Saturday, December 10, 2016

For organ transplant recipients and donors, life is a daily gift

MASS LIVE | Melissa Hanson

Muriel donated part of her liver to her cousin, Janie. Organ recipients and donors thanked each other and their doctors at the UMass Memorial Medical Center Gift of Life.
Muriel Michaud had to be sneaky when it came to asking her cousin's doctors to test her and see if she would be a match to give her cousin a piece of her liver.

Janie Grandbois had non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver and needed a transplant. Her liver was failing.

"She wouldn't tell me who I could call to find out if I could donate," Michaud, of Lisbon, Maine, said.

But Michaud figured it out and called anyway. After secretly going through the tests, she found out she was a match.

Grandbois, of Lewiston, Maine, started to put up a fight when Michaud told her she would be donating half of her liver.

"She just kept saying I could never ask you to do that, and I told her she didn't ask me. I was offering," Michaud recalled. Continue reading
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Fallen Mesa County deputy's wife shares story

KUSA |  Jessica Oh


KUSA - The widow of a deputy who was killed in the line of duty in Mesa County is honoring his life by riding on the 14th annual Donor Life Rose Parade Float on January 2nd.

Mesa County Deputy Derek Geer was shot and killed by a teenager in February. His wife, Kate Geer, says he had always been an advocate and supporter of organ donations. She was not registered to donate until their wedding day. He talked her into it, according to Kate.

"I was a little uneasy about it at first being in my mid 20's and never having even thought about it really," Geer said.

Unfortunately, it's a common mindset, according to Andrea Smith with Donate Life.

"I do feel like there is some sort of fear and misconception around donation and everything related with end of life," Smith said. Continue reading

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BLOOD DRIVE HELD IN HONOR OF OWNER OF FRESNO PIZZA PARLOR

ABC 30  | Corin Hoggard

Jose David Salinas has been serving up pizzas for years but, lately, has been seriously sick. (KFSN)
A Fresno pizza shop owner is the inspiration behind a blood drive that could save several lives this weekend.

Jose David Salinas is best known for spinning dough and slinging pizzas, all the way up to the Fast Eddie's Pizza favorite -- the 28-inch Big Ed.

"He's a very down-to-earth guy," blood donor Courtney Salinas said. "He's the type to always give his shirt off his back for somebody. He always helps the homeless people who are out there."

But, right now, Jose can't even eat pizza and he may soon be the one in need. His kidney function is down to about 18 percent so he has to avoid salt and dairy, and he'll probably need an organ transplant before long. Life for him has started to pass by pretty fast.

"A lot of changes," David Salinas with the shop said. "Changes your way of eating, the way I look at life. It's just, it catches you by surprise." Continue reading

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How Judaism's definition of death can boost organ donations

BBC NEWS | Lipika Pelham

Talmudic law governs life among observant Jewish people
When Robert Berman, an Orthodox Jew from the US, settled in Jerusalem, he was not prepared for the strong resistance to his argument for organ donation from some sections of the society.

To advance his cause he has had to engage in the most profound and tricky discussions on religion and death.

Many Orthodox rabbis have described the act of taking organs from a brain-dead person as retzicha - tantamount to murder.

This view is also supported by some non-religious Jews who have been brought up with the tradition of protecting the wholeness of the human body.

In the modern Jewish state of Israel, this remains a controversial and emotive topic.

The country has one of the world's most sophisticated medical systems but a decade ago it was expelled from the European Union donor scheme for taking organs but not providing many. Only 3% of the population had donor cards. Continue reading
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Saving Face: How One Pioneering Surgeon Is Pushing the Limits of Facial Transplants

SMITHSONIAN | Arielle Emmett

His reconstructed faces have tongues that taste and eyelids that blink. But will they withstand the test of time?

Dr. Rodriguez (NYU Langone Medical Center)
On September 5, 2001, Patrick Hardison’s face caught fire.

The 27-year-old volunteer fireman had climbed into a mobile home through a burning window, after hearing a man scream that his wife might be trapped inside. It turned out the man's wife wasn’t inside at all; she was fishing in a stream down the road. Hardison wasn’t so lucky. Once he made it inside, the ceiling collapsed. Hardison tore off his fireman’s mask, only to feel it melting in his hands. By the time he was pulled from the window and paramedics had pushed an IV into his arm, his fellow firefighters couldn’t recognize him. His face had melted and turned to char.

Hardison ended up losing every facial feature he had: eyelids, ears, lips, scalp, facial skin, hair, most of his nose. Even after more than 80 reconstructive surgeries, his face still resembled a fright mask. Doctors used flesh pulled from his thigh to cover over his skull, leaving his eyes narrowed to pinpricks by layers of scarred and fused skin. He wore sunglasses and a baseball cap to protect himself from the stares of people on the street. He was going blind. He spent the next 15 years in the shadows, fighting depression and addiction to pain killers, and ultimately losing his marriage and his tire business.

Then in August, 2015, a miracle happened: a possible face donor had been found. Continue reading
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GOVERNOR TO BE HONORED WITH DONATE LIFE PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD

VT DIGGER |  Matthew Boger, Donate Life Vermont


VT hits the highest percentage of registered Organ & Tissue Donors to date

973 Transplants in New England to date in 2016

Montpelier, VT – State House – Monday December 12th at 11:30 AM, Governor Peter Shumlin will be honored with the 2016 Donate Life Vermont Person of the Year Award after VT reached the highest monthly percentage of registered organ and tissue donors to date. Health Commissioner Harry Chen, DMV Commissioner Robert Ide, members of the VT Advisory Council on Organ and Tissue Donation, and individuals personally touched by organ donation will share their stories.

What: Season of Thanks – Organ Donation Saves Lives
– VT hits the highest percentage of registered Organ & Tissue Donors to date
– Governor honored with Donate Life Person of the Year Award
– 973 Transplants in New England to date in 2016

When: Monday, December 12th at 11:30 AM
Where: Vermont State House – Governor’s Chambers. Continue reading 
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The ultimate Christmas present: Father gives sick son, 17, a kidney after learning he'd have to wait a decade for a transplant

DAILY MAIL |  Rebecca Taylor

Lou Lawson, 40, with his son Joseph, 17, who has Alport Syndrome
A hero father has given his teenage son the ultimate Christmas present, after donating him a kidney.

Lou Lawson, 40, underwent the operation after he successfully matched as a donor for his son, Joseph, who is 17-years-old.

Joseph has suffered from Alport Syndrome - a genetic condition which causes kidney disease - since he was three.

In the last two years his condition had deteriorated and he needed dialysis.

In the last two years his condition had deteriorated and he needed dialysis.

After Lou stepped forwards to donate one of his kidneys, he told his son 'that's it for Christmas.' Continue reading
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Tri-City Medical Center Awarded Platinum Recognition for its Organ Donation Advocacy

TRI-CITY MEDICAL CENTER


North County hospital earns highest honor for organ, eye and tissue outreach efforts

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Tri-City Medical Center has received platinum level recognition, the highest honor, from the national Hospital Organ Donation Campaign for its efforts driving organ, eye and tissue donation and registration.

The award-winning hospital partners with Lifesharing, a Donate Life organization, to educate and register new donors to help reduce the organ shortage crisis. California’s waiting list is the longest in the U.S. with more than 22,000 men, women and children waiting for an organ transplant. On average, three people die waiting each day in California. A single donor can save up to eight lives.

“We are proud of our record encouraging the community to register for organ donation,” said Sharon Schultz, Chief Executive Nurse of Tri-City Medical Center. “Our physicians, nurses and staff understand that organ donation saves lives, and they work diligently to raise awareness and encourage patients to register to help meet California’s dire need.” Continue reading
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Memorial Hermann-TMC joins forces with LifeGift to address nation's critical shortage of organs

THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

Dozens of attendees gathered at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center following Friday's event to show off their Donate Life bracelets in honor of organ donation
More than a dozen new people joined the organ donor registry Friday as part of an initiative by Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and LifeGift to address the growing national organ shortage by raising awareness for the mission while celebrating those who make the selfless decision to share the gift of life.

Demand for organs has risen sharply in recent years, but the number of organ donors and organs transplanted has remained relatively stagnant in the past decade, creating a widening gap that has lengthened the waiting list for those who need lifesaving transplants. There are nearly 120,000 people across the nation on the waiting list for an organ transplant, and every 10 minutes, a new name gets added to the list.

Some recipients wait months, even years, before a match is found. Sadly, 22 people lose their lives every day before receiving the call that could save them.

In response to the growing national crisis, the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration has called on hospitals to play a greater role in promoting donor registration. Memorial Hermann-TMC has responded to this request with a special tribute to organ donors, donor families and recipients that was unveiled to the public Friday morning in the hospital’s Rick Smith Gallery. The installment, called The Ultimate Gift, highlights the importance of organ donation through specially commissioned portraits of donors, donor families and recipients which will be on display for the next several weeks. Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Mother of organ donor and transplant recipient meet for first time

NEWS 4 SAN ANTONIO | Zack Hedrick


SAN ANTONIO -- The mother of a high school football player, who died after a tragic car crash one year ago, is meeting one of her son's transplant recipients for the first time.

The donor's family and the recipient have exchanged letters and talked over the phone before Friday’s meeting.

Prior to the get together, there was a range of emotions for both Kent Kirkman and Karla Gonzalez.

“I'm feeling excited,” said Kirkman.

“Very nervous but I'm excited, too,” added Gonzalez.

About 16 years ago, Kent began to lose his eye sight. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Shooting Victim's Kidney Donation Saves Woman's Life

KDLT | Kelsie Passolt

Shooting victim Anthony Gabriel
SIOUX FALLS - Anthony Gabriel is a name you might recognize. He died after a shooting near the Empire Mall back in 2015. A jury decided the young man who pulled the trigger acted in self-defense, but the incident still resulted in a life lost.

It's been a painful journey for Anthony's family and friends, but after the 18-year-old’s death, they found out something very special about him-- he's helped dozens of other people as an organ donor. This week, they got to meet a woman who owes her life to him. On Monday, 40-year-old Cat Lee flew all the way from Alhambra, California.

"I came here to give my gratitude and let them know I'm grateful to receive Anthony's kidney,” she says Tuesday night, meeting Anthony’s family and friends at Pizza Ranch on 41st Street in Sioux Falls. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Life after the transplant: Brother, sister thankful for kidney donation

DAILY JOURNAL |  Ryan Trares

Thinking about the life moments that could have been missed is almost too difficult to stomach.

Without a life-saving kidney transplant he received in 2010, Mark Ulrey likely wouldn’t have been able to officiate the wedding of his oldest daughter, Jackie.

He wouldn’t be able to see his middle daughter, Bethany, graduate from Center Grove, or his youngest daughter Jessica start her freshman year at the high school.

All of it was possible because of one person’s extraordinary contribution.
“Because what my donor did for me, I’ve been able to see all of these special moments that a dad would want to see,” he said. “Without that gift, my life could be completely different.”
Six years have passed since Ulrey and his sister, Lisa Edwards, each received transplants to correct a genetic disorder that had destroyed their own kidneys. Though the process has come with its challenges, it also has allowed the siblings to enjoy a life they never would have without the transplants. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Seven-year-old Kenzy rushed to London for vital liver transplant

THE COURIER UK | Jaime Milligan

Kenzy is now resting after undergoing his six hour surgery.
A seven-year-old Arbroath boy placed on high priority is recovering after undergoing a much needed liver transplant.

The family of Kenzy Oliver made a frantic trip to London on Friday night after receiving word a suitable replacement organ had been found.

After hopping on an air ambulance from Dundee Airport, Kenzy was checked into hospital where he underwent six hours of surgery.

As of this morning, the youngster is recuperating as doctors wait to see how he reacts to his new liver.

Kenzy’s mum Michelle revealed: “That’s Kenzy out of surgery and in recovery, get to see him in half an hour or so.

“Kenzy got a full left side of a liver at a good size that fills most of the space provided. Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Sushma Swaraj undergoes kidney transplant, condition stable: AIIMS

BUSINESS STANDARDS | Press Trust of India


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj "successfully" underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS here today and her condition is stable.

Swaraj, 64, was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit after the nearly six-hour-long surgery by a team of 50.

AIIMS sources said the kidney for Swaraj was donated by a woman who is in her 40s and not related to the External Affairs Minister.

A team of senior doctors has been monitoring the minister's condition round-the-clock. Continue reading
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Friday, December 9, 2016

This Holiday Season the Gift of Life is Shared Within Mediaplanet’s “Transplants” Campaign

PRWEB 

Mediaplanet Teams up With Katherine Heigl, American Society of Transplants, Donate Life and More to Advocate for Organ Donation

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) DECEMBER 09, 2016

123,000 people in the United States 
who are currently waiting for a lifesaving 
organ transplant
Mediaplanet today announces distribution of the latest edition of “Transplants,” a cross-platform campaign that raises awareness for organ transplantation while encouraging readers to sign up as an organ donor for the 123,000 people in the United States who are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.

An organ donor can save up to 8 saves through organ donation and enhance many others through tissue donation, however thousands die every year waiting for a donor organ that never comes. Throughout the campaign we look at the impact an organ and/or bone marrow donation can make while highlighting the best resources and services available that are working to make sure we continue to see progress in the transplant field.

Actress & Organ Donation Advocate, Katherine Heigl, speaks out about her family’s tragic loss of her brother and the compassionate act that saved four lives in the print and digital campaign. In an exclusive interview with Mediaplanet, Katherine and her mother, Nancy Heigl, share their story in hopes to continue to spread awareness on organ donation.

“We knew that a young man got his heart and two people got their sight back,” she says. “Who received them didn’t matter other than that they saved other lives.” The family’s act gave 4 different people another chance and while the decision was tough they knew it was the right one. “Even in the midst of unimaginable pain and sorrow, I knew that we needed to have as much compassion for others as we had for ourselves”, Nancy Heigl adds. Continue reading
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Utah family who lost daughter awaiting heart transplant becomes advocates for organ donation

FOX 13 | Hope Woodside


UTAH – A Utah family became advocates for organ donation after the death of their 8-year-old daughter, and they are sharing their story in this week's edition of Gift of Hope.

James and Valeria Frandsen’s daughter, Vittoria, was born with Marfan syndrome, which is a connective tissue disorder.

At the age of eight she needed surgery to replace her aorta with a synthetic implant.

“In surgery there were complications, her heart was damaged, and she lost the use of half of her heart,” James Frandsen said.

After a month, a heart transplant didn’t happen, and she passed away in the ICU.

“She was a very stubborn, awesome girl,” Valeria Frandsen said. “She was beautiful, she was very generous, very talented. She loved drawing, she loved watching ‘Untold Stories of the ER’ with her dad because she spent so much time in the hospital... She loved her little brother, just for the nine months she was able to be with him.” Continue reading
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Family of Local Organ Donor, Transplant Recipient Meet

FOX 42 | Doug Johnson


A Folsom family got a special gift Tuesday, the opportunity to meet the woman whose life was saved by a kidney donated by their daughter after her death on what would have been her 30th birthday.

"We feel like we've fulfilled our daughter's wishes," said Ken West, Kaylee West's father.

In 2011, Kaylee West suffered a brain aneurysm in her sleep. But she left a gift for a woman she had never met, Jeanne Schreiber, one of her kidneys.

"I first heard about her Thanksgiving week," Schreiber told FOX40.

While Schreiber always wanted to know more about who donated the kidney, doctors and others in the medical field encouraged her not to look into it.

"All I knew about my transplant donor at the time almost 6 years ago, I thought he was a male, and I thought he died in a vehicular accident. That's all I knew," Schreiber said.

But a couple of weeks ago, Sierra Donor Services called Schreiber and the Wests to arrange a meeting with the hope sharing Kaylee's story will get others talking about organ donations. Continue reading
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Gratitude for gift of life; High marks for transplants done, organ donors registered

THE CHRONICLE JOURNAL | Matt Vis

Garry Cooper

Twenty years ago, Gary Cooper never thought he would be in a position where he would need an organ donation.

But due to a condition that has attacked his liver, Cooper has been on the receiving end of a pair donations over the past two decades.

Cooper said he was “blessed” to have received two transplants.

“I also have to make sure people understand that as grateful as I am, I have never forgotten my two donors,” Cooper said.

“Never. And on my birth dates when my transplants took place, they are certainly foremost on my mind, those families. I know it must have been a tragedy for them to go through to have lost a loved one. But yet they were brave enough to go along with the wishes of their loved one as they passed on.” Continue reading
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30 years after transplant surgery, Surrey kidney recipient hopes to meet and thank family of donor

VANCOUVER SUN | Brian Morton

Sarah Vant Geloof with son Jeremy Vant Geloof and husband Rick Geloof at their Surrey home. It's been 30 years since Sarah received a kidney from an anonymous donor, whose family she now wants to meet and thank. JASON PAYNE / PNG
Sarah Vant Geloof desperately wants to meet the surviving family members of a person whose life-saving kidney was donated to her 30 years ago today.

The 48-year-old Surrey resident, who has been married for 27 years and has one son, was attached to a dialysis machine on Dec. 7, 1986 when she got the word that a donor had been found.

The next day, Vant Geloof — who suffered kidney failure at age 14 after a bout of strep throat — underwent transplant surgery. She thinks the kidney she received may have been from a young man who died in a motorcycle accident.

“I received the kidney early in the morning Dec. 8, (but) they didn’t give out the information on donors when you have a cadaver transplant,” said Vant Geloof. “So, I’ve always thought that it would be nice to meet the people who had to make that decision.

“Not very many transplant patients have done as well as I have, which is why this is a fairly big deal to be 30 years post transplant. I am hoping if nothing else this family may read (this) article and see how well their loved one has made an incredible difference to my life.” Continue reading
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Support Coordinator Works With HUMC To Aid Grieving Families

HACKENSACK DAILY VOICE | Lauren Kidd Ferguson

Juan Garcia of Paterson travels to hospitals throughout the state as a family support coordinator for the NJ Sharing Network. Photo Credit: Contributed
PATERSON, N.J. – Juan Garcia’s job isn’t easy.

The family support coordinator for the NJ Sharing Network travels across the state to meet with and counsel families facing sudden grief.

The Paterson man is there for families whose loved ones may be pronounced brain dead. He guides families through trauma.

Whatever a family needs, Garcia is there.
“If I were in that situation, I would want someone to be there for me, so I see it from that perspective."
There are more than 5,000 people in New Jersey waiting for life-saving organ or tissue transplants, said Garcia, whose organization helps coordinate donations.

“One person potentially can save up to seven lives through organ donation, and through tissue it could be even more than 50 people. Pretty amazing,” he said. Continue reading
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HEART TRANSPLANT GIVES MAN SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE

ABC 13 | Natasha Barrett


HOUSTON (KTRK) --  On the same week this Pasadena mother found out her son Cody was brain dead after falling ill, doctors told Ray Charles Anderson from The Woodlands some devastating news.

Anderson was told by doctors he could die, he said, "Well, they said previously on a visit to call my family together to say their goodbyes."

Anderson discovered he had heart disease and was put on a heart transplant list in 2012. He spent months at Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute waiting for a second chance at life.

He added, "I just felt God wasn't ready for me yet because I had grandkids and to watch them grow up. You had stuff to do. Yes, he wasn't finished with me yet."

Twenty-three year-old Cody had already signed up to be an organ donor. He died just months before his first son was born. Cody's mother Stacey Harsey said the transplant, "...helped me manage it a whole lot better. Just knowing him and knowing he helped save someone's life." Continue reading

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Newark toddler lives on in children who needed second chance

NJ.com | Barry Carter

Patti Jackson sits with Abel Montesino at her home in Newark on December 8, 2016 . Montesino received Jackson's 13 month old daughter's kidney after she was hit by a car. (Alexandra Pais | For NJ Advance Media)
Five years ago, Abel Montesino missed an entire year of school in Newark.

The then-eighth-grader was on dialysis, a tiresome process that began to wear on him, making the 14-year-old teen doubt he'd ever receive the kidney he desperately needed.

"I was getting depressed,'' he said. "Dialysis was painful."

That same year -- on April 7, 2011 -- 13-month-old Zoe Jackson was with her cousin and aunt as they crossed South 18th Street at 18th Avenue in Newark. At the same time, a stolen Jeep, with two teens in it, came speeding the wrong way along the one-way street. The driver lost control of the Jeep and it hit another vehicle, sending that car crashing into Zoe and her family members.

The little, chubby-cheeked girl died two days later. But her mother, Patti Jackson, didn't want that to be the end of her daughter's life.

Zoe lives on through organ donation. Her heart went to a 2-year-old boy; her liver to a 1-year-old boy. Continue reading
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Video: Students celebrate Newberry, urged to Donate Life


THE MIRROR | Luke Ulatowski, Managing Editor, Website Editor


Danika Newberry, a junior psychology major with ventricular tachycardia, returned to Lakeland to tell her story and ask students to become organ donors in a special convocation.

The Pi Kappa Gamma sorority hosted the convocation on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Bradley Theatre. Kimberly Bahr, a representative of Donate Life Wisconsin, took the stage to inform students of how organ donation works. Continue reading
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Great Plains Health to host organ donation open house

NORTH PLATTE TELEGRAPH | Kamie Stephan


According to Donate Life Nebraska, a single organ donor can save up to 50 people. On Tuesday, Nebraska Organ Recovery will “Celebrate the Gift” of organ donors at Great Plains Health.

The open house in North Platte is one of five taking place across the state this month. The annual celebration is a way for the families of donors, recipients, medical professionals, caregivers and anyone else touched by organ donation to come together.


“The holiday season can be such a difficult time for families who have lost a loved one,” said Heather Hamilton, family support manager at Nebraska Organ Recovery. “We want to honor the gifts these donors have given, and make sure their family and friends know that they are not alone in their grief.”

The event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Great Plains Health; refreshments will be served. Guests will also have the opportunity to decorate an ornament to be placed on a special donor remembrance tree. Continue reading
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Organ donor honored at hospital ceremony

FARMINGTON DAILY TIMES |  Leigh Black Irvin

Jade Yazzie, second from left, Takota Yazzie and Franky Yazzie hug family members Wednesday after a ceremony honoring organ donor Jasper Yazzie at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington.(Photo: Jon Austria/The Daily Times)
FARMINGTON — The San Juan Regional Medical Center and New Mexico Donor Services joined forces to organize a ceremony today honoring the late Jasper Yazzie, whose organ donations helped save the life of a relative and four other people.

During the ceremony this afternoon, Yazzie’s wife, Tenaj Yazzie, and three daughters, Takota, Jade and Franky Yazzie, tearfully put the finishing touches on a floragraph of Yazzie. A floragraph is a picture made out of organic material such as seeds and coffee grounds. The floragraph will be part of the “Donate Life” float that will be included in the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2 in Pasadena, Calif.

Yazzie’s death was the result of a car accident Sept. 10. Because he had checked the organ donor box on his driver’s license, some of his organs and tissues were harvested.

Coincidentally, one of Yazzie’s relatives, 61-year-old Clifford Werito, was on the waiting list for a kidney. Yazzie’s wife, Tenaj, is Werito’s daughter’s maternal cousin.

During the ceremony, Werito described how he became ill and, beginning in 2010, needed to undergo kidney dialysis. Continue reading

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Johnson County Sheriff Detective Cochran to be honored in Rose Parade

THE SOUTHSIDE TIMES | Nicole Davis


It is an emotional time of year for Johnson County Sheriff’s detective Kirby Cochran, of Franklin. As he travels the state speaking about organ donation, it has been nearly three years since he received his kidney transplant from Tracy Driscoll of Wabash, Ind.

Cochran and Driscoll have been selected as this year’s honorees on the Indiana Donor Network and Donate Life Indiana’s Donate Life Rose Parade Float for the Tournament of Roses Parade in California on Jan. 2, 8 a.m. Cochran will ride on the float which depicts Driscoll’s image with a floragraph, a piece of artwork made from natural materials.

Driscoll, along with representatives from Franciscan Health and Indiana Donor Network, spoke on Dec. 2 at the Indianapolis hospital campus. Continue reading

The floragraph of Tracy which will go on the parade float.
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Two Families, Two Lives, One Future. "A Gift of the Heart", Soon to Be a Movie, is a Powerful Story About Friendship.

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Orlando, Florida - December 8, 2016 - (Newswire.com)

​​​Two Families, Two Lives, One Future. “A Gift of the Heart”, soon to be a movie, is a powerful story about friendship. It is told with a thoughtful approach while depicting the heartache of cancer, prejudices and the struggle of crossing racial boundaries, both situations that are all too familiar in today’s world.

“A Gift of the Heart” by Andrew Heller opens in Cuba, setting the scene for main characters Juan and Ali. Juan and his pregnant wife Maria are contemplating life in Cuba under the Castro regime and are hoping for a better life one day. After their son Ali is born, the family begins the journey to America on a makeshift raft. Only Juan and Ali make it to shore.

Fast-forward 12 years to find Juan and Ali making a life as best they can in the United States. Ali befriends Sydney Goldberg and Adalia as his father struggles to provide for him with money he earns from an underground fight club. It is later discovered that Ali has an incurable brain disease and Sydney has a life-threatening heart ailment that requires a heart transplant. Continue reading

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Two years after her death, organ donor still giving

WORCHESTER MAG |  Walter Bird Jr.

Above, Mary Daniel and her husband, Jim/Walter Bird Jr. photo
The last thing Mary Daniel’s sister ever said to her was, “Happy Birthday.” A few short days later, she would see her sister, Ellen Levesque, alive one last time. It is not, however, the last time she has felt the presence of her sister’s spirit. Through one final act of giving, Levesque made sure she would live on through others. And Daniel is positive her sister is still with her, two years after her death.

Levesque was 45 when, on a Tuesday night, Dec. 9, 2014 around 5 p.m., she fell into a diabetic coma and was hospitalized. Four days later, on Dec. 13, she died.

Daniel, a fitness instructor at Worcester Fitness, was at work when she took the call from the hospital that her sister had been hospitalized.

“I left the gym and came here,” she said of rushing to her sister’s side at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Continue reading
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'Stop thousands of transplant patients dying' as Jeremy Hunt urged to adopt opt-out organ donor register

MIRROR | Andrew Gregory

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has hailed the success of the system in Wales and urged the Health Secretary to do the same across the UK

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Jeremy Hunt has been urged to adopt an opt-out organ donor system and stop transplant patients dying needlessly by Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Mr Jones hailed the success of the system which was introduced in Wales a year ago, and added that rolling it out across the UK was simply a “no brainer”.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror, Mr Jones said: “It’s given more people the opportunity of life.

“We did it. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility for other nations in the UK to do the same. The message I give to Jeremy Hunt is that it is working well in Wales.

“At the end of the day, judge it by the way it has operated - it has operated well. More people are alive as a result of the organs that have been made available.” Continue reading
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