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Saturday, October 25, 2014

79-year-old gifts kidney to son, Mumbai’s oldest donor

India Times


In the past few years, kidney donation by people aged 70 and above is on the rise.

MUMBAI: Nilesh Ruparel, a 36-year-old autorickshaw driver from Dombivli, has been in the news often for playing the Good Samaritan. He ferries physically challenged people for free and had once returned a passenger's bag containing Rs 4.75 lakh worth of valuables and cash.

Last month, he received a special gift from his father Vithaldas —a kidney donation. What makes the father-son story stand out, though, is the father's age; he is 79.

The father is possibly the oldest donor in the city or the country," said nephrologist Dr A V Ingale who treated Nilesh when he was rushed to Fortis Hospital in Mulund in a diabetic stupor in August . The doctor admits that under ordinary circumstances he would have been reluctant to consider a donor who is over 65 years of age.

"But Nilesh's wife and sister couldn't donate because they have different blood groups. Moreover, he couldn't wait for a cadaveric donor because he needed a kidney right away due to complications brought on by high blood pressure and diabetes,'' said the doctor. Continue reading
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Former Cream frontman Jack Bruce dies aged 71

Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Jack Bruce, a founding member of British psychedelic band Cream, has died aged 71 after a long battle against liver disease, his family says.

Although an accomplished songwriter, Bruce was best known as vocalist and bass guitarist alongside Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in the 1960s supergroup.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," said a family statement.

"The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." Continue reading
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Brother-in-laws share friendship, family and even an organ

Beloit Daily News | Hilary Gavan


Ryan Obershaw shakes hands with David Taylor for the first time after the kidney transplant surgery. Obershaw said seeing Taylor doing well was the best thank-you he could have received.

David Taylor, 56, and Ryan Obershaw, 42, have always shared a lot.

Friends for more than 30 years, David said his wife Mona is the foster sister of Ryan’s wife Malinda. David is a Godparent to Ryan’s 9-year-old son Zachary, and Ryan is a Godparent to David’s little grandson.

However, today the two men share much more than just family and friendship: Ryan’s kidney is now filtering blood in David’s body.

“He gave me the gift of life,” David said.

And the kidney just keeps on giving.

Friends and family are a little bit closer after the experience. For Ryan, there is no greater gift than to see the health return to David after a transplant surgery on Sept. 11. Continue reading
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Saved from life on dialysis... by the UK's first ever keyhole kidney transplant operation: Former soldier given sister's organ in pioneering procedure

Daily Mail | Martyn Halle


Brian Blanchard, 51, is the first person in the UK to have a kidney transplant by keyhole surgery. His sister, Pam (right), donated one of her kidneys to him
former soldier has become the first person in Britain to undergo a pioneering keyhole kidney transplant.

Brian Blanchard, 51, who had been suffering from kidney failure, was facing a lifetime of dialysis treatment until surgeons carried out operations last month that featured two breakthroughs in keyhole surgery techniques.

In the first, the organ – donated by Brian’s sister Pam Morphett – was removed through her groin rather than her abdomen, leaving her with a far less visible scar.

In the second, the kidney was inserted through an incision in Brian’s abdomen measuring just two and a half inches. Previously, a ten-inch opening would have been needed for the operation.

Surgeons say the new techniques pave the way for safer transplant operations, and to patients recovering more quickly.

Brian, from New Brighton, Merseyside, who now runs an engineering company owner, says he is proud to be the UK’s first patient for this procedure. Continue reading
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Could an organ transplant be the ultimate way to 'share' on Facebook?

Independent | Jo MacFarlane


These women demonstrate that the social network could soon facilitate the first UK organ transplant

The two women embraced as they met in the crowded hotel lobby, smiling and joking with just a touch of awkwardness.

Karen Brown and Gemma Coles could have been mistaken for any old friends seeing each other again after a long time apart.

But they were meeting for the first time. And until two years ago, they were strangers. Then Gemma contacted Karen, out of the blue, on Facebook, to offer her a kidney.

It was an astonishing act of altruism that would not only change both of their lives but would help change the landscape of organ donation in the UK.

Mother-of-two Karen, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, had been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure, and, struggling to find a donor because of the unique composition of her blood, had posted about her situation online. Continue reading
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82% of the population definitely want to, or would consider donating an organ, but..

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The TransMedics® Organ Care System (OCS™) Heart Technology Was Used to Perform The World's First Series of Adult Human Heart Transplants From Donors After Circulatory Death (DCD Donors) at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia

PR Newswire


ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TransMedics announces that its OCS™ Heart technology was used to preserve and assess the world's first series of three successful adult heart transplant procedures from hearts donated from donors after circulatory death (DCD) by the St. Vincent's Hospital Heart Transplant team. All patients who received these groundbreaking transplants have recovered very well. This achievement represents a pivotal new milestone in heart transplantation worldwide, and it was carried out following pioneering basic and translational research undertaken by the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and St Vincent's Hospital using the OCS™ Heart technology.

These hearts were retrieved from donors whose hearts had stopped beating. Currently, these DCD donors are not considered for heart transplantation due to the limitations of cold storage preservation technique. These hearts were retrieved, resuscitated to a normal beating state and clinically assessed using the TransMedics OCS™ Heart technology. The OCS™ technology platform is the only medical device capable of maintaining donor organs in near physiologic and functioning state outside of the human body from the time the organ is removed from the donor until it is ready to be transplanted into a suitable recipient. Continue reading
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RTE's Sean O'Rourke pays on-air tribute to colleague who died in tragic accident

Independent


Broadcaster Sean O’Rourke has paid an on-air tribute to an RTE producer who died following an accident.

The family of the late Ed Prendergast, who was from Skerries, North County Dublin, donated his organs following his passing.

O'Rourke paid tribute to the producer, who worked on RTE's The Business Show and Arena, during a segment on organ donation.

“I wouldn’t want to let the moment pass indeed without mentioning the late Ed Prendergast who passed away following an accident last week.

“He was a young man in his late twenties. He was a producer on ‘The Business Programme’.

“I know his organs have gone to help many people and that act will provide some small measure of comfort to his family and may he Rest In Peace,” Sean said. Continue reading
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South Fla. father raises organ donation awareness, calls son 'walking miracle'

News 10 | Kathleen Corso


South Fla. boy takes part in 'Run For Life,' to raise awareness about need for organ donors

Pembroke Park, Fla - Every day, 18 people in the United States die waiting for an organ transplant.A South Florida boy was one of the lucky ones.

"He's a walking miracle," said Joel Nagelbush of his son, Justin.

Eleven years ago Justin was born premature, but his parents and doctors believed he was otherwise healthy.

"At Justin's 3-month check up, the doctor's doing the echo on his liver and said, 'You have to go to Miami,'" said Nagelbush. "We show up at Jackson (Memorial Hospital) and the guy took 10 minutes and said he's going to need a transplant."

For weeks, the family waited anxiously.

"Doctors were coming in and telling us about time tables, how much longer," said Nagelbush. "We got to a point where we just asked them not to. We said, 'Please, it's not helping us.'" Continue reading
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Charity asks donors to save a life and take a #Skulfie

Charity Digital News | Rebecca Horsley 

A new campaign has been launched by the UK’s leading organ donation charity, Live Life Give Life, which aims to raise awareness of donation, remember those who donated, and celebrate those who are only living because of donations.

The campaign ‘The Day of the Living’ takes inspiration from the Mexican festival The Day of the Dead, in which ancestors are remembered with a vibrant and colourful festival.

The charity is encouraging people to take selfies with face painted sugar skulls and share and tag with #Skulfie, along with the text donation SKUL14 £3 to 70070.  Story source
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Incredible Twitter journey of world's youngest liver transplant survivor at just FIVE WEEKS old

Mirror UK | Ian Hughes
Lottie was given just hours to live after being born seven weeks premature, suffering from multi-organ failure - her parents were told she would need a new liver

At barely five weeks old, brave Lottie Bryon-Edmond became the youngest baby in the world to survive a liver transplant.

Now an incredible three-year-old girl, she has been 'tweeting' her entire remarkable journey since November 2011 - just a few weeks after her life-saving operation.

Lottie was born seven weeks premature in July 2011 after an emergency C-section at Torbay Hospital - she was suffering from multi-organ failure.

She was given just hours to live after being born with toxic levels of iron in her liver.

Dad Chris, 50, from Torquay, set up the Twitter account to keep friends and family members updated on her condition.

He said: "She wrote the Twitter. She's a very talented child."

"The idea actually came from my sister when we were in hospital. We have a very large family and lots of friends, and each would call up asking how things were going. Continue reading
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Gift of Hope: Adam’s story

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In this week’s edition of Gift of Hope, we take a look at the story of a young man who decided he wanted to help others in the event of his death, which would prove to be a decision with far-reaching, positive consequences.

Hope Woodside spoke with Adam Osmond’s mother, Lisa, about the impact Adam’s decision to be a donor has made. Lisa said Adam specifically mentioned his desire to be an organ donor a few weeks before his death, and she said the knowledge that he has helped others heal has helped her heal as well. Story Source

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2015 Donate Life Float Riders Announced!

2015 Donate Life Float's Riders

The Donate Life float's Riders represent millions of organ, tissue and cornea transplant recipients who are grateful to donors for their gifts of life.

Click on individual photos to read their story.




Michael Adams
Oceanside, CA



Dr. Phil Berry  
Dallas, TX



Tim Bishop
Stilwell, OK



Bree Ahnne Bowers
Chino, CA



John Brockington
San Diego, CA



Monica Elaine Brown
Springfield, MO



Ted Cochran
Waukee, IA



Jazmyn N. Creason
Sahuarita, AZ



Joe DiSanto
Hillsborough, NJ



Jake Doud
Firestone, CO



Clare Dowling
Danville, CA



Shari Lynn England
Medford, OK



Alma Feliz
Irvine, CA



Kathy Forti 
Youngstown, NY



Gilda Gopal
Daly City, CA



Paulina Guevara
Los Angeles, CA



Amy Johnson 
Englewood, CO



Naomi F. Kurlowich
Columbia, SC



Colin Lepley
Versailles, MO



Jimmy Lynch
Brookhaven, MS



Kelvin Martin
Bowlingbrook, IL



Courtney Nichols
Hendersonville, TN



Gaetano "Gates" Orlando 
Victor, NY



Shirley Pincus
Hampshire, IL



Jackie Pische
Gillett, WI



Gabby Preap
Long Beach, CA



Julia Rejer
New Palestine, IN



Mary Louise Smith
Warminster, PA



Adam J. Teller
Los Angeles, CA



Linda M. Weaver
El Paso, AR
To Learn more about the Donate Life Float : Please visit www.donatelifefloat.org
Do everything you can to support our worldwide efforts to end deaths on the transplant wait list.
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Secretary of State Johnson recognized by Michigan Donor Family Council

MaComb Daily 

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has received the Michigan Donor Family Council’s 2014 “Inspiration Award” for her work promoting organ, tissue and eye donations.

Johnson upgraded the methods used by the Secretary of State’s Office to promote Michigan’s Organ Donor Registry after she was elected in 2010. Since that time, more than 1.7 million people have joined Michigan’s Organ Donor Registry, which has grown from 27 percent of all eligible adults registered to nearly 50 percent.

“This award is given in honor of an outstanding job of promoting organ, tissue and eye donation,” said Michigan Donor Family Council CEO Patty Jo Herndon. “The award recognizes Ruth’s hard work, commitment and dedication to saving and improving lives by encouraging Secretary of State branch office clerks to ask customers if they would like to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Continue reading
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2014 Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival featuring double lung recipient, Kathi Clapham and heart recipient Dan Smith.

Gift of Life Donor Program
Watch this fantastic video of the 2014 Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival featuring double lung recipient, Kathi Clapham and heart recipient Dan Smith. 

Both were on Team Life Savers with Gift of Life Donor Program to promote organ donor awareness. Team Life Savers came in 2nd place out of 14 boats in their division!

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Around Town: Hoag doctor honored by donation agency

Daily Pilot
Photo:  Dr. O'Meeghan standing next to poster presentation on organ donation at 39th Annual NATCO conference.
Dr. Rosemary O'Meeghan, a critical-care physician at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, received the 2014 Life Bridge Award from OneLegacy, an organ, eye and tissue donation agency, on Tuesday at OneLegacy's annual symposium in Pomona, where Hoag also received recognition for its organ donation and transplantation efforts.

According to a Hoag news release, O'Meeghan is chairwoman of the Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Council and was the driving force for the creation of the Hoag Tree of Life and Book of Life, which honors donors and their families. Story source
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Education Grant Recipient Uses Personal Experience to Help Others

Allograft Possibilities

In 2013, AlloSource began a 10-year partnership with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, pledging an annual financial contribution to fund their scholarship program. For more than 35 years, the Phoenix Society has worked with survivors, families, healthcare professionals and the fire industry to support recovery from burns, improve the quality of burn care and prevent burn injuries. Here is the story of a 2014 Education Grant Recipient.

Overcoming a burn injury when she was five years old instilled in Katie a profound sense of hope and determination.

“As I reached my middle and high school years, it became incredibly important for me to prove that my past trials would not get the best of me,” she said. “I would do my best in everything, proving there is life beyond emotionally and physically challenging experiences.”

She vividly remembers the moment she accidentally poured boiling water on her arm and was rushed to the hospital. She spent a month at Shriner’s Burn Hospital in Ohio and has endured 16 surgeries over the past 14 years. Continue reading
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Ceremony to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families set for 10/28

New Santa Ana | Art Pedroza
Donate Life California, which encourages people to register as organ donors, and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation will hold a special Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 a.m. honoring fallen law enforcement officers and their families. A beautiful rose in honor of the officers will be included in the Dedication Garden on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade, held in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. The officers’ families are invited to personalize the tribute.

Tuesday’s ceremony will be held at the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Academy, located at 15991 Armstrong Avenue, in Tustin, from 10 to 11 am.

The speakers at this event will include Santa Ana Police Cpl. Steve Ahearn (pictured above), who is in dire need of a new kidney. Continue reading
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OTA congratulates St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney on Australia’s first Donation after Circulatory Death heart transplant

Australia Government Organ & Tissue Authority
The Organ and Tissue Authority acknowledges and congratulates the team at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, on performing a world first in organ donation and transplantation history.

The St Vincent’s Hospital’s Heart Transplant Unit recently performed Australia’s first heart transplant surgeries with two people with end-stage heart failure receiving heart transplants from donors after circulatory death (DCD). Until now, transplant units have relied solely on donated hearts from brain death patients. Both heart transplant recipients have recovered extremely well.

The DCD heart transplants were carried out following pioneering basic and translational research undertaken by the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and St Vincent’s Hospital. This surgery is the culmination of an extensive research project undertaken by Professor Peter MacDonald, Medical Director of the St Vincent’s Heart Transplant Unit, Head of the Transplantation Research Laboratory at the Victor Chang Institute and Professor of Medicine at University of New South Wales.

The St Vincent’s Hospital heart and lung transplantation program is one of the largest and longest running in Australia, and their work contributes to Australia being internationally recognised as a world leader in successful transplantation outcomes and long-term survival of recipients.  Continue reading
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Spokane pastor’s decision to give kidney leads to second match

The Spokesman-Review | Cindy Hval


Jesse Tinsley photo. The Rev. Michael Blackburn underwent surgery to donate his kidney July 2. “I’m not anyone special. I just felt God called me to do this,” he said.

The Jan. 20 photo of Megan Dunnagan on the front page of The Spokesman-Review caught the Rev. Michael Blackburn’s eye. He scanned the headline, “We’ve been waiting long enough” and saw the story was about a 28-year-old woman in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

But Blackburn, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, didn’t read the article.

A few days later, he perused the classified ads. “I noticed an ad: kidney needed,” he recalled. The coincidence struck him. “I’d never thought about being a kidney donor – I didn’t know anything about being a living donor.”

But after reading the ad, he couldn’t get it out of his mind. “The thought wouldn’t go away,” he said. “I’ve learned that’s God trying to get my attention.”

He retrieved the newspaper from the recycling bin and read the story about Dunnagan. Then he went online and did some research about being a living kidney donor. Blackburn said, “They have videos of the surgery on YouTube.” He shook his head, “I didn’t watch those.” Continue reading
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kidney transplant hopeful in Elkhart prays to find living donor

The Elkhart Truth | Sarah Welliver


Tony Coleman smiles for a photo with wife, Barbara, and grandaughters Shelly Moore, 13, center, and Angel Moore, 10, on Oct. 2, 2014, outside their home in Elkhart. Coleman suffers from end-stage renal disease and is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. (Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth)

ELKHART — The first signs of Tony Coleman’s disease started simply enough. There was trouble breathing; a feeling of unusual fatigue when he got home from his job at George Weston Bakeries in Elkhart.

It was 2006, and his wife, Barbara Coleman, made an appointment with a doctor, who ran some tests on the 43-year-old.

When the results came back, they discovered his kidneys were functioning at 12 percent.

Tony remembered the fear he felt that day in the doctor’s office. He knew high blood pressure and kidney disease ran in his family. His mother had died from kidney failure when she was 56.

“I was scared ... I’d seen what she went through,” he said.

He was immediately put on high blood pressure medicine. He started eating healthier and cut out soda. But in 2011 doctors found his numbers had dropped again. Continue reading
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