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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Executive Q&A: Jeff Orlowski finds reward in organ transplant industry

NewsOK | Paula Burks


Jeff Orlowski, CEO of LifeShare Donor Transplant Services, which coordinates organ donation for the state, poses for a photo at the company’s office in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman CHRIS LANDSBERGER - CHRIS LANDSBERGER
Executive Q&A: Jeff Orlowski has worked 28 years in the organ donation industry, including in Kansas City, Denver, Houston and, most recently, upstate New York, before joining LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma two years ago.

Before Jeff Orlowski, chief executive of LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, moved his staff into their newly purchased and remodeled offices at 4705 NW Expressway in December, he worked with the designer to add some important finishing touches.

Some 25 excerpts from letters exchanged between families who donated organs of lost loved ones and the families whose loved ones received them adorn the walls throughout the 21,000-square-foot space.

“Everyone was so compassionate. God bless you all,” reads one quote from a donor family. Meanwhile, another, above the copier, reads, “It has brought our family great comfort and joy knowing that our sweet boy could assist your life.”

And from a recipient’s family, over the exit door, “Thank you, thank you, thank you … again and again, and again.”

Orlowski said the quotes remind him and his 77-member crew what they’re working for daily. “The more organs we transplant, the more lives we can save, and the more lives we save, the better we’re doing,” he said.
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One organ donation helps save many lives

Bowling Green Daily News | Alyssa Harvey


George Allen of Bowling Green received a double lung transplant Dec. 9, 2005, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville on Dec. 9, 2005. (Alex Slitz/Daily News)
George Allen used to describe himself as “a workaholic.” The Bowling Green man worked many hours at a local factory and doing lawn care.

“I used to landscape or mow yards. It was my passion,” he said.

In December 2005, all that changed. One day he was walking up the steps and couldn’t breathe. He called for help. When he got to the hospital, the staff thought he’d had a heart attack, but he hadn’t. A biopsy showed that Allen had pulmonary fibrosis, which is damage and scarring on the lungs. His only chance for survival was a lung transplant.

“I was given three years to live,” he said. “It rocked my world.”

About 122,106 patients – 991 of them in Kentucky – have walked Allen’s path and are waiting for various organs, said Amber McGuire, multicultural outreach coordinator at the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, which is based in Louisville. The number fluctuates daily as people are added and taken off the list.
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Woman with 12-year-old boy's heart spreading the word

The News Courier | Jean Cole


Sonya Davenport of Athens has the heart of a 12-year-old boy. Quite literally.
Thirteen years ago, the family of a boy killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident decided to donate their son's organs.

"It saved my life," said Davenport, now 33, who today celebrates the anniversary of the transplant. Born a blue baby, or a baby born with cyanotic heart defects, Davenport obtained her donor heart when she was only 7 because the arteries from her heart were undeveloped.

Her mission now is to encourage others to consider donating their organs and to dispel myths about organ donation.

"One person who donates his or her organs could save up to eight peoples' lives and affect up to 50 people's lives with their tissue donations."
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Give the gift of life

The Augusta Chronicle


Have you ever received a gift that stands out in your mind more than others?

Last year, 829 people in Georgia received a gift that will always have a great impact on their lives. It was the greatest gift of all – the gift of life. Will you help others receive their greatest gift?

April is Donate Life Month, and I encourage those who have not yet done so to sign up on Georgia’s organ donor registry by visiting www.donatelifegeorgia.org, or when getting or renewing their driver license. Give the gift that keeps on giving – life.

One organ donor can save the lives of eight people, and impact nearly 50 more through tissue donation. There are more than 121,000 people waiting nationally for a life-saving transplant – more than 4,300 of whom are our friends and neighbors in Georgia. Contact LifeLink® of Georgia for more information at (800) 544-6667 or (706) 854-0333.

Tracy G. Ide
Augusta

(The writer is public affairs coordinator for LifeLink of Georgia.)
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Lung transplant recipient says education starts at home

Shelbyville Times-Gazette | Jason Reynolds


Elite Physical Therapy's entire therapeutic staff dressed in blue and green on Friday, April 11, in honor of National Donate Life Month. Pictured in no particular order are: Judah Doak; Everett Boutwell; Lauren Tillman; Kassi Miller; Molly Hillhouse; Rilla Daniels; Rachel Butler; Mandy Tuscan; Kasey Parsons; and therapy patient Donna Orr, an organ donation activist.
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April is National Donate Life Month, and one Shelbyville family is trying to get the word out about the life-saving benefits of organ.

David and Donna Orr have drawn a lot of attention to organ donation over the last few years. Orr received a double lung transplant in 2006.
But, as much as the couple has spoken out on the issue, David said he recently learned that education starts at home.

David said his 16-year-old nephew recently said he did not want to be an organ donor because he thought the emergency medical technicians would let him die if he were in an automobile accident so they could harvest his organs.
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Organ donations impact more than just the recipients

Journal-News | Jenni Vincent


MARTINSBURG - Chris Amores still has a hard time talking about his 23-year-old nephew's recent death.

But making the decision to donate his organs was one way family members could help honor him, as well as his wishes, since his nephew had wanted to be an organ donor, Amores said.

"We wanted to abide by nephew's wishes, but we also wanted to fight for his life as hard as we could. And there's no doubt in my mind that the physicians and others taking care of him did as much as they could to try and save his life," he said.

Chris Amores, left, whose family recently decided to donate the organ’s of his late nephew, shares a special moment with Linda Roberts of LifeNet Health and transplant recipients Vivian Walker and Chuck Price as they raise a flag in recognition of National Donate Life Month.
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Family Waits in Hope for Donor Heart

WLTX 19 | Liv Osby, The Greenville News


Natalie, 5, usually sports a smile but tires more quickly now
(Photo: CINDY HOSEA)

Five-year-old Natalie Davis, who suffers from a rare heart condition, is in need of a transplant. And every day that passes, her family waits for the call that is the little's girl chance for life.
Five-year-old Natalie Davis sprints from the living room to the kitchen behind her 2-year-old sister, shyly grabbing onto her mother's arm.

A pixie of a girl with bright blue eyes and a sprightly smile, she wants to run and play and laugh.

She used to run around the kitchen island, her father says. Round and round and round until you'd get dizzy just watching.

But even a short romp from one room to another now exhausts the elfin child, and she flops into a pint-sized recliner to catch her breath.

Though it seems impossible that it could happen to such a small child, Natalie's heart is failing.

And only through the gift of a new one will she survive.
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Letter: Become an Organ and Tissue Donor

Phillipstown


The NYS Assembly passed a resolution to proclaim April 2014 as Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month in the State of New York.

It is hard to believe, but New York is ranked 50th nationally in the number of eligible people enrolled in the state organ and tissue donation registry (only 22 percent of New Yorkers are registered as donors). There are over 10,000 New Yorkers who are currently on the donor waiting list. New York has the third highest need for donors and makes up 10 percent of the national waiting list. We must reverse these numbers to help save the lives of many of our friends, relatives and neighbors.

New Yorkers can help prolong another life by enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry (donatelifeny.org), which is a confidential database of individuals who can choose to donate their organs and tissues upon their death. You can join the registry through the New York State Department of Health, by enrolling online or when you apply for, or renew your New York State driver’s license, or non-driver’s license identification card, or on voter registration forms.

The organs and tissues from a single donor can help as many as 50 recipients, and during Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month, New Yorkers are reminded of the life-sustaining results of organ and tissue donation. I encourage you to consider this immensely generous and selfless act that extends another life.

Sandy Galef
Assemblywoman, 95th A.D.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Dear Donor, With Love

CF Wife


Did you know that April is National Donate Life Month? In honor of this, I am sharing a private letter I wrote to the person, male or female, who will soon become my husbands organ donor.

If you have never registered to become a donor, please, please, consider doing it by visiting organdonor.gov. Think about it, if it was YOUR spouse, or YOUR child, needing an organ to live, it would be a no-brainer! You would wish everyone who could be registered, would be. And just because your loved one doesn’t need an organ today, doesn’t mean they won’t possibly need one someday in the future.

If you are, or would like to be, an organ donor, please share this decision with your loved ones so they know your wishes. I’d also love if you left a comment telling me you signed up. It is my hope that by following Jody’s journey, people will be impacted enough to choose to become donors, and I’m proud to say that I am one myself. That being said, here’s my letter to Jody’s future organ donor…
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Former Durango basketball star not quitting in fight for donated kidney

Las Vegas Sun | Ray Brewer


Photo: Martrel Johnson

Martrel Johnson could have done anything he wanted on the basketball court. Against any opponent.

“We called him the man child,” says Al La Rocque, his former coach at Durango High. “When he came in as a freshman, he was just a beast.”

So when Johnson didn’t appear to be giving his best effort at the beginning of his senior season in 2001-02, La Rocque immediately questioned the conditioning level of his star player. After Johnson continued to be slowed, La Rocque told the 6-foot-4 all-state forward not to return to practice until he received a doctor’s physical.

“I remember one game against Cimarron and how I couldn’t make it past half-court,” Johnson said.

That physical started what has been more than a decade of hospital stays, treatments and frustration about waiting for a donor for a second kidney transplant.
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Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Life Connection of Ohio promote organ donation

Catholic Chronicle


TIFFIN—Mercy Tiffin Hospital and Life Connection of Ohio are partnering to promote the life-saving message of organ and tissue donation during Donate Life Month.

“April is designated as National Donate Life Month,” says Lynn Detterman, president and CEO of Mercy Rural Division. “It’s a time to recognize and appreciate those who save and enhance the lives of others through organ and tissue donation, and to raise awareness about the critical need for donors.”

Currently, there are more than 120,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, including 3,500 Ohioans. The organ shortage continues to grow at a staggering rate, as another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. Nineteen people die each day because they did not receive an organ donation.

So why do people say “no” to organ and tissue donation? Below are some common questions about donation.
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Even in death, Tampa teen's heart keeps giving, beating in the chest of another

The Republic | Jose Patino Girona


ADVANCED FOR RELEASE SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014 This April 8, 2014 photo shows Dr. Ronald Pierce holding a photograph of his teenage daughter Amanda. Just over a year ago she lost control of her car as she was driving to FSU to visit her sister. She crashed into a tree and died. While her father struggles with her lost, he's delighted his daughter donated her organs. He's also befriending a 17-year-old Lakeland boy who got her heart. They've met one time and Pierce plans to create a lifelong friendship. (AP Photo/Tampa Tribune, Jim Reed) OUTS: ST. PETERSBURG (TAMPA BAY TIMES); LAKELAND; BRADENTON; SARASOTA, WINTER HAVEN; MAGS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WTSP CH 10 OUT; WFTS CH 28 OUT; WTVT CH 13 OUT; BAYNEWS 9; ONLINE OUT

TAMPA, Florida — March 9, the first anniversary of his daughter's death, and Ronald Pierce was anxious.

He was finally going to meet Garrett Leopold, a skinny, dark-haired 17-year-old who lived in the small Polk County town of Mulberry. Pierce had reached out by text, but the two had never met face to face. Pierce wasn't sure what he would say or how he should act. He had sent the teen a text weeks earlier: "You are part of our family now."

They met that afternoon at South Tampa's Kate Jackson Park. Pierce brought photo albums with him.

The pictures chronicled the life of his daughter Amanda, who was 18 when she died in a crash as she was driving to Florida State University in Tallahassee to see her sister. Pretty and smart, Amanda had hoped to attend FSU herself.
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Organs created from stem cells for transplantation

Star-Tribune Health


Professor Alexander Seifalian poses for photographs with a synthetic polymer nose at his research facility in the Royal Free Hospital in London, Monday, March 31, 2014. In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far including tear ducts, blood vessels and windpipes researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world's first nose made partly from stem cells. "It's like making a cake," said Alexander Seifalian at University College London, the scientist leading the effort. "We just use a different kind of oven."

LONDON - In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory.

It’s far from the only lab in the world that is pursuing the futuristic idea of growing organs for transplant. But the London work was showcased as Mayor Boris Johnson announced a plan to attract more labs to do cutting-edge health and science research in the area.

While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far — including tear ducts, blood vessels and windpipes — researchers hope they soon will be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world’s first nose made partly from stem cells.
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Prisoner Organ Transplants, Donations Create Controversy

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Prison officials in several states are mulling over two sides of the same coin with respect to organ transplants for prisoners: first, the eligibility and cost of such medical procedures, and second, whether prisoners should be allowed to donate their organs.

Prisoners in Need of Organ Transplants

In Rhode Island, a liver transplant performed on a 27-year-old prisoner left officials defending the cost of the life-saving operation.

A spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RI DOC) said Jose Pacheco, who is serving a 6½-year sentence for robbery, became the first prisoner in the state to receive a liver transplant. The August 1, 2012 operation was performed in Boston because Rhode Island hospitals don’t currently perform such transplants.

The procedure can cost up to almost $1 million, with the state required to pick up 40% of the bill, according to court precedent.
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Patients denied as donor organs discarded

Tribal Live News | By Andrew Conte and Luis Fábregas


Jasmine Goldband | Tribune-Review. Joyce Biearman, 57, who recently moved from South Fayette to Wheeling, West Va., gets dialysis at Wheeling Dialysis Center Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Biearman is on the organ donor list waiting for a kidney for three years.

Every time the phone rings, Joyce Biearman wonders whether there's a kidney waiting for her.

Biearman, 57, who recently moved from South Fayette to Wheeling, W.Va., has lived like this for three years. About 4,300 people die on the kidney transplant waiting list each year, but she said she's not concerned that doctors throw out 2,600 donor kidneys annually.

“I really don't sit and think about the fact that maybe somewhere a kidney has been discarded because someone was overly cautious,” she said. “I never give that a second thought.”

Taxpayers paid $405.6 million through Medicare to the nation's independent organ procurement organizations for donor kidneys in 2012, and one in five of those 13,296 kidneys was discarded, a Tribune-Review investigation found.
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Sikh community gets gift-of-life plea at Vaisakhi Parade

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The streets of Surrey, B.C., were lined with tens of thousands of people for the city's Vaisakhi Parade Saturday, and amid the the day's food booths and other festivities, one group was trying to reach the South Asian community with a serious message.

Instead of giving things away in the tradition of Vaisakhi, volunteers with the Amar Karma Organ Donation Society spent the day asking people to sign up to give life.

The not-for-profit group is trying to raise awareness among South Asians about the need for organ donation. It is a community in which superstitions about the practice remain.

"It's our preconceived ideas about how organ donations work," said campaign manager Loveen Kaur Gill. "People even think, if I sign up, what will happen in my next birth?"
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Team Amar Karma takes its campaign on organ donation to Surrey in British Columbia

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VANCOUVER: The Amar Karma Organ Donation Society, Canada’s first South Asian organization to raise awareness about organ donation, is now set to expand in Surrey, British Columbia, after reaching out to the masses in the Great Toronto Area.

Team Amar Karma is a prominently dynamic group of youngsters, who organize events such as walks, seminars and booths at different settings around the region every month. The team has been successfully in involving students, politicians, businesses and organizations into its mission.

Amar Karma proudly announces to launch their campaign in Surrey, B.C, on April 19 at Khalsa Parade, to attended by thousands of community members.
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Donating life one donor at a time

KIMT | Levi Ismail


KIMT News 3 – It could mean saving the lives of many around the world, and it all begins with simply checking a box.

That’s the message being spread as part of National Donate Life Month.

While the national average for organ donors each year sits at around 48 percent, in Iowa this average is well above that at 70 percent.

In Minnesota, those numbers are also climbing as more than 60 percent are now registered donors.

Those in our area say even though the numbers are promising, we still need to focus on how many more lives we can save.
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Jeffrey Marx, Carl Lewis and foundation on a mission to spread word about organ donation

Watertown Daily Times | Chris Brock


The Wendy Marx Foundation was created by Jeffrey Marx, Carl Lewis and the late Wendy Marx in 1989. Mr. Lewis, left, and Mr. Marx pose with a portrait of Wendy, who died in 2003 while awaiting a second liver transplant.

Pultizer prize-winning writer Jeffrey Marx received a crash course on issues surrounding organ donation 25 years ago in a San Francisco hospital hallway.

He had just left the bedside of his comatose sister, Wendy Marx.

“She was my only sister and my best friend,” he said.

Doctors, at her bedside, told family members that Wendy, 22, had about 24 hours to live.

At the time, Mr. Marx was working with Carl Lewis on “Inside Track,” the first of two books the pair wrote together.

Mr. Lewis, a track and field standout, competed in four Olympic games. He won nine gold medals, including four at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
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Healthwatch: Organ Donation

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April has been designated National Donate Life month. It recognizes those who have donated organs and commemorates all transplant recipients in the United States.

The waiting list for a person in need of receiving an organ through a donor can be lengthy.

"There's currently 121,000 people waiting for life-saving organs in the United States," Tony Hill, In-house recovery coordinator with Tennessee Donor Services said. "Here in Tennessee, there's 2,600 people that are waiting for life saving organs."

After four and a half years with continuous battles with high blood pressure, Joe Knox's wait was over when a West Tennessean came to his rescue with a kidney.
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City’s leaders come together to put their faith in organ donation

Birmingham Children's Hospital


Transplant surgeons, doctors, nurses and chaplains all from Birmingham Children’s Hospital were the hosts of a city-first event this week around organ donation.

The event entitled ‘put your faith in organ donation’, was opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mike Leddy and welcomed multi-faith leaders and MPs from across the city plus representatives from NHS Blood and Transplant and Kidney Research UK.

Families whose lives have been affected by organ donation also turned out to hear presentations and watched videos of donor and recipient families sharing their stories. Guests had the opportunity to pose questions to a panel of experts which helped to dispel some of the many myths around organ donation.
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Texas Girl, 10, Waits in Omaha for Triple Organ Transplant

KMTV | Lindsay Theis


Omaha, NE- A 10- year-old Texas girl is spending Easter week in Omaha and has no idea when she'll go home.

Nevaeh Flores is waiting for a rare, three-organ transplant. Nevaeh and her parents, Lori and Aaron have been at the Nebraska Medical Center for two and a half months. She is wiped out from an infection, and a 105-degree fever.

"That fever gets her feeling pretty bad," Aaron said.

"One day, anyone could be there. We didn't know we would be here. You know, twice," Lori said.

When she was an infant, doctors removed Nevaeh's small intestine. Fourteen weeks, and she was on the transplant list. She came to Nebraska because Nebraska Medical Center was one of three hospitals who do triple organ transplants. At 10 months, Nevaeh had a small intestine, liver, and pancreas transplant. From there, it was day by day, Aaron said.
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Hermantown Man Searches for Life-Saving Transplant

WDIO | Brittany Falkers


Matt Massie is a true outdoorsman and it's hard for this 27-year-old to pick his favorite activities.

"All the adventures around the Northland from hunting and fishing and being on lake superior," he said.

However, a life-altering disease is holding him back from bigger adventures.

"To be able to take a week-long trip again would be great because dialysis holds ya down," Matt said. "You can't venture away to far."

He's suffered from kidney disease since he was a child, but in 2009 he went into renal failure and needed a new kidney. He told WDIO about the experience a year after it happened.

"I thought it was pneumonia, having trouble breathing. Found out my kidney had shutdown. Causing my lungs to fill with fluid and stuff like that," he said in a 2010 interview.
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Giving the gift of life

Alberni Valley News | by Wawmeesh G. Hamilton


Maryann Rumney has given her aunt, Wendy Rasmussen, the gift of life with a living donor liver transplant. Now she is raising the profile of living organ donation during National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week.— Image Credit: WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/Alberni Valley News

Port Alberni resident Maryann Rumney wants people to know that you don’t have to wait until after you’re dead to donate an organ to save someone.

In January, Rumney donated part of her liver to her biological aunt, who was suffering from the effects of Hepatitis C.

The operation was successful and both are recovering from the procedure.

Rumney has had time to reflect while on the mend. She was particularly struck, she said, by how little people knew about organ donation.

“A lot of people have told me that they were surprised that I could make an organ donation while I was alive,” Rumney said. “They thought you have to be dead first and that’s not the case at all.”
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Organ Grinders helping transplant recipients get in shape

The Chronicle Herald | Laura Fraser


Trevor Umlah takes shots from his daughter Alison in 2011. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff / File)

A pair of lungs, a liver or a heart that once belonged to someone else comes with an extra sense of responsibility.

You promise yourself you will take care of them, “of the gift,” Trevor Umlah says.

But some organ recipients worry they’ll injure their new organ, although both statistics and survivors say regular activity makes a transplant more likely to be successful.

Umlah, on the other hand, let his hockey buddies give his new lungs a good workout six months after he had surgery in August 2007.

In July 2011, he completed his first triathlon, a gruelling endurance race that combines cycling, running and swimming.
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Transplant donors honored

Savannah Morning News


Posing at the flagpole after the ceremony are (from left) Staci Ravita, hospital specialist with LifeLink of Georgia and one of the ceremony's speakers; Maria Theron, executive director of patient care services; Mary Chatman, Ph.D., R.N., who is COO and CNO at Memorial and one of the event speakers; and Marty and Regina Curl. Marty underwent a liver transplant six years ago and has his medical support work done at Memorial; Regina, his wife, has been there for him throughout the process.

The numbers on organ transplants are staggering: 121,000 people in the United States are in need of organ donations, and 4,300 of them live in Georgia.

Those people, along with successful transplant patients and the donor families whose generosity made those life-saving transplants possible, were honored at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC), where the “Donate Life” flag was raised as part of the Donate Life America’s National Flags Across America celebration.
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New Life on Easter Sunday

Gift of Hope 

On Good Friday, April 6, 2007, Ryan Joseph Landers was severely injured in a head-on car accident on a two-lane road near Springfield, Ill. The 19-year-old automotive technology student was on his way to work, riding in his pride and joy — a 2000 Honda Civic SI.

First responders struggled to free Ryan from the wreckage for 45 minutes. One fireman climbed inside the mangled car to administer oxygen and calm Ryan. But he never regained consciousness.

Ryan was declared brain-dead on April 7. He had expressed his interest in being an organ and tissue donor to his family, and they complied with his wishes. They found Gift of Hope supportive and compassionate during an agonizing time.
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DONATE LIFE SOUTH CAROLINA: Linking Hands for Life, Myrtle Beach

Donate Life South Carolina
LINKING HANDS FOR LIFE: Join us on Sunday, April 27 @ Myrtle Beach's Plyer Park for our Linking Hands For Life! Music starts @ 12:30 pm and the ceremony begins @ 1:00 pm! Invite your friends and please share this on your facebook pages! We want a great turnout for this special event! — at Plyler Park.
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Organ Donor Meets Recipient For First Time

Katie Couric Show
Last December, Hallie Twomey started a chain of kidney pairings and donated her own kidney, having no idea who would end up receiving it. The recipient was 23-year-old Ryan DaSilva. They meet for the first time on the "Katie" set.


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Family of Dawsonville child makes plea for kidney match

My FOX Atlanta | By: Nathalie Pozo, All News 106.7


A Dawsonville family needs the community's help in finding a kidney match for their two and half year old little boy. Mason Hyde was only a few hours old when doctors realized he had kidney and heart failure. By the time he was six months old he had undergone open heart surgery and had been placed on life support twice.

Doctors did not think he would make it, but his parents Bobby and Randi Hyde knew he was a fighter. Mason is now in need of a kidney transplant. He is connected to a Dialysis machine for 10 hours every night, but his parents say it is only a matter of time before Dialysis stops working. They have setup this Facebook page, "Prayers for Lil' Mason" hoping someone, somewhere is a match.

How to help: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-for-Lil-Mason/167914109954951
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