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Friday, October 24, 2014

The TransMedics® Organ Care System (OCS™) Heart Technology Was Used to Perform The World's First Series of Adult Human Heart Transplants From Donors After Circulatory Death (DCD Donors) at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, Australia

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ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TransMedics announces that its OCS™ Heart technology was used to preserve and assess the world's first series of three successful adult heart transplant procedures from hearts donated from donors after circulatory death (DCD) by the St. Vincent's Hospital Heart Transplant team. All patients who received these groundbreaking transplants have recovered very well. This achievement represents a pivotal new milestone in heart transplantation worldwide, and it was carried out following pioneering basic and translational research undertaken by the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and St Vincent's Hospital using the OCS™ Heart technology.

These hearts were retrieved from donors whose hearts had stopped beating. Currently, these DCD donors are not considered for heart transplantation due to the limitations of cold storage preservation technique. These hearts were retrieved, resuscitated to a normal beating state and clinically assessed using the TransMedics OCS™ Heart technology. The OCS™ technology platform is the only medical device capable of maintaining donor organs in near physiologic and functioning state outside of the human body from the time the organ is removed from the donor until it is ready to be transplanted into a suitable recipient. Continue reading
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RTE's Sean O'Rourke pays on-air tribute to colleague who died in tragic accident

Independent


Broadcaster Sean O’Rourke has paid an on-air tribute to an RTE producer who died following an accident.

The family of the late Ed Prendergast, who was from Skerries, North County Dublin, donated his organs following his passing.

O'Rourke paid tribute to the producer, who worked on RTE's The Business Show and Arena, during a segment on organ donation.

“I wouldn’t want to let the moment pass indeed without mentioning the late Ed Prendergast who passed away following an accident last week.

“He was a young man in his late twenties. He was a producer on ‘The Business Programme’.

“I know his organs have gone to help many people and that act will provide some small measure of comfort to his family and may he Rest In Peace,” Sean said. Continue reading
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South Fla. father raises organ donation awareness, calls son 'walking miracle'

News 10 | Kathleen Corso


South Fla. boy takes part in 'Run For Life,' to raise awareness about need for organ donors

Pembroke Park, Fla - Every day, 18 people in the United States die waiting for an organ transplant.A South Florida boy was one of the lucky ones.

"He's a walking miracle," said Joel Nagelbush of his son, Justin.

Eleven years ago Justin was born premature, but his parents and doctors believed he was otherwise healthy.

"At Justin's 3-month check up, the doctor's doing the echo on his liver and said, 'You have to go to Miami,'" said Nagelbush. "We show up at Jackson (Memorial Hospital) and the guy took 10 minutes and said he's going to need a transplant."

For weeks, the family waited anxiously.

"Doctors were coming in and telling us about time tables, how much longer," said Nagelbush. "We got to a point where we just asked them not to. We said, 'Please, it's not helping us.'" Continue reading
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Charity asks donors to save a life and take a #Skulfie

Charity Digital News | Rebecca Horsley 

A new campaign has been launched by the UK’s leading organ donation charity, Live Life Give Life, which aims to raise awareness of donation, remember those who donated, and celebrate those who are only living because of donations.

The campaign ‘The Day of the Living’ takes inspiration from the Mexican festival The Day of the Dead, in which ancestors are remembered with a vibrant and colourful festival.

The charity is encouraging people to take selfies with face painted sugar skulls and share and tag with #Skulfie, along with the text donation SKUL14 £3 to 70070.  Story source
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Incredible Twitter journey of world's youngest liver transplant survivor at just FIVE WEEKS old

Mirror UK | Ian Hughes
Lottie was given just hours to live after being born seven weeks premature, suffering from multi-organ failure - her parents were told she would need a new liver

At barely five weeks old, brave Lottie Bryon-Edmond became the youngest baby in the world to survive a liver transplant.

Now an incredible three-year-old girl, she has been 'tweeting' her entire remarkable journey since November 2011 - just a few weeks after her life-saving operation.

Lottie was born seven weeks premature in July 2011 after an emergency C-section at Torbay Hospital - she was suffering from multi-organ failure.

She was given just hours to live after being born with toxic levels of iron in her liver.

Dad Chris, 50, from Torquay, set up the Twitter account to keep friends and family members updated on her condition.

He said: "She wrote the Twitter. She's a very talented child."

"The idea actually came from my sister when we were in hospital. We have a very large family and lots of friends, and each would call up asking how things were going. Continue reading
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Gift of Hope: Adam’s story

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In this week’s edition of Gift of Hope, we take a look at the story of a young man who decided he wanted to help others in the event of his death, which would prove to be a decision with far-reaching, positive consequences.

Hope Woodside spoke with Adam Osmond’s mother, Lisa, about the impact Adam’s decision to be a donor has made. Lisa said Adam specifically mentioned his desire to be an organ donor a few weeks before his death, and she said the knowledge that he has helped others heal has helped her heal as well. Story Source

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2015 Donate Life Float Riders Announced!

2015 Donate Life Float's Riders

The Donate Life float's Riders represent millions of organ, tissue and cornea transplant recipients who are grateful to donors for their gifts of life.

Click on individual photos to read their story.




Michael Adams
Oceanside, CA



Dr. Phil Berry  
Dallas, TX



Tim Bishop
Stilwell, OK



Bree Ahnne Bowers
Chino, CA



John Brockington
San Diego, CA



Monica Elaine Brown
Springfield, MO



Ted Cochran
Waukee, IA



Jazmyn N. Creason
Sahuarita, AZ



Joe DiSanto
Hillsborough, NJ



Jake Doud
Firestone, CO



Clare Dowling
Danville, CA



Shari Lynn England
Medford, OK



Alma Feliz
Irvine, CA



Kathy Forti 
Youngstown, NY



Gilda Gopal
Daly City, CA



Paulina Guevara
Los Angeles, CA



Amy Johnson 
Englewood, CO



Naomi F. Kurlowich
Columbia, SC



Colin Lepley
Versailles, MO



Jimmy Lynch
Brookhaven, MS



Kelvin Martin
Bowlingbrook, IL



Courtney Nichols
Hendersonville, TN



Gaetano "Gates" Orlando 
Victor, NY



Shirley Pincus
Hampshire, IL



Jackie Pische
Gillett, WI



Gabby Preap
Long Beach, CA



Julia Rejer
New Palestine, IN



Mary Louise Smith
Warminster, PA



Adam J. Teller
Los Angeles, CA



Linda M. Weaver
El Paso, AR
To Learn more about the Donate Life Float : Please visit www.donatelifefloat.org
Do everything you can to support our worldwide efforts to end deaths on the transplant wait list.
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Secretary of State Johnson recognized by Michigan Donor Family Council

MaComb Daily 

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has received the Michigan Donor Family Council’s 2014 “Inspiration Award” for her work promoting organ, tissue and eye donations.

Johnson upgraded the methods used by the Secretary of State’s Office to promote Michigan’s Organ Donor Registry after she was elected in 2010. Since that time, more than 1.7 million people have joined Michigan’s Organ Donor Registry, which has grown from 27 percent of all eligible adults registered to nearly 50 percent.

“This award is given in honor of an outstanding job of promoting organ, tissue and eye donation,” said Michigan Donor Family Council CEO Patty Jo Herndon. “The award recognizes Ruth’s hard work, commitment and dedication to saving and improving lives by encouraging Secretary of State branch office clerks to ask customers if they would like to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry. Continue reading
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2014 Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival featuring double lung recipient, Kathi Clapham and heart recipient Dan Smith.

Gift of Life Donor Program
Watch this fantastic video of the 2014 Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival featuring double lung recipient, Kathi Clapham and heart recipient Dan Smith. 

Both were on Team Life Savers with Gift of Life Donor Program to promote organ donor awareness. Team Life Savers came in 2nd place out of 14 boats in their division!

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Around Town: Hoag doctor honored by donation agency

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Photo:  Dr. O'Meeghan standing next to poster presentation on organ donation at 39th Annual NATCO conference.
Dr. Rosemary O'Meeghan, a critical-care physician at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, received the 2014 Life Bridge Award from OneLegacy, an organ, eye and tissue donation agency, on Tuesday at OneLegacy's annual symposium in Pomona, where Hoag also received recognition for its organ donation and transplantation efforts.

According to a Hoag news release, O'Meeghan is chairwoman of the Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Council and was the driving force for the creation of the Hoag Tree of Life and Book of Life, which honors donors and their families. Story source
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Education Grant Recipient Uses Personal Experience to Help Others

Allograft Possibilities

In 2013, AlloSource began a 10-year partnership with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, pledging an annual financial contribution to fund their scholarship program. For more than 35 years, the Phoenix Society has worked with survivors, families, healthcare professionals and the fire industry to support recovery from burns, improve the quality of burn care and prevent burn injuries. Here is the story of a 2014 Education Grant Recipient.

Overcoming a burn injury when she was five years old instilled in Katie a profound sense of hope and determination.

“As I reached my middle and high school years, it became incredibly important for me to prove that my past trials would not get the best of me,” she said. “I would do my best in everything, proving there is life beyond emotionally and physically challenging experiences.”

She vividly remembers the moment she accidentally poured boiling water on her arm and was rushed to the hospital. She spent a month at Shriner’s Burn Hospital in Ohio and has endured 16 surgeries over the past 14 years. Continue reading
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Ceremony to honor fallen law enforcement officers and their families set for 10/28

New Santa Ana | Art Pedroza
Donate Life California, which encourages people to register as organ donors, and the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation will hold a special Donate Life Rose Dedication Ceremony on Tuesday, October 28 at 10 a.m. honoring fallen law enforcement officers and their families. A beautiful rose in honor of the officers will be included in the Dedication Garden on the Donate Life Float in the 2015 Rose Parade, held in Pasadena on New Year’s Day. The officers’ families are invited to personalize the tribute.

Tuesday’s ceremony will be held at the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Academy, located at 15991 Armstrong Avenue, in Tustin, from 10 to 11 am.

The speakers at this event will include Santa Ana Police Cpl. Steve Ahearn (pictured above), who is in dire need of a new kidney. Continue reading
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OTA congratulates St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney on Australia’s first Donation after Circulatory Death heart transplant

Australia Government Organ & Tissue Authority
The Organ and Tissue Authority acknowledges and congratulates the team at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, on performing a world first in organ donation and transplantation history.

The St Vincent’s Hospital’s Heart Transplant Unit recently performed Australia’s first heart transplant surgeries with two people with end-stage heart failure receiving heart transplants from donors after circulatory death (DCD). Until now, transplant units have relied solely on donated hearts from brain death patients. Both heart transplant recipients have recovered extremely well.

The DCD heart transplants were carried out following pioneering basic and translational research undertaken by the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and St Vincent’s Hospital. This surgery is the culmination of an extensive research project undertaken by Professor Peter MacDonald, Medical Director of the St Vincent’s Heart Transplant Unit, Head of the Transplantation Research Laboratory at the Victor Chang Institute and Professor of Medicine at University of New South Wales.

The St Vincent’s Hospital heart and lung transplantation program is one of the largest and longest running in Australia, and their work contributes to Australia being internationally recognised as a world leader in successful transplantation outcomes and long-term survival of recipients.  Continue reading
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Spokane pastor’s decision to give kidney leads to second match

The Spokesman-Review | Cindy Hval


Jesse Tinsley photo. The Rev. Michael Blackburn underwent surgery to donate his kidney July 2. “I’m not anyone special. I just felt God called me to do this,” he said.

The Jan. 20 photo of Megan Dunnagan on the front page of The Spokesman-Review caught the Rev. Michael Blackburn’s eye. He scanned the headline, “We’ve been waiting long enough” and saw the story was about a 28-year-old woman in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

But Blackburn, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, didn’t read the article.

A few days later, he perused the classified ads. “I noticed an ad: kidney needed,” he recalled. The coincidence struck him. “I’d never thought about being a kidney donor – I didn’t know anything about being a living donor.”

But after reading the ad, he couldn’t get it out of his mind. “The thought wouldn’t go away,” he said. “I’ve learned that’s God trying to get my attention.”

He retrieved the newspaper from the recycling bin and read the story about Dunnagan. Then he went online and did some research about being a living kidney donor. Blackburn said, “They have videos of the surgery on YouTube.” He shook his head, “I didn’t watch those.” Continue reading
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kidney transplant hopeful in Elkhart prays to find living donor

The Elkhart Truth | Sarah Welliver


Tony Coleman smiles for a photo with wife, Barbara, and grandaughters Shelly Moore, 13, center, and Angel Moore, 10, on Oct. 2, 2014, outside their home in Elkhart. Coleman suffers from end-stage renal disease and is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. (Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth)

ELKHART — The first signs of Tony Coleman’s disease started simply enough. There was trouble breathing; a feeling of unusual fatigue when he got home from his job at George Weston Bakeries in Elkhart.

It was 2006, and his wife, Barbara Coleman, made an appointment with a doctor, who ran some tests on the 43-year-old.

When the results came back, they discovered his kidneys were functioning at 12 percent.

Tony remembered the fear he felt that day in the doctor’s office. He knew high blood pressure and kidney disease ran in his family. His mother had died from kidney failure when she was 56.

“I was scared ... I’d seen what she went through,” he said.

He was immediately put on high blood pressure medicine. He started eating healthier and cut out soda. But in 2011 doctors found his numbers had dropped again. Continue reading
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Little heart, big love after organ transplant

New Hampshire


DOVER — Bryson Peterson of Dover has come a long way in his short life.

Bryson was born almost 18 months ago with a major heart defect that required him to have open heart surgery just days after his birth. Doctors said if he did not get a transplant by his first birthday, he would likely die.

In March, at 10 months old, Bryson received a new heart. His little body rejected it at first. He was paralyzed and sedated for a few weeks until his body accepted the new organ.

He didn’t leave the hospital until the day he turned 1 — and that was just for a short trip outside.

On Tuesday afternoon, his family sat down with Foster’s Daily Democrat to discuss his struggle.

“We didn’t find out until he was born,” Donna Peterson of Dover said. “They didn’t know what was wrong right away. He was having trouble breathing. They took multiple ultrasounds and couldn’t tell.” Continue reading
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Transplant girl’s last Facebook post to pals

Barrhead News


A BATTLING Barrhead girl who defied all the odds of survival after a double lung transplant has sadly passed away.
Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Louise Davidson was just 22 when she died in hospital, however her incredibly supportive group of friends were in constant contact throughout her final hours via social media.

And it was through Facebook that the sad news was broken last week when a close family friend, Stuart Duffy, posted: “This is the update I did not want to post. It is with the heaviest of hearts that this update brings what we have feared for the last few days, Louise has passed away.

“I know some of you and I’ve read your accounts of your experiences with Louise over the years through her blog and on Facebook, so I know that you will feel this loss a lot! She kinda had a way of getting into your heart and staying there.

“I had talked to Louise about this event a few years ago, I asked her what message she would give if she didn’t get the lung transplant. It was this; ‘tell them to stop greeting and have a party’.”Continue reading
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Organ and tissue donation: What’s your decision?

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Leo Chang’s enlarged heart being removed during heart transplant surgery.
Tomorrow marks the beginning of DonateLife Week, a national awareness week promoting organ and tissue donation in Australia.

Established by the Organ and Tissue Authority in 2009, DonateLife Week is part of the Government’s national reform agenda to increase organ and tissue donation in Australia.

DonateLife Week also marks the perfect time to discuss with your loved ones about becoming a donor, as one donor can transform the lives of 10 or more people.

Leo Chang knows the importance of organ donation, last year he underwent heart transplant surgery that saved his life.

The 22-year-old was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy in May 2013 after experiencing dizziness and shortness of breath. He had no previous heart problems or family history and said the illness took him by surprise. Continue reading
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Successful retina transplant sparks hope

The Globe And Mail


A microscopic view shows a colony of human embryonic stem cells (light blue) growing on fibroblasts (dark blue) in this handout photo released to Reuters by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, March 9, 2009.
(Alan Trounson/California Institute for Regenerative Medicine/REUTERS)


Transplant doctors are stepping gingerly into a new world, one month after a Japanese woman received the first-ever tissue transplant using stem cells that came from her own skin, not an embryo.

On Sept. 12, doctors in a Kobe hospital replaced the retina of a 70-year-old woman suffering from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. The otherwise routine surgery was radical because scientists had grown the replacement retina in a petri dish, using skin scraped from the patient’s arm.

Stem cells have long held great promise for patients with degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and cancer, which can only be reversed by replacing old tissue with new. But for years, scientists could only use stem cells drawn from embryos. The ethical and religious debates surrounding such potential procedures had hampered stem-cell research for years. Continue reading
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World first: Australian doctors transplant heart that had stopped beating

Australian Broadcasting Corporation | David Mark


Heart transplant recipients Michelle Gribilas (L) and Jan Damen (R) speak about their groundbreaking surgery. AAP: Dean Lewins

For the first time, Australian doctors have transplanted a heart that had stopped beating in what they say is a paradigm shift for organ donation.

Victor Chang Institute executive director Professor Bob Graham said a newly developed technique would save 20 to 30 per cent more lives.

The doctors at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital transplanted a heart that had stopped beating for twenty minutes.

The heart was resuscitated with a new console and injected with a preservation solution that was developed by researchers at the hospital and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research after 12 years of work.

Professor Graham told the ABC's The World Today program that most hearts were donated by patients who were brain dead but kept alive using a ventilator, which meant their hearts were still beating when they were transplanted. Continue reading
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McGladrey Classic leader Erik Compton overcomes health, himself

USA TODAY | Steve DiMeglio


Erik Compton speaks to reporters after his first round at the McGladrey Classic golf tournament. He shot a 65 for a share of the lead.
(Photo: Stephen B. Morton, AP)


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Erik Compton is a survivor.

He's on his third heart following transplants in 1992 when he was 12 and in 2008 when he was 28.

He remained true to his dream of playing golf for a living despite missing so much time to deal with his health, scanning the globe when he was able for opportunities on a variety of professional tours.

And after years of experience he eventually reached a point where he knew he had to overcome one other obstacle if he were to succeed.

Himself.

"I think when I was younger I had some unrealistic expectations. … I think I'm a lot more humbled now than I was when I was younger. I thought I was going to come out and do some crazy stuff," said Compton, a graduate of Georgia who played in the 2011 Walker Cup. "But everybody out here is really, really, really, really good. And any given week, anybody can win." Continue reading
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