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Sunday, May 29, 2016

NC man’s life-long struggle with Cystic Fibrosis highlights need for awareness

Colin Wilson as a little boy and recently as he was hospitalized. Photos from Wilson family.
WNCN | Lauren Haviland

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Governor Pat McCrory has named May “Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month” in North Carolina.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting nearly 70,000 children and adults worldwide, more than 800, including Colin Wilson, living in North Carolina.

On Sunday, Wilson described how he was feeling.

“I am feeling fine, a little out of breath,” said the 23-year-old, who has suffered from Cystic Fibrosis since birth.

It’s nothing out of the ordinary for Wilson.

His mother, Elizabeth Register, described her son as, “very inspiring to me and his family.”

As Wilson gets older, his condition gets worse, and everyday life becomes more difficult. Continue reading
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Have a great Indy 500 Stefan Wilson! #Driven2SaveLives

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Left: Stefan Wilson, Right: Justin Wilson
In and off the track, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson (No. 25) was a hero. He was a hero to his loyal fans, his fellow drivers, his dear friends and family, and eventually, a hero to five individuals who received his gift of life. Justin died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a crash at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Justin had previously registered his decision to become an organ donor and had discussed this with his wife. On the worst day of his family’s life, Justin gave them a beacon of hope through his final lifesaving act of donation.

Stefan Wilson
Growing up, Stefan had always dreamed of driving in the Indianapolis 500 alongside his brother and idol, Justin Wilson. But now, not quite a year out from Justin’s death, Stefan’s dream to race in the Indy 500 has come true. Watch now to see how Stefan is paying tribute to his brother and his important lifesaving gift while driving the No. 25 Driven2SaveLives KVRT Chevrolet.
 


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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Old school friend offers a kidney to save the life of Johannesburg mother

TIMES LIVE | Nivashni Nair

Continents apart‚ a South African expat living in Canada and the former classmate she hasn’t seen in decades were speechless when they discovered that they are a match for a kidney transplant.

Jill Hamilton has offered her kidney to save the life of Di Wilkinson‚ who was in her class at Queen Elizabeth High School in Harare.

The women‚ both in their fifties‚ reconnected when Hamilton discovered via a post on their old high school's Facebook page that Wilkinson‚ an end stage renal patient living in Johannesburg‚ needed a kidney transplant.

Wilkinson's daughter‚ Legh‚ said the family was "overwhelmed‚ emotional and grateful".

"Jill and my mom match on paper‚ we need to confirm this by mixing their bloods and confirming no reactions. This requires delivering a vial of blood from Vancouver to South Africa‚ which is the next step. My mom has had blood transfusions since the last time she gave blood for matching. This could potentially complicate things‚" she said.

Hamilton offered her kidney because it was the "right thing to do". Continue reading
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Baby with rare liver ailment desperately needs lifesaving transplant

Parents Barry and Renee have moved from Perth to Sydney while Mia’s fight goes on. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
HERALD SUN | Jane Hansen

YOU hold the life of baby Mia in your hands. She is going to die in the next few weeks without your help.

Unless she gets a liver transplant, the five-month-old baby will not make it to six months.

Mia Evans was born with biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver that destroys the bile ducts. The disease means that the bile is unable to drain and as a result it builds up in the liver and causes significant damage, leading to death.

The Perth baby was flown to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and listed for an urgent transplant three weeks ago.

As each day passes, the more urgent her need for the lifesaving operation ­becomes. She is at the top of the list but the waiting game is torture for Mia’s parents Barry and Renee Evans, who have moved over from Perth with their two-year-old son to care for Mia. Continue reading

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Middletown Woman Gets Cornea Transplant from Organ Donor

MIDDLETOWN PATCH | Carly Baldwin

At the age of 24, doctors told Christine Scarano she may eventually go blind due to an incurable eye disease.



Middletown, NJ - For as long as she can remember, Christine Scarano struggled to see.

When she was in third-grade, teachers thought she was cheating because she kept asking other students what it said on the chalkboard. At her first eye exam, she remembers she couldn't even make out the big "E" — it was just blurry lines.

She wore thick glasses all her life and, at 24, was diagnosed with keratoconus.

It's a degenerative, progressive eye disease in which the cornea is irregularly shaped, changing the way light is seen. There is no cure, and it gets worse over time, meaning Christine's vision would steadily deteriorate as the years passed, eventually leading to near blindness.

For this North Middletown resident, 43, there was only one treatment: A cornea transplant. But who would give up their corneas? Christine's new eyes had to come from someone young, someone healthy — and someone who had recently died.

The gift of sight

In her early 30s, she was put on a list for organ recipients. One Friday morning, she got a phone call. A tissue match had come through. She needed to get to the hospital right away for blood work and preparation, and the transplant was done Monday. Continue reading

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Teacher and 8-Year-Old Get a Chance to See Each Other After the Transplant



CBS 58 | Christie Green

The teacher who donated her kidney to an 8-year-old was able to see her on Friday at Children's Hospital.

Jodi Schmidt donated one of her kidneys to save the life of 8-year-old Tasha Fuller.

Children's Hospital released video of the encounter and this statement:

"The staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin is overjoyed for Natasha Fuller, Jodi Schmidt and their families. Today, the two had the chance to see each other for the first time since surgery on Tuesday. We are happy to report that both are doing well and that Jodi went home Friday afternoon. Thank you to Jodi for her incredibly brave decision, and thank you to all our doctors, nurses, and staff who helped make the transplant a success. We are so pleased that both Natasha and Jodi are doing so well, and we feel privileged we were part of this amazing journey. We encourage everyone to consider being an organ donor." - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Continue reading

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Transplant survivor returns to his pasion: the outdoors

successful liver transplant means Chris Buckingham, center, can enjoy hunting trips again with sons Brett, left, and Dylan.
STAR TRIBUNE | Tori McCormick

Liver procedure is ticket to embrace outdoors again.

Last autumn, on Minnesota’s warm and windy pheasant opener, a rooster flushed from a grassy hillside near a picked bean field. In that split-second, and acting on instinct honed over many years of upland hunting, Chris Buckingham swung on the bird, slapped the trigger and watched the rooster tumble to the ground.

Seconds later, his young springer spaniel retrieved the bird to hand.

“I sat on the hillside and savored the moment a little bit,” said Buckingham, 54, of Glenwood in west-central Minnesota. “I had to get out there to prove to myself I could do it again. My doctors advised me to take it easy, but I’m a little bullheaded. I thought it was time. I felt good enough to go.”

But this was no ordinary pheasant opener. Buckingham was hunting for the first time with a new organ. A year ago this month, and with his life in danger, Buckingham had a liver transplant, courtesy of his “living donor” and wife, Diane. Today, despite a few setbacks typical of organ transplants, Buckingham said he feels deep gratitude for his new lease on life. Continue reading
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Milestone kidney transplant with memorial significance

WTNH | By Jocelyn Maminta



NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A life saving organ transplant surgery two and a half weeks ago marks a significant milestone for Yale-New Haven Hospital.

“Here we go, the 1000th kidney transplant,” says Surgeon Dr. Sanjay Kulkarni.

It’s the 1000th live kidney donor transplant for the transplantation team. Dr. Kulkarni is orchestrating the moves in the donor’s operating room.

He explains, “It’s a big team effort whenever this occurs, everything has to be coordinated so there is a good result.”

Less than a half an hour later, Dr. David Mulligan is in another room, successfully reconnecting the kidney with it’s recipient.

“The kidney is in, ” says Dr. Mulligan, “and looking beautiful.” Continue reading

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Give and take: Matched organ donation helps 2 families

Corey Hurlbut and 
his wife Kristin Gjerset talk about the day Corey received a new kidney. On the same day Kristin donated one of hers in a paired organ exchange. They are shown Tuesday, May 10, at their home in Sauk Rapids.(Photo: Jason Wachter, jwachter@stcloudtimes.com)
ST. CLOUD TIMES | Stephanie Dickrell

SAUK RAPIDS — Check that box on your driver's license. Become a donor.

That's the advice of a Sauk Rapids family with intimate knowledge of the subject. Almost four years ago, Kristin Gjerset and her husband Corey Hurlbut were part of a paired organ exchange.

An anonymous man donated his kidney to Corey, who developed kidney disease as a result of diabetes. Gjerset donated her kidney to a man from Wisconsin. They had surgery on the same day.

Both are still amazed by the generosity people have.

While Gjerset was prompted to donate because he husband needed a kidney and they couldn't find a healthy, compatible match, her husband's donor participated just to donate.

Gjerset said a lot of people don't think about organ donation because they don't have to. Continue reading
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Local Man Enjoying Life After Long-Awaited Heart Transplant

CBS PITTSBURGH | Brenda Waters

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s the end of a long journey of emotional ups and downs, and often doubt, for Moses Hart.

KDKA has followed his story for three years as he waited for a heart transplant, never venturing too far from Allegheny General Hospital.

The call finally came a few months ago. Earlier this week, KDKA’s Brenda Waters sat down with Moses and his wife to revisit the journey.

“I just feel like a new life starting, like I have been born again, and I guess, Feb. 2is my new birthday,” said Moses.

That was the day Moses Hart received his new heart.

Since then, he hasn’t let any grass grow under his feet. A month after his surgery, he spoke at the flag raising ceremony at Allegheny General Hospital, honoring those who have given the gift of life. Continue reading

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South Korean victim who died in Ride the Ducks crash saves a man waiting for liver transplant


Q13 FOX | Hana Kim

SEATTLE - The letter begins, “Dear Haram’s Parents.”

It’s addressed to a couple in Korea whom Brian Weiss has never met.

“I am the 49 year-old male who received the precious gift from your daughter Haram,” Weiss wrote.

The day 20 year-old Haram Kim lost her life, Weiss was fighting for his.

“It’s amazing how my and her life crossed,” Weiss said.

Haram is one of five people who died in September when a Ride the Ducks boat slammed into a charter bus carrying dozens of North Seattle college students on the Aurora Bridge. At that same moment, Weiss, who is from Montana, was in a Seattle hospital and he needed a new liver to survive.

“I got this bacterial infection and it sent my liver out of control,” Weiss said.

Right now about 120,000 people are waiting for an organ donation across the country, and doctors say liver transplants are more time sensitive than many others. Continue reading
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Waiting for breath


BURLINGTON FREE PRESS | April Burbank

BRISTOL - She would begin her day without having to use a nebulizer just to be able to move about the house. She would play with her 5-year-old granddaughter outside, the way she was never able to do when her two sons were young, or take a walk with her husband without stopping. She would wash dishes without sitting down to rest every few minutes. Laughter would not leave her winded.

All of that will have to wait until after surgery.

Shackett, a Bristol resident, needs a double lung transplant as her 35-year struggle with emphysema, asthma and bronchiectasis takes its toll. She has never smoked, she says.

“There’s no air coming in, there’s no air going out,” Shackett said. “It just feels like I’m smothering and suffocating. It’s a scary feeling.”

Shackett stays within a four-hour driving radius of Boston, and within cellphone reception, as much as possible. She keeps her bags packed and at least half a tank of gas in the car, never knowing what day she will need to drive south. Soon, she hopes. Continue reading
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Son, Dead 17 Years, Is Link That Led To Lifesaving Kidney Donation


HARTFORD COURANT | Bill Leukhardt

NEW HAVEN — A mom given a reprieve from death by a live-donor kidney transplant credits her late son, dead 17 years, for the life-saving gift.

Domenica "Mimi" Leto of New Milford received a kidney May 10 from Jason Gaddy, a childhood friend of Joey Leto, who died in 1999 from heatstroke during a U.S. Marine training exercise at Camp LeJeune, N.C.

"If it wasn't for my son, I never would have known Jason," Leto, 63, said Friday during a celebration of the successful transplant at Yale New Haven Hospital. The hospital had a second reason to celebrate: It was the 1,000th transplant from a living donor in a procedure at Yale New Haven.

A formal portrait of Leto's son, Giuseppe "Joey" Leto, in his dress blue uniform when he graduated from Marine basic training in 1998, was on the table where speakers sat at the event at Yale New Haven Transplant Center. Continue reading
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First-of-Its-Kind Procedure Combines Scalp, Skull, Kidney and Pancreas Transplant


WOLTERS KLUWER

Simultaneous transplantation of a "composite" skull and scalp flap plus a kidney and pancreas—all from the same donor—provided excellent outcomes for a patient with a non-healing scalp defect and declining organ kidney and pancreas function, according to a report in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The experience may open the way to further procedures combining "vascularized composite allotransplantation" (VCA) with organ transplants, in patients who have already accepted the need for lifelong immunosuppressive therapy. "Hopefully, this case and others like it will help to widen the narrow indications for this fascinating new field of reconstructive surgery," write Dr. Jesse Creed Selber of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and colleagues.

Combined Transplants Are New Option for Organ Recipients Who Already Need Immunosuppression
Vascularized composite allotransplantation refers to transplant procedures combining different types of tissues, such as skin, muscle, blood vessels, nerves, and bone. Face transplantation is the best-known type of VCA; hand transplantation is another example. Continue reading
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Local transplant recipient gives hope to families of organ donors

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CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -  It's been 25 years since Steven Johnson received an organ transplant.

Back in January, Johnson held a transplant anniversary celebration. The goal was to raise money for care packages to give to organ donor families who have lost a loved one.

Johnson was at Mayo Clinic Health System Thursday, delivering those care packages.

Johnson hopes the gifts, which are filled with things like blankets and coloring books, will give comfort to those families. VIDEO Continue reading
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Packers' Cobb makes a play for organ donation

WTMJ RADIO 620 | Doug Russell
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We’re used to Randall Cobb making big plays on the field, but for several years, the Packers sixth-year receiver is making a play for a passion project of his off the field, organ donation.

“I’ve been working with the organ donors here at Froedtert for a while now,” Cobb said during a recent visit to the hospital where he met with several organ donors. “(I just want) to be of influence and be able to help out where I can. I think it’s very important for everybody to understand how important organ donation is.”

And it doesn’t take much; just a signature on the back of your driver’s license, and a conversation with your family that if anything tragic happens, as many as eight other people could receive the gift of life from you. Continue reading
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Senate Bill 1408 will allow HIV-infected organ donations in California


PULSE HEADLINES | Marioxy Betancourt

California legislators have approved Senate Bill 1408, in which HIV-positive donors could now transfer organs to an HIV-positive patient. The law change was made due to the critical condition of a patient in San Francisco Medical Center.

Current state law forbids the transfer of any issues among HIV-positive patients. Before carrying out any transplants, donors are tested, and they must be and found nonreactive for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to be candidates for tissue organs.

On Friday, however, the emendation above exposed has been removed by Senate Bill 1408. The bill was written by California’s Senator, Ben Allen, and subsequently sent to Governor Jerry Brown for a signature. Thus, HIV-organs transplants are no longer illegal as part of an urgent legislation that included a surgery of an HIV-patient in bad shape.

Gov. Brown has promptly signed the bill, and it has taken effect immediately. HIV-infected patients could not transfer or receive tissues in California and more than a dozen states from the U.S.

Since 2013, a legislation allowed transplants’ trials on HIV-patients and since then, safety regulations regarding this topic have been made. The most recent one gives HIV-positive patients a possibility for life just around the corner. According to Sen. Ben Allen, with SB 1408, lots of lives will be saved from this month and so on. Continue reading
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Kidney transplant recipient to play at Rock 101 Friday


LITTLE ELM JOURNAL | Lorelei Day

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Area musician James Michael McLester was part of that statistic until his kidney transplant in December.

McLester was not always sick. He was an athlete, had good grades and never acted up; it was a normal childhood, that is, up until he was 11 years old and developed dental cavities “because of too much Kool-Aid.”

Dental amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, were placed in McLester’s teeth and everything seemed fine. Not long after, his hands and body crippled and his knees filled with fluid. McLester said doctors had no idea what was wrong with him, and he was heartbroken because he could no longer play sports. Continue reading
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Sweet Briar grad’s viral photo continues to inspire

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SWEET BRIAR (WSLS 10) – Sweet Briar College graduate Meredith Haga wrote the words “I am here because of an organ donor” on her graduation cap. For her, nothing else could demonstrate the feelings of the day.

The Bristol, Va., native had no idea her cap would be featured in a photo album on the college’s Facebook page. She certainly could not have imagined how many people would see the picture.

As of Thursday morning, it had reached more than 1.32 million people, tallying more than 3,600 likes and 9,000 shares.

The attention is mind-blowing to Haga. She was 17 when she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that attacked her kidneys. In October 2011, her kidneys failed and she spent nearly a year on dialysis.

“I sat in a dialysis chair and watched my life move on without me,” she recalled. “I knew that someone had to die so that I could live.” Continue reading

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Health: Transplant recipient wants to change lives


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NILES — Fallon Coody knows what it’s like to wait for news that a donor has been found for a life-saving organ transplant. Growing up, she spent four of her first eight years in the hospital and underwent two liver transplants, with the first one failing after a short time.

Now 33, Coody talks about the subject whenever she can.

The need for organ donors is always there, said Tim Makinen, communications director for Gift of Life Michigan. The number of people on the waiting list for a life-saving transplant in Michigan grew slightly over the last year. “Put another way, names are added to the waiting list faster than they come off because of organ transplants,” he said.

Michigan’s waiting list currently numbers more than 3,600 people, of which 34 are age 17 or younger, including 14 who are 5 years old or younger. In Indiana, more than 1,400 men, women and children are awaiting a transplant.

Makinen said that 898 people in Michigan received an organ donation in 2015, with 681 of the organs coming from deceased donors. At the same time, 174 people died last year while waiting for a transplant and 191 became too sick to get one. Continue reading
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SF surgeon seeks law fix to do transplant from HIV-infected donor

Dr. Peter Stock, a UCSF transplant surgeon, visits the state Capitol to press for passage of the bill.Photo: Steve German, Special To The Chronicle
SF GATE | Melanie Gutierrez

SACRAMENTO — A San Francisco surgeon preparing to perform a life-saving liver transplant from an HIV-positive donor to an HIV-positive patient ran up against an unexpected problem this month. The procedure, although allowed under federal law, is illegal in California.

On Wednesday, UCSF transplant surgeon Peter Stock stood before a group of lawmakers at the state Capitol and pleaded for an immediate law change that would allow him to try to save his patient’s life. And legislators are rushing to fix the California law this week in hopes that the change comes before it’s too late.


“We had been given the green light to proceed less than a month ago from the institutional review board,” Stock told The Chronicle. “Everything came to a halt when we found out it’s still illegal in California.”

SB1408 would delete a provision in California law that makes it a crime — punishable by up to six years in prison — for a person with HIV or AIDS to donate blood or organs under any circumstance, even if it is to help a person already infected with the virus. The bill would allow transplants from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients and ensures the state Medical Board can’t penalize doctors for conducting such procedures. Continue reading
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Area transplant recipients participating In the Donate Life Transplant Games of America

Murrells Inlet man wins medals in Donate Life Transplant Games of America

WBTW | Nicole Boone

CHARLESTON, SC – LifePoint and Donate Life South Carolina will send members of Team SC on Friday, June 10th to the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America (TGA) in Cleveland, OH. Every two years, the TGA brings together recipients, living donors, donor families and health professionals to celebrate the success of transplantation; honor the lasting legacy of donors; provide hope to those who continue to wait; and promote donor registration. The TGA is a multi-sport festival event that celebrates organ, eye, and tissue donation. It will last six days from June 10-15, 2016 and will highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of donors and recipients.

Team SC is made up of transplant recipients and living donors who are the competitors as well as donor family members, staff and others who are the supporters. Comprised of 23 competitors and a total of 95 South Carolinians, Team SC will be going to Cleveland in June for the six day summer event.

The Pee Dee and Grand Strand area team members include: Continue reading
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Honoring Older Americans Month in May


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Did you know that in 2015 about 33% of organ, eye, and tissue donors were over 50 years old? There is no age limit on giving the gift of life.

In May, we celebrate Older Americans Month. To increase donor registrations, it is critical to address myths surrounding age and health. Anyone of any age can register to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. And, anyone of any age can be the recipient of an organ, eye, and tissue transplant. Join the conversation by sharing these important messages on social media with friends and family:

  • Not in perfect health? Don't rule yourself out! Anyone can register as an organ donor regardless of age or medical condition. Learn more at organdonor.gov
  • Anyone of any age has the potential to save 8 lives and improve the quality of life for as many as 50+ others. Learn more at organdonor.gov.
  • Did you know that in 2015, 58% of organ recipients were over the age of 50?
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DAUGHTER AND FATHER LEAD ACTIVE LIVES SIX YEARS AFTER KIDNEY TRANSPLANT


SOUTH SEATTLE EMERALD | Regina Sassoon Friedland
During a routine check-up in 2006, South Seattle’s Albert Behar learned that his kidneys were no longer functioning properly. He kept up with regular visits to his nephrologist and made the recommended dietary changes.

Two years later, Behar’s health had declined. He was faced with the choice of beginning dialysis or starting the process of being a kidney transplant recipient. He asked to be enrolled in the Organ Transplant Waiting List. When he shared this with his family, they learned the waiting list was long and that transplant recipients have a higher success rate if surgery is done prior to the start of dialysis.

Two of Behar’s children wanted to see if they could be compatible donors for their father. His daughter, Lea Hanan, would go through the screening process first. She was a match, but first needed to lose some weight to be eligible to donate. She hit the gym and carefully watched her diet, losing the necessary 35 pounds to be cleared as a donor. Continue reading
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Couple Shares Remarkable Story of Kidney Transplant


THE NEW JOURNAL AND GUIDE | Rosaland Tyler

After undergoing a kidney transplant operation on March 21 at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hume-Lee Transplant Center, Djuna Paige is bouncing back at her home in Hampton Roads. So is her husband JP Paige. It’s important to stress that both are bouncing back because both underwent kidney surgery. But this does not mean that Djuna Paige received a kidney from her husband, JP Paige, who was more than willing to give his wife one of his kidneys; but it was not a match. Instead, his wife Djuna Paige received a kidney from a good Samaritan, Tracey Ridpath, who decided to become an organ donor after her friend, Roger Green, died from cancer in October 2015 in Colonial Heights, according to WAVY-TV.

In the process, JP became a kidney donor to benefit the life of another person for whom he was a match. “I have Lupus, and so Lupus had attacked my kidneys and caused them to fail,” Djuna Paige said in a WAVY-TV interview on April 28. She was diagnosed with Lupus about 12 years ago. About six years later, her kidneys began to fail. “Now, it is going good,” Djuna Paige said in a recent phone interview with the New Journal and Guide following her surgery at VCU on March 21. “I had to do two processes where the staples and stents were removed a few weeks ago. Now I am doing blood work and my medications are being monitored. Continue reading
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Halstead man who underwent double transplant encourages people to donate their organs

Halstead man who underwent double transplant encourages people to donate their organs
HALSTEAD GAZETTE

MAN who had kidney and pancreas transplant two years ago is encouraging people to sign up for organ donation.

Andrew Farrow, 35, of Halstead, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 12 and had to inject himself five times a day.

However, he admits to not taking proper care of the condition, which causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high, and this has caused him to have numb sensations in his feet and go blind in one eye.

He was forced to go on dialysis in January 2014 when his kidneys deteriorated, travelling to Colchester hospital three times a week for the treatment.

He said: "It used to take all day.

"It makes you feel very tired on the days you don't have the treatment as well so you can't have a job or a normal life." Continue reading
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Garrett’s Path: A young boy lives on through organ donation

KWQC | Bailey Deitz


BURLINGTON, Iowa (KWQC) – One boy, one decision, and hundreds of lives forever changed. Out of tragedy a Burlington family made it their mission to help others.

In this special report, KWQC’s Bailey Deitz tells the story of young Garrett Brockway. He was killed in a freak accident just days after his 10th birthday. Several years later his gifts and his story of organ donation are still impacting lives all across the country. Continue reading

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Tiny organ donor’s story spreads message of hope in Youngstown

WKBN | Lindsey Watson

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A baby’s short life was honored with an event in Youngstown to raise awareness and money for organ donation.

The Churchill United Methodist Church hosted the second annual Team Sophia Spaghetti Dinner and Chinese Auction on Sunday to benefit Lifebanc, Ohio’s organ procurement organization.

Sophia Slifka passed away four years ago on the same day she was born, but her story is not just a sad one. It’s also about hope, life and love.

“Because she was full-term, she was 8-pounds 11-ounces, she was able to become a heart valve donor and that has brought us so much hope and joy,” said her mother, Deanna Slifka. “There’s a huge need across the United States, and Ohio as well, for organ and tissue donors.”

Over 3,500 people in the state are on the waiting list for an organ. Approximately 2,000 of them live in northeast Ohio.

“One donor has the potential to save 58 lives through everything that they can donate,” said Sophia’s father, Joe Slifka. Continue reading

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Organ donation memorial at Burton Hospital is lovely way to remember

BURTON MAIL | Andrew Musgrove

A NEW memorial honouring those who have donated their organs to help save lives has been unveiled.

The garden memorial is not yet open at Burton's Queen's Hospital but can be viewed by patients and visitors.

Dozens of birds have been placed on the windows and walls of a hospital garden.

The garden has been named Another Chance to Fly – tying in nicely with the birds and representing the second chance many people get after receiving an organ donation.

Chairman of the NHS Blood and Transplant authority at Burton's Queen's Hospital, William Saunders, was happy to see the memorial near completion.

He said: "I think it is important we have something that serves as a memory for those families who have a very difficult time but have given a chance to enhance someone else's life.

"The name is the closest thing we have to the birds flying but also links to giving someone another chance to a better life.

"I'm very pleased to see it – we have been talking about this for two or three years and now it has come to fruition. Continue reading
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