Sunday, December 31, 2000

CHUM gets groundbreaking machines to help with lung transplants

Montreal Gazette | Katherine Wilton


Dr. Pasquale Ferraro, chief of thoracic surgery at the CHUM, uses a pig’s lung to show off a new device that allows blood and oxygen to circulate within a lung after it has been removed from a donor. The procedure, called ex vivo perfusion, allows doctors to better evaluate the lung before deciding whether it is suitable to be transplanted. The CHUM expects to use the machine for the first time next month. Photograph by: CHUM , The Gazette
Ex vivo perfusion keeps blood flowing in organ after it’s been removed from donor
MONTREAL — As the director-general of Quebec’s organ donation program, Louis Beaulieu knows how stressful it can be for sick patients who are awaiting an organ transplant.

“They worry about dying and seeing their health decline,” Beaulieu said on Monday at a news conference at the CHUM, where surgeons unveiled a new device that they say will lead to more lung transplants and improve the quality of lungs being transplanted.

The CHUM has purchased two machines that allow blood and oxygen to circulate within a lung after it has been removed from a patient — rather than simply keeping the lung on ice prior to the transplant.

The procedure, called Ex vivo perfusion, allows transplant surgeons to better evaluate the quality of a lung before proceeding with a transplant, said Dr. Pasquale Ferraro, the head of thoracic surgery at the CHUM.
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Shawn saves his dad’s life with a kidney gift

The Weston Mercury 24 | Becky Parker


WHEN a well-known restaurant manager needed an organ transplant he faced a long waiting list - until his son bravely volunteered.

Steve Coghlan has worked at The Old Thatched Cottage on Weston seafront for 11 years. The 52-year-old found out in 1999 he was suffering from IgA nephropathy, an autoimmune disease which affects the kidney, and would need a life-saving transplant.

Steve has had the illness all his life, but one night 14 years ago the combination of cough medicine and blood pressure tablets caused him to collapse. He found out his kidneys were not functioning properly, and would eventually need a transplant.

He carried on with his life almost as normal, but the condition slowly got worse.

Steve said: “I never thought of it as an illness, but two or three years ago it got serious. I had a cardiac arrest, but we were still laughing and joking at the hospital, but that night it got really serious.”
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"You have the power to SAVE lives."
To register as a donor in California:
www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org
Outside California:
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.

During National Donate Life Month, Elizabeth Stamler continues her quest to register donors

New Jersey | Barbara Rybolt


Just some of the more than 90 members of Miles for Maddie who will be walking in the NJ Sharing Networkâs third Annual Walk and USATF Certified 5K Race on June 9. Courtesy of Miles for Maddie
NEW PROVIDENCE — “It is the greatest gift anyone can get," Elizabeth Stamler said.

She was reacting to the news that the parents of 6-year-old Brandon Holt, who was killed in a shooting accident in Tom’s River on April 9, had donated their son’s organs.

"In the midst of your loss, you give someone else a new life,” said Stamler, who knows how valuable the gift of a donated organ is. Her father, John H. Stamler, the former Union County Prosecutor, had a heart transplant in 1988. Her brother, Sgt. Richard Stamler of the Union County Prosecutor's Office, had a heart transplant in 2009. Another brother, Berkeley Heights Detective Sgt. Stephen Stamler, died of a heart attack that same year and the family donated his organs.
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Mother backs organ donation drive -UK

IcRenfrewshire


A mother-of-four who had a life-changing liver transplant has given her backing to a new campaign highlighting the benefits of organ donation.

Twelve men and women whose transplants have allowed them to have children joined together to support the latest drive to boost donor numbers.

Among them is Naomi Stocks, 30, who had her two youngest children after undergoing a liver transplant in 2004.

She had the surgery after she suffered liver damage as a result of an illness. Her condition was so severe that she only knew she had had a transplant when she woke up after the operation.

The Edinburgh woman already had two children, Kieran, now aged 10 and Summer, now nine, and since the transplant she has gone on to give birth to six-year-old Zoe and baby Devon, who was born in March last year.
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