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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ralston Firefighter waits for lungs after approval for double lung transplant surgery

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RALSTON, Neb. (WOWT) - After months of waiting, a Ralston firefighter passed a major hurdle this week. He's one step closer to getting a double lung transplant.

Ralston Firefighter Mike Bramhall was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 4 months old; the reality that one day his lungs wouldn't be able to keep up with the disease is something he's always known would happen. The Ralston community has rallied around him and Bramhall said he couldn't be more grateful for the support he’s received.

"To know that that many people are behind you, supporting you is a pretty awesome feeling,” Bramhall told WOWT 6 News.

Bramhall has been overwhelmed; not only by the support he has received, but also by the news he has been approved to get a life-saving procedure.

"I've been shaking all day. I've just been super excited. Obviously nervous," Bramhall said. Continue reading

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Indiana tech company takes to space to 3D-print a heart substitute


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Southern Indiana company miles from the interstate and close to the middle of nowhere is working with NASA on a project. But that's normal for Techshot Inc.

John Vellinger, co-founder of Greenville-based Techshot, has worked with the national space agency for nearly 30 years, since winning an eighth grade science fair sponsored by NASA. Although the original science fair project focused on developing chicken embryos in space, the partnership has a new focus: creating human organs in zero gravity.

On June 14, Techshot helped create the first 3D heart bioprint, which can be used as a substitute for a heart. It was made from adult stem cells printed in zero gravity. The development will help people who need transplants, whether they're on earth or in space.

The project required three layers — ink, printer and bioreactor — and, therefore, three companies. Techshot teamed up with Florida-based bioprinter nScrypt Inc. and Kentucky-based bioink creator Bioficial Organs Inc. for the project. Continue reading
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3 Men Connected Through the Gift of Life

KAAL TV | Meghan Riestad

ABC 6 News) - John McWilliams is a biology teacher and high school football coach in Houston, Texas. In 2014, he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease and needed a new liver and his doctor urged him to go out and find a donor, "Eventually I would have qualified but it would have taken anywhere from a year and a half to two and a half years," said McWilliams.

So he brought up the idea of organ donation to his fellow coaching staff,"I got up and said, ‘Hey guys, if there's anyone in the room that would like to donate part of their liver to me I’d be more than happy to take it.’”

That's when Matthew Beeler, volunteered. "We teach and coach for a reason and it's because we have this innate desire to help people. How do you pass up the opportunity to do something great?" said Beeler in a previous interview with KTRK.

And as it turns out, McWilliams’ liver may not have worked for his body, but it would work for Randy Myers from Dilworth, Minnesota,"It just produced a bad protein in me, not saying it would produce a bad protein in him," said McWilliams. Continue reading

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Healthtera Implements New Program to Give Living Organ Donors Free Telemedicine Benefits

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PHOENIX, June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthtera, a supplemental health benefits company that offers 24/7 telemedicine solutions powered by HealthiestYou (HY), announced the roll-out of its Living Donor Family Sharing Program to support the courageous individuals who have sacrificed a piece of themselves to save someone's life. In response to a nationwide effort to expand post-donation medical support access for living donors, this unprecedented program enables live-organ transplant recipients enrolled in Healthtera's family telemedicine plan to offer their living donors an extra layer of medical protection by adding them onto their family telemedicine plans at no additional charge.

"I consider Healthtera's Living Donor Family Sharing Program revolutionary. Not only is it setting a precedent for raising the bar in living donor protections; it's providing live-organ transplant recipients with a new way to honor and protect those directly responsible for giving them a second chance to live a longer and healthier life," said Risa Simon, Founder/CEO of TransplantFirst Academy (TFA). As a live-donor kidney transplant recipient, Simon understands the unique challenges faced by critically ill kidney patients. Continue reading
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Camco residents win big at Transplant Games

COURIER POST | Matt Powers

PHILADELPHIA - Two Camden County residents won big at the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games earlier this month.

Astrid Deleon, of Lindenwold, and Santhosh Balany, of Cherry Hill, traveled to Cleveland to compete on the Gift of Life Donor Program's Team Philadelphia, going head-to-head with more than 6,000 athletes from across the country. The event took place from June 10-15.

Balany, a kidney recipient, won a gold medal in table tennis. Deleon, a liver and kidney recipient, won a bronze medal in darts.

The Transplant Games is a biennial Olympic-style competition for organ, corneal, bone marrow and tissue transplant recipients and living donors.
Team Philly was made up of 78 organ transplant recipients, 15 living donors and 26 donor family members. The team, ranging from ages 6 to 73, dominated the Games, bringing home more than 100 medals – 25 bronze, 35 silver and 40 gold. Continue reading
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Mayo Clinic Makes Strategic Investment in Transplant Genomics

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Transplant Genomics has announced a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic to develop, validate, and commercialize diagnostic tests enabling personalized immunosuppression for solid organ transplant recipients. As part of the multiyear collaboration, Mayo Clinic will make an investment in Transplant Genomics for an undisclosed amount.

Additionally, both companies with work together on co-development of new tests and technologies for additional targets, including exploratory studies in heart and liver transplantation.

Physicians and researchers are participating at Mayo Clinic campuses in Arizona, Florida and Rochester, Minnesota. Principal investigators include: Mark Stegall, M.D., Raymond Heilman, M.D., and Martin Mai, M.D., Mayo Clinic Transplant Center. Continue reading
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Call for lessons in schools on organ donation

Neil MacLachlan with his daughter Catherine, who underwent a heart transplant at the age of 15
JERSEY EVENING POST

JERSEY schools should ‘lead the way’ and introduce lessons to educate students about organ transplantation, a charity which aims to increase the number of Islanders on the donor register has said.

Hospital consultant and co-founder of the Love Hearts Appeal Neil MacLachlan said that the Island needs to improve its registration numbers.

To combat the low number of donors on the register Mr MacLachlan says he has now spoken to Education Minister Rod Bryans about introducing lessons for students aged between 11 and 16.

‘Jersey remains appallingly bad compared to England with only ten per cent of registrations in comparison to England who have rates of 30 per cent,’ Mr MacLachlan, whose daughter Catherine underwent a heart transplant at the age of 15, said. Continue reading
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Heart recipient celebrates with Gift of Life

POST BULLETIN | Lauren Kotajarvi
May 25, 2014, Jimmy Dunbar suffered a heart attack in his Rochester home. He was a healthy and active 49-year-old.

A week later, the stents doctors had put into his heart collapsed, causing another heart attack.

"I should have died from that heart attack," Dunbar said. "The EMT's and ER staff did CPR on me for 45 minutes."

His only hope for survival was to receive a heart transplant.

Dunbar was the featured speaker for the 32nd annual Gift of Life Golf Tournament at the Rochester Golf and Country Club on Monday. Continue reading
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Olivia Steele owes her life to an organ donor she has never met and is spending her life giving back

Olivia Steele, of Glendenning, is promoting Transplant Australia's campaign for organ and tissue donations ahead of the Australian Transplant Games in Sydney later this year.
DAILY TELEGRAPH | Jillian McKee, Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard

Olivia Steele owes her life to an organ donor she has never met.

The 14-year-old, of Glendenning, was born with a rare liver disease and was told by doctors she may not live to see her first birthday.

The now healthy teenager is featured in Gifted, a new campaign for Transplant Australia which aims to promote organ and tissue donation in the lead-up to the Australian Transplant Games in Western Sydney in September.

Olivia and her family waited more than seven months for a donor, and received that much-anticipated call before just before she turned one.

Mother Lisa Steele said they had almost given up hope. Continue reading
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Heart transplant recipient has emotional meeting with teen organ donor's mother

WBRC FOX 6 NEWS | Forrest Sanders

CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A West Tennessee woman is alive thanks to a Clarksville teenager's decision. Tuesday, the recipient offered a gift only she could give to that teenager's mother.

"I'm just scared," laughed Stephanie Smith of Dyersburg, sitting in the Vanderbilt Medical Center admittance area.

Nerves were high for Smith as she watched each car pulling up to Vanderbilt, not sure what she'd do when a certain someone arrived.

"I don't know until it happens," she said.

Smith was meeting the mother of the teenager who saved her life.

Arianna Spencer, 19, of Clarksville was an athlete, a softball player, a prankster and a girl always making up songs and raps. Continue reading

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Ride Raises Awareness for Organ Donors

NEW CARLISLE | Brittany Arlene Jackson

250 bikes and an undocumented number of cars and other vehicles participated in the Ride to Ripley on June 26 where approximately $3,000 were raised in recognition of local organ donor Sarah Renee’ Rhoads. The event had a very specific mission: to honor Sarah and raise funds and awareness for organ donation through Life Connections of Ohio (LCO). Additionally, half of the proceeds are going toward the Sarah Renee’ Rhoads reading fund and the purchase of books for local elementary schools like Sarah’s former school, Westlake of New Carlisle.

Ride to Ripley took bikers from Buckminn’s D & D Harley Davidson of Xenia to Snappers Saloon on the river in Ripley, Ohio. Participants were given an opportunity to play in a poker run in which bikers picked up cards at all 5 stops, playing their full hand at their final destination. 45 baskets were made available to raffle with items inside that were donated by the business community of the Miami Valley. T-shirt sales were enormously popular and all but 2 of the total quantity available at the event were sold. Continue reading
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Coastal Carolina celebrating the life of Caroline Hogue

ESPN | Mitch Sherman
The Hogue family spent time early in the College World Series to register organ donors outside TD Ameritrade Park. Courtesy of the Houge family
OMAHA, Neb. -- Caroline Hogue tells her parents, Matt and Laura Hogue, that she plans to attend the University of Nebraska to study nursing and biomedical engineering.

She wants to help people and to make a difference in the field -- and she wants it to happen near the hospital that provided her with a chance to live.

Caroline, 10, underwent a small bowel transplant in September 2006 at Nebraska Medicine, the Omaha facility associated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With her parents and 12-year-old sister, Rachel, Caroline has spent much of the past two weeks back in Nebraska.

Her father, Matt, is the Coastal Carolina athletic director. The Chanticleers have won four games at the College World Series and face elimination Tuesday night against Arizona in the best-of-three CWS finals (8 ET, ESPN).

Nearly 10 years ago, Caroline beat far greater odds to win a battle of more significance.

"They provided us a life-saving miracle," Matt Hogue said. "There have been ups and downs, but she's almost 10 years post-transplant, and basically everything is normal in how [she] goes about her daily life." Continue reading
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Pocatello event brings organ recipients, donor families together

IDAHO STATE JOURNAL | Debbie Bryce


POCATELLO — Salt Lake City residents Jason and Tiffany Gordon were among the people who participated in the Dash for Donors here over the weekend to advocate for organ donations and celebrate the legacy of the Pocatello woman whose generous gift saved Tiffany's life.

Tiffany, a diabetic, was put on the transplant list in March 2013. And in September of that year, she learned that a kidney and pancreas were available. The donor, 24-year-old Katie Tonks, died after an epileptic seizure.

“My wife wouldn’t be here right now if it wasn’t for Katie and her family,” Jason said.

Tiffany competed in the Transplant Games of America earlier this year in Cleveland, Ohio, and said Katie’s family has become part of her extended family.

“I wanted to come and support the family and celebrate Katie’s life,” Tiffany said. Continue reading
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STARTLING AD WANTS YOU TO SAVE A LIFE


VISUAL NEWS  | Tracy Tonnu

There are more than 121,000 men, women, and children on the transplant waiting list that require a lifesaving transplant at any given point. Even though an average of 79 patients receive an organ transplant daily, a new name is added to the list every 10 minutes and 22 people die each day while waiting. Sadly, due to the lack of organ donors, there are roughly 8,000 deaths in the United States alone every year. 

To raise awareness about the need for more donors, agency DDB from Buenos Aires, Argentina created an eye-opening ad for the Fundacion Argentina de Transplante Hepatico (FATH). Continue reading_________________________________________________________
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Cañon City boy gets new kidney

Cañon City 10-year-old Marcus Root received a new kidney Thursday. He has a rare genetic disease, cystinosis. (Brandon Hopper / Daily Record)
CANON CITY DAILY RECORD | Brandon Hopper

Hours after a plea to the community to think about donating a kidney to his son, Garland Root got good news Wednesday.

A kidney match had been found from a recently deceased organ donor that would help 10-year-old Marcus Root in his fight against cystinosis. Marcus was down to five percent kidney function.

"I just got a call just now from Denver Children's Hospital, and they have a donor for him," Root said in a Wednesday night voicemail to the Daily Record. "And so he and I are going to head up (Wednesday), and he's going to be receiving his new kidney (Thursday)."

After the surgery, via text message to a Daily Record reporter, Garland Root said, "They're closing him up, surgery went well. The doctor is on his way to talk to me. ... Praise God." Continue reading

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Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network Applauds Obama

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Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network applauds the Obama administration announcement to implement key actions to reduce the organ waiting list.

Local Official and Organizations Partner to Encourage Minorities to Join the State’s Donor Registry

More than 120,000 people are currently on the waiting list for a life-saving organ. The recent announcement outlined a new set of actions intended to improve outcomes for individuals waiting for organ transplants, encourage more registrations and provide support for new clinical research and innovations that can increase the number of transplants.

President Barack Obama said, “America’s progress in science and technology has countless revolutionary discoveries within our reach … New breakthroughs in treating cancer and ending the wait for organ transplants . . . That’s some of what America can do.” Continue reading
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Eye donations: what stops people? An interview with Rory Passmore

NEWS MEDICAL | Interview conducted by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab)
Insights from industryRory PassmoreUK Managing Director of Optegra Eye Health Care
Please can you outline the main findings of the recent research by Optegra on organ donations? What did this reveal about eyes and how does this compare to other organs?

Despite a shortage of corneas for transplant purposes, our new researchreveals that eyes are the one body part we are least likely to donate.

While more than a quarter (26 per cent) of British adults interviewed by Optegra Eye Health Care (www.optegra.com) have registered for organ donation, almost two thirds (64 per cent) state they would not donate their eyes for transplant. They are far more likely to agree to donate their heart, kidney and lungs.

When asked which body parts people would donate for transplant or medical research, 51 per cent stated kidney, 49 per cent liver, 48 per cent heart and 47 per cent lungs.

Yet only 36 per cent would donate their cornea.
What are the main reasons people don’t want to donate their corneal tissue? Continue reading
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Patient Avoids Dialysis Through Simultaneous Polycystic Kidney Removal and Kidney Transplant During 28-Person Kidney Swap

NEWSWISE | University of Maryland Medical Center

Newswise — Baltimore, Md. – June 27, 2016 – In a first-of-its-kind procedure in the United States, a patient was able to avoid dialysis when surgeons simultaneously removed two diseased kidneys and also transplanted a kidney from a living donor – all as part of a 28-person univer. The procedure, performed in May on a patient with polycystic kidney disease (PKD), eliminated the need for the patient to ever undergo dialysis.

“We worked closely with the National Kidney Registry, which coordinated the 28-person swap that led to a compatible living donor for our patient,” says David B. Leeser, MD, associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and chief of kidney and pancreas transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), who developed the plan. “On the day of the transplant, we removed our patient’s two large kidneys, weighing 10 pounds each, precisely timing our procedure with the hospital that was providing the donor kidney, so our patient was able to avoid dialysis.”

The recipient’s wife was unable to donate a kidney to her husband, due to incompatible blood types. Because kidneys from living donors have better outcomes than those from deceased donors, a kidney swap was the only option for him to get a living donor kidney. As part of the PKE, the patient’s wife donated a kidney to another patient, continuing the chain.

“The success of the procedure was even more dramatic because the UMMC pair was the key to fast-track repair for this swap that involved 28 surgeries over a three-week window,” says Garet Hil, CEO of the National Kidney Registry (NKR). “These kinds of bold and complex breakthroughs are what we have come to expect from NKR member centers that are always looking to find new ways to improve the lives of patients suffering from kidney failure.” Continue reading

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Shaler gears up for Fourth of July


TRIBLIVE | Rachel Farkas

Community Day has been a Fourth of July tradition in Shaler for more than 40 years.

This year's annual celebration will be held July 4 at Kiwanis Park.

“It's a wonderful day for everyone to come together,” said Susan Fisher, township commissioner and parks and recreation committee chairperson. “We try to provide activities for young and old.”

Community Day began humbly many years ago as a way to celebrate the Fourth of July at Kiwanis Park and enjoy some fireworks.

Township newsletters indicate that in the 1970s and ‘80s a special committee oversaw a three-day celebration that included a flea market and craft sale at the junior high school parking lot, a parade with children participating on decorated bicycles and a pet show where children could bring their pets.

Today the celebration is one day, always on the Fourth of July. It kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the Jane Neely 5K race, which is in its 12th year. Continue reading
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British Columbia organ donor registry hits 1M milestone, but many more needed

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Health officials are celebrating a major milestone in the campaign to get British Columbians signed up for life-saving organ donations.

On Monday, B.C. Transplant announced the province has reached one million registered donors, thanks to a variety of ongoing efforts imploring people to sign up.

“Reaching this milestone means hope for the hundreds of British Columbians waiting for a transplant,” MLA Greg Kyllo said in a statement.

urge everyone to take two minutes now to register – you have the potential to change someone’s life forever.”

There are currently 613 people waiting for a transplant in the province, accoridng to health officials, and just one donor can save up to eight lives.

With this donor registration milestone, the government said it’s hopeful the province is on the cusp of a cultural shift toward embracing organ donation.

Though polls have found 95 per cent of British Columbians support the practice, only 21 per cent have actually registered to take part. Continue reading
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Actor Kim Sung-min donates his organs to save five people

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Kim Sung-min, a 43-year-old actor who was brain dead after attempting a suicide, has become an organ donor and has saved the lives of five people.

According to the Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, Kim was diagnosed brain dead at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, after receiving two brain death tests and the decision by the brain death decision committee. His family decided to donate his organs, which were harvested at 6 p.m. His kidneys, liver and corneas will be donated to five people, except for the organs of heart, lungs and small intestine, which doctors said were inappropriate for donation.

“HIs family readily agreed to donate his organs because he often said to his family and friends that he wanted to donate his organs,” said Yang Cheol-woo, head of the hospital’s Organ Transplantation Center. “Generally, it takes longer time from the diagnosis of brain death to an organ donation, but it was proceeded rather quickly this time.” Continue reading

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Funding to help improve quality and quantity of donor limbs, tissues for transplant

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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty member has received $998,500 from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new approach to improve the quality and quantity of limbs and tissues obtained from brain dead organ donors. Benefits also could be extended to the more standard transplanted organs (e.g. kidneys, hearts, and lungs).

James D. Reynolds, PhD, associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine and a member of the Case Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine, is leading a multi-disciplinary team examining a new class of drug aimed at stabilizing donor limb and tissue biology after brain death. If found to be safe and effective in animals, the process could be used in humans.

Reynolds and colleagues earlier found that brain death disrupted the levels of important molecules in the body called S-nitrosothiols, or SNOs. SNOs control many crucial functions including oxygen delivery, blood flow, and cell activity. SNO deficiency can result in tissue injury and oxygen deprivation in the donor, reducing the likelihood of successful function of the transplant in the recipient.

"Transplantation saves lives," said Reynolds, "but a successful outcome is highly dependent upon the physiologic status of the donor. Brain death can disturb SNO functioning, which we believe is a major contributor to procurement rates of suitable organs as low as twenty percent from consented donors. This is a disheartening figure when one considers how much demand outstrips availability. Clearly, better methods are needed to support the donor after brain death, and we will be exploring one such option under this grant." Continue reading
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Greatest Father’s Day gift – giving life to your daughter


BALTIMORE PRESS-EXAMINER | Jaime Rockymore

Ryan Hollingsworth celebrated the greatest father’s gift eight years ago when he donated part of his liver to save the life of his 4-month old daughter.

His daughter, Kai Hollingsworth, now 8, suffered from a life-threatening liver illness called biliary atresia, a disease where the bile ducts inside or outside the liver do not have normal openings. Bile helps to digest fat.

“The doctors told us that before the surgery she was only a few days from death,” said Ryan Hollingworth, 39, of Windsor Mill, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2004 and co-owns a government contracting business Themis Insight in Ft. Meade, Maryland.

Kia’s father didn’t think twice. He donated part of his liver to save his daughter’s life.

“You almost obsess about the small things like getting a cold, because it can become something serious. We are aware that our time with our children can change at any moment,” Ryan Hollingsworth said.

The Hollingsworths’ journey with the liver transplant has been difficult, especially for Kai. Continue reading
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Jewish-based group connects kidney donors to strangers

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David Sarna of Teaneck received a kidney transplant with help from Renewal, a non-profit that facilitates kidney donations — particularly within Jewish communities.
NORTH JERSEY | Mary Diduch

About two years ago, David Sarna suddenly found himself flattened with fatigue and unable to focus. He would spend hours lying wearily in bed, unable to get up, his mind foggy.

Eventually, his doctors delivered a diagnosis that was as unexpected as it was worrisome: His kidneys were failing.

Sarna, 67, of Teaneck, is not a smoker or drinker, and as far as he knew, no one in his family had kidney disease. And yet his options were grim: Sarna would likely have to endure a years-long wait for a new kidney, possibly while suffering through thrice-weekly dialysis treatments.

Instead, word-of-mouth led Sarna to Renewal, a Brooklyn-based non-profit that facilitates live kidney donations — particularly within Jewish communities, the faith of the group’s founders. Renewal paired Sarna with an anonymous donor from his own Modern Orthodox community in Teaneck who agreed to give up one of her kidneys to save his life. That considerably shortened Sarna’s time on the national kidney waiting list; once he registered with Renewal, his wait time for a new kidney was only six months. Continue reading
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'Dash for Donations' held its 2nd annual 5K and 2K


KPVI | Deanne Coffin
Dash for Donations’ held its 2nd annual 5K and 2K on Saturday, starting at OK Ward Park in Pocatello.

About 190 participants walked or ran in the event.  ‘Dash for Donations’ officials say last year the region had around 102 donors that saved close to 350 lives.  68 percent of Idahoan’s are registered donors and there is a 90 percent donor consent rate in the region.

KPVI brought you the story about Katie Tonks, the young woman who lost her life and was an organ donor.  KPVI met two of the recipients of her organs.

“Just the difference of my health,  I mean I feel the best I have felt in probably 10, 15 years,” says Kenneth Small, Organ Recipient. Continue reading
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Kyree Beachem doing better after setback Thursday

ELLWOOD CITY LEDGER | Eric Poole
Kyree Beachem, of Ellwood City, was taken to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Thursday. Lucy Schaly/Calkins Media

PITTSBURGH -- An 8-year-old Ellwood City girl whose multiple organ transplant captured the world’s attention last year showed signs of improvement Friday after being taken to a hospital with brain swelling.

Kyree Beachem, was taken Thursday to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where she received a four-organ transplant in November, after she had become seriously ill. By Friday, however, Kyree’s mother, Nan, said the 8-year-old girl was showing signs of improvement and no longer needed a ventilator to assist with her breathing.

She said Kyree was to have been moved out of intensive care on Friday.

Kyree was diagnosed with posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, also called PRES -- a temporary brain swelling that can cause memory loss and, in extreme cases, blindness.

In a Facebook post Thursday, Nan Beachem said Kyree could experience temporary blindness. On Friday, though, she said, Kyree’s vision is fine and she was watching television. Continue reading
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Where’s The Safety Net? Living Organ Donors Are People, Too

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Sigrid Fry-Revere TEDMED speaker, author, teacher, clinical ethicist, farmer, and mother of four. Currently CEO of the American Living Organ Donor Network

What ever happened to being honest and fair? Yes, people are dying who need organs, but living organ donors are people, too. Recent movements to encourage living organ donation are misdirected. What living organ donors need is a safety net. To encourage donation in the absence of such precautions boarders on immoral.

The White House is working on putting together a Summit on high tech means of encouraging living organ donation and Representative Matt Cartwright just introduced the Organ Donor Clarification Act of 2016 to allow funding for pilot projects on nonmonetary incentives for living organ donation. Both these efforts are misdirected. The first because we should not be encouraging donation in the absence of the most basic donor protections and the second because incentives that encourage donation in the absence of such protections is a recipe for disaster.

Donors need paid leave for the time they take off to donate and recover from surgery. With only 12 percent of the U.S. working population having paid family leave (White House Summit on Family Leave ) and almost half Americans not having enough savings to take care of a $400 expense (See here), how do we expect the average American to afford being a living organ donor. Continue reading
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Canadians That First Exposed Organ Harvesting in China Dig Deeper With New Report

THE EPOCH TIMES | Omid Ghoreishi
Canadian international human rights lawyer David Matas speaks to reporters in Ottawa on June 24, 2016 about the updated report on organ harvesting in China that he wrote with David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann. (Jonathan Ren/Epoch Times)
A decade ago, two Canadians released a report on illicit organ harvesting in China so shocking that many struggled to believe it.

Since then, the investigation has continued and they’ve now updated their findings in a report that details the industry that has sprung up in China around the harvesting of human organs.

David Kilgour, a former Secretary of State and federal Member of Parliament and international human rights lawyer David Matas released their initial report in July 2006. This Friday, June 24, the two returned to Ottawa with investigative journalist and author Ethan Gutmann, to release updated research that puts transplant volumes at up to 1.5 million in China.

The source of those organs is not explained officially and the Chinese regime claims only 10,000 to 20,000 transplants take place annually rather than the up to 100,000 estimated in the updated 817-page report.

That new figure is based on primary source research from thousands of documents “indicating that the scale of organ transplants is much larger than previously perceived by a large factor,” said Kilgour. Continue reading
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Donor heart availability may rise with elimination of troponin I test

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Elevated donor troponin I levels in the setting of preserved left ventricular ejection fraction may not be a contraindication to heart transplantation, researchers reported in Circulation: Heart Failure.

Eliminating this test could increase the availability of donor hearts, the researchers wrote.

“Heart transplantation is an incredible therapy for patients with end-stage [HF] ... but there is also a problem in that only an average of one in three donor hearts are placed,” Snehal R. Patel, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, said in a press release.

“If the heart looks OK but troponin I is elevated, many centers will reject the organ out of concern that this marker indicates dysfunction of the heart that will become evident after the stress of the transplant process,” Patel said. “We looked at whether this is true.” Continue reading
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For Potomac Falls woman, a brave jump

Potomac Station resident Courtney Prosser Alexander rappelled off the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore last year. She will make the same jump again today. Courtesy Photo
LOUDOUN TIMES | Allison Cuevas

Jumping off of a 15-story ledge is scary, but is it scarier than finding out you have a chronic kidney disease?

On Saturday, the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will host its 7th Annual Rappel for Kidney Health event. Participants will jump off of a 15-story ledge at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore to raise funds and awareness about the effects of kidney issues.

According to the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, more than 26 million Americans have chronic kidney diseases, making it the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. Most people don't know they're at risk for kidney disease until the condition has progressed.

This was the case for Potomac Station resident Courtney Prosser Alexander, who has a strong family history of Polycystic Kidney Disease with her mother, uncle and sister all being diagnosed.

In her mid-20s, Alexander went to her doctor’s office to find out if she was a match to donate a kidney to her mother. Instead, Alexander discovered cysts covering both of her own kidneys. Continue reading
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