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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

25 years of lung transplantation: "Second wind" from Vienna

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Vienna ) In November 1989, the first lung transplantation was performed at the medical faculty of the University of Vienna. 25 years later, the Medical University of Vienna or the AKH Wien is one of the four world-leading centres for lung transplantation along with Hannover, Toronto and Cleveland. 120 patients annually receive their "second wind" from Vienna.

What makes the Vienna programme so unique? At the University Clinic for Surgery at the MedUni Wien / AKH Wien, all donated lungs from Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Cyprus, Rumania and Estonia are also transplanted, as these countries do not have transplant centres themselves. "Since we receive more lungs than we require, it is a win-win situation for all. For patients in Austria, for those affected in these countries and for the Eurotransplant region. The whole world is envious of us for this reason", says Walter Klepetko, who was appointed Head of the Lung Transplantation Programme of MedUni Wien and the AKH Wien and Head of the Clinical Department for Thoracic Surgery from the outset.

Around two thirds of the lungs transplanted in Vienna originate from the eight cooperating countries with a total of 63 million inhabitants. Thanks to the large quantity of donor lungs, it is also possible for the researchers at the MedUni Wien to process excellent studies and develop or apply new operation techniques. This in turn underpins the top position which the centre in Vienna has acquired worldwide. Continue reading
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FORMER MARINE TO DONATE PART OF HIS LIVER TO STRANGER

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After former Marine Chris Dempsey overheard a conversation about a young woman in need of an organ transplant, he decided to donate part of his liver to her.

FRANKFORT, Ill. (WLS) -- After a former Marine overheard a conversation about a young woman in need of an organ transplant, he decided to donate part of his liver to her.

"I thought to myself if I was in that situation I would want somebody to help me or my family," Chris Dempsey said.

After leaving the Marines, Dempsey became a code enforcement officer for the village of Frankfort. One day he heard a co-worker talking about his cousin, Heather Krueger, who had been waiting for a transplant.

When her health took a turn for the worse, doctors suggested she look for a living donor. The surgery is scheduled for later this month, a week before her birthday. Continue reading
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Medical student who donated part of liver to father is face of organ donation campaign

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Juhi and her Mother
Two years ago, Juhi Pawar, an MBBS student, donated 70 per cent of her liver to her ailing father, a Hepatitis C patient who was battling for life. While her father has since died, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday chose Juhi as its first brand ambassador to promote organ donation.

Recalling her decision to become a donor, the 22-year-old said: “My father was battling for life. We found that we would have to wait for at least three years for a cadaver donor. He would not have survived. A live transplant was the only option. My mother’s blood group did not match, nor did by elder brother’s. None of our other relatives offered to help. But I had the same blood group.”

Her mother, Kiran, said that both she and her husband, Ravindra Pawar, resisted the decision. “It took some convincing,” said Juhi. Kiran said they gave in only after the doctors assured that there was no risk to Juhi’s life. Continue reading
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Bemidji dialysis nurse completes 20 year goal - donating a kidney

Grand Forks Herald | Maggi Stivers


RaeLynn Hastings, a recent kidney donor, and her husband, Harry, show off her Donate for Life flag, which was flown at the hospital afer her successful surgery. Maggi Stivers / Forum News Service

Most of us have two kidneys, so why not give one of them away?,” she said of her decision to donate a kidney to someone in need.

Hastings, a kidney dialysis nurse at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, has been working in the field for 28 years.

She started working with kidney patients soon after graduating nursing school. Hasting saw an advertisement in her hometown newspaper in International Falls. “Somebody needs somebody to do dialysis for his wife,” she remembered.

Dialysis wasn’t the field Hastings had planned to enter, she knew it would give her nursing experience allow her to get her foot in the door in her career. In order to work in the dialysis field, Hastings had to complete a three-and-a-half month training program in the Twin Cities.

Hastings, along with three other students, were involved with the training to provide dialysis in rural areas. As students, the group was living in a hospital, on the same floor as the transplant patients, whose recovery period was about six months. VIDEO, continue reading
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Outcomes of lung transplantations since implementation of need-based allocation system

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Since implementation of a medical need-based allocation system of donor lungs in 2005, double-lung transplantation has been associated with better graft survival than single-lung transplantation in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF); at 5 years, there has been no survival difference between single- and double-lung transplant recipients in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a study in the March 3 issue of JAMA.

Before 2005, lung transplant allocation in the United States was based on accumulated time on the lung transplant waiting list after matching for ABO blood type. In response to increasing wait times, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandated the development of an allocation system based on medical need instead of waiting time. The resulting system—the Lung Allocation Score (LAS) organ allocation algorithm—was implemented in May 2005. A patient's LAS is based on risk factors associated with either wait list or post-transplantation mortality. The use of the LAS has brought with it a change in the demographics of single- and double-lung transplant recipients; what effect this may have on post-transplantation outcomes has not been assessed, according to background information in the article.

Hari R. Mallidi, M.D., of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and colleagues reviewed data from the United Network for Organ Sharing thoracic registry to summarize the contemporary demographics and outcomes in adults with IPF or COPD who underwent single- or double­ lung transplantation in the United States between May 2005 and December 2012.

Since May 2005, the researchers identified 4,134 patients with IPF (of whom 2,010 underwent single-lung and 2,124 underwent double-lung transplantation) and 3,174 patients with COPD, of whom 1,299 underwent single-lung and 1,875 underwent double-lung transplantation. The median follow-up time was 23.5 months. Of the patients with IPF, 33.4 percent died and 2.8 percent underwent retransplantation; of the patients with COPD, 34.0 percent died and 1.9 percent underwent retransplantation. Further analysis indicated that double-lung transplants were associated with better graft survival in patients with IPF (adjusted median survival, 65.2 months vs 50.4 months) but not in patients with COPD (adjusted median survival, 67.7 months vs 64.0 months). Continue reading
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Cambridgeshire family heartbroken after they're told that their toddler needs a double lung transplant to survive

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Isaac is in desperate need of a double lung transplant.Photo: ITV News Anglia

At home in Sawston near Cambridge, 17-month-old twins Amelia and Isaac Wilkins are spending some relaxing time with their mum Nicola.

But while Amelia is up and about just like most toddlers of this age, Issac has limited movement and needs a special chair to sit in - he also has a continuous supply of oxygen to help him breathe.

The twins were born at 29 weeks. While Amelia weighed in at 2 pounds and 5 ounces, Isaac was even smaller at 1 pound and 3 ounces.
"We were told they wouldn't make the night because of how poorly they were and we were told on numerous occasions that Isacc wouldn't make his journey.
But, as you can see, he's still here and still fighting and getting bigger and stronger every day." – NICOLA WILKINS, ISAAC'S MOTHER"
Isaac was 7-and-a-half months old when parents Nicola and Andrew were finally able to bring him home.

Now, a year on from that, they've been told he needs a double lung transplant or he may not make his third birthday. Continue reading
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"Kidneys Go Social" With Renal Support Network's Kidney Disease Awareness Campaign

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GLENDALE, Calif., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renal Support Network (RSN) launches Kidneys Go Social, a new kidney disease awareness campaign timed with National Kidney Month in March. RSN will encourage social media posts about an often silent disease affecting people.

Kidneys filter 200 liters of blood a day and helps regulate blood pressure. Kidneys are also prone to disease with more than 1 in 10 Americans at risk due to diabetes, genetic illnesses, high blood pressure or family history of kidney failure. People often do not know that they have kidney disease until it is in the final stages; right now more than 450,000 people in the U.S. are on dialysis, and almost 100,000 are waiting for a kidney transplant.

Through Kidneys Go Social, RSN will be challenging audiences to become more aware of kidneys' functions and importance.

If your kidneys could talk, what would they say? What would they tell us? How would they let us know what they need? How do they feel when things are goingwell or not so well? How are your kidneys inspired? Send us your interpretation, from the viewpoint of your talking kidneys, in video, pictures, drawings, stories, or poems. Sing a song, put on a puppet show, or whatever your kidneys can dream up that can be posted on your own social media platform with #kidneytalk and Twitter handle @rsnhope so we can find your story.  Continue Reading
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MORA to host second annual Spero Awards

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The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency will host the second annual Spero Awards presented by Donate Life Mississippi at 11:30 a.m. July 16 at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson.

The awards will recognize hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor advocates that work tirelessly and in conjunction with MORA and the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank to promote organ, eye and tissue donation to ultimately save and improve lives.

The word Spero (Spā-rō) is Latin for "hope." The title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ and tissue donation brings to those in need of a lifesaving organ or a life improving tissue transplant.

"Along with our donor families, our hospital partners, medical professionals, community supporters, and donation advocates are essential in our mission to save and improve lives through organ, eye and tissue donation," said Kevin Stump, Chief Executive Officer of the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency. "The Spero Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate the miracle of donation and the success stories with those that work so closely with us to save and improve lives in Mississippi and across the country."  Continue reading

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Finding life in death: becoming an organ donor

KPAX | Keele Smith

BOZEMAN - Signing up as an organ donor is something many of us do when we get our driver's license, but what does it really mean?

Reporter Keele Smith found out it's a chance to give others another shot at life.

“I had two back to back heart attacks in Livingston. Without a transplant I would have died,” heart recipient Jim Rivard said.

Rivard was given a new heart and a new shot at life thanks to an organ donor named Tim.

“In my case, my donor gave literally everything except his corneas and his lungs which were not usable after drowning,” Rivard said.

Rivard now runs a transplant support group in Bozeman - Transplant Recipients International Organization, Inc. where part of the mission is getting people signed up.

“We've had a lot of people who are interested and have had to update their status on their driver's license," said Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Chaplain Ed Neuman.  Continue reading
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Report shows increased number of organ donors registering in California

KTVU | Maureen Naylor

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) -- New hope for thousands of Californians facing a life-or-death situation as numbers reveal more people are signing up to be organ donors in the state, according to officials.

Sometimes it's hard for the Monica family in San Jose to relax.

"I pray all the time," says Emma Monica.

Monica prays a normal life is around the corner for her 28-year-old daughter Marina.

"I've been waiting five years now for a kidney," said Marina Monica.

Marina has a genetic condition that attacks her kidneys. She takes five different medications and four times a week, the Cupertino High School graduate is hooked up to a dialysis machine for three hours at a time.

She is one of 23,000 California residents waiting for a life-saving organ donation. Continue reading
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Crozer-Keystone Raises Support, Awareness for the Gift of Life Donor Program and Donor Dash

Crozier Keystone | Katrina Stier


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In honor of Organ Donor Awareness month, join Team CKHS the Gift of Life Donor Program’s 20th Annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Crozer-Keystone is teaming up with The Gift of Life Donor Program and the Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge to support the Donor Dash.

The Donor Dash promotes organ and tissue awareness and consists of 10K and 5K races, as well as a 3K walk. All proceeds from the Donor Dash support and create the programs that educate the public about the importance of this awareness. This event draws participants such as transplant candidates, transplant recipients and family members, hospital personnel, donor family members and the public. Continue reading
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Social Security helps people with kidney

Public Opinion LifeStyle | By Oscar Torres-Torres
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Compassionate Allowances offers help

Every March, we pay special attention to the kidney, an organ vital to a healthy life. This week, we pay attention to the importance of kidney health and about what to do if you think you or a loved one has a kidney-related disability.

Kidney disease prevents kidneys from cleansing blood to its full potential. Did you know that one out of three Americans is currently at high risk for developing kidney disease? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20 million Americans have chronic kidney disease, and most of them don't even know it.

Ebie is a prime example. Ebie was an emergency room worker with an active life at work, home, and in his community. He had no idea he'd developed a kidney condition until one day he felt ill while driving to work and had to call a coworker for help.

Social Security's Faces and Facts of Disability website features Ebie's story at at www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityfacts. Continue reading
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Del. home to first U.S. black female transplant surgeon

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Dr. Velma Scantlebury was the nation’s first African American female transplant surgeon. She now practices at Christiana Care in Newark. (Photo: DANIEL SATO/THE NEWS JOURNAL)Buy Photo

Before every organ transplant Dr. Velma Scantlebury takes a quiet moment by the surgical sink praying for God's guidance.

"Help me to do the best I can. My hands are your hands," is the prayer, says Scantlebury, the first female African American transplant surgeon in the United States.

Over her 40-year long career Scantlebury, who now heads Christiana Care Health System's kidney transplant program, estimates that she's done over 2,000 organ transplants. The novelty never gets old.

"You still have that little pitter-patter with every single case," she said.

Demure, poised and with an easy smile, Scantlebury has the demeanor of an old-school pediatrician who makes house calls and knows every patient and his or her favorite food. And that's the way she likes it. Continue reading
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A Dying Son Overhears He Can Help His Mother And He Is Determined To Do So

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Zhou Lu and her son Chen Xiaotian were a very happy family, but, unfortunately, tragedy struck them early. When Chen was only five years old, they found out he had a malignant brain tumor. Though they caught it fairly early on, the disease continued to grow and doctors told him he wouldn't reach adulthood. It was only months later that Zhou found out she had a kidney disease.

Eventually, Chen's tumor pressed against his optic nerve and he lost the ability to see; he also became bedridden. Zhou was doing better, but still had problems and required dialysis treatments. There wasn't anything the doctors could do for Chen, but Zhou could recover with a new kidney. The doctors knew Chen would be a match, but went to Zhou's mother to discuss her options. When Zhou found out, she adamantly refused to even think about it as her little boy lay dying, but Chen overheard and made up his own mind on the issue.

He confronted his mother and demanded that he be allowed to save her life. She finally relented and decided "if her son was to die her only consolation was that part of him would live on in her." They found out he was a perfect match and he passed away on April 2, 2014. It is said the doctors bowed to him before moving on with the organ transplant to show their respect for such a brave young boy. VIDEO, Continue reading

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March is National Kidney Month

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The critical need for minority organ donors

WTNH | Micah Bailey

Need for Organ Donors
We are finally entering the month of March, and springtime, with its promise of hope and renewel, isn’t far behind. New England Organ Bank is bringing attention to the critical need for everyone, especially people from diverse communities, to make the choice to give someone a second chance at life.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — We are finally entering the month of March, and springtime, with its promise of hope and renewel, isn’t far behind. New England Organ Bank is bringing attention to the critical need for everyone, especially people from diverse communities, to make the choice to give someone a second chance at life.

Joining us Sunday on Good Morning Connecticut were Mark Brevard, the Minority Outreach Coordinator for the New England Organ Bank, and Charles Treadway, a heart transplant recipient, to talk about the importance of registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Continue reading
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A Woman's Kidney Donation Saves a Friend's Life

NBC San Diego | May Tjoa


Six months after Susan Woolley donated her kidney to Jesse Macias, the longtime friends and colleagues catch up over breakfast in downtown San Diego.

"It's a new lease on life. I really owe it to Susie and what she did for me. I can never repay her. It just means so much to me, " says Jesse Macias.

"I think it changed my life in the gratitude I feel. I'm so happy that I did what I did to change his life," says Susan Woolley.

Susan is a video editor at NBC7. Jesse is a former local news reporter, who suffers from poly cystic kidney disease.

Until his transplant surgery in August, Jesse says it was a struggle just to eat a meal.

"Now, I can sit down for a while and not worry about the next day, or the next 30 minutes, of what can happen to me," says Macias.

Susan was able to donate directly to Jesse because their blood types match and other markers were compatible. VIDEO, continue reading
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Queensland families overruling dying relatives wish to donate organs

Courier and Mail | Rose Brennan
QUEENSLAND families are overruling their dying relative’s wish to donate their organs to save another’s life.

revelation comes as new figures show just how rare it is to die qualifying as an organ donor.

DonateLife Queensland State Medical Director for Organ and Tissue Donation Service Dr Leo Nunnink said for every family that says ‘yes’ to donation, on average, three people will benefit with a lifesaving transplant.

“The consent rate is clearly the single biggest lever point impacting on organ donation in Queensland,” Dr Nunnink said.

He said that each year in Queensland about six families override the registered wishes of a loved one to become an organ donor.

“This illustrates just how important it is for families to sit down and have that memorable discussion about organ donation.” Continue reading
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Organ donation a personal cause for Sonoma woman

Press Democrat | ELOÍSA RUANO GONZÁLEZ


Marcie Waldron, a kidney and pancreas transplant recipient, talks about her pink dot campaign on the Health Matters show on Sonoma's local radio KSVY. The pink dots on your driver's license indicates your wish to be an organ donor. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Before she even reached kindergarten, doctors gave Marcie Waldron what amounted to a death sentence.

She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a serious condition that today affects more than a million U.S. children and adults and if left uncontrolled can cause significant damage to vital organs. In the 1950s, when medical care wasn’t as sophisticated, the condition for 3-year-old Waldron resulted in some devastating news for her family.

“Doctors told my parents that if I did everything right, I’d live to be 30,” said Waldron, a 15-year Sonoma resident who will celebrate her 64th birthday this fall.

The trying times as a toddler, however, were only the beginning of a series of health crucibles for Waldron. In the past 17 years, she has undergone transplants for both a new kidney and pancreas because of problems arising from the diabetes. The experience, including the anxiety of waiting for three years on a transplant list and not knowing if she would die, drove Waldron to become a strong advocate for organ donation. VIDEO, Continue reading
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TWO FAYETTEVILLE FAMILIES CELEBRATE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WTVD) --It's been ten years since Ken Suhr donated one of his kidneys to his next-door neighbor and friend. Today, Lewis Branham says he never felt better.

"The kidney is working beautifully ever since it was put in," said Branham. "I've just been enjoying life."

In February 2005, the two neighbors were already fast friends who said at the time there wasn't anything they would not do for each other. When Branham needed a new Kidney, Shur volunteered one of his, and it was a near-perfect match.

Lewis Branham says he is eternally grateful. VIDEO, continue reading
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

2 Your Health LifePoint Race for Life 2015 Run for those you love

Count on 2 | Carolyn Murray


2 Your Health LifePoint Race for Life 2015 Run for those you love

Support organ, eye and tissue donation during the 10th annual LifePoint Race for Life Saturday, February 28th. The family event includes a 1/2 Mile Fun Run, 5K and 10K runs, and for those REALLY serious runners, a combined 5K/10K. This year, Verge Solutions is the Title Sponsor for the Kids Zone! The Kids Zone will be filled with bounce houses, and other interactive booths set up by businesses like: The Children's Museum, ArtBuzz Kids, Macaroni Kid, Trudy's School of Dance, The Charleston Yoga House, Balloon Art and more. All participants will receive a race medal at the completion of one of the races. If Kids want to run the 1/2 Mile Fun Run and the 5K, he/she must be registered for the 5K www.LifePointRace.com

Mission Statement Donate Life SC:
The mission of Donate Life South Carolina is to increase the supply of organs and tissues for transplantation and provide assistance for South Carolina transplant recipients.

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An organ or tissue will be available for every South Carolinian in need of a transplant.

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Organ Donor Recruitment

WTOK | Andrea Williams
On average, 21 people die each day while waiting on an organ transplant. There's a push to curb that number, and perhaps you can help. The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency is seeking more people to sign up to become donors.

"We're typically talking about 3% of the people that pass away that are organ donors,"says MORA Marketing Director, Chuck Stinson. "That's the numbers that we're working with."

With more than 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000 Americans overall waiting for transplants right now, Stinson says organ donors of all ages are needed. Continue reading
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Heartfelt homecoming for Courtney

The Daily Journal | Lee Provost


Courtney Kidd gives the thumbs up as she poses in front of the welcome home banner on the garage door of the home she has not seen in five months. Courtney had a double organ transplant at the Mayo Clinic and returned home Thursday afternoon.

Courtney Kidd returned to her parents' home in Bradley on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months and exactly three months after a double-organ transplant.

The homecoming was made without the benefit of much rest. So anxious to return home, Courtney, 32, didn't get much sleep Wednesday night.

"It was like being a little kid and waiting for Santa the night before Christmas," she said.

Courtney arrived at the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic in early October and, on Nov. 24, underwent a heart and liver transplant surgery. One of her first concerns (tongue-in-cheek) once back home was if her pets — dogs, Maizey and Daizey, and cat, Reese — were still alive.

Yep, and her dad, Kevin, held down the fort while Courtney and her mother, Annie, had been away at Rochester since last fall. Continue reading
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St David's Day celebrations extra special as Wales gets ready for new organ donor rules

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St David's Day celebrations extra special as Wales gets ready for new organ donor rules

AS the people of Wales celebrate St David’s Day, March 1 also marks nine months to go until Wales changes the organ donation law.

This landmark date is going to be a special celebration for one Ruthin woman.

Brenda Roberts' from Ruthin had her life save thanks to an organ donor.

This year, Wales will also be celebrating becoming the first country in the UK to introduce a soft opt-out system for organ donation.

Brenda said: “I’m proud to be Welsh and live in Wales because, once again, Wales leads the way in Britain with their new Organ Donation Law coming into force in December and I’m proud to be an organ recipient because I am able to live my life to the full and promote Organ Donation throughout Wales.”

The new rules aim to increase the number of donated organs available for transplant. Under the new system, which will come into force on December 1, someone will become a potential organ donor by either registering their decision to opt in – as they do currently – or by doing nothing at all, in which case their consent will be deemed. Continue reading
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Australia-first double lung transplant using damaged lungs saves Sydney man’s life

The Daily Telegraph | Lia Harris


Michael Fattal, 27, received a double lung transplant five weeks ago and is already back at work and back on his bike. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
A REVOLUTIONARY double lung transplant which saved the life of Sydney man Michael Fattal has paved the way for more life-saving organ donations across Australia and the world.

The 27-year-old had battled cystic fibrosis since birth and became chronically ill with the disease over the past two years, until he was unable to walk a short distance without running out of breath.

“Prior to the transplant I couldn’t walk more than 20m, I was always coughing, I was very sick, in and out of hospital all the time,” Mr Fattal, of Waterloo, said.

“I don’t think I would’ve made it much longer.”

Mr Fattal gave his doctors at St Vincent’s Hospital’s Heart and Lung Clinic, permission to do something unprecedented: transplanting a set of lungs which had been damaged before their deceased donor even arrived at hospital.

The team put the lungs through their new Organ Care System, allowing the lungs to continue ventilating as they would inside a healthy human body for six hours after harvesting, instead of being put on ice. Continue reading
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Pride from tragedy: a Canberra family's story of organ donation

ABC Canberra | Justin Hunstville

A Canberra woman and her mother-in-law say organ donation has given extra meaning to the value of their loved one's life, as thousands of people walked around Lake Burley Griffin on Wednesday in support of organ donation.

Mark Carter died in Gunnedah 11 years ago from a head injury after a fall in the middle of the night.

His organs helped five people live a better life.

"Really, it was a natural thing because it seemed so senseless and unfortunate that such a fit man could go in such an uncanny way," Mark's mother Dianne Carter told 666 ABC Canberra Mornings.

"We had a sense something good had come from something so tragic and awful, and we were able to donate his organs so five people had a chance at life. Dianne Carter, Mark's Mother"


"We felt his life wouldn't have been in vain."

Organ donation is not a conversation most people have in their early 30s, and Mark's wife Janelle said she and Mark felt like they were "indestructible". Continue reading
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Georgia’s dialysis crisis: Living, and dying, on a mechanical kidney

Aljazeera America | Joaquin Palamino


Chuck Letner, 49, who suffers from renal dysplasia, undergoes dialysis with his home machine in Alpharetta, Georgia, in 2012. Kidney disease is approaching a state of crisis in the United States. Jason Getz / TNS / Zuma Press
In the state with the lowest transplant rate in the US, clinics fail to refer patients to organ donation list

ATLANTA — Three days a week Chardae Sanders, a senior at Kennesaw State University, has excess fluid, waste and toxins filtered from her blood at a for-profit dialysis clinic downtown. She doesn’t flinch when a clinician pokes a needle the size of a coffee straw into her leg; the only part that still seems unnatural is when the clean blood is reintroduced into her body at the end of the treatment. “It’s like when you drink a glass of ice-cold water really fast,” she says. “It feels like a part of you is in the machine, and then you get her back.”

Sanders found out that her kidneys had failed the same week as her 21st birthday, in November of 2007. They had been ravaged by the autoimmune disorder lupus, which she has been suffering from since high school. She’s been on dialysis ever since.

The procedure keeps Sanders alive — there’s no comparable remedy for people whose livers fail, for example. But it’s brutal: Chronic pain afflicts close to two-thirds of dialysis patients, who often complain of fatigue, cramping and nausea, according to a 2011 article by Teri Browne, who studies kidney-transplant disparity at the University of South Carolina. To prevent health complications, doctors recommend a strict diet that regulates patients’ water, potassium and sodium intake. The treatment also restricts movement; most patients on dialysis need to be tethered to a machine four hours a day, three days a week. Continue reading
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Coroner breaks down in tears as he calls for more heart donors after teen's death

The Telegraph


Coroner Robert Hunter Photo: Caters

A coroner wept as he made a desperate plea for more organ donors after hearing how a teenager living under a "death sentence" died because he needed a heart transplant.

Dr Robert Hunter became choked with emotion as he was told how George Green's only chance of survival was a new heart to replace the one he received as a youngster.

The 19-year-old collapsed with a heart attack as he got behind the wheel of his car after finishing work.

An inquest was told Mr Green had received a transplant when he was six, but developed a routine complication known as "transplant vasculopathy" and needed another heart.

Each year, around 16,000 people require a new heart - but only 120 are donated annually in the UK. Historically, relatives have been unwilling to allow the organ to be taken because of its connotations. Continue reading
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