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Thursday, September 25, 2014

NATIONAL Lung transplant for toddler, 2, is first for Japan and makes world medical history

The Japan Times


Surgeons at Okayama University Hospital conduct lung transplant surgery on a 2-year-old boy on Aug. 31 in Okayama. | OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL/KYODO

OKAYAMA – Okayama University Hospital said Wednesday it had succeeded in transplanting parts of a mother’s left lung into her 2-year-old son, who became Japan’s youngest ever recipient of a lung transplant.

It was also a global first for surgery involving the cutting of a human lung into the smallest possible viable size, the hospital said.

“We can now save young children previously unable to have transplant surgery because they were too small,” said Takahiro Oto, whose team led the operation.

Oto, an associate professor of respiratory surgery at the state-run Okayama University, said surgeons operated on the boy, aged 2 years and 9 months, on Aug. 31. An artificial respirator was removed on Sept. 13, whereupon the boy resumed breathing on his own, the surgeon said. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/24/national/lung-transplant-toddler-2-first-japan-makes-world-medical-history/#.VCTqQH5XerV
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Doctors react to UNOS Hearings on liver re-allocation

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KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Hundreds of concerned members of the transplant community from across the nation packed the room at a Chicago hotel today while many more listened via a live streamed webinar during a passionate day-long public forum about liver re-allocation.

United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) hosted the forum to discuss its re-allocation plan to take donor livers from areas with the highest donation rate and give to patients in the lowest donation areas.

Supporters believed the plan would save more lives, but those against broader sharing said the analytics presented by experts did not fully support those claims. UNOS Liver and Intestine committee members heard from both sides in a discussion that was lively and at times highly divided.

“There is strong opposition to the redistricting plan presented today,” Tim Schmitt, MD, director of transplantation at The University of Kansas Hospital said. “There is no evidence presented today showing more lives would be saved through redistricting, but plenty of concern that broader sharing would further limit access to minorities and patients in small towns.” Schmitt said. Dr. Schmitt attended the public hearing along with Sean Kumer, MD, surgical director of transplantation at The University of Kansas Hospital. Continue reading o
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Kentuckians Touched by Organ Donation Featured on Kentucky Speedway Racecar

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KENTUCKY (9/17/14) — The loss of one’s mother is never easy, and for NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Joey Gase losing his at the young age of 18 was tragic.

Mary Gase, died suddenly at the age of 44 from a brain aneurysm, only a few short months after Joey’s 18th birthday. The responsibility of organ donation was in his hands, and he made the courageous decision due to his mother’s passion and love for life.

Mary Gase was able to improve the lives of 66 people in April of 2011.

Driving his No.52 Donate Life Chevy has now become his personal mission of advocating and spreading awareness of the importance of organ donation. His car is regularly adorned with the faces of his mother or others who have given the Gift of Life. Continue reading
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Inspirational Albert, 5, is given heart transplant

Hinckley Times | Samantha Hadadi


Albert Tansey in hospital after his heart operation, September 2014
Albert won the nation's hearts with his ice bucket challenge - and now has new heart for himself
An inspirational five-year-old from Burbage who was born with half a heart is recovering after a life-saving heart transplant.

Albert Tansey was taken to hospital in Newcastle last week after a heart became available from a donor.

News of the operation was posted on Albert’s Facebook site and on video social media site YouTube alongside a caption reading: “I’ve got a bit of news I need to share, not sure how this happened, destiny? Incredible coincidence? A miracle? But I like to think it’s because of all you wonderful people out there.”

Albert’s dad, Adam, said that he was recovering well, but had “a long road ahead”.

He added that although the youngster has faced a series of problems – including possible rejection and kidney failure – he was now sitting up, getting out of bed and even colouring in.

He said: “Adam has been on the donor list since April and we have just been waiting for the call. Continue reading
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Kidney Patients Know Little About Transplant Benefits

Business Insider | Ronnie Cohen, Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study, the vast majority of kidney failure patients told researchers they saw no need for a kidney transplant because they were doing fine on dialysis – but the researchers say these patients might not realize how much a transplant could help them.

“Nobody is doing fine on dialysis to the point where a transplant wouldn’t be better for them,” senior author Dr. Dorry Segev told Reuters Health. “Transplantation is the better form of renal replacement.”

A kidney transplant doubles a recipient’s life expectancy, said Segev, a transplant surgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

His group’s study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, showed a gap in dialysis patients’ knowledge about the benefits of transplants over dialysis, Segev said.

Researchers surveyed 348 patients being treated at 26 Baltimore-area freestanding dialysis centers, asking whether a dozen potential concerns constituted reasons they would not pursue a transplant. The average age was 56 and half the patients had been on dialysis for at least two months. Continue reading
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Cottage Grove Man Hopes Giant Kidney Cutout Saves His Life

CBS Local Minneapolis | Reg Chapman
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Cottage Grove man hopes doing something “unusual” gets him the organ donation he so desperately needs.

Jim Gorbunow is 43 and needs a kidney transplant.

His need is so dire that he put a cutout of a kidney on his front lawn, hoping passersby stop and ask questions.

Gorbunow not only hopes to find a kidney to save his life, he also hopes to raise awareness about the need for donors.

This is not the first time around for Jim Gorbunow.

He had a double transplant back in 2000, when he received a kidney and a pancreas.

That pancreas stopped working in 2006 and he was able to get another one. Continue reading
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Family on a quest to keep son's memory alive through organ donation

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He was supposed to graduate from high school in 2013, but Benjamin Edward Little Larsen died Sept. 20, 2012, from injuries suffered when his motorcycle was struck by an oncoming vehicle. This was his senior portrait.
CONOWINGO — It’s been two years since life for the Larsen family changed so harshly.

On Sept. 19, 2012, 17-year-old Benjamin Edward Little Larsen was riding his motorcycle to work on Red Toad Road when he was struck by an oncoming motorist. The fourth of Ed and Brenda Larsen’s seven children would die the following day as a result of the injuries he sustained.

But that’s not the story the Larsens want told. Instead, they see their son and brother as a hero.

“Ben was able to help 15 people with his kidneys, corneas and bones,” Ed said. “He gave two people their sight with the cornea transplants.”

Ben was an organ donor. His father remembers the day that he had that conversation with his son.

“He and I were at the (department of motor vehicles) and the lady said, “Do you want to be an organ donor?” Ed recalled. Continue reading
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New blood test may predict heart transplant rejection

WNDU | Maureen McFadden
For patients who've had a heart transplant, the surgery is just the beginning.

Patients must undergo dozens of tests and biopsies to check for rejection of the donor organ, and this can be especially difficult on children.

Now, a new approach could change the way doctors predict transplant rejection without expensive, invasive procedures.

Before age two, Adam Trumble's parents were told Adam needed a heart transplant.

Timothy and Amy Trumble say, “It was hard to watch. He just kept getting sicker and sicker."

Adam's heart stopped working, but an implanted pump helped him get strong enough for transplant. Continue reading
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

'Campaign to Zero': Iowa prioritizes shorter organ donation waitlist

Iowa State Daily | Alex Hanson


The Iowa Donor Network is working to save lives in a new way. The Network is kicking off a campaign to bring Iowa’s organ donation waitlist to zero.

The "Campaign to Zero" initiative aims to recruit enough organ donors statewide to bring the adult waiting list down to zero. The Iowa Donor Network will partner with Iowa State and the other two state schools and help spread the word about the program.

“There are about 600 people on the waitlist for life-saving organ transplants in Iowa. That includes children. We really feel this is a solvable problem,” said Tony Hakes of the Iowa Donor Network. “We’re attempting to make the waitlist in Iowa very short, make parts like heart and lungs, if not the entire waitlist go down to zero.”

In 20 years of existence, the Iowa Donor Network has been working to make Iowa the first state where no one has to wait for a transplant. Along with an aggressive social media campaign, which will roll out in the coming weeks as well as advertisements on TV and radio stations, the network plans to make its goal a reality.

ISU athletic fans will also see the campaign in action at upcoming events and during ISU athletics on television. Continue reading
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Organ Donor Brains Bigger In Region Linked To Altruism: The Neural Roots Of Generosity

Medical Daily | Chris Weller


The decision to donate a kidney may come from our primitive desire to keep our species alive. Reuters
Altruists don’t just have bigger hearts; they may have bigger brains, according to emerging research into organ donation from Georgetown University. A new study finds people who signed up to donate a kidney had significantly larger amygdalae on the right side of their brains.

Lead author of the study, psychologist Abigail Marsh, suspects the reason for the enlargement has little to do with people disregarding their chances of survival, as one evolutionary argument suggests. Nor does it indicate people’s latent expectation of getting something in return, she says. The real reason most likely involves our primitive necessity to read babies’ facial expressions, and natural selection’s goal of keeping the necessity around.

“Because we are mammals that give birth to these very helpless young, we’re predisposed to respond to anything that reminds us of a vulnerable, helpless infant,” Marsh told the Los Angeles Times. Continue reading
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Santa Ana PD corporal raises awareness for organ donation

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A corporal with the Santa Ana Police Department is helping raise awareness for organ donation.

Cpl. Steve Ahearn has been with the Santa Ana Police Department for 27 years and appears to be the picture of health. He has been on dialysis for three years, still working, but still needing a kidney transplant like 100,000 other Americans.

"It's not always easy, but it's a drive that I have to try to continue to serve, to try to continue to work hard to be an example for others," Ahearn said.Ahearn is telling his story now to draw attention to a desperate need in the U.S. for more organ donors.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, over 101,000 people needed a kidney transplant in 2013, but only 16,896 kidney transplants took place, and 4,453 patients died while waiting. Dr. Ervin Ruzics of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange wants to close that gap, calling organ transplantation the greatest success story in medicine.

"Somebody once said, 'Don't take your organs to heaven. Heaven knows we need them here,'" Ruzics said.According to Ruzics, 97 percent of kidney transplant recipients at St. Joseph survived longer than three years over the last 10 years."If you are a candidate, a transplant will double how long you live. It will save half your life," Ruzics said.

But because getting a transplant is no guarantee, Kathleen Hostert of OneLegacy encourages people like Ahearn to tell his story -- not just for him, but for the thousands who are just like him. They need help to stay alive.If you would like to know more about organ donation, or advice on how to talk to your family about it, visit donatelifecalifornia.org. Continue reading
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Rocky Mountaineer honours organ donors

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Rocky Mountaineer hosted the Life Changing Train for Heroes to Canada over the past week, inviting organ donors, recipients and their families onboard a rail journey through Western Canada.

The tour, which began on September 14 in Vancouver, BC, and ends today in Lake Louise, Alberta, was held in order to honour and recognise the heroic decision to donate organs, with Australian transplant recipient Max Mohr included on the trip.

The Life Changing Train for Heroes program also raises awareness for the organisations that continue to provide assistance and encouragement of organ donations, and this year Rocky Mountaineer partnered with Transplant Australia to make the journey happen. Continue reading
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Ravens player retires to give kidney to younger brother, a retired Steelers player

USA TODAY SPORTS | By: LAKEN LITMAN


The Kemoeatu family post-transplant surgery. (Photo: Amani Martin)
BALTIMORE — Ma’ake Kemoeatu missed his final collegiate football game because the NCAA suspended him for improperly providing textbooks to his younger brother.

He was a four-year starter at Utah on scholarship and his little brother Tevita was a walk-on. Their parents didn’t have enough money to buy books, so Ma’ake bought them for him and therefore couldn’t play in the Las Vegas Bowl against USC.

But Ma’ake wasn’t trying to cause trouble. The oldest of seven kids, he steps up for his family when they need help.

So when his brother Chris needed a kidney transplant this past August, Ma’ake, a former nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, didn’t hesitate when he heard the news. He was going to donate.

When Chris was in eighth grade, he started having kidney pain. Over the years, as he grew into a 6-foot-3, 385-pound lineman for Utah and go on to win two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the pain got worse. Continue reading
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A little boy whose death shocked the world. 20th Anniversary of his death.

The Nicholas Effect 

In 1994, Italy had the lowest organ donation rates in Europe. That same year, seven year-old Nicholas Green from California was killed by highway robbers while vacationing in Italy with his family. 


His parents’ unselfish decision to donate his organs and corneas to seven Italians awaiting transplants shocked the Italian public. Widely reported across the globe, the world took the story to heart and the face of organ donation was changed forever. In the months and years following Nicholas’ death, organ donations tripled in Italy. It is not an exaggeration to say that thousands who might have died are alive today because one small boy changed the thinking of millions of people. 

Throughout September, dedications of parks, sculptures and gardens in memory of Nicholas are planned from Pisa to Sicily, adding to the nearly 100 parks, schools, streets, and playgrounds across Italy that already bear his name. From now until the 20th anniversary of Nicholas’s death (and his gifts of life) on October 1st, we invite you to follow us on social media, as we follow his father Reg Green on his tour back through Italy to commemorate #TheNicholasEffect.

Four of a Kind consists of excerpts from four of the foundation's videos, "The Nicholas Effect", "Never Forget, Never Forgotten", "How Do You Say Thank You?", and "A Child's Gift."
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Mes nacional de la herencia hspana

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En agosto de 2005, Rubén Salinas y su esposa Marcela recibieron la terrible noticia; que él tenía cáncer en el hígado y vías biliares. Los médicos dijeron que la única opción de sobrevivir sería con un trasplante de hígado. #HHMSalud #DoneVida
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NHS ORGAN DONATION CAMPAIGN: Did you Know........

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Did you know: Bone, skin, tendons and heart valves and arteries can be stored for years before being used to save or transform a life.
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Parents of ailing infant share donated funds to help other families in need

Today Show | Scott Stump 
Kevin Bond and fiance Samantha Stevens know what it's like to feel the isolation and exhausting highs and lows of having a child in need of an organ transplant, so now they want to help other families in need.
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The parents of 2-month-old Hudson Bond, who is in need of a heart transplant, are paying it forward to help other families after exceeding their fundraising goal thanks to the generosity of others.


After a generous outpouring of support exceeded their fundraising goal to help with expenses related to a heart transplant for their 2-month-old son, Hudson, the couple are now donating any additional money raised to help other families in similar situations. They have estimated they will need $125,000 for Hudson's care, and have raised $138,000 thus far on their donation page on the Children's Organ Transplant Association website.

"I don't want anyone to ever feel like we did and to feel isolated,'' Bond told TODAY.com. "All the goodwill that we've received from around the world, I want to pay that forward."

Seven days after Hudson was born, he began struggling to breathe, and by that night he was attached to a heart-lung machine. There had been no indication when he was in the womb or first born that there was a problem.  Continue reading
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In death, Chardon shooting victim saves lives

WKYC | Kim Wheeler
CHARDON, Ohio -- Northeast Ohioans will never forget the day of the Chardon High School shootings. For those parents who lost children that day, their lives are forever changed.

One of those parents, the mother of Demetrius Hewlin, wants you to know how her son saved lives that day.

"Demetrius was a phenomenal young man," says his mother, Phyllis Ferguson.

On February 27, 2012, Demetrius was one of three students shot at Chardon High School. All three died.

"I was at mass when they announced shooting at school, I stopped and prayed because I didn't know whose child it was..but it was mine," says Phyllis Ferguson. "You prepare them for life and I guess you prepare them for death too. He was an organ donor, he wanted others to live like he did."

Demetrius and his grandmother had a special bond, and when he was four he realized she needed a kidney. He decided to become an organ donor and kept that promise at 13, when he got a state ID. Continue reading  VIDEO
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Bensalem teen honored for heroics after trying to save brother

Bucks County Courier Times | By ANTHONY DIMATTIA
Vincent Viola, 16, of Bensalem was honored Tuesday by state lawmakers in Harrisburg after performing CPR on his brother, Ryan, who died after being struck by a vehicle in 2012. Vincent's actions prevented Ryan's vital organs from being deprived of oxygen, which allowed the organs to be donated to five transplant recipients.

A Bensalem teen was honored Tuesday by state lawmakers for heroically trying to save his brother, who had been hit by a vehicle.

Vincent Viola, 16, was recognized in Harrisburg for performing CPR on his brother, Ryan Viola, who died after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Bensalem Boulevard and Portside Drive in 2012. Vincent’s actions prevented Ryan’s vital organs from being deprived of oxygen, which allowed the organs to be donated to five transplant recipients.

“Could you imagine giving CPR to your brother on the side of a road at 6:30 a.m. that kept him alive until the next day,” state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo said during a speech Tuesday in Harrisburg. “As tragic as that day was and as those days to follow were, five individuals were given a second chance at life.”
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Juniper's Heart

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For 194 days Juniper Schrantz of Denver, CO was on the waiting list  for a heart transplant. Today on Day 195, she will receive the gift of life. It has been a real privilege sharing her story with you these past few months. As of 12:06PM there are still 123,435 people on the organ transplant waiting list. Please repost and share with your family and friends, and together we will help #endthewaitinglist one story at a time. (Photo by @jonischrantz) 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What does my church say about organ donation?

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Organ redistricting proposal could affect Colorado liver patients

7News Denver | Jaclyn Allen


Plan would expand regions for more fair access
AURORA, Colo. - Some doctors are concerned a proposal to change the way donated organs are distributed could punish donor-rich regions such as the South and the Midwest, but doctors in Colorado are not certain what the impact would be here, yet.

The proposal by the United Network for Organ Sharing is an effort to make access to donated livers more fair.

Right now, in certain donor-rich regions of the country, such as Kansas, patients don't have to be as sick to get a liver offer, so people desperately needing an organ may move there to save their lives.

"The goal is to try to bring the livers to the patients rather than than the patients to the livers," said Dr. Scott Biggins, a transplant hepatologist with the University of Colorado Hospital.
Biggins said modeling shows that the change would save lives and save money, but critics argue it won't save lives -- it will simply change which lives are saved. VIDEO, continue reading
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Donor families to meet recipients

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Press Association - The heart transplants were carried out at The Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
Relatives of two organ donors are meeting the men in whose chests their loved ones' hearts beat on for a journey of a lifetime this week.

They are joining other donor families and recipients from around the world on a remarkable train ride through the Canadian Rockies to mark the incredible gift of life.

Freda Carter, whose story about how she met the man who received her late son's heart caught the world's imagination in July, is taking part.

The 66-year-old from Sunderland will be with Scott Rutherford, 19, who lives on thanks to her son John, who died aged 33 in 2008 from a brain tumour.

By chance, Mrs Carter heard Scott speak at a church service for organ donors and knew instantly that he was the recipient who was saved by her son. Continue reading
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Stories of Hope : Bobby's Story

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In 2012, Bobby, a musician with the band Kid Runner, noticed a friend was losing weight. Within a couple of months, after numerous tests, doctors came to the conclusion that his friend had a virus that was attacking his liver, and he was in dire need of a liver transplant. He was admitted to The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University and immediately put on a transplant waiting list, spending the following weeks in and out of the ICU.

“Several times I was notified that a donor had been found, and my friend was being prepared for transplant surgery,” said Bobby. “After several non-viable candidates, they finally found a match, and my friend underwent a successful transplant operation.”

Bobby’s friend, at thirty years old, had less than two weeks to live after being admitted to the ICU, but the liver transplant saved his life. Continue and to read more Stories of Hope
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

David Matas: ‘Transplant Tourism from the Middle East’

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Human rights lawyer David Matas, coauthor of an investigation report on organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners in China, holds up a copy of the report during a hearing in Canada''s Parliament on May 29, 2007. (Epoch Times)
Remarks prepared for delivery to the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation, Istanbul, Turkey, 10 September, 2014
There needs to be more of an effort in the Middle East to combat transplant tourism from the Middle East. National professional associations should require compliance with international standards.

My focus is, in particular, transplant tourism from the Middle East into China. Why I have this focus will, in the course of this presentation, become apparent.

International Standards
These professional international standards worth noting:

• The Transplantation Society Ethics Committee Policy Statement ‑ Chinese Transplantation Program November 2006 and Mission Statement (TTS).

• The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism May 2008 (Istanbul)

• World Health Organization Guiding Principles on Human Cell, Tissue and Organ Transplantation, May 2008 (WHO)

• World Medical Association Statement on Organ and Tissue Donation October 2012 (WMA)

These standards provide: Continue reading
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‘No words are enough. You essentially gave dad his life back’

Irish Examiner | Eoin English


Amid her immense grief, Paula Murphy finds some small consolation knowing that the death of her beloved daughter resulted in the precious gift of life for five strangers.

When it became clear in the hours after the horrific road traffic accident on December 29, 2012, that 26-year-old Amanda O’Flaherty, would not survive her devastating head injuries, doctors at Cork University Hospital approached Paula to ask if she had considered organ donation.

“I didn’t hesitate for a second,” Paula said.

“I’m an organ donor myself and I thought if someone can benefit from Amanda’s organs, then I had to do it.”

Amanda’s lungs were too badly injured to be suitable for transplant, but medics were able to harvest her heart, her liver and her kidneys.

Within minutes, the organs were on their way to transplant centres in Ireland and England, where critically-ill transplant patients were waiting in hope. Continue reading
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Foreigners, desperate and able to pay for transplants, find hope in U.S.

Trib Live News | Luis Fabrigas


Justin Merriman | Trib Total MediaMika Nagao of Imizu, Japan holds her 18-month-old daughter, Sumika, at Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Sumika was one of the youngest patients to be transported from Japan on a ventricular assist device (VAD), which takes over the pumping action of the heart and offers lifesaving support, most often acting as a bridge to keep patients alive until donor hearts become available for transplantation. After the 16 hour flight from Japan to the United States, Sumika and her parents arrived at the Allegheny County Airport and were transported to Children’s Hospital by ambulance. The family received the news they had been waiting for in late May that Sumika would be getting a new heart. On May 30, Sumika received her heart and is doing exceptionally well.

More than 200 international patients receive organ transplants in the United States every year, paying top dollar for access to the nation's limited supply of organs.

Foreign patients compete for organs from deceased donors that would go to the 123,000 citizens awaiting transplants, roughly 6,300 of whom die each year waiting for suitable matches.

Transplant centers, such as UPMC in Pittsburgh, bill payors as much as $1.2 million apiece for surgeries and follow-up care. Kidney transplants cost the least, averaging $263,000, Seattle-based consulting firm Milliman found. International patients typically pay more to transplant centers than U.S. payors and insurers, experts said.

“Some medical centers see foreigners as a source of income. They don't bring people from abroad out of generosity and love. They make a bundle,” said Dr. Gabriel Danovitch, medical director for the kidney and pancreas transplant program at University of California, Los Angeles, and former chairman of the international relations committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing. http://triblive.com/news/healthnews/6570667-74/transplant-sumika-heart#axzz3DKzvKJYs
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Best friend turns down selfless offer of vital organ: "don't take this the wrong way but I can't take your kidney"

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Sandra's best friend Cat agreed to give her one of her kidney's, but she turned it down.
WHEN Sandra Suttie found out she was in desperate need of a transplant, Catriona Brown wasted no time in offering her own kidney to her best friend.
IT WAS literally the offer of a lifetime but Sandra Suttie had to turn it down.

Her best friend Catriona Brown had not hesitated in offering her a kidney after doctors diagnosed renal failure.

Tests proved that Catriona was a match but Sandra, 52, could not bring herself to allow her to donate one of her kidneys.

Now she faces an agonising wait on the country’s organ donor register after deciding she would struggle with the guilt of having her friend donate.

Sandra said: “I weighed it all up in my mind and I couldn’t go through with it. I just thought about the possibility of something happening to Catriona and I would feel so guilty.

“I sat down and said, ‘I hope you don’t take this the wrong way but I have changed my mind.

“I found out about other people who had kidney transplants from siblings and it had failed. I decided the best thing for me was to go on the register.” Continue reading
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Mom & daughter survive cancer, heart transplant

Corpus Christi Caller Times | Erica Quiroz


HOUSTON - Before Juliana Graves sees the blue tourniquet around her small, chubby right arm tears well in her eyes. Her mother, Riki Graves, hovers above, and rubs Juliana’s chest to soothe what they both know is coming: the sting of a butterfly needle to take blood.

The now 5-month-old still isn’t used to her weekly blood draws that monitor anti-rejection medicine levels in her blood. Riki takes Juliana to her appointments at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston at night where Juliana’s cries echo into the empty waiting room.

As soon as Juliana is back in her mother’s arms, Riki cradles her daughter to her chest. She closes her eyes and exhales.

“I can stand the crying. It’s the tears I can’t take,” said Riki, who is from Corpus Christi. “Everything we do is for her health, but that doesn’t make it any easier.”

Tears and blood draws are not the worst Riki and Juliana have endured.

Riki battled breast cancer while she was pregnant with Juliana and delayed treatment until after she was born April 9. Seventeen days later, Juliana’s chest was cut open, and doctors transplanted a new heart the size of a strawberry. Then in June, Riki’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Continue reading
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