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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Spain breaks its own record to stay global leader in organ transplants

The Local.es

Spain has remained world leader when it comes to the number of transplants carried out for the 24th year running, new figures have revealed.

While Spain accounts for only 0.7 percent of the global population, it conducted around four percent of all transplants carried out worldwide in 2014, breaking its own record when it comes to organ donation, new figures from the Spain’s National Transplant Organization (ONT) reveal.

Spain’s organ donation figures are currently 36 donations per every one million people which is "much higher" than the EU average (19.6) and the US average (26.6) according to a statement released by Spain’s Health Ministry.

Spain broke its own record in 2014 carrying out a total of 4,360 transplant operations from 1,682 donations. It means that 17 percent of all the organs donated in Europe and six percent of those donated globally came from Spain, which remains well ahead of other countries when it comes to donation numbers.

In 2014 in Spain there were 2,678 kidney transplants, 1,068 liver transplants, 265 heart transplants, 262 lung transplants, 81 pancreas transplants and six intestine transplants.

The World Transplant Register, which is compiled by Spain’s National Transplant Organization in conjunction with the World Health Organization, shows that 118,117 transplants took place globally in 2014, a mere 12 percent of those which were needed. Continue reading

 

High River family appeals to Canadians for kidney transplant

High River Times | Kevin Rushworth

KEVIN RUSHWORTH HIGH RIVER TIMES/POSTMEDIA NETWORK. Jeremie Downs, 24, was diagnosed with autoimmune disorder Goodpastures syndrome in 2011. The condition attacked his lungs, heart and kidneys. Lung and heart function returned, but today, his kidneys operate at two per cent per kidney. Pictured above, Jeremie (right) sits with his father Allan in their High River home.

Now with few directions to turn, a High River family is reaching out to residents and even further afield—to Canadians across the country—for those with O positive blood to consider donating a kidney to their son whose kidneys were almost destroyed by Goodpastures syndrome.

In a previous interview with the High River Times, Jeremie Downs, 24, addressed his ongoing health concerns since being diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder in 2011.

As of early August, it was reported that a cousin had offered her kidney and the match, although differing in blood types, looked promising. Now, doctors say that donation is not at all recommended.

This is the second time a match has proved unsuccessful for the family, as Jeremie’s parents previously applied, with his mother going through necessary tests. That match was also not approved.

Now, this latest setback has left the Downs family without any clear direction forward. However, they now know they’re seeking out a generous donor with the same O positive blood type.

Doctors were looking into suppressing Jeremie’s immune system to the point where a kidney—from a donor with a different blood type—would not be rejected, according to his father Allan Downs. Continue reading

 

The faces of organ donation campaign

The Hans India

Students participating in a face painting competition on organ donation organised by the Department of Visual Communication at Andhra Loyola College. Photos: Ch Venkata Mastan

A face painting competition on the topic ‘Donate life after death’ was organised by the Department of Visual Communication at Andhra Loyola College in the city on Thursday. Speaking at the inaugral, degree college correspondent Rev Fr Raju underlined the need to promote organ donation through a massive campaign to give a new lease of life to critically ill patients.

Due to increase in awareness on organ donation, the organs of two brain dead persons were donated by their kin in the city in recent times. The campaign taken up by the Visual Communication Department will help motivate people to pledge their organs, he said. Visual Communication department head Vijay Srinivasan said, ``We are organising competitions for students every year on current issues and socially relevant topics.

As part of our `Donate life after death’ campaign, we will organise a seminar on organ donation, a skit competition, flash mob and street plays at PVP Square, Benz Circle, NTR University of Health Sciences, Lenin Centre and Maris Stella College in the city in the coming days. Continue reading

 

Young sisters courageously battle kidney disease

Herald-Review | Emily Steele

Herald & Review photos, Lisa Morrison A kidney dialysis machine sits by Gillian Iron's bed for her nightly treatments. She had one kidney transplant as an infant and recently found out that she will need another kidney. Her sister and father also have kidney disease but no problems at this time.

MAROA – The bed where 10-year-old Gillian Irons cuddles her cat Blue is covered with a colorful blanket and a heating pad. On one side of her room, toys line the top of a dresser. On the other, boxes of medical supplies fill the wall.

Her room was once her parents' room, but they moved so Gillian could be closer to the bathroom at night when she is hooked up to the at-home dialysis machine. The fifth grader isn't sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but she knows it won't be a nurse or a doctor because she's tired of all the needles and pills.

Gillian has kidney disease, along with her father Mike and younger sister Grace. She's had one kidney transplant and another is on the horizon.

“There is no cure -- dialysis is not a cure; transplant isn’t a cure -- it’s all treatments,” said her mother Leslie Irons.

Kidney disease kills more than 90,000 Americans every year, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Leslie and Mike volunteer with the Macon County branch of Life Goes On to raise awareness about organ and tissue donations and encourage others to sign up as donors. Continue reading

 

In need of a kidney, Kansas City-area man turns to Facebook in search of a donor

KSHB | Terra Hall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It was 3 years ago that polycystic kidney disease made Kevin Heuerman 's healthy kidneys begin to fail.

"It's supposed to be hereditary and your family, but unfortunately I drew the short straw and I got it," Heuerman said. "I have a 50-50 chance of passing it onto my children."

While he saw specialists and doctors, it wasn't until he turned to an unlikely source that he began to get real relief.

"My wife and my sister came up with an idea. Facebook," he explained. "I woke up the next morning and had 150 likes on this page that I had no idea about. It took off like wildfire. I'm actually going to the transplant part of it now at Research Hospital and they called us up and said, 'We don't know what you did, but you have 100 people call in a day.'"

Today, his page 'Kevin Needs a Kidney ' has nearly a thousand likes, all from supporters wanting to help -- even if that means giving away one of their kidneys. Continue reading VIDEO.

 

St. Luke's honored with award for donor program

Northland News Center | McKenizie Scott

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Losing someone is hard...but sometimes the loss is easier to bear when that loss of life can save someone else.

St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth was just honored with a special award from "LifeSource Workplace" for its organ, eye and tissue donation program.

From 2014 to 2015 the hospital assisted with 22 organ donors and more than 300 tissue donors.

Hospital spokespeople say this award reflects the importance of spreading the word about organ donation.

Barb Boettcher, the Nurse Manager for Critical Care said "We've been working to support those families through donation for many years... and now we are able to support our community and their understanding of the benefits of donation". Continue reading

 

The Miracle of Michael McKenzie

The Baxter Bulletin | Josh Dooley
Johnny McKenzie and wife Deborah McKenzie hold a photograph of their son, Michael McKenzie, who died after being struck by a car on Aug. 21, 2015. The family decided to donate Michael’s organs. Doctors have told the family that, overall, Michael’s donation could end up saving the lives of 150 people. Kevin Pieper/The Baxter Bulletin
Mountain Home man’s organ donations have already helped to save the lives of three people

BULL SHOALS — Johnny and Deborah McKenziesat at a table inside First Baptist Church of Bull Shoals late Tuesday afternoon. Scattered in front of them were a lifetime of memories captured by dozens of photographs featuring their son, Michael, who was tragically struck by a car on Aug. 21.

Michael McKenzie, 23, who lived in Mountain Home, died four days later in the ICU unit at UAMS in Little Rock. After permission was given by the family, doctors harvested his organs to transplant in other sick patients.

A life so young was ultimately lost on a Friday night while attempting to cross U.S. Highway 62 East near the Royal 66, but in the “Miracle of Michael,” other lives were saved. Continue reading

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Editorial: Save a life

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Just a few days ago we were all shocked by the senseless cold blooded murder of a Louisiana State Trooper in Calcasieu Parish.

Trooper Steven Vincent was shot point blank when he stopped to help a motorist on the side of the road. He died a short time later. But Trooper Vincent will live on and help others live through his selfless act of donating his organs.

Trooper Vincent donated his heart, liver and lungs through the organ donation program. It’s something we should all consider doing. each donor can save up to nine lives. Anyone can sign up for organ donation at the office of motor vehicles where a heart is placed on the donor's driver's license. It’s a way we can all honor Trooper Vincent’s memory and maybe even save a life.

I’m James Smith. Story Source

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Teen’s tragic death saves former coach

WIVB | Katherine Mozzone

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) — A Belen man was near death until a gift from an unlikely source saved his life.

John Madrid has a tough time putting into words everything that made his son one of a kind and special. “Just an amazing kid,” he said.

“He’d walk into the room and he’d just light up the room with his smile and his humor and his great love for everybody,” Madrid added.

He was the the kind of guy who could get away with high-fiving a referee after a touchdown, who always wanted to be the best and who wanted everyone around him to be happy.

When his former lineman coach and family friend became gravely ill, he told his folks he wanted to help any way he could.

“Watching his grandfather, my dad, pass away from that disease is just a horrible thing,” said Madrid. “He didn’t want the family see that happen to him.”

Yet, there was little Jonathan could do. That is, until one day in August. Continue reading

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Being creative for organ donations

WRCB | LaTrice Currey

Maryetta Austin and her husband John have been married for 36 years. A few years ago John found himself in need of a kidney transplant. After not having any luck finding a donor, Maryetta decided to take matters into her on hands. She turned to Facebook.

Maryetta Austin says "I turned to the public and we know how Facebook is these days, it reaches way out there and I decided the list is so long, that's the way I would turn."

It worked. Maryetta says they found a living donor, a complete stranger, willing to give the gift of life.

Maryetta Austin says "Our donor is the most wonderful lady in the world. She is just the most wonderful lady."

Right now there are more than 123,000 people across the country, and nearly 3-thousand in Tennessee on the waiting list, the majority of those are in need of a kidney.

Dawn Benjamin is with Tennessee Donor Services. They serve as the middle man between the hospital and transplant center with deceased donations.

Dawn says she's not surprised more people are turning to living donors... the average wait time is three years, and a lot of people just don't have that kind of time. Continue reading

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FDL Co. Family Pleads for Return of Gravesite Statue

WBAY | By Emily Matesic

A Fond du Lac County family still mourning the loss of a child is dealt another blow. A statue from the child’s gravesite in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetary, just outside of Dundee, has disappeared.

Tiffany Last was only six years old when she passed away. Before a headstone was placed in the cemetary for her, a butterfly statute watched over her gravesite. That statue was recently stolen and now her family is pleading with the public for its return.

"She was the heartbeat of, she was the heartbeat of my family and held us all together," says James Last, Tiffany’s Uncle.

He still gets choked up thinking about his niece. Born with no nerve-endings in her intestines, Tiffany Last underwent a four-organ transplant at just a year old. Defying the odds, she brought so much joy to her family.

Last’s mom Tina Krahn says, "They said she’d never walk, talk, or sit up and she was running and laughing and doing everything they said she wouldn’t do, so she proved them wrong." Continue reading

 

 

Top doc says anti-vaccinators on 'flat earth'

Stuff.com NZ | Donna Lee Biddle

Dr Noni MacDonald, a professor of paediatrics is speaking at the NZ Immunisation conference about improving vaccine acceptance.

A top doctor speaking at a national immunisation conference in Hamilton has likened parents who refuse to vaccinate their children to flat earth advocates.

The stark message from Dr Noni MacDonald, a Canadian leader in paediatric infectious diseases comes as medics discussed 'vaccine hesitancy', including the example of a Waikato family during the recent measles outbreak who thought they would be safe from the disease if they ate the right foods.

MacDonald, who has done work for the World Health Organisation, said the only way to protect against infectious diseases was by getting immunised and those who contended otherwise "are the people that think the world is flat, not round".

"Measles is probably our most infectious virus and people just don't get it," she said.

"You're nuts if you don't immunise, it's like denying children the right to grow up and grow old."

There were 124 confirmed cases of measles in the Waikato last year and the outbreak was linked with a strain that plagued Auckland. Continue reading

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Knox clerks win statewide organ donor awareness contest

Knox News

Photo: Paul Efird

The goal was to raise awareness of the need for organ donors.

But Tennessee Donor Services didn’t know how the Knox County Clerk’s Office would take that mission to heart.

The nonprofit called on the clerks to participate in a new statewide initiative this spring, “Blue and Green Day.” The idea was to decorate the offices, provide materials about organ donation and collect donations for Tennessee Donor Services.

“We really didn’t know how it would go,” said Billy Jarvis, senior public relations coordinator for TDS. “They just blew us out of the water.”

Clerks in Knox County not only decorated their offices, they dressed in “extravagant costumes” — and collected more than $1,000 in a single day. TDS will use the money to purchase educational materials for its organ donor awareness campaigns on college and high-school campuses, Jarvis said. Continue reading

 

Patients Needing Organ Donations Turning To Social Media

CBS Philadelphia | Melony Roy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There’s 122,000 people in the United States waiting for an organ. Patients who need organ donations are no longer content to sit on a waiting list, they’re sharing their stories on social media in hopes of finding a match.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg turned to her 1.5 million followers in hopes of finding an organ donor for her former high school teacher and it worked!

Howard Nathan — president and CEO of Gift of Life –hopes this trend will generate more awareness about becoming a donor:

“The concept of having someone seek out a donor we’re sorta lukewarm on. We want people to become donors and if people can generate interest it’s a good thing.”

Twenty-two people die each day without one because the demand far outweighs the supply. It could take years for patients to find a match or receive an organ donation.

“The bottom line is there can’t be anything at all given to that donor for giving an organ, it’s against the law,” Nathan says, “So there’s no financial incentive that can be offered or accepted for donating.” Continue reading

 

Join Katie’s Appeal and sign the organ donor register

North Devon Gazette

Gazette is relaunching a campaign to get people to sign the organ donor register in memory of a brave Barnstaple teenager as part of National Transplant Week.

Next week (September 7-12) National Transplant Week will encourage people to sign up to organ donation and talk about it with their families and friends.

Remembering Katie Gammon

Katie’s Appeal was first launched in 2012 with the support of lung transplant teenager Katie Gammon, who died last week, aged 17.

Thursday, hundreds of purple balloons were released in Katie’s memory as her friends gathered on the Tarka Trail to remember her.

Mum Angie Hart said: “I knew Katie was popular, but I didn’t expect so many people to be here.

“It’s really special – lovely to see.”

Katie’s funeral will be held on Monday at midday at Barnstaple Parish Church. Her family have asked everyone to wear purple.

Donor waiting list

According to the latest NHS statistics there are 470,648 people registered as an organ donor in Devon. Continue reading

 

Liam And Maren’s Stories Connect: Organ Transplant Story Part II

Cincinnati Children's Blog

Yesterday in Part 1 of this transplant story, Liam Sprague’s mom, Carolynn, and Maren Foster’s dad, Travis, told us about their children who both had a life-saving organ transplant on February 25, 2014 at Cincinnati Children’s.

What follows is the story of how these two families discovered each other and came together via social media and a project called The Waiting List.

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Carolynn Sprague: A few days prior to Liam’s transplant there was a tragic house fire in Indianapolis killing a family of six. The news reported that three of the six family members were able to donate organs and that the youngest child’s heart had gone to a 4-year-old in Ohio. Liam was 4 and we were in Ohio and he had just received his heart. People in our community saw the news and put two and two together. Soon we were bombarded with people telling us they knew who Liam’s donor was. My husband and I agreed to focus on Liam’s healing and allow the donor family to grieve as they had suffered an awful loss of not one, but six family members. We told one another that we wouldn’t contact them, and wait for them to contact us. A few months later we received an email from David, the uncle of Liam’s donor. David’s brother Leo and his wife, and their four children were killed in the house fire. His nephew Fuentez Guerra was my son’s heart donor. Continue reading

 

People & Place: Organ donations save lives

Valencia County News-Bulletin | Julia Dendinger

Come here for a minute. We need to talk about something serious.

I typically use this little bit of newsprint to vent about my kids, my cats, my weeds, but sometimes there are bigger issues to address.

As many of you know, just a few weeks ago a Belen family lost their son, Jonathan Madrid. Until his death, I didn’t know Jonathan and I didn’t know his parents, John and Judy Madrid, and his sister, Lashea.

Arguably, I still don’t “know” them, but at a time of immense grief and sorrow, they allowed me, a complete stranger, to sit and talk with them about their son and the amazing thing he did.

Jonathan was an organ donor. It’s not something your typical 18-year-old thinks about, at least I am under the impression they don’t. Not only was Jonathan an organ donor, but he was able to gift his liver to his friend, Willie Martinez, literally giving him a new lease on life.

When I think about Jonathan having the foresight to communicate his desire to be an organ donor and his parents’ commitment to his wishes in the face of the worst thing that can ever happen to a parent, I have no words. They are all nothing short of heroes in my book.

Heroes are in short supply in this world. Too often we — and I include myself among the we — look the other way. Continue reading

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More than 100 desperate patients miss out on organ donations due to family veto

The Brisbane Times | Julia Medew

Only 32 per cent of Australians have signed up to donate their organs. Photo: Getty Images

Up to 150 Australians a year are missing out on potentially life saving organ donations because people's loved ones override their wish to donate their organs when they die.

National Medical Director of Australia's Organ and Tissue Authority Helen Opdam said about 12 to 15 registered organ donors did not become donors each year because a family member or friend objected to the process in hospital.

One organ donor can save up to 10 lives, depending on how many of their organs are suitable to be transplanted. There are about 1600 people on the waiting list for an organ at any given time.

This week, two prominent ethicists called for Australia to scrap its policy of allowing family members to override a person's decision to donate their organs when they die.

Writing in The Age, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer and William Isdale said the "family veto" rendered the Australian Organ Donation Register meaningless in practice, with up to 50 per cent of families saying no to a donation request. Continue reading

 

Life after a lung transplant: 2 survivors share stories of hope with current transplant patients

WRTV | Beth Vaughn

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:


Two lung transplant recipients have traded in their oxygen tanks for pink lung pillows.

  • The so-called Lung Ladies work together to support current transplant patients at IU Health Methodist.
  • The IU Health Methodist program completed 62 lung transplants last year.

Watch the video to hear more about the Lung Ladies' stories and how they're sharing their message of hope.
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Dad's Life Saved By Donated Heart That Was Kept Beating OUTSIDE the body

Yahoo News UK | Matt Payton

Dad-of-one Lee Hall was told by doctors that he had just two days to find a new heart in May this year, or he would have to have a pump fitted

A young father who desperately needed a new heart was saved when an organ was found for him - that was kept beating inside a BOX.

Dad-of-one Lee Hall was told by doctors that he had just two days to find a new heart in May this year, or he would have to have a pump fitted.

The 26-year-old was diagnosed with heart failure when he was 14 and had already had a mechanical pump fitted five years ago to keep the blood flowing around his body.

However, the pump cables became infected, leading to the rush to find a heart donor for the life-saving op.

Miraculously, the heart of a patient who had died on the day he found out he needed a new one was offered to Lee - and he was told it could be kept beating OUTSIDE the donor’s body.

The new ‘heart in a box’ method can revive hearts which have been dead for up to 30 minutes - and keep them alive for up to eight hours before an operation.

It could save hundreds of lives as it doubles the amount of time that hearts can be preserved outside of the body. Continue reading

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Double-lung transplant patient celebrates one year

Lancaster Eagle-Gazette | Spencer Remoquillo

PICKERINGTON – Last year this time, Jodi Dixon, of Pickerington, was lying in a hospital bed wondering if she would ever see the next day.

Dixon was waiting for a pair of lungs, matching all the criteria necessary to undergo a double lung transplant that would hopefully save her life. She knew even if the organs came there would be a good chance her body would reject the organs. The odds against her kept mounting.

Dixon, who grew up in Lancaster, waited years on a lung transplant list. She didn't end up receiving her new lungs until she was given a high lung allocation score of 96, which means in that moment, she was the sickest person in the nation in need of a transplant.

On life support with her kidneys shutting down, Dixon remembers her doctor coming into her hospital room and patting her on the hand and telling her it would be OK.

"He had lungs for me," she said, adding that she knew a lot of things could go wrong, including the doctor examining the lungs and determining they weren't viable or had been damaged in transport. Continue reading

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'All about love:' Mitch Adams to live on in hearts and minds of community, and in donation recipients

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Laura Mahaffy | The sister of Mitch Adams speaks on behalf of her family before the football game on Friday.

Mitch Adams, the 16-year-old who was critically injured in a car crash Aug. 24, was declared brain-dead Saturday after, his family says, he said goodbye to them in the wee hours Thursday morning.

But the teen will live on in the hearts and minds of thousands in the community, as was evidenced by the outpouring of emotional and financial support for his family throughout the week, culminating in an emotional evening at Friday’s football game at Nevada Union High School, where Adams was a member of the varsity squad.

And Mitch will live on in more tangible ways as well, as his family agreed with his wish to be an organ donor.

“Every bit of his body was able to go to someone, except for his brain,” said his father, Tom Adams. “His heart went to a 16-year-old boy in Southern California who wasn’t going to make it.”

Other major organs went to a 10-year-old boy, a 37-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, said his sister, Jorylin Adams, adding that recipients were also able to make use of tissue, corneas, veins, tendons, and bone marrow. Continue reading

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4-year-old Angelo Giorno in 'very critical, but stable' condition fighting virus

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DERRY, Pa. — Angelo Giorno, a 4-year-old boy who received a high-profile intestinal transplant in July, is said to be in “very critical, but stable” condition, according to his transplant Facebook page.

On Friday, Angelo’s family posted that he was back in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit due to adenovirus.

Angelo and Lucas Goeller, 2, of Indiana Township both received life-saving organ transplants earlier this month. Both boys received organs from 3-year-old Olivia Swedberg, from Nebraska, who died of brain cancer.

Lauressa Swedberg, Olivia’s mother, was connected to Lucas’ family through social media after she was sent an email about his condition.

She requested that Olivia's liver go to Lucas through a process known as direct donation. Continue reading
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More Organ Pledgers Needed To Meet Rising Demand For Transplants

National News Agency of Malaysia | Norshazlina Nor'azman

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 (Bernama) -- As demand for organ transplants in Malaysia outweigh the number of available donors, the list of patients awaiting organ transplants is growing longer with each passing year.

As of July this year, a total of 305,845 Malaysians had registered themselves as organ donors, a paltry figure in comparison with the nation's estimated 30 million population.

A total of 19,564 patients have been diagnosed of critical kidney, liver, heart and lung failure as of July, with a bulk of them - 19,564 - in need of kidney transplants. Six require heart transplants; another six, liver; and four others, lung; while the remaining seven need both heart and lung transplants.

Unfortunately, between 1976 - when organ donation started in Malaysia - and up to July this year, only 551 donors, including 51 this year, have had their organs and tissues harvested (some of these donors had not registered or pledged to donate their organs earlier).

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What can Malaysians do to increase the supply of organs for donation?

The Health Ministry's National Transplant Resource Centre (NTRC) Chief Clinical Manager Datin Dr Fadhilah Zowyah Lela Yasin Mansor said pledging to donate one's organs and tissues, such as kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, cornea, bones and skin, would be the most effective step towards enhancing organ availability. Continue reading
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22-year-old's legacy persuades many to sign up as organ donors

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Gareth and Kate JakesPhoto: BPM Media

The husband of an inspirational liver transplant patient who campaigned for organ donation says his “selfless and caring” wife’s legacy will live on.

Gareth Jakes, aged 26, has paid tribute to wife Kate who died on August 7.

Kate, 22, from Shard End, documented her transplant journey on a blog called Talking Transplants and in turn inspired others to sign up to the donor register.

But tragically as she waited for a fourth liver transplant she passed away before a match could be found.
“She was just a beautiful human being, inside and out. She was a selfless, caring and loving person who just wanted to help others. She was my wife – my world. She wanted to do everything she could to raise awareness into organ donation.
“She had a huge effect on people who not only knew her, but those who were touched by her through her blog. She wanted to encourage as many people as possible to become organ donors. Kate has left behind an incredible legacy.
“She has inspired so many people to become liver organ donors and I hope people who read Kate’s story will be touched and feel inspired to become liver organ donors themselves. That is her legacy.”
– GARETH JAKES
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Donating the gift of life

St. Charles Herald-Guide | AnneThibodeaux 

When Cameron’s mother put a stethoscope to Jamie Napolitano’s chest and heard her son’s beating heart, it was a powerfully defining moment about the importance of organ donation for both donor family and recipient.

“They were so gracious,” Napolitano recalled of meeting the parents of then 19-year-old Cameron whose organs saved many people. “You always worry as a recipient whether they’re glad they made this decisions and am I doing what they want to honor this gift. When we met in person, they said to me, ‘Jaime, we feel this is just the way God intended it to be.’”

The significance of receiving a heart and all it has brought to her life has remained so important to this Destrehan resident, who has become devoted to raising awareness about organ donation.

To further the cause, Napolitano is raising funds to return to next year’s Transplant Games in Cleveland, Ohio, an Olympic-style event for organ recipients and living donors. Anytime Fitness in Destrehan is holding Ride for Life events where participants ride stationary bikes as fundraisers. Continue reading
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Racial gap in kidney transplant closes, but work remains

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CHICAGO (AP) --

A racial gap in kidney transplants appears to have closed, a 13-year study found.

Rates of such transplants among white patients used to far surpass those in blacks, but U.S. data on nearly 200,000 end-stage kidney disease patients shows that disparity had disappeared by 2010. Rates remained stable in 2011 and that trend likely has continued, said Dr. Jesse Sammon, the senior author and a urologist-researcher at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

The rate among black patients climbed from 93 per 1,000 patients in 1998 to about 128 per 1,000 patients in 2010 and 2011. That was also the 2010-11 rate for whites, a slight decline from 1998.

The trend among blacks was "driven wholly by increased rates of transplants from deceased donors," the study authors said. About 80 percent of operations in blacks in 2011 were cadaver organs, which tend to fare worse than those from living donors. Continue reading





Organ transplants give new lease on life

Netwerk 24 | Deur Heléne Meissenheimer

A timely organ transplant can give someone a second chance to live.

August is national Organ Donor Awareness Month. The government estimates that there are around 4 300 adults and children in South Africa currently awaiting an organ or cornea transplant.

Sadly there is such a shortage of available organs that some have to wait for years and for some the wait is too long.

Marion Oldfield (68) of Vredenburg is one the lucky ones. Nine years ago (then 59 years old) she was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. She underwent nine chemo cycles, and to prevent further cancer, she needed a bone marrow transplant.

She didn’t know it at the time, but there was only a 25% chance that one of her brothers would be a match.

Her brother, Gordon Comins, who lives in Australia, came over to be tested, was found to be a match and returned to donate his life-saving marrow and the process began. Continue reading

 

 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Irish win seven golds at transplant games

Herald Ie | Allan O'Keeffe

Deirdre Faul, a liver transplant recipient from Dalkey, Kieran Murray, a kidney transplant recipient from Ramelton, Donegal; Peter Heffernan, a kidney transplant recipient from Skerries, Dublin; and Colin White, Irish team manager, (from Balbriggan) and National Projects Manager with the Irish Kidney Association

The winning foursome are expected to arrive at Dublin Airport this evening with a medal haul of seven golds, four silvers and two bronze from the games in Argentina.

In the squash event, Deirdre Faul, a liver transplant recipient from Dalkey, Dublin, retained her gold medal title for the fifth world games in a row. An accomplished swimmer, she also won gold in the 400m freestyle and a silver in the 100m breaststroke in her 40-49 year age category.

"There is the sheer awesomeness of the event. It's such a pleasure to look around and see my worldwide transplant family living life to the full - thanks to the gift of life given to us by donors who have taken the time to consider organ donation and change someone else's life forever," said Deirdre.

Peter Heffernan, from Skerries in Dublin, who received a kidney transplant in 2011, won two golds in the pool for backstroke events and a bronze in the freestyle event in his 50-59 age category. Continue reading