplant on Super Bowl Sunday during the blizzard. Sloan spends time with her grandson 1-month-old Devon Williams at her home.

HAMMOND | Organ transplant recipients don't get to choose the circumstances of their operations. Once an organ is available, they either show up at the transplant center or risk losing it.

Antonette Sloan, 40, knew that. So the Hammond grandmother wasn't going to let a blizzard on Super Bowl Sunday stop her from receiving the kidney transplant for which she'd been waiting nearly seven years.

Early Feb. 1, Sloan received the call a kidney was available. The nearly 20 inches of snow that started accumulating that morning made for one of the largest snowfalls in Chicago-area history. And not only did she have to make it to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. -- so did the surgical team.

"Antonette has been waiting for a long time, so there was no way I was going to pass on it, blizzard or no blizzard," said Dr. Deepak Mital, surgical director of the kidney transplant program at Advocate. "My concern was whether she was going to make it from Northwest Indiana." Continue reading
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lung transplant patient from Queens eager to see pooch

NY Daily News


Katy Starck Monte poses with her shih tzu, Chloe, on her wedding day. Her husband Joe Monte says once Katy is breathing on her own, she's going to want to see the beloved dog.

When she begins breathing on her own and gets out of the hospital — after a nearly three-month stay — Katy Starck Monte has a date with her beloved shih tzu, family members said Saturday.

“The first thing she is going to want to do when she gets out of the hospital is see her dog,” said her husband, Joe Monte.

The 30-year-old woman’s friends started the social media campaign #oomphforkaty to raise awareness of the Queens resident’s desperate search for a double lung transplant, which she received late Thursday.

Starck Monte remained in New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center’s ICU on Saturday, but doctors took her off a ventilator.

“She’s really been missing Chloe,” Monte said of the 7-year-old black-and-white pooch. “Her parents have been taking care of her since Katy went into the hospital and today is her 79th day here.” Continue reading
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Premier League targets biggest ever signing as clubs urge fans to register as NHS organ donors

Mirror | Andrew Gregory


Big guns: Manchester City will promote the campaign at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday

Football’s big guns will all be winners this weekend as they get loyal fans to sign up as organ donors.

The likes of Man City, Chelsea, Southampton, Everton and Aston Villa will use their matchday programmes, social media, scoreboards and local events to promote the Sign for Life campaign.

It is the first time the NHS has teamed up with Premier League and Football League clubs to reach new donors.

NHS Blood and Transplant’s Anthony Clarkson said: “The passion fans have for the game and their team will, through this campaign, offer hope to all those waiting for a transplant.” Continue reading
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Friday, February 20, 2015

From the Heart -- Stoecklein doesn't take life for granted

Corsican Daily Sun | Deanna Kirk


Vicki Stoecklein is grateful for the organ donor who provided her heart.

And she is hoping she won’t need a second donated heart.

Rejection is always a concern with a transplanted organ, despite the anti-rejection drugs taken by the recipient that wreak havoc on the kidneys. At a regular annual checkup in 2014, doctors found some rejection going on with Vicki’s heart, but not the typical rejection. They tried the usual steroid treatment, but this time it did not work. She began a downward spiral from there.

The journey with Vicki’s heart began in 2009, just after the couple had renewed their wedding vows on their fifth anniversary. Following the reception with family and friends, Vicki felt so dreadful and fatigued that she could not get out of bed. That night, she ended up at the hospital, which would be her second home for the next two months.

Dr. Shelly Hall, cardiologist with Baylor Hospital, tried a pacemaker with defibrillator, which caused more trouble than it corrected. It came out, and Vicki was put on the transplant list. Continue reading
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Rock Falls boy waiting for kidney transplant granted trip to Disneyland

WQAD | Katrina Lamansky


A Rock Falls, Illinois child who is waiting for a kidney transplant got to escape the hospitals and doctor visits for a little while and embark on a trip to Disneyland in California.

Five-year-old Colton Egan was granted a wish to visit the theme park through Kids Wish Network, an organization which is aimed at “infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.”

Colton’s smiles were just amazing,” said his mother Sarah Egan, according to Kids Wish Network. “We are so grateful for such a wonderful trip.”

Sarah shared a photo of the boy while they were on their trip January 15, 2015. Continue reading
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