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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tragedy could become a gift of life

Bay of Plenty Times | By Sandra Conchie

Bethlehem College Principal, Eion Crosbie says he is blessed to have a second chance at life. Photo/John Borren

Bethlehem College principal Eion Crosbie had a liver transplant in 1996 and says he owes his life to the organ donor.

"It's truly been a God-blessing for me. If it wasn't for the transplant I wouldn't be alive today," he said.

His comments come as new figures from the New Zealand Transport Agency show more than half of the Western Bay's current driving licence holders were organ donors.

Mr Crosbie, a 59-year-old father of three, said in 1977 he was wrongly diagnosed with liver problems believed to have stemmed from chronic hepatitis. Continue reading
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Ceremony marks fifth anniversary of Jersey City detective's gift of life

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PHOTO: Mary DiNardo with her three children Ella, 6, Gwen, 9, and Marc, 8, and Don Zolkiwsky, who received the heart donated by Det. Marc DiNardo.
Widow of Officer Killed in Line of Duty Joins with Recipient of Officer’s Heart to Honor His Legacy and Spread Awareness about Organ and Tissue Donation
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – July 22, 2014 – A solemn ceremony at NJ Sharing Network today honored the legacy of Jersey City Police Det. Marc Anthony DiNardo while raising awareness about the life-saving gifts of organ and tissue donation.

The detective, killed five years ago in the line of duty, became an organ donor and his heart and two kidneys saved the lives of three others. The ceremony marked five years since his donation.

“We are here today to celebrate Marc’s donation of life-saving organs, and to thank Mary DiNardo for being such a strong advocate for organ donation and education. She is a good friend to NJ Sharing Network,” said Joe Roth, President & CEO of NJ Sharing Network.

Mary DiNardo said encouraging others to become organ and tissue donors has become an important mission in her life. Continue reading
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Mich. teen gets heart transplant for her 15th birthday

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A St. Clair County cheerleader was feeling fine when she got a routine EKG to check her heart rhythm. The results of that simple scan are so shocking - her life immediately changed forever.

Always active, everyone figured Katlyn Scott was very healthy. Neither she nor her family knew she was born with a devastating heart defect. Now, looking back, the 15-year-old recognizes the subtle symptoms.

"My heart would start to race and then slow down really fast and I couldn't catch my breath and I always had to sit down for a minute," she remembers.

A routine EKG at a doctor's office discovered the cardiomyopathy, the disease that hurts the heart's ability to pump. It's so severe doctors quickly realized Katlyn needed a new heart.

"When we saw her, her heart was in very, very bad shape and we were actually surprised that she was walking around," says Dr. Sonali Magdo at U of M Mott Children's Hospital. Continue reading
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Delco residents win gold at Transplant Games

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Howard Pritchard of Parkside earned three medals at the 2014 Donate Life Transplant Games, which were held July 11-15 in Houston.

Four members of Gift of Life Donor Program’s Team Philadelphia, including two from Delaware County went head to head with more than 1,000 athletes from across the country, medaling in track and field, swimming, basketball, bowling and more at the 2014 Donate Life Transplant Games recently.

Team Philly, made up of 63 organ transplant recipients, eight living donors and 16 donor families, traveled to Houston to participate in the Games July 11-15, showcasing their athletic abilities and determination. Along with Team Philly’s athletes, donor family members, whose loved ones gave the gift of life, traveled with the team to cheer on the competitors. Continue reading
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Transplant patients in limbo over coverage under UPMC-Highmark pact

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Andrew Russell | TRIB TOTAL MEDIA. Heart transplant recipient Jim Killinger, 68, of Uniontown worries that he will not be able to get care at UPMC because he carries Highmark insurance.

Transplant patients caught in the middle of the UPMC-Highmark battle say a four-week-old agreement between the rivals is confusing, and some fear they will have to switch hospitals.

“It's terrible. I've been asking questions for two years, and they keep telling me they don't know. They just totally ignore you. The transplant people are being held hostage because they can't get an answer,” said heart transplant recipient Jim Killinger, 68, of Uniontown.

The retired state police officer, who received a new heart in 2007 at UPMC and has Highmark insurance, wants to know whether he can continue getting care at UPMC. A commercial contract between UPMC and Highmark expires in December and will not be renewed.

An agreement announced in late June by Gov. Tom Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane indicates that Highmark members in the middle of treatment at UPMC will be able to stay at UPMC at the same in-network rates. The agreement says such an arrangement would prevail as long as patients and their doctors deem it necessary. Continue reading
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Big Data's Effect on Organ Transplant Wait Lists

Mashable | Eli Epstein


Of 28,594 organs transplanted in 2013, you haven’t heard about most. The stories of a few might go viral thanks to social media, but the vast majority of donated organs are harvested from deceased donors or taken from living donors in relative obscurity.

While the total number of organs transplanted seems like an impressive amount, nearly 18 people still die each day waiting for a new organ, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the private, non-profit organization that manages the U.S.’s organ transplant system under a contract with the federal government.

Faced with more than 120,000 people who need a life-saving organ and a constant shortage of donors, economists, doctors and mathematicians are teaming up with data to save lives.

The answer, they think, might be in the algorithm. Continue reading
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Kidney Disease Kills Over 90,000 Americans Every Year

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Saved by pump, man hopes for new heart

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Doctor: “His heart stopped. He had no circulation."
Mike Grieselding is glad to be alive. The 53-year-old Holland man was on the brink of death in January after suffering a massive heart attack.

“He flat-lined, and they called Code Blue over the intercom, ” said his wife, Celine.

“His heart stopped. He had no circulation,” said Dr. Mark Bonnell, a cardiothoracic surgeon and assistant professor of surgery at the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Medical College of Ohio.

Dr. Bonnell said Mr. Grieselding technically died that night in the emergency room, but he was brought back to life through cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of a temporary pump system called an ECMO, which stands for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

There are 5 million new cases of heart failure diagnosed each year, Dr. Bonnell said. Continue reading
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'Heart transplant saved my life - and 14 years later it's still going strong'

The Bolton News | Jeremy Culley

Maria Mwaimu whose life was saved 14 years ago by a heart transplant

A CHARITY volunteer from Breightmet now cherishes every moment — after her life was saved 14 years ago by a heart transplant.

Maria Mwaimu suffered heart failure at the age of 17 and had to abandon the business course she was studying at college.

Her brother-in-law gave her CPR and she was rushed to Wythenshawe Hospital for an emergency transplant.

Now aged 31, Miss Mwaimu is encouraging more and more people to Sign Up To Save Lives so tales of recovery such as hers become the norm rather than the exception.

The Bolton News is campaigning to get 5,000 more people signed up to the organ donor register ahead of The Transplant Games in the town next month. Continue reading
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North Fork woman returns victorious from Transplant Games

The Modesto Bee | Katie Elwood

Liver transplant recipient and North Fork native Jill Nolen captured numerous medals at the Transplant Games July 11-15 in Houston.

Nolen, 25, won nine gold medals, two silvers and one bronze. She took part in swimming and in track and field.

More than 3,000 transplant recipients, living donors and members of donor families attended the event. The Transplant Games is a multisport event for individuals who are organ transplant recipients, living donors and bone marrow recipients. There are also a limited number of corneal and tissue transplant recipients.

Nolen, a 2007 Yosemite High School graduate and recent Fresno State graduate, was a baby when she received two liver transplants. She was put on a waiting list for a new liver before she was 6 months old. She received a new liver, which quickly failed, and required a second transplant weeks later. Continue reading

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Donation and Transplantation Statistics

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  • Approximately 79 organ transplants take place every day in the United States.
  • On average, a single tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people. 
  • More than 28,000 patients began new lives in 2013 thanks to organ transplants. 
  • Approximately 40,000 patients have their sight restored through corneal transplants each year. 
  • A living donor can provide a kidney or a portion of their liver, lung, pancreas or intestine. 
  • More than one third of all deceased donors are 50 or older, and nearly 8% are 65 or older. 
  • Sadly, an average of 22 patients die every day while waiting, simply because the organ they needed does not become available in time. 
  • On average, 150 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list each day—one every 10 minutes. 
  • More than 123,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant in the U.S. More than 1,000 of them are 10 years old or younger. Continue reading
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CHH Unveils Organ Donor Memorial and Receives Recognition

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HUNTINGTON - A granite memorial bench now in place just outside Cabell Huntington Hospital’s entrance will serve as a reminder for passers-by that organ donation is a life-saving act that leaves a lasting and selfless memory of the donor.

At a Thursday morning dedication ceremony, Kentucky/West Virginia Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) presented the bench in memory of the organ donors who were patients at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Many lives continue because of vital organs donated.

“There are more than 120,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and we know that the decision of just one donor family can save as many as eight lives,” said Teresa Sexton RN, MSNeD, director of Senior Services & Nursing at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “In partnership with KODA, we are dedicating this memorial bench on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital to honor those families and recognize individuals for choosing to give life. Cabell Huntington Hospital is proud to once again be recognized as one of KODA’s top donating hospitals, and we are honored to be part of the life-saving work they do and look forward to working closely in the future.” Continue reading
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A new heart, a new lease on life: Lexington man recovering from transplant with the help of family, friends, and community

Lexch | Kevin Zelaya


LEXINGTON, Neb. – Lexington area farmer Gary Flint received some difficult news earlier this year.

Flint was experiencing difficulty breathing due to heart issues. He was told he had months to live and needed a new heart.

Flint had battled heart failure for years. Beginning in 2008, his condition declined to the point that his heart was operating at just four percent capacity. Flint also had a pacemaker and a pacemaker-like device placed in his heart because two heart valves were not working properly. Making sure his heart kept pumping as it should required the use of six drainage tubes to filter blood and liquids properly throughout his body.

His health had never prevented him from performing everyday activities, however, until this spring. Continue reading
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Ohio State performs its 400th heart transplant

The Columbus Dispatch | By Dominic Binkley


A 67-year-old Springfield woman became the Wexner Medical Center’s 400th heart transplant recipient last week.

Peg Jung said she is feeling great after receiving the transplant on July 16. She was diagnosed with ischemic cardiomyopathy in the fall.

The condition causes the heart muscle to weaken to a point that it no longer can pump blood to the rest of the body.

Doctors implanted a left ventricular assist device to help pump her heart and placed her on a transplant waiting list on July 3. She got her new heart during a six-hour procedure.

“I am the aunt of 18 and the great aunt of 14,” Jung said. “This means that now I’ll get to help share their lives, educate them, be with them and let them know about my life.” Continue reading
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Long Beach Memorial Among Two Hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange Counties Awarded U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Highest Honors for Saving Lives Through Organ Donations

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LONG BEACH, Calif., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognized Long Beach Memorial with its Gold Medal of Honor—one of just two hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties and only eight in California honored for remarkable efforts in saving lives through organ donations.

As part of its national Workplace Partnership for Life Campaign, the Gold Medal is awarded to hospitals with organ donation rates greatly exceeding national standards. Long Beach Memorial's integrated practices for donations means more lives can be saved through organ transplants.


"This recognition reflects the success of our OneLegacy partnership and tremendous efforts of our hospital staff dedicated to saving and enhancing lives," says Diana Hendel, PharmD, CEO, Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach. "Thanks to the generosity of donor families and registered donors, we are honored to help answer the needs of 123,000 people nationwide awaiting life-saving transplants." The hospital works closely with the One Legacy local organ procurement organization, a Donate Life America affiliate, to educate and register new donors. In 2013, California organ donors saved 3,000 lives and improved thousands more with eye and tissue donations. Continue reading
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Families United By Organ Donation

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A Somerset family on vacation in New England got a Facebook message that changed their lives forever.

Levi Goff was only 8 months old when he received an organ transplant nearly seven years ago. His donor was a newborn from Maine.

"The whole reason I donated her organs was hoping to save a life or two," Tasha Lewis said.

Levi's mother, Laurie Goff, wanted to thank Lewis for that gift. She wrote her a letter but never got a reply.

"I never ever knew if they family had chosen to receive my letter or not," Goff said.

Lewis had a chance of heart several years later. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Doctors at IU Health perform Indiana's first 'breathing lung' transplant

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INDIANAPOLIS - Doctors at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital made history by performing the state’s first ‘breathing lung’ transplant.

Unlike a traditional frozen transplant, a ‘breathing lung’ transplant places the donated organ inside a machine that allows it to stay warm and function normally during transportation.

Doctors brought in healthy lungs from an out-of-state hospital for 63-year-old Damon Bradtmueller, of Brownsburg, who had spent the last nine months of his life breathing with the support of an oxygen tank. Continue reading
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Cross-Country Race Was ‘Truly Living’ For CSC Alumnus

KCSR AM 610 | By: Roxie Graham-Marski
Photo: CSC alumni Jake Holscher (right) and brother Blake (left) pose with the support vehicle bearing Chadron State College advertising prior to Jake embarking on the 3,000-mile Ride Across America (RAAM) June 10th in Oceanside, Calif. Holscher finished 11th in his age division, one of only 288 finishers worldwide in 33 years of race history. (Courtesy photo)

(LAKEWOOD, COLO.)-Jake Holscher, a 2002 Chadron State College graduate, will always remember his 2014 summer vacation. That’s because Holscher completed the Ride Across America (RAAM) bike race in late June. In its 33-year history, only 288 riders have completed the course.

Holscher finished 11th in his age division and was the third ranked American overall to finish the race from California to Maryland. He finished 3,022-mile race in 11 days, 11 hours and six minutes.

His team was named GS14 to honor Garrett Schlichtemeier, a deceased friend of the Holscher family, and the year of the race. “The race was everything I imagined and more. It showed me what the human mind and body are really capable of when tested with passion. I don't know what the racing future holds for team GS14, but what I do know is that for 11 days we were truly living, and I yearn for that,” Holscher said. Continue reading
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Transplant Games of America: Midstate organ transplant recipients bring home the gold

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Residents of Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties participated in the 2014 Donate Life Transplant Games July 11-15 in Texas, helping Team Philly dominate by bringing home 91 medals – 28 bronze, 25 silver and 38 gold in more than 20 sports.

Gift of Life Donor Program's Team Philadelphia athletes ranged in age from 7 to 76 and included 63 organ transplant recipients, eight living donors and 16 donor families.

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Alex Joynt won a silver in the 5K and a gold in singles golf. He received a heart transplant in 1993.

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Adrian Nitkowski, gold in long jump, gold in table tennis, gold in the 100 meter and 200 meter runs and silver in volleyball. Nitkowski received a liver transplant in 1998. Continue reading
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GIFT OF LIFE: HEART OF SLAIN NJ POLICE OFFICER DONATED TO VIETNAM VETERAN

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NEW PROVIDENCE (WABC) --From one hero to an another, an officer killed in the line of duty gave the most important gift possible after his death: the gift of life.

By allowing his organs to be donated after his death, Jersey City Police Officer Marc Anthony DiNardo gave a Vietnam Veteran a second chance at life.

Officer DiNardo died from wounds suffered in a shootout in 2009. But his family say his legacy lives on and hopes his organ donation will urge other to do the same.

Exactly five years ago, DiNardo lost his life in the line of duty, but the 37-year old husband and father's commitment to saving other lives never ended.

"He's a hero in life and in death," said the officer's widow, Mary DiNardo.

As an organ donor, officer DiNardo's heart went to another hero, Captain Don Zolkiwsky, a Purple Heart recipient and veteran of the Vietnam War. Continue reading
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Monday, July 21, 2014

What a Perfect Day to Become an Organ Donor



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Local Man Shines at 2014 Transplant Games

KWCH | Jacob Albracht


Every 2 years on a rotating basis, the Transplant Games bring together organ transplant recipients for an athletic competition. This year the games added organ donors to the competition.

Competing in his 2nd games, and 1st in 8 years, was Wichita's Brett Hogan. Hogan is an avid cyclist and brought home two silver medals in this year's competition.

"I don't have that silver medal let down, like oh I could have been just a little bit better. To me I will take the silver. I was very happy with it. Also, the gold medal guy was leaps and bounds beyond me. Plus it was his first games, so we will let him have those golds too."

Hogan competes in several different competitions when he can. But for him, these games that represent his new lease on life mean so much more.

"At the end when I was feeling tired, and I was like man... This just needs to be over. There's that little voice in your head that says you're here for a reason." Continue reading
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Lohmann: Medical student makes impression he never imagined

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Photo credit: Kim Uccellini, Lif. Liver transplant recipient Weldon Bradshaw (left) was reunited in June 2014 with former medical student Jeremy Powers who helped care for Bradshaw as he awaited a transplant in November 2012.
Being a shining example of organ donation, Weldon Bradshaw and his new liver stood before a group of new residents at VCU Medical Center and talked about what it’s like to be a patient near death.

Speaking at the invitation of LifeNet Health, a nonprofit organ procurement organization, Bradshaw thanked the doctors, nurses and others — some by name — who helped shepherd him through his transplant in November 2012. He outlined what they had done for him and why it was significant and how, as new doctors, those in the audience should always keep in mind the importance of bedside manner.

And then he mentioned a “young medical intern” who was around the days before and after his surgery. He never said much and Bradshaw didn’t get his name, but he always “conveyed compassion, caring and trust.” In a very small and quiet way, Bradshaw said, he made a big difference in his life. Continue reading
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Lung transplant patients must find care elsewhere

Orlando Sentinel | By Marni Jameson


The 24 patients who have received lung transplants at Florida Hospital were assured in April that they would be able to get their follow-up care there, even though the hospital was closing its 2-year-old transplant program.

Last week, however, they found out that would not be the case. The patients, most of whom need intensive weekly doctor visits, now must drive to Tampa, Gainesville or Jacksonville for that specialized care.

"I'm devastated," said Kevin Przybyl, 34, who got a new pair of lungs at Florida Hospital last October and for the first time in his life was breathing easy. The St. Cloud man could finally leave the house without oxygen and just recently got off the feeding tube he had relied on for 20 years.

"I thought we were on a straight path to having a normal healthy life here in Orlando, but now drastic measures will have to be made," said Przybyl, a business owner who is married with a 5-year-old son. He has battled cystic fibrosis since birth. Continue reading
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