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Sunday, September 25, 2016

National liver transplant proposal gets thumbs down in region

THE KANSAS CITY STAR |  Judy L. Thomas

Proposed changes to liver allocation rules could take some donor livers away from the Kansas City area.

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 A proposal to change the way livers from deceased donors are allocated nationwide got a thumbs down Friday from doctors and those in the transplant community attending a regional meeting in Kansas City of the national organ-sharing network.

 


After several attendees spoke in strong opposition, the proposed changes were voted down 22-0, with two abstaining.

The vote, which was nonbinding, was taken during the Region 8 business meeting of the United Network for Organ Sharing. The region encompasses Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa.

“I think this policy proposal is seriously flawed,” said William Chapman, a St. Louis transplant surgeon. “The idea that we have a problem is one that is generally recognized and generally accepted, and I think all in the transplant community want to help fix it. But the significant, vast majority of regions do not think that this is a good idea.” Continue reading

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Japanese law impedes a U.S. family’s plan to donate newborn’s organs should she die

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER | Deepa Bharath

Photo: Little Zephy's Mission
Fabian Gosin watched eagerly as his daughter Zephaniah – Zephy – was born.

Named after a prophet in the Old Testament, Zephaniah, which means “the Lord is my secret,” was born without sound, movement or breath.

All her dad, an Orange County native who served in the Air Force, can remember is this: “She was gray, like a raincloud.”

Doctors at the hospital in Okinawa, Japan, where Gosin lives with his wife, Lynsey, put Zephy on a table. She was born with the umbilical cord wrapped twice around her neck. She wasn’t breathing.

They frantically pumped her chest and whisked her away in an ambulance to another hospital. For 24 days, that’s where she has remained, on life support.

Doctors said Zephy had suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, which means her brain has been permanently and irreversibly damaged because she didn’t have enough oxygen to breathe. But her brain is still hanging by a thread, sending out feeble waves. Zephy hasn’t been declared brain dead – not yet. Continue reading

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For more information and updates about Zephy's condition, visit the Gosins' blog: littlezephy.wordpress.com. To find out how to help, visit youcaring.com/lynsey-and-fabian-gosin-644379
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Local kidney, pancreas recipient speaking out to raise awareness

WOODSTOCK SENTINEL REVIEW |  Steve Rice
More than 100 turned out for the Stratford Kidney Walk, which went from Upper Queen's Park and around Lake Victoria on Saturday, helping raise about $10,000. STEVE RICE/ The Beacon Herald
Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.

"That's a meal I'm never going to forget," said Jay Moon.

It came in late October of last year at London's University Hospital just a few days after the 43-year-old Stratford man received a new kidney and pancreas.

It was notable for being his first meal in 26 years without the need for insulin.

"Even something simple like getting a hospital tray with a tea on it with a real sugar packet beside the sweetener packet. I have the option," he said as he prepared for Saturday's Kidney Walk starting and finishing in Upper Queen's Park.

Moon shared some of his story with the record turnout of more than 100 before the walk began. It's something he's done more than a dozen times since his transplant surgery.

"Just trying to raise awareness about the transplant program, about the beadonor.com website and how easy it is to register to become a donor," he said. "And the importance of understanding that there are thousands of people across Ontario and Canada who could potentially benefit from someone taking five minutes to register. Many years down the road, that could become the miracle someone has been waiting a lifetime for. Continue reading
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Former SSMS teacher donates kidney to former student

STEAMBOAT PILOT & TODAY | Teresa Ristow
Recently retired Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher Tracy Bye, right, donated a kidney to former student Henry Howard, 29, on Sept. 1.
Steamboat Springs — When Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Jerry Buelter forwarded an email to staff seeking a kidney donor for former student Henry Howard, Howard didn’t expect much.
I sent it out thinking nothing was going to happen,” said Howard, who had struggled with poor kidney function for many years, having suffered from gout since the age of 20 and being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease three years ago.
Howard, now 29, had learned from his doctor in the past year that a transplant was needed, and his mother, a former middle school teacher, and wife, drafted a letter to school staff as one of many avenues seeking help for Howard, a son, husband and new father.

About eight months ago, we were sort of seeing that I was going to need a kidney pretty soon,” Howard said. Continue reading 
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Alabama Organ Center encourages AU and LSU fans to 'Donate Life'

WSFA | Rossana Smith


AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - This weekend the game between Auburn and LSU brought awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Both the AU Tigers and LSU Tigers are being encouraged at this game to donate life by becoming organ donors. It's a cause that has brought together these rivals beyond their performance on the field.

On November 30, 2015, a six-month-old LSU fan, John Clarke Perry, died from a vessel malformation in his brain. His parents generously donated his organs.

Davis Boswell, a five-month-old, from Auburn received Perry's heart. With the need for organ donors more critical than ever fans are getting a chance to do their part. Continue reading


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When Someone Gives You The Gift Of Life, Don't Waste It

THE HUFFINGTON POST AUSTRALIA | Bryan J. Rollins
GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO.  “Your kidney just finished an Ironman!”
It was New Year's Eve, and I had just stepped out of the shower. My 'party' clothes were all ready, and my friend's rooftop deck party awaited. I was 30, single, and life was as good as it gets.

Then the phone rang.

A doctor, who I'd never met before, told me to drive immediately to the hospital and give them my name, and he'd meet me there as soon as he could. For the next three minutes as he explained why, I barely heard a word.

Still in shock, waiting in a hospital room, the doctor came in and explained that the kidney biopsy results from my tests two days previous had revealed that I had MPGN-1, a rare autoimmune disorder where your immune system decides it doesn't like your kidneys and it's going to wipe them out. Normally, the disease takes a decade to impact your kidney function. Normally it occurs in kids or people with severe autoimmune disorders such as lupus or HIV. My case was even more rare -- I wasn't a kid, I had no such disorder. And instead of a decade, it had destroyed two thirds of my kidney function in three months. Continue reading
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He could tackle Jim Brown, not son's illness

GREENBAY PRESS-GAZETTE |  Nathan Phelps
Former Green Bay Packers Dave Robinson and John Brockington talk about the need for living organ donors. Nathan Phelps/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Dave Robinson’s story isn’t unusual.

The former Green Bay Packers linebacker lost his son, Robert, fifteen years ago while on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. About 4,500 Americans die every year waiting for a kidney.

Robinson and other former Packers, like John Brockington, are working to increase the number of living and deceased organ donors. Both were in Green Bay Sunday as part of an annual Packers alumni reunion — and to celebrate an Oakfield teacher and student who gained national attention for their living donation story.

“I felt I could stop Jim Brown, I could stop Gale Sayers, but I couldn’t stop my son’s renal failure,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t even give him my kidney because they couldn’t take it. It was a hopeless feeling.” Continue reading
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Stephenville Driver License employees help Donate Life Texas

THE FLASH TODAY |  Brad Keith
Stephenville resident and kidney donation recipient David Swearingen, employees of the Stephenville Driver License Office, Lydia Stoner of Donate Life Texas, xxx donation recipient Donnie Speers and Texas Department of Public Safety senior public information officer Dub Gillum show their hearts for donors. || TheFlashTodya.com photo by BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (Septemeber 25, 2016) — Stephenville resident David Swearingen and Hurst man Donnie Speers are walking among us today because someone gave a piece of themselves to give them a second chance at life.

The men are among those helping the Texas Department of Public Safety and its Donate Life Texas program, telling others how they can save lives like theirs.

Swearingen, Speers, Lydia Stoner of Donate Life Texas and DPS senior public information officer Dub Gillum were at the Stephenville DPS and Driver License Office Wednesday to promote their cause and recognize employees of the drivers license office for their efforts in registering Texans for the Donate Life Texas organ, eye and tissue donor registry.

In 2015, Texas Driver Licesne office staff state wide helped 1,888,334 customers join or renew their commitment to the registry, but Stoner and others say there can never be too many donors. Continue reading
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Mother uncovers lasting impact of baby son's organ donation

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT | By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Critical medical research depends on scientists' ability to work with human cells and organs, but families who donate a loved one's tissue for science seldom learn much about what happens next.
In this frame grab from video, taken Sept. 14, 2016, Sarah Gray with her son Callum, 6, and infant daughter Jocelyn in their Washington home. Callum’s identical twin Thomas died of a birth defect when he was just 6 days old, and the family donated Thomas’ eyes, liver and umbilical cord blood for medical research. Now Gray has written a book about her unusual journey to find out if that donation really made a difference, revealing a side of science laymen seldom glimpse. (AP Photo/Rick Gentilo) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research — his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood.

Only no one could tell the Washington mother if that precious donation really made a difference. So Gray embarked on an unusual journey to find out, revealing a side of science laymen seldom glimpse.

"Infant eyes are like gold," a Harvard scientist told her.

"I don't think people understand how valuable these donations are," said Gray, who hadn't either until her years-long quest brought her face-to-face with startled scientists. They had never met a relative of the donors so crucial to their work either. Continue reading

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Long lap for Transplant Games swimmer and Olympics beckon

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD |  Harriet Alexander
Natalie Hazlewood training at Blacktown Aquatic Centre for the "Transplant Games". Photo: James Alcock
Natalie Hazlewood has come a long way since she turned to her mother in the car and acknowledged she would have to stop competitive swimming.

And if she gets her way, she has a long way to go yet.

When the 20-year-old dives into the pool at the Australian Transplant Games, it will mark the end of her debilitation and the beginning of her 2020 Olympic campaign, just one year after a liver donation saved her life.

Hazlewood was 12 when inflammatory bowel disease interrupted her promising swimming career, although she was initially determined not to let it do so.

She was swimming at competitions where stars such as her hero, Emily Seebohm, were also cutting their teeth, and the international stage beckoned.

In one sense the diagnosis was a relief, as it solved the mystery of why her times were not improving despite nine three-hour training sessions a week, but it soon became a burden.
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She became one of the unlucky patients for whom the disease travelled into the lower liver, and each time she returned to the pool, she inevitably returned to hospital soon after. Continue reading
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David Foster Foundation partners with ORGANIZE to introduce social declarations in Canada

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Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life is Canada’s first provincial organ donor organization to welcome this online tool.

The David Foster Foundation has collaborated with ORGANIZE and Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life to help introduce a new concept of declaring and sharing one’s intent to be an organ donor.

ORGANIZE, a non-profit working to reduce the organ donor waiting list in the US and around the world, has developed technology that captures social declarations regarding a person’s organ donation wishes. Individuals can declare their intent via social media and, should they die in a way that allows for organ donation, healthcare professionals can access the platform to provide families with the opportunity to see the social declarations their loved ones publically posted regarding end-of-life wishes and organ donation decisions.



The company has entered into an agreement with Transplant Manitoba, the first province in Canada to introduce the service to specially trained donor coordinators who work with families facing the death of a loved one and deciding if organ donation is an option. Currently, Manitoba has the lowest rate of registered organ donors in Canada with 1.1% per cent of the population officially registered. Transplant Manitoba hopes to increase that number, and hopefully start a social declaration movement across Canada. 
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Canfield couple takes part in kidney transplant program to save 2 lives

WKBN | Abbie Schrader

Last year, John Nicastro underwent a life saving surgery, all thanks to a choice made by his wife, Sharon Nicastro

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Thousands of people across the country, many right here in the Mahoning Valley, are waiting for an organ donor match to be found for them.

A couple from Canfield has been married 48 years. Last year, John Nicastro underwent a life saving surgery, all thanks to a choice made by his wife, Sharon Nicastro.

“I casually asked, ‘Could I donate?’ And they said, ‘Sure,'” Sharon said.

Sharon asked that question after her husband was already going to dialysis three times a week for a year. But John wasn’t living his fullest quality of life that way, until the couple learned about the “living donor program” at the Cleveland Clinic. Continue reading

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Teen's kidney goes to woman

HAMMOND STAR NEWS | Emily Enfinger
GIFT OF LIFE -- Lachelle Morgan, 51, of Albany, is the recipient of a kidney from 17-year-old Chad "CJ" Stewart Jr. of Ponchatoula. He died early last week following a single-vehicle accident in Ponchatoula.

Three times a week for the past 21 months and 13 days, Lachelle Morgan of Albany underwent dialysis treatment. She had lost both her kidneys.

That routine ended last week when she received a kidney from 17-year-old Chad "CJ" Stewart Jr., of Ponchatoula, who died after a single-vehicle accident.

On Sept. 15, Morgan was confirmed as a complete match for Stewart's kidney and received the transplant the same day at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. Seventy staples and a week later, she is at home recovering and doing well.

"I am as thankful and blessed as I am very emotional and I would give them their son back in a minute, but it's just not the way it works. It hurts for me because the way I got the kidney, but I'm proud to have it," Morgan said. "There's no way ever to put into words how thankful I am for what they've done."

She is one of at least three known beneficiaries of Stewart's organs. Dawn Wolf, Stewart's mother, said a man in Kentwood received a kidney and a woman in Florida may be getting his liver
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Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Wash U celebrate 1500 lung transplants



KSDK | Christina Coleman

ST. LOUIS - Thursday night, doctors, researchers and patients celebrated a huge accomplishment for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University.

The staff celebrated their 1,500 adult lung transplant. A grandmother named Tracy Conway was the patient. She credits the program for keeping her alive.

Conway was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She prayed she would live to see her grandkids grow up as she waited for a lung transplant. She got two new lungs last month. Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University's Lung Transplant Program is the 8th largest in the world and one of the oldest lung transplant programs in the country.

There are only three other hospitals in the country that have performed at least 1,500 lung transplants. Doctors say more organ donations are critically needed worldwide. They strongly encourage people to consider becoming an organ donor to help save lives. Continue reading

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Young woman who inspired charity music festival dies

BOURNEMOUTH ECHO  | Caitlin Marsh
Kate Hennessy with mum, Gail Stuart, who organises the annual Hen Fest event in Wimborne which raises awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register while collecting funds for two charities
TRIBUTES have been paid to a 'bubbly, loving and adventurous' woman who inspired an annual charity music festival.

Kate Hennessy, who had cystic fibrosis and underwent a double lung transplant in August 2012, died aged 23 at Harefield Hospital in London on Friday surrounded by her family including mum Gail, dad Mike and brother Jim.

Her family set up the annual Hen Fest event in 2011 as a way to raise awareness of becoming an organ donor, which grew from the garden of their home to a field next to Julian's Bridge in Wimborne containing 500 people.

The aim was to raise awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register while collecting funds for Harefield Hospital, where Kate was treated during her lung transplant.

Her mum Gail said: "She had a remarkable short life, and I am so proud of the strength, determination and all the things that she had achieved post transplant. She was known and loved by many many people." Continue reading
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Cary woman awaits second heart transplant

NORTHWEST HERALD  | Hannah Prokop
Photo provided Amy Lanning-Becerra, with husband Ed Becerra. Lanning-Becerra is awaiting her second heart transplant after her first one failed. After going through the pain of waiting for a heart twice, she's encouraging others to become donors.
CARY – About two and a half years ago, Cary resident Amy Lanning-Becerra’s life was changed after she received a heart transplant.

The 37-year-old was born with a severe congenital heart defect, and said after the transplant she no longer had a hard time doing physical activity.

“Once I had my transplant, everything was just brighter and more lively,” Lanning-Becerra said.

After about a year and a half of feeling amazing, Lanning-Becerra said she started feeling sick again. Doctors eventually told her that her body was rejecting the heart, and she would need a second transplant.

“I was pretty devastated,” Lanning-Becerra said. “I didn’t want to go through all of this again.” Continue reading


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Mom, heroin addict - and organ donor

CINCINNATI |  Anne Saker 
Grandmother Shawn Ingram of Clermont County poses with three of her four grandsons: Michael, 11, Haidden, 9, and Clayton, 4, at Veteran's Memorial Park in Union Township.(
Late on Aug. 23, the city of Cincinnati thrashed around in the fever spike of carfentanil. Shawn Ingram sat in a hospital room holding the hand of her unconscious daughter. A breathing machine hissed and sighed. Ingram wept with the realization that an overdose had ended her troubled child’s life. But it might save another’s.

“I knew she had marked herself an organ donor on her driver’s license,” Ingram said nearly a month after her daughter’s death. “I know she would want to do it. That’s the kind of person she was.”

So amid the devastation of her daughter’s overdose from heroin, likely laced with the elephant sedative carfentanil, Ingram released her daughter’s hand just long enough to sign papers to remove Heather Ingram’s kidneys and liver for transplant.

In Cincinnati and across the country, organ donations have held steady for more than a decade while the number of people on the waiting list for a new organ has grown. One perverse chalk mark on the upside of the opioid epidemic has been the creation of more organ donors. LifeCenter, the regional nonprofit that coordinates organ donation in southwest Ohio, southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky, has been tracking the local increase. Continue reading
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Baby Marnie's 'terrifying' wait for donor heart

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Marnie has been at the Evelina Hospital in London for the past five weeks
The mother of a seriously ill 19-week-old girl has spoken of the "terrifying" wait for a donor heart.

Marnie Brace was born on 10 May with a "very severe" heart problem which doctors believe may be due to a rare genetic condition.

Her parents have been told her only hope is a heart transplant, a complex and risky procedure with no guarantees.

The thought of the operation "scares me to death", her mother Amy told the BBC.

She said "the call" often comes at night and that "it is such a serious, major operation... it could be our last moments with her."Marnie Brace has very severe heart problems
'One day at a time'

Marnie was born in at the Evelina children's hospital in London after scans revealed a problem with her heart.

She was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a thickening of the heart walls, and is suspected of having a genetic condition called Noonan's syndrome.

After the birth, she struggled to gain weight and had to be fed through a tube. Continue reading
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‘A BOND LIKE NO OTHER’ - PRICELESS GIFT CONNECTS AUBURN, LSU FAMILIES

AUBURN UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC NEWS | Jack Smith

Like all Auburn fans, Davis Boswell's little heart might skip a beat when the eagle soars at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday.

But unlike anyone else, the 15-month-old miracle baby of Auburn alumni Tucker and Amanda Boswell might also feel something else as his new friends from Baton Rouge stand and cheer for their Tigers.

That's because while Davis wears orange and blue, his heart bleeds purple and gold.

If you don't believe in miracles, you may not have heard his story. It is a story of unselfish acts that saved a baby in the midst of tragedy, doctors who would not give up and parents who now understand more than ever the gift of life and will forever champion the cause of organ donation.

Less than a week after his birth, Davis was dying from a common virus. With no immune system to fight it off, the enterovirus attacked his heart and inflicted irreparable damage to its left side.

The right side of his tiny heart was forced to do all the work to keep baby Davis alive, but it quickly became weaker. Davis was dying. His parents were told to prepare for the worst.

His medical team at Children's Hospital in Birmingham didn't give up, though. They never gave up despite their risky and limited options. They never gave up even though the prognosis was so grim one doctor told the Boswells it was time to start thinking about whether they were doing more to their baby than they were doing for him. Continue reading
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Grammy Award winner David Foster gets — and drops — key to city

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Mayor Brian Bowman recognizes B.C. musician David Foster for his philanthropic work. (Tyson Koschik/CBC )
Musician and philanthropist David Foster is the first person to receive a key to the City of Winnipeg since Brian Bowman was elected mayor two years ago.

At a ceremony outside city hall, Bowman handed the Victoria, B.C.-born composer, producer and songwriter an award to recognize decades of promoting the need for organ donation as well as to raise the profile of a fundraising concert slated for Saturday at MTS Centre.

Foster has received 16 Grammy Awards and three Academy Award nominations for best original song. He has produced albums for a range of famous artists, including Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, Céline Dion, and Josh Groban.

Foster, 66, said he took up organ donation as a cause approximately 30 years ago, after his mother asked him to visit an ill child.

"Thirty years ago, if you needed a transplant, you had to leave Canada and visit America to get it done," said Foster, who subsequently built an endowment fund that supports the families of people who need organ transplants. Continue reading
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Former Bengals coach Sam Wyche heads home after surgery

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Former Bengals coach Sam Wyche is recovering ahead of schedule after his life-saving heart transplant -- according to his Facebook page, he left the hospital and began the journey home to Pickens, South Carolina, Thursday afternoon, less than two weeks after the surgery.

"He's been telling us for several days that he was going home this Friday," reads the Facebook post. "I just thought he was having a little post-surgery 'confusion.' I even intimated this to his nurse yesterday (in front of Sam.) As it turns out, I was the one confused!!"

According to the post, Wyche will complete his recovery at home before beginning his new work as an advocate for organ donation through Donate Life.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Study: African-American Organ Transplant Recipients at Risk for Skin Cancer

DREXEL | Lauren Ingeno
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A new study from Drexel University College of Medicine suggests all organ transplant recipients, regardless of race, should receive routine, total-body screenings for skin cancer. 

Out of 259 nonwhite transplant recipients who were evaluated in the study, 19 skin cancer lesions were identified in 6 percent of the patients. The research was published Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology.

Further, the study shows risk factors for nonwhite transplant recipients likely differ between races/ethnicities — which represents an important shift in how dermatologists approach minority patients. Doctors should keep these unique characteristics in mind when examining and counseling nonwhite patients about prevention strategies, said Christina Lee Chung, MD, associate professor of dermatology in the College of Medicine and director of the Drexel Dermatology Center for Transplant Patients.

“Once physicians began to realize there was a significant number of transplant patients dying from skin cancer, there was a push to prevent it. But much of the field has focused on trying to decrease the morbidity of the Caucasian transplant population, which is more susceptible to skin cancer overall,” said Chung, the study’s principal investigator. “This is the first research of its kind to look at a diverse population of nonwhite transplant recipients and how skin cancer affects them.” Continue reading
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11-year-old boy gets a new heart at University of Iowa Children's Hospital

THE GAZETTE | Michaela Ramm

Operation comes 15 years after his mother's transplant surgery at UI

Brandon Kommer, Kameron Brown and Nikole (Carey) Kommer pose for photos in the Donor Garden outside of Carver Pavillion at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics on Saturday, Sept. 10 2016. The Kommers were married in the Meditation Room in Carver Pavillion so that Nikole’s son, who has dilated cardiomyopathy and is on the donor list awaiting a new heart, could be present at the wedding. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette


IOWA CITY — Kameron Brown finally got his heart.

After nearly 18 months on a waiting list, doctors at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital performed heart transplant surgery Wednesday on Kameron, an 11-year-old patient from Orion, Illinois, who served as the ring bearer last week during his mother’s wedding, held in the chapel at the hospital.

The Gazette was there to witness the marriage ceremony of Nikole and Brandon Kommer, who said they had planned a traditional wedding in the future, but decided to wed at the hospital on Saturday at the urging of Kameron.

During Saturday’s festivities, Dr. Erik Edens, director of pediatric heart transplant at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, said Kameron was “high” on the waiting list and could receive a heart any day.

Any day came Wednesday. Continue reading
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National DMV Appreciation Week honors those who help in organ donation

WKBT | Eric Jacobson

Over 600,000 Wisconsin residents signed up for organ donation in 2015


ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) -  This is the first ever DMV Appreciation Week across the country.

It's a chance for individuals of Donate Life, an organization that promotes organ donation, to thank DMV workers for their work in signing drivers up for organ donation.

For more than 25 years, DMV customer service representatives have been asking a simple question to those that come through their doors.

They ask if you wish to become an organ donor upon an unexpected death.

For one individual who received the gift of life from that question, it was important to come back and thank those who help save lives.

Outside the DMV in Onalaska Wednesday morning, it is dark and damp, but inside, Carol Hay is delivering a warm message of thank you.

For Hay, that thank you is personal.  VIDEO Continue reading
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Brown, Kelly receive certificates from Donate Life Mississippi

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Capt. James Kelly & Maj. Ken Brown receive Certificates of Appreciation from Donate Life America and Donate Life Mississippi for their work in promoting organ and tissue donation through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Driver Services Department. (Photo source: Mississippi Dept. of Public Safety)

Mississippi state troopers, Maj. Ken Brown and Capt. James Kelly, were recognized by Donate Life Mississippi for their efforts to register more Mississippians as organ, eye and tissue donors.

“Maj. Brown and Capt. Kelly have been instrumental in increasing donor designations in Mississippi through driver services,” said Chuck Stinson, the director of community services and relations for Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency. “DPS is responsible for 98% of the registrations across the state and this year we have seen a 2% increase in registrations per encounter thanks to the efforts of Maj. Brown, Capt. Kelly and their examiners.”

DPS examiners are required by law to ask those receiving a new Mississippi Driver’s License or renewing a current one if they wish to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. To date, the DPS has registered nearly 745,000 of the 760,000+ Mississippians registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors. Continue reading
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