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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Families Come Together To Celebrate ‘Gift Of Life’

CBS PHILLY | Stephanie Stahl
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s a story of turning tragedy and loss into something positive.

The Gift of Life organ donation program is celebrating 40 years of saving lives.

Health reporter Stephanie Stahl has more on two Philadelphia families, once strangers, now united forever.

George Flocco and Cynthia London share a special bond and have become part of each other’s extended families.

“You can’t appreciate it until you’re the person that it happens to you,” said Flocco tearfully.

Seventeen years ago, George was dying. He needed a heart transplant. That’s when Cynthia’s 22-year -old son, Sipho, was shot and killed. The family donated his organs. Continue reading
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Dallas-based Southwest Transplant Alliance Turns 40

D Healthcare Daily | Matt Goodman


Dallas-based Southwest Transplant Alliance is celebrating its fortieth anniversary on Thursday.

The largest of 58 federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations in the country, Southwest offers renal and non-renal organs and tissues to patients in 11-affiliated transplant centers in Baytown, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Midland/Odessa, Temple, and Tyler.

In all, STA has recovered and replaced nearly 20,000 organs. It recovered and replaced 895 last year alone and is on pace this year to top more than 1,000, said spokeswoman Perri duGard Owens.

The organization began on Dec. 13, 1974 for kidney retrieval for Parkland Memorial Hospital. Story source

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ORGAN DONOR APPEAL: Dialysis kept me alive but a donor kidney gave me a life

Witney Gazette | Luke Sproule


Sam Rose
IN a world where transplant patients are left waiting for a new heart or liver, it can be easy to think of kidney transplants being somewhere further down the list of priorities.

But for two Oxfordshire people it took huge sacrifices – in one case from a loved one and in another from a stranger – to allow them to return to full health.

Sam Rose received her new kidney from a deceased donor almost 20 years ago, while Kevin Beach was given his by his partner last year – and both have backed the Oxford Mail’s campaign to get more people to register as donors.

Ms Rose was living near Pusey in South Oxfordshire when she was diagnosed with renal failure in 1994 at the age of 12. Continue reading
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This family gets to hear their son's heartbeat one last time

News OK | Wendy Jessen


When Matt Heisler was 16 years old, he decided to be an organ donor. At 21, Matt was killed in a house fire while attending college. His heart was donated to a man, Tom, who had been waiting for a transplant. Eight months after Matt passed away, his mom, dad and sister were able to embrace Matt's heart once again. It is a moment unlike any other when they meet Tom, embracing him and taking turns listening to Matt's heart from within Tom's chest. (Courtesy: YouTube)
A young man's decision to donate his organs saved many lives. One recipient meets the man's family in a moment that make your heart skip a beat.
You know that little box you can check when you're getting a driver's license? The one that determines whether or not you'll be an organ donor? For some, it can change everything. It can save lives.

The Heisler family knows this firsthand.

When Matt Heisler was 16 years old, he decided to be an organ donor. At 21, Matt was killed in a house fire while attending college. His heart was donated to a man, Tom, who had been waiting for a transplant.

Eight months after Matt passed away, his mom, dad and sister were able to embrace Matt's heart once again. It is a moment unlike any other when they meet Tom, embracing him and taking turns listening to Matt's heart from within Tom's chest. Continue reading
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Rose Parade float to honor slain local CHP officer Kenyon Youngstrom

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A California Highway Patrol officer and Cordelia resident killed in the line of duty will be remembered as a hero for his Gift of Life through organ and tissue donation during the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena next month.

CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom will be featured Jan. 1, on a float created by the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN), a nonprofit focused on saving the lives of those in need of organ and tissue transplants in Northern California and Northern Nevada. The organization announced that Youngstrom’s floral portrait will be featured on the Donate Life “Never-Ending Story” float.

Youngstrom, 37, was shot while aiding another officer on a Northern California freeway in 2012. By becoming a donor, the father of four saved five lives and helped dozens of others.

“Knowing that he donated makes his loss a bit more bearable. It’s comforting to know that a piece of him is still somewhere in a very real and concrete way,” said Youngstrom’s wife, Karen, in a press release. “Kenyon would be proud; proud that he served the community, and proud that he was able to donate his organs and save someone’s life.” Continue reading
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Could you give the gift of life this Christmas?

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Sarah Jane Burke who died aged 17 after she was hit by a car in Ormonde Street, Sunderland.
A MUM of a tragic teenager killed by a danger driver is urging people to consider the gift of life this Christmas.
Over the last five years 12 people have died in Sunderland waiting to receive a life-saving organ transplant.

There are currently 22 people in Sunderland on the transplant list.

The NHS Blood and Transplant service has launched its Christmas List campaign, to draw attention to the thousands of people who are waiting for a transplant across the UK and to encourage everyone to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

In Sunderland, there are 75,364 people on the register and 10 city patients have received a transplant so far this year.

Among those backing the campaign is the family of 17-year-old Sarah Jane Burke, from Barnes, who died in September last year after she was struck down by road rage driver David Baillie. Continue reading
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Colorado High School Student To Promote Tissue Donation In 2015 Rose Parade

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jake Doud, a high school senior from Firestone, CO, will join 29 other transplant recipients from around the country riding aboard the 12th annual Donate Life float in the nationally televised Rose Parade on January 1 in Pasadena, CA. The 2015 Donate Life float, The Never-Ending Story, highlights the enduring power of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Doud received a bone and cartilage transplant in 2014 after suffering years of knee pain. His debilitating pain benched him from soccer, basketball and track. Doctors used donated bone and cartilage to replace his damaged tissue and realign the weight-bearing line in his leg. After his recovery time, Doud is healing and able to participate in many of his favorite athletic endeavors. He is profoundly grateful for the donated tissue that helped him heal and is excited for the opportunity to promote donation on a national scale.

AlloSource provided the allografts used in Doud's surgery and is sponsoring his participation in the Rose Parade. The company is one of the nation's largest providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, and the world's largest processor of cellular bone allografts.

"Jake's experience illustrates the healing possibilities of donated human tissue," said Thomas Cycyota, AlloSource president and CEO. "We are proud to send a representative from Colorado to the Rose Parade and we know Jake's story will help many people better understand the importance of tissue donation." http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/colorado-high-school-student-to-promote-tissue-donation-in-2015-rose-parade-300011280.html
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Student's organ donation honored on parade float

The Dublin Villager | By DEBBIE GILLUM


Tom, Kathy and Reilly Harrington look at the floragraph of their daughter and sister, Lindsay Jones, which was unveiled during a ceremony Friday, Dec. 12, at Dublin Scioto High School. PHOTO LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS


To honor the late Lindsay Alyce Jones, her family invited students and staff to help decorate her floragraph, which will be displayed on the 2015 Donate Life Tournament of Roses Parade float.

Floragraphs are memorial portraits created with floral materials. They are recreations of a favorite photo submitted by family members.

Jones attended Dublin Scioto High School until she died from a brain aneurysm 10 days into her senior year in September 2002.

The event took place in Scioto's cafeteria at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 12, during lunch, so students and staff could have an opportunity to view the completion of the floragraph. http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/dublin/news/2014/12/16/lindsay-alyce-jones-students-organ-donation-honored-on-parade-float.html
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14-YEAR-OLD GIRL GETS CHRISTMAS WISH EARLY AT LUCILLE PACKARD

ABC 7 News | Liliana Kim

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) --
It is 10 days before Christmas, but a teenager in Shasta Lake already got her present -- the gift of life. ABC7 News spoke with a 14-year-old girl who got a brand new heart just in time for the holidays.

Lizzie Johnson is back at Lucille Packard's Children's Hospital for a routine follow-up. It's been three months since she received a donor heart and now she's looking forward to celebrating the holidays.

"It's New Heart Christmas pretty much. That's what we call it," Lizzie said.

Lizzie has come a long way since being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. She was so sick this time last year that she had to spend Christmas in the hospital, but this year, she'll be spending it at home -- her and her family's only Christmas wish. Continue reading
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hillsborough Heart Transplant Recipient To Ride Donate Life Float

Hillsborough Patch | Carly Kilroy


More than 50 people connected to the mission to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation gathered at Liberty Science Center Wednesday for an emotional ceremony to honor a heart recipient and living kidney donor who will be part of the Donate Life Float at the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.

Organ and tissue recipients as well as living kidney donors and families of deceased donors gathered for the ceremony to celebrate Reenie Harris, a 71-year-old altruistic kidney donor from Cedar Knolls, and Joe DiSanto, a 20-year-old heart recipient and Monmouth University student.

Joe, a Hillsborough resident who received a heart transplant at the age of 11, will be one of 30 organ recipients riding on the Donate Life Float. Reenie Harris will be among the 12 living donors who will walk alongside the float. Reenie is likely the oldest person in the United States to give one of her kidneys to someone she did not know, inspired by her daughter who also donated a kidney to a complete stranger. While in California for the parade, she plans to meet, for the first time, the California recipient of her altruistic kidney donation. http://patch.com/new-jersey/hillsborough/hillsborough-heart-transplant-recipient-ride-donate-life-float-0
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Children celebrate the gift of life for Christmas

WCNC | Diana Rugg


Transplant recipients celebrate life(Photo: WCNC)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Eight-year-old James Govan remembers when he couldn't enjoy doing the same things as most boys his age.

"I felt like a robot, getting plugged up every night," he remembered.

He was limited by the tubes and wires of his kidney dialysis machine. He couldn't get up and run around, play sports or even eat milk or processed foods.

"There were a lot of things he could not do," said his mom, Kimberly Buie, "so as a family we could not do them."

That changed two years ago, when James got a kidney transplant.

Now he and his family celebrate every new little thing he can do -- like eating ice cream or chicken nuggets, or something as simple as taking a bath. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Patients reveal transplant fears

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Vanessa Bradley, from Twickenham, before her operation for pulmonary arterial hypertension (NHS Blood and Transplant/PA)
This Christmas, two strangers will sit at opposite ends of England waiting for telephone calls.
Father-of-three Choudry Mohammed Ikram, 49, from Leeds, has been waiting on his call for four years. December 25 is not a day Mr Ikram, a Pakistan-born Muslim, celebrates - but he will take a Christmas miracle if it's on offer.

Katie Quist, on the other hand, would be celebrating if she didn't have to work. But she said that, i f her phone were to ring: "Honestly, I think I'll forget that it's Christmas."

Mr Ikram and Ms Quist are on two sides of the UK organ shortage: h e is waiting for a kidney, and she has the heavy task of helping tragedy-struck families as they make the decision to donate a loved one's organs.

On any given day in the UK, nearly 7,000 people will be hoping for a transplant, according to the NHS, and t hree will die waiting. Continue reading
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Young heart recipient awaits second transplant

KXAN NBC | David Scott

AUSTIN (KXAN) — 11,000 Texans are on the waiting list for some sort of organ donation. 21-year-old Madeline Lord is waiting for a new heart. Maddie went through a transplant when she was 12, and doctors say it is now time to replace her heart again.

The Seton Cardiac Transplant Center has performed 17 heart transplants over the past year and Maddie is hoping she soon becomes the 18th. Asked if she is handling this better than a “rookie” might, Maddie laughed and said, “I’d like to think so. I mean, you handle it the best you can.”

Maddie has developed coronary artery disease, which doctors say is not uncommon for heart recipients after about ten years. Continue reading
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Buffalo Woman Rents Billboard to Find Kidney Donor for Husband

Time Warner News Buffalo | Alex Haight


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Mike Weishaupt is a 62-year-old Buffalo native and retired truck driver for the Buffalo News with a history of kidney problems.
"Mike was in end-stage renal failure in 1999, and a live donor that he worked with at the Buffalo News gave him a kidney,” said Mike’s wife, Sharon. “Mike has Type 1 diabetes. His kidney was functioning well, and he recently had an infection that the numbers declined. So we decided to ask for a kidney."

Mike's blood type is B-positive, and Sharon says the wait time for a matching kidney on the donor list is five to seven years.

"From a live donor, anybody with B could also take O. But if you stay on the transplant list for a cadaver kidney, you only can take B-positive."

Sharon recently had an idea to improve Mike's chances of finding a match while she was driving home from work. Continue reading
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Family picks up the pieces after car hits, kills loved ones

Good4Utah | Ali Monson

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A mourning family is left literally piecing together the events that led up to their loved ones' deaths.

A father and son died, Saturday evening, after a car struck and killed them instantly.

"When everything is said and done, I will be alone," cried Rhonda Johnson, the victims' wife and mother.

Johnson is surrounded by family now but struggling to accept the tragic deaths of her beloved husband and son. The mother of six was heading home from work when she saw flashing lights.

"I just got this sinking feeling. I'd been trying to call my husband and my son on my way home, and they weren't answering..." Johnson said.

Forty-four year-old Todd Johnson and 11 year-old Levi Johnson had just finished Christmas shopping at a nearby grocery store. The two were traveling west on 7800 South, near 6300 West, riding on a motorized wheelchair. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Hundreds in Idaho wait for organs

Idaho Statesman | Audrey Dutton


Donovan Sayler takes his blood pressure in his bedroom before starting his nightly in-home dialysis treatment for a kidney disorder. KYLE GREEN

The story of Boise State University football player Jeremy Ioane's need for a kidney transplant made headlines Thanksgiving Day, prompting a fundraising campaign to help Ioane's family pay future medical bills.

Ioane's role as a Bronco living with kidney failure is unique. But his struggle is shared by hundreds of Idahoans.

The wait time for a kidney in Idaho is two to five years.

Donovan Sayler is 30 and lives in Nampa. He works part time as a service technician for A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning. He used to work full time, but disease attacked the tiny filters in his kidneys until they didn't work anymore.

Sayler learned July 9 that he has IgA nephropathy, sometimes called Berger's disease. It's probably been eating away at his kidneys for years. Sayler still makes time to go bowling with friends and family on the weekend, though he tires easily and can't stay out as long as he wishes he could. Continue reading
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Troy Pappas to be remembered at Rose parade

Fosters Daily Democrat | Jesse Scardina


The family of Troy Pappas holds up the floragraph of his likeness, which will be added to a float at the Jan. 1 Tournament of Roses Parade in California. Troy will be memorialized as one of 72 organ donors nationwide. From left are his parents, John and Mary, and sister Rayna. (Ioanna Raptis/Seacoastonline)

ELIOT, Maine — Members of the Pappas family — father John, mother Mary and daughter Rayna — stood over the floragraph of their late son Troy, sprinkling the final touches of coffee grounds on to the eyebrows.

“He loved coffee. He really loved coffee,” Rayna, Troy's sister said. “He started drinking it when he was 10 years old.”

The three family members were gathered in their living room on a stormy Tuesday evening with about 30 of their close family members and friends, honoring the life of their son, a standout student athlete at Marshwood High School and Bates College student, who died in 2012 after falling three floors down a stairwell during his freshman year. He died on Oct. 5, 2012 of head trauma. Continue reading
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Wakefield father’s plea for people to ‘leave a legacy’ and sign up to donor list.

Yorkshire Post | Lindsay Pantry


Choudry Mohammed Ikram has been on the waiting list for a new kidney for four years. He is pictured with his children Ammarah, Nawal and Hamdan. Picture Tony Johnson
LIKE SO many patients waiting for a life-changing organ transplant, father-of-three Choudry Mohammed Ikram’s life is determined by his treatment.
With four hour sessions of dialysis at Leeds’ St James Hospital every other day, Mr Ikram, of Wakefield, was forced to give up his job as a senior civil engineer with Leeds Council in 2010 when his renal function deteriorated so much he was placed on the transplant list.

He is just one of 486 patients in Yorkshire and the Humber who are waiting for the call to tell them the organ they need so badly is available. Sadly, new figures show 30 patients in the region have died while on the transplant waiting list so far this year alone.

Mr Ikram has backed NHS Blood and Transplant’s Christmas List campaign to encourage everyone to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Continue reading
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Bay Area Research Round Up

SFGate | By Victoria Colliver and Erin Allday


Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images. Doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore prepare a kidney for a transplant. UCSF researchers are studying transplant recipients who develop a natural tolerance to their new organ.

Researchers at UCSF have developed what they hope will become a new test to monitor how well kidney transplant patients are responding to the drugs that help suppress their immune system and keep them from rejecting their new organ.

Organ transplant patients must stay on immunosuppressant medications for the rest of their lives, putting them at a much higher risk of developing infections and a myriad of diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular problems.

To learn how to better monitor transplant patients, UCSF researchers looked at the rare cases of people who develop a natural tolerance to their mismatched organ, allowing them to safely withdraw from their immunosuppressant medications. Continue reading
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Family thankful for daughter

WGN | BY KATHARIN CZINK AND DINA BAIR


family is thankful this holiday after their daughter received a heart transplant. Now, doctors say she may get home in time for Christmas.

Keniya Noys was diagnosed at age three with dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged and weakened heart. For six years, she lead a normal life, but over the summer her heart failure worsened landing her in Lurie Children’s Hospital in July.

Keniya started to grow weaker as the months went by. Then a surprise, just days after her 10th birthday.

“The call comes in for the heart and she told me, she said, this is what I wished for on my birthday … and she got it. She got it,” her mother, Kenya Wright said. VIDEO, continue reading
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Inspiration: Young Surfer Awaiting a New Heart Gives Back

The Inertia | Alex Reynolds


Jacob Kilby created the Swell Hearts Foundation from his hospital bed.
Jacob Kilby was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a rare heart defect in which the left side of the heart is severely underdeveloped.
As a result, the left side of Jacob’s heart is unable to pump sufficient blood to the body, leaving the right side to do all of the work. At two years old, he underwent four consecutive open-heart surgeries and a life-saving heart transplant after he was given only 24 hours to live.

Sixteen years later, Jacob’s heart has begun to fail once again. He has been placed on the Level 2 heart transplant waiting list, hopeful for a second heart transplant. Due to Jacob’s heart condition, he and his family are forced to endure the dreadful uncertainty of how long his health will last before he is moved up the waiting list.

Despite adversity, Jacob is resilient and is still pursuing his passion for surfing by making the most of the cards he has been given. To Jacob, his incredible sense of optimism in the face of hardship could not be possible without the loving support of his friends and family. It is this support, coupled with Jacob’s strong passion for surfing, which has led to the creation of the “Heats for a Heart” surf contest and the Swell Hearts Foundation. VIDEO, continue reading
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Porterville teen a part of never-ending story

Porterville Recorder | Esther Avila


Hector and Lydia Alcantar work on the finishing touches of a floragraph of their deceased son, Edward Ray "Lalo" Alcantar - whose eyes and bone tissue was donated to others following his death at age 15. Lalo Alcantar's floral photograph will be on exhibit on the Donate Life Float in the tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day 2015 in Pasadena.

Edward Ray 'Lalo' Alcantar donates corneas, bone tissue

A Porterville teen who died too young lives on, in a never-ending story to be celebrated during the 2015 New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade.

Edward Ray Alcantar — Lalo or Lalito to family and friends — was just 15 when his life ended suddenly. But his outlook on life was extraordinary. Even at a young age, Lalo knew he wanted to give the gift of life if given the opportunity, and sadly he was.

In September of 2010, after swimming in a high school gym class, Lalo complained of pain to his chest and legs. An ambulance was called and Lalo was rushed to the hospital. He died the next morning.

Now, because of Lalo and others who have donated tissue and organs, miracles happen. A father lives to walk his daughter down the aisle. A mother is alive to push a child in a swing. He who was blind beholds rainbows.

Lalo’s wish to donate his eyes was honored by his family. They donated his bone tissue and corneas so that others can live and see. Continue reading
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Baltimore organ donor to be honored at Tournament of Roses parade

ABC NEWS 2 | Katrina Bush


BALTIMORE - Jordan Brown was on his way home from a basketball game when he was shot and killed in 2007 at the age of 21.

His family says even though his body isn't here anymore, he is still with them. They say it was his unselfish choice to register as an organ donor that saved seven lives.

Brown will be representing Baltimore City and the state of Maryland as a floragraph honoree on Donate Life America's Tournament of Roses Parade float on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.

A floral portrait of Brown was started by his family in California and then sent to Baltimore, where the rest of his family will complete the floragraph at a special event with many others whose lives were impacted by Brown. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Donate Life Colorado Members Hand Out Roses To Transplant Patients

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Michelle Williamson and Phyllis McCormack (credit: CBS)

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – In this season of giving, more than 2,500 Coloradans are hoping for the gift of life — an organ transplant.

The folks from Donate Life Colorado gathered a group together on the transplant unit of the University of Colorado Hospital on Wednesday. It was both a reunion and a reminder for people like Michelle Williamson and Phyllis McCormack, who have a permanent bond between.

She received my kidney,” Williamson said.

They never met until after the transplant.

“Well, she’s my angel,” McCormack said.

At University Hospital Amy Johnson handed out red roses in honor of her angel, daughter Nicole, who was killed at age 15 in a one-car crash. The driver was drunk.

“I lost my daughter 13 years ago and we were able to donate her heart, liver and kidney,” Johnson said. VIDEO, continue reading
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Traverse City Woman Receives Double Organ Transplant

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A Traverse City woman says she has a lot to be thankful for this year--

Pam Fasel received a heart transplant in the late 90's when a birth defect caused hers to fail--nearly 20 years later pam discovered that she needed another new heart--and not just a heart--doctors put her on the list for a new kidney as well.

"I wasn't sure I'd get a second heart," said Pam. "I worried about it. I didn't want to live like that but you couldn't do nothing."

Meet Pam Fasel--she received a heart transplant 16 years ago--at 59 years old doctor's told her she'd need another one--a new kidney to boot.

She never thought she'd make it until her day in the OR came at long last.

"That morning--when he came to tell me--I didn't believe him, I just said you're kidding me," said Pam. "He said, would you like to get a heart today… he just grabbed my hand and shook it and said it'll be okay…" VIDEO, Continue reading
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Middle schooler who died in 2012 to be honored in Rose Parade

Northeast Mississippi Journal | Lena Mitchell


photo Thomas Wells. Chapman Burress, 10, helps complete the Florograph of his cousin, Andrew Loyd, for the organ donor float that will be in this year’s Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.

FARMINGTON – The late Andrew Loyd was the hero of the hour during a program at Alcorn Central Middle School on Thursday.

Along with 71 other organ donors, the 11-year-old who died tragically in October 2012, will be honored during the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade on Jan. 1, when a florograph of his photo is displayed on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float.

“On one of the saddest days of their lives, Andrew’s family decided to give back,” said Kim Van Frank, executive director of the Mid-South Transplant Foundation. “This is a difficult day for you, but I hope this day will plant a wonderful memory of Andrew.”

Andrew’s mother died of leukemia when he was 6 months old. He was shot by his mentally ill father, who then committed suicide, and Andrew later died at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

The Mid-South Transplant Foundation, sponsor of the parade florograph, organized the event so that Andrew’s family members could add the final elements to the floragraph, a portrait created using floral materials. Continue reading
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Flower portrait to honor life of late N.J. infant, organ donor in Rose Parade

NJ | Katie Lannan


The Mercado family puts the finishing touches on Melissa's floragraph. From left are Angel Mercado; Shayla Mercado, 10; Angel David Mercado, 3,; Katty Mercado; and Meri Mercado, 7. (Katie Lannan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com). Katie Lannan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

NEW PROVIDENCE — For Katty Mercado, the choice was easy.

"I didn't want to see another mother cry like I cried," Mercado, of Paterson, said Thursday. "I didn't want to see other brothers or sisters cry like I knew my kids were going to cry. I didn't want to see another family suffer like mine did, so I knew I wanted somebody else to be saved — even if it was one person, even if it was one adult. Whoever it was, I knew I wanted my daughter to make a change."

Mercado's daughter, Melissa Bena Mercado, was six weeks old when she died in a car accident in March 2013.

Katty Mercado said she and her husband Angel decided instantly to donate their daugther's organs. Melissa's heart went to a three-month-old baby boy and her kidneys to a young mother. Continue reading
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Ashington dad's life has been saved by a heart transplant after years of waiting

Chronicle UK


Mick Bradshaw recovers after his heart transplant at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle
Mick Bradshaw's life was saved when he was given a new heart. He is now backing the Chronicle's Become A Donor campaign
After years of waiting for a new heart, Mick Bradshaw has finally been given a new chance of life.

Just over a week ago the 63-year-old underwent a life-saving heart transplant at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital after being on the Organ Donor Register for several years.

Mick was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy - a disease of the heart muscle in which it becomes stretched and thin, making the organ unable to pump blood round the body efficiently - and it was touch and go as to whether the retired electrical fitter would survive.

Yet since his operation at the Institute of Transplantation he has a new lease of life and is looking forward to the future with his wife, Maria, 63, and son Stu, 43. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Baby Barrie boy in need of a new liver

The Barrie Examiner


The five-month-old Nathan Brent of Barrie needs a liver transplant as soon as possible, having spent most of his young life at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. SUBMITTED

Nathan Brent has had a tough start to life.

The five-month-old Barrie boy needs a liver transplant as soon as possible, having spent most of his young life at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, with his parents by his side.

He has a condition called biliary artesia – basically his liver isn’t working - and he needs a new one. When he was just three months old, Nathan underwent a procedure to attempt to correct the liver issues; unfortunately, the procedure was unsuccessful.

Nathan also has a heart condition, tetralogy of Fallot, which will require open heart surgery to fix before he is two years old. The heart can be fixed, but is complicating things for the liver surgery.

So he will be staying at Sick Kids until he has the transplant, as he is too weak to be at home. He's getting great care there, and once these surgeries are behind him, should lead a fairly normal life.

But this is a very difficult for the family, as they have a two-year-old son Andrew, and a 16-year-old daughter Hayley, back in Barrie. Continue reading
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The heroics of organ donation

The Porterville Recorder | Esther Avila


Charlene Zettel, executive officer of Donate Life California, (right) talks about the short but extraordinary life of Lalo Alcantar, a Porterville organ donor, and the difference his is making in the lives of others. RECORDER PHOTO BY ESTHER AVILA

Every 10 minutes, nationwide, a new name is added to the National Organ Transplant Waiting List. Nationally, approximately 18 people die each day awaiting life-saving organ transplants.

In Porterville, there are 72 people living in the area who are on the waiting list for an organ, said Marcella Corona, community development liaison with the California Transplant Donor Network.

And only four Porterville-area individuals have had a transplant from a deceased donor, she said.

The need is great. That was the message Corona, and Charlene Zettel, executive officer of Donate Life California, wanted to convey Thursday at a program honoring a Porterville teen, Edward Ray “Lalo” Alcantar, who gifted his eyes and bone tissue after death to save others.

Corona asked for a call to action, saying people can sign up to be a donor through the Department of Motor Vehicles. “One person, through organ donation, can save up to eight people. Their tissue can heal or save 50 others,” Zettel said. Continue reading
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