Saturday, June 27, 2009

DONATE LIFE KOFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS CONTINUES JULY 2, @ HARVELLES

Here is another great blog that often features the Koffeehouse Session which benefits in part Donate Life. We hope you will visit Mickie's Zoo blog where she writes;
After a successful debut event in June, Koffeehouse Music Productions returns, July 2, with another amazing lineup of talented bands and singer-songwriters for Koffeehouse Session, the Westside's newest music industry showcase. The July 2 event will feature performances by Keaton Simons, Ernie Halter, Lelia Broussard and Erick Macek along with DJ Audiodice on the turntables. Tickets are $10.00 and a portion of the proceeds will go to to Donate Life America. Doors open at 7:30pm. Harvelle's is located at 1432 4th Street in Santa Monica, CA. For more info please visit Mickie's Zoo Blog.

Friday, June 26, 2009

LIFE CENTER & CITY RETREATS GALLERY - 2ND ANNUAL ART OF SAVING LIVES EVENT

LifeCenter and City Retreats Gallery is hosing a community focused event, ART OF SAVING LIVES to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation through art. The event will be held on August 1st, Saturday from 6 pm until 10pm at City Retreats Gallery.
The event will feature live paintings by local artists, a silent auction of selected art pieces, wine bar with hors d'oeuvres as well as art that will be available for sale benefiting organ donation education.
The goal is to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation through art. Bring your family and friends for a great opportunity to socialize, learn and have fun. There will be a $10.00 donation at the door.
For more information please go to: Lifepassition.org

LIFEBANC OHIO LAP FOR LIFE POKER RUN AND HOLD'EM OR FOLD'EM PARTY, JULY 11, 2009

The 3rd Annual Lap for Life Poker Run will ride throughout Northeast Ohio on Saturday, July 11 and end at the best ever Hold'em or Fold'em party at the Boneyard Beer Garden and Mesquite Grille in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The event we are told will be held rain or shine and is open to 2,3 or 4-wheeled vehicles. You do not need a motorcycle to participate - everyone is welcome!
The annual Lap for Life event educates the community about organ and tissue donation and raises dollars to help support education and outreach programs of throughout LifeBanc Ohio's 20 county service area.
For more information on Lap for Life please visit LifeBanc Ohio.

DONATE LIFE NEW ENGLAND: ABC'S EXTREME HOME MAKE OVER: HOME EDITION COMES TO SUFFIELD, CT!

News from our friends at Donate Life New England:
ABC'S Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition visited Suffield, CT to help out a family touched by donation. For more pictures and airing date (when available) information please check out Donate Life New England's Facebook page.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - UK'S NHS BLOOD & TRANSPLANT LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN TO BOOST NUMBER OF PEOPLE JOINING THE ORGAN REGISTRY

Here is a brilliant idea from our cousins over in Great Britain that could easily be adopted elsewhere.

NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a new campaign to boost the number of people joining the NHS Organ Donor Register by creating an online mosaic.
The interactive "Wall of Life" is intended to be a mosaic created from people's photos posted on the site to show their support for organ donation.
The photos will come together to make up the image of two-year old Louisa McGregor-Smith, whose life was saved by a heart transplant in 2007 at the age of five months. At lease 60,000 people need to upload their photos on the site to build the image.
The project is supported by Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon. She said: "I am fully behind the Wall of Life Campaign, which is an innovative way of using technology and social networking to raise awareness about organ donation. I certainly be uploading my picture to the Wall and I'd encourage everyone to do the same."

To learn more and to upload your picture go to: Wall of Life. I have just uploaded my picture, will you?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

DONATE LIFE CALIFORNIA NEEDS EVERYONE'S HELP ON LEGISLATION PENDING

Miryam Mora-Barajas of Donate Life California posted the following on the Donate Life California Facebook page. We need your help and encourage all blog readers to respond immediately.

SB 552 (Padilla)

Please help us pass this important piece of legislation! Hearings on July 1st!

Donate Life California is sponsoring Senate Bill 552, which would require public high schools that elect to offer health education classes to include 15 minutes on organ and tissue donation. Our goal is to provide students with the foundational knowledge about donation so that they can make an informed decision at the time they first apply to get their drivers license or identification card at the DMV.

Donate Life California is committed to providing classes with the instructional material so there will be no additional costs to classrooms.

Copy and paste the letter and personalize it if you wish and send to info@donatelifeca.org or fax to 916-880-3510
You can also download the template letter using this link http://www.box.net/shared/ppc27g7j8r
Thank you for supporting our life saving mission!
Sincerely,

Miryam Mora-Barajas
Donate Life California

WORLD DAY OF ORGAN DONATION / EUROPEAN DAY FOR ORGAN DONATION LINKED TO ISODP CONFERENCE OCTOBER 2009

The 2009 International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP) Congress will be hosting their conference in Berlin Germany in conjunction with World Day of Organ Donation - European Day for Organ Donation Observances and celebration.
On October 4th at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany a large festival will be held with well known bands and musicians and guest speakers to bring broad awareness for organ donation and the scarcity of organs.
We hope our friends attending ISODP - ETCO conference and the general public who are attending the World Day of Organ Donation will send us photos of the event so we may share with everyone.

DONATE LIFE CONCERT - ROB THOMAS

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The Donate Life Concert yesterday, June 23rd was really cool as the Grammy Museum Theatre venue is very small and intimate. First thank you to all to our blog readers who requested tickets through the blog and joined us for the event. We hope you enjoyed it and encourage you to comment. We do apologize about not being able to take photos as the Museum policy apparently has changed since our first concert several months ago. Although this was a shorter concert than past Donate Life concerts which was due his promotion tour schedule, Rob Thomas was incredibly personable and connected quickly with the audience giving his personal insights into writing songs and touring. He performed his new single "Her Diamonds" off his new album CRADLESONG which is available on June 30. Please Twitter Rob and thank him for his performance and support as well as a Tweet to Valentine at 104.3 for his passion to get the word out about donation.

Heart recipient Sara Castro and her mother Mona Castro truly touched the audience with Sara's story about receiving a heart transplant at the age of 5 weeks. In answering Valentine from 104.3 MYfm question about her recollection on receiving a transplant at such a young age, Sara responded, " I can remember going to the doctors, so many doctors." Sara's mother was so proud to be able to see her daughter graduate from high school a few weeks ago. Please check "YES" at the DMV to save lives, or go to Donate Life California to become an organ donor. If you are from another state, learn how to become an organ and tissue donor at www.organdonor.gov

Keep checking back as we will be announcing the July Donate Life Concert
Download this video HERE

Rob Thomas music is available on iTunes

Saturday, June 20, 2009

DONATE LIFE CONCERT - SUGAR RAY & VERTICAL HORIZON

Please enjoy the photos from the Donate Life California Concert Series featuring Sugar Ray and Vertical Horizon that took place on June 15, 2009 at LA Live! in downtown Los Angeles.
Sugar Ray sang their new single followed by their smash hits, "Fly", "Someday" to name a few. There was a great turn out including nurses from several of our area hospitals. Several Sugary Ray band members upon learning that Donate Life California was in da house, whipped out their driver's license to show us their pink dot! Terrific coverage of the event by KTLA Channel 5 and 104.3 MyFM. Thank you Sam Ruben and Valentine for all your words of support and encouragement. Please blog readers in the Los Angeles area support KTLA5 and 104.3MyFM
To download a higher resolution Quicktime movie of this event that will fill your screen and fill your room with hot tunes, please click HERE

Vertical Horizon and Sugar Ray songs are available on iTunes
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Friday, June 19, 2009

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - UK'S TEAM CONSULTING HELPS DEVELOP PIONEERING ORGAN PRESERVATION DEVICE

The following story from the UK is outside the realm of building awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation however may have significant impact on organ transplantation. Many times organs are being turned down by transplant centers because of the distance from the donor hospital to transplant center.
Story is from Businessweekly UK where full story may be found.

Fast-growing life sciences technology development specialist, Team Consulting in Cambridge is helping to develop a new device that could have a profound effect on organ transplantation.The company has been appointed by Oxford University spin-out, Organox to turn its new invention - a device that keeps organs alive outside of the body for up to three time longer than is currently possible - into a manufacture-ready product in just over a year.

The invention sustains life in organs by supplying them with oxygenated blood while they are maintained at normal body temperatures. The device has been developed by academic founders of OrganOx, Professor Peter Friend, a leading transplant surgeon, and Dr Constantin Coussios, a biomedical engineer. In the first instance, the product will be used to improve and prolong the condition of livers during transport before transplantation.
OrganOx Ltd, a spin out from the Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Nuffield Department of Surgery raised £1.5m in Series A funding in December 2008.
The OrganOx technology will enable livers to be preserved for up to three days, more than three times longer than is possible by conventional cold storage. The company expects that it will also enable livers currently deemed unsuitable for transplant to recover to an acceptable standard.
“Our technology will enable the number of suitable livers available for organ transplantation to be increased,” said Dr Les Russell, the CEO of OrganOx.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - JAPAN UPDATES ORGAN TRANSPLANT BILL

SIGNIFICANT CHANGES ARE BEING MADE IN JAPAN AS LOWER HOUSE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 18 APPROVED A HIGHLY CONTROVERSIAL ORGAN TRANSPLANT AMENDMENT BILL.

According to the previous law, only people aged 15 or older were allowed to receive transplants, brain death was not recognized as legal death, and organ transplantation was only possible if the potential donor had declared their intention to donate organs while alive.

The new amended bill recognizes brain death as legal death, does not put an age limit for organ transplants and allows family members to chose if the organs of a relative can be used for organ transplantations unless the propsective donor had clearly said no before his/her death.

The new law is intended to ease the burden on families with children that need organ transplantations and so far had to go abroad to receive them. Further, lawmakers also hope to increase the overall number of organ transplantations from only 81 since the enactment of the original bill in 1997.

Yet the amendment is highly controversial. There are also doubts as to the extent of the understanding by lawmakers about the details of the bill including possible ethical consequences before voting.

www.nowpublic.com

Monday, June 15, 2009

DONATE LIFE CONCERT SERIES - VIP CONCERT EVENT- ROB THOMAS - JUNE 23, 2009

DONATE LIFE
VIP CONCERT EVENT
JUNE 15, 2009, 8AM, TUESDAY
At the New Grammy Museum @ LA Live
104.3 MyFM and KTLA 5 presents the Donate Life Concert Series and aires it live.
Past performances include Sugar Ray, California Liar and Gavin Rossdale; links will take to you concert slide shows.

Directions to LA Live
Direction to Parking

DONATE LIFE CONCERT FEATURING VERTICAL HORIZON AND SUGAR RAY

Photo's from this morning's Donate Life Concert featuring Vertical Horizon and Sugar Ray will be posted soon. There was a great turn out including nurses from several of our area hospitals. Sugary Ray band members upon learning that Donate Life California was in the house, whipped out their driver's license to show us their pink dot!
Terrific coverage of the event by KTLA Channel 5 and 104.3 MyFM. Thank you Sam Ruben and Valentine for all your words of support and encouragement.

DONATE LIFE FILM FESTIVAL - JUNE 12 -13, 2009


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Donate Life Film Festival at the Director's Guild in Los Angeles this past weekend honored those in the industry who have gone the distance in portraying organ and tissue donation accurately and with inspiring story lines for television, movies and on-line media. Enjoy this moving slide montage of this past weekend's events.
Please click on this link for more information on Donate Life Hollywood.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation please go to organdonor.gov
To download a larger quicktime movie to fill your screen and fill your room with sound please click HERE
For more photographs click HERE

Here is a note I received from Sam Jones III who played “Chaz Pratt” on ER. Chaz was the next of kin to Dr. Gregory Pratt, who became an organ donor in ER’s season premiere “Life After Death.” Sam presented Donate Life Hollywood’s Inspire award to Dr. Joe Sachs for writing the episode. Here is Sam’s feelings after being a part of the Donate Life Hollywood awards dinner.

Tenaya Wallace
Campaign Director, Donate Life Hollywood

Well, its 7:00AM and I should be trying to get a little more sleep before my flight back to Montreal, but I can't sleep because I'm so excited to share with others the experience I had last night at the "Donate Life" charity dinner. First, I would like to say thank you for inviting me to be part of your special evening. I worked very hard on that ER episode and it felt great to have my performance appreciated by the people who had similar true life stories as my character. However, I feel like (wow!) I was one of the big winners last night! I left that dinner inspired and educated! I'm typing this message on my blackberry and I'm not sure if anyone is ever going to see it, but I feel compelled to get these feelings out. I am grateful to have been a part of the evening and extremely moved by those who were courageous enough to share their stories of donation with us last night. I was truly touched by all the stories. Now you are all role models to me! Because of this experience I have decided to be an organ donor myself. I don't remember all of the names, but I will never forget your faces and stories! You have turned this actor into a fan! Also a fan of "Donate Life Hollywood" and of organ donation in general. This has changed my life! Because of last night, I feel more than inspired to just check "yes" on box # 7 while renewing my drivers license. I would to like to help out in some way and further involve myself in your organization. I too would like to inspire and help educate others and show them the truth about organ donation so that they too can have the opportunity to become a hero. Thanks again to everyone involved - from the people who put the event together, to the volunteers who may have been working months before the event, the writers and producers who helped bring organ donation awareness to the masses, and of course, to the true life organ donors and recipients. Last nights entertaiment dinner was one of the most fufilling moments in my life as an artist. I hope to see you all again next year! Keep on telling your stories! Educating and inspiring is the key.... and you have certainly done that for me!
Sincerely,
Sam Jones III

Friday, June 12, 2009

DONATE LIFE TODAY! AT ST. BENEDICT CATHOLIC CHURCH

This past weekend Donate Life Today had the opportunity to participate in St. Benedict Catholic Church's first Parishoner Health Fair! The goal of St. Benedict’s Health and Wellness Committee is to raise awareness about healthy lifestyles and introduce businesses and organizations to the church community. It was a fun, interactive event with approximately 100 parishioners. Two of our community advocates- Marta Baldwin, a donor mom, and Annie Fuglevand who received Marta's son Cole's liver - spent their Sunday morning inspiring others to learn more about donation and register their donation wishes. It is always an honor to be welcomed with open arms in faith based communities, we are grateful for the invitation and the support of donation by Father Steve Sallis, the Pastor.
This event further demonstrates the support of religion for organ and tissue donation. For those who are looking for opportunities to build awareness houses of worship are very happy to include donation as a part of their informational program and community outreach. We look forward to receiving your stories and examples of what you are doing in your community.
Visit Donate Life Today MySpace Page.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY - AUGUST 1, 2009


Annually August 1st is recognized as National Minority Donor Awareness Day and donor awareness campaigns across the U.S. focuses on obstacles related to minorities and donation. Please share with all of us what your plans are for this August to build awareness in our multicultural society for organ and tissue donation.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

DONATE LIFE CONCERT SERIES - FREE CONCERT EVENT- DOUBLE HEADER - SUGAR RAY & VERTICAL HORIZON

JOIN US FOR A DONATE LIFE FREE CONCERT EVENT - JUNE 15TH 2009 AT 8:00 AM AT LA LIVE!
TO OBTAIN YOUR FREE TICKETS PLEASE RESPOND VIA THE "CHAT" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS BLOG.
1043 MYFM and KTLA 5 presents the Donate Life Concert Series. Past performances include Gavin Rossdale and Carolina Liar. To see a slide show of our past performances please scroll down the blog to each event.

LA Live: Directions
LA Live: Parking

Friday, June 5, 2009

DONATE LIFE AND ASTELLAS PHARMA US ENGAGES BASEBALL FANS ABOUT ORGAN DONATION

Astellas Pharma US in partnership with Donate Life has recently launched "Step up to the Plate - Register to Donate", a national campaign to draw attention to the critical need for organ and tissue donors. The program takes place during Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball games to spread the message. It also recognizes the important contribution by the transplant and donation communities such as recipients, donors, physicians, surgeons, organ procurement organizations and transplant centers.

"Step up to the Plate- Register to Donate" will visit 11 ballparks during the 2009 baseball season and will include a pre-game ceremony featuring local members of the donation community, a "first pitch" by a transplant recipient and between innings contests. Also the first 500 entrants to each ballpark will receive special free giveaways.
To learn what cities "Step up to the Plate - Register to Donate" will visit go to: http/nbcb.com
So honestly folks, we can all emulate this initiative by taking this idea and create a similar program with our local high school or university and college baseball, basket ball, gymnastics, football, soccer leagues. I am sure there are other events out there - perhaps someone would like to comment and add their thoughts?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

TONIGHT SHOW HOST CONAN O'BRIEN HAS DESIGNATED HIS WISHES TO BE A DONOR


TONIGHT SHOW host Conan OBrien was telling the story of his becoming a Los Angeles resident and his experience at the California DMV. He was floored that the DMV agent allowed him to take three pictures claiming that "this is the best picture that someone has taken of me ever!" and proceed to show his drivers license. Behold, the "Pink Dot"!!!! Conan has designated his wishes to be a donor!
Please send Conan a message of appreciation!
He used his New York License to drive in the point about how bad his picture was. Funny!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

DONATE LIFE GROUP PROMOTES EFFORTS TO GET MORE MINORITIES TO DONATE ORGANS

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At Howard University Medical Center, the Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) is promoting efforts to get more people to donate organs - especially minorities a point made more powerful with former DC Mayor Marion Barry who is a kidney transplant recipient.

ONE MILLION TENNESSEANS SAY "YES" TO ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION


Friday, May 16th, 2008

Nashville, Tennessee —The Tennessee Department of Safety (TDOS) is pleased to announce that more than one million Tennesseans have signed up as organ and tissue donors on the state-authorized Donate Life Tennessee Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. The milestone follows last month’s public awareness campaign focused on donor registration at TDOS Driver License Service Centers and County Clerk Offices.

“This is very good news for the 2,077 people in Tennessee who need life-saving organ transplants and the thousands more who need tissue transplants to enhance their quality of life,” said Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell. “We are proud that our role in Donate Life Tennessee is increasing the number of registered donors and saving lives. We are making it easier for all Tennesseans to join their one million fellow citizens who have already decided to give the gift of life.

For full story: http://info.tnanytime.org/tngov/?p=1625 To sign up to be a donor in TN: Donate Life Tennessee

Congratulations! Keep up the great work in building awareness and encourage people to sign up as donors

TRANSPLANT EXPO LAUNCHED IN BOSTON TO EDUCATE ABOUT THE MIRACLE OF TRANSPLANTATION AND ADDRESS ORGAN DONOR SHORTAGE

A recent survey conducted by Donate Life America, with support from Astellas Pharma US, Inc. (Astellas), found that people in Massachusetts were significantly more likely than all adults nationwide to have not signed up because they “don’t have time” or “haven’t gotten around to it” (22 percent versus 7 percent nationwide). Donate Life New England is launching an online registry this spring in an effort to simplify the registration process.

“There is an organ availability crisis taking place in Massachusetts and around the country,” said David Fleming, Executive Director, Donate Life America. “It is important for the donation and transplant community to continue to educate people about how to register and drive people to take that action.”

Transplant Expo and Making Strides Run/Walk Aim to Inspire and Incite Action

The event took place Saturday, May 30, through Monday, June 1, the Transplant Expo, hosted by Astellas, visited The Shops at Prudential Center, Belvidere Arcade, 800 Boylston Street. The Expo provided an intimate look at the wonders of transplantation and the dedicated heroes who help make it possible, as well as explored the art and science of transplantation, the history of transplantation and inspirational stories of heroic donors. Volunteers from Donate Life New England were on-site to answer questions and provide visitors with the opportunity to join the state donor registry.

Chris Klug, bronze medalist snowboarder and liver transplant recipient, attended the Expo to greet attendees. On Monday, June 1, Astellas First Annual Making Strides: A 5K Run/Walk for Organ Donation took place on the banks of Boston’s Charles River. Transplant professionals attending the American Transplant Congress, as well as the public were invited to run or walk to show their support for the transplant community. For every finisher, Astellas donated $1 - up to $20,000 total - to the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps transplant patients (hopefuls and recipients) afford critical but uninsured medically related expenses through fundraising guidance, patient resources and support, as well as financial assistance.

So if you are inspired by this, phone your local organ procurement organization and see if a similar program can be replicated in your area. In this current economic times, we are sure many shopping malls would be happy to co-sponsor to get more foot traffic which in-turn translates into more sales. All the stores may be able to feature one sale item where a percentage of the sales can go to the donor registry. Just a thought. Any comments?

NEW LEGISLATION IN ONTARIO CANADA WILL ASSIST LIVING ORGAN DONATION

May 27, 2009 10:36 AM

McGuinty Government Provides Job-Protected Leave For Living Organ Donors

Living organ donors in Ontario will soon have the benefit of job-protected leave.

Ontario has passed amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to provide unpaid job-protected leave for employees who donate certain organs to another individual. The amendments come into force upon proclamation.

The legislation builds on the $4 million announced in 2007 to implement an Organ Donation Strategy. The strategy includes the establishment of the Program for Reimbursing Expenses of Living Organ Donors, a fund that will reimburse living organ donors for certain eligible, out-of-pocket expenses and lost income associated with their organ donation.

Living donation has many advantages such as reducing wait times and patient suffering, increased transplant success, and reduced health costs. For more information: http://news.ontario.ca or Trillium Gift of Life Network

Monday, June 1, 2009

THE ASTELLAS RIDE OF A LIFETIME CONTEST

ASTELLAS PHARMA US, INC. is again partnering with the Donate Life Rose Parade float. The Astellas Ride of a Lifetime 2010 contest asks kidney, liver and heart transplant recipients to submit a 500 words or less essay explaining how their transplant experience has transformed their lives. Five contest winners and a guest will enjoy a five-night trip to California to ride on the float during the Parade, meet organ transplant recipients and donor families from across the country, help build the float and attend special receptions honoring and celebrating the transplant community. All entires must be accompanied by a photo of the entrant, preferably a headshot or a picture of the entrant alone. The contest deadline is July 31, 2009. Please visit: www.transplantexperience.com/heart_support_news_winners.php for more information and entry form.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS - WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION PLANNING TO CHANGE ORGAN DONATION GUIDING PRINCIPALS TO MEMBER STATES

The World Health Organization's plan to change their guiding principles on organ transplantation will affect member countries such as Japan. Under current rules that place stringent restrictions on organ transplants in Japan, often forcing Japanese to travel abroad to receive organ transplants, it is unavoidable that Japan's laws and the behavior they encourage are regarded as self-centered by other nations.

The World Health Organization plans at a general meeting in May to incorporate a clause in its guiding principles on organ transplantation, requesting member states to carry out organ transplants entirely in their own countries. The motivation for this clause is the WHO's criticism of Japan's current situation.

Faced with pressure from the international community, the Diet is to start full-scale deliberation on bills to revise the Organ Transplant Law soon after the Golden Week holiday period.

At the time of voting, both the ruling and opposition parties are expected to allow their members a free vote on the proposed revisions. Each of the Diet lawmakers has to face up to the serious question of what they consider brain death to be and when organ transplants should be permitted.

The current Organ Transplant Law came into force in October 1997. But only 81 transplants have been carried out in the 11-1/2 years since, a fraction of the several thousand organ transplants conducted each year in the United States and several hundred every year in many European nations.

Infants let down by system

In Europe and the United States, when it is not clear whether a person declared brain dead wanted to be an organ donor, donation is still possible if the family agrees to it on the brain-dead person's behalf.

In Japan, however, it is an absolute requirement for the brain-dead person to have left in writing his or her intention to donate, such as in the form of an organ donor card. Even with this, however, an organ donation can still be stopped if the family of the brain-dead person opposes it.

Under the Civil Code, the will to donate organs is legally recognized only when a donor is aged 15 or older.

However, it is almost impossible to transplant organs removed from people aged 15 and older into infants due to the differences in organ size.

This has resulted in a constant stream of Japanese infants being taken overseas to receive organ transplants, often after parents have made pleas for supporting funds.

Japanese adults also have headed abroad for operations, some seeking organ transplants in China, where it appears most organs are sourced from those executed for their crimes.

The WHO's guiding principles will urge people to refrain from going overseas for the purpose of organ transplants.

New bills proposed

So far, three bills to revise the law have been submitted to the Diet.

Bill A stipulates that if a person has not made clear whether to give permission to undergo a brain-death diagnosis or to become an organ donor if declared brain dead, the decision will be entrusted to his or her family.

In doing so, the bill relaxes the conditions on organ transplants, bringing them broadly into line with the United States and European countries.

Bill B calls for no changes to the current rules except to lower the age at which one can make a legal decision to permit a transplant to 12.

Bill C seeks to more strictly define brain death and increase the restrictions on organ transplants.

In addition to the three bills, a fourth likely will be submitted to the Diet after the holidays, which will call for organ donations to be permitted from those aged under 15 if his or her parents give consent.

Many points of contention remain to be discussed, including how to correctly categorize brain death and how to provide a structure that could be used to determine whether a child has become brain dead due to abuse.

This is a difficult issue involving viewpoints on life and death. But one thing is certain, Japanese people can no longer keep heading overseas for organ transplants.

We cannot delay any longer in reaching a decision that "the relay of life" that is organ transplantation should be conducted entirely within Japan.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, May 6, 2009)

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS - ORGAN DONATION TO GET EASIER - IN SOUTH KOREA!

People who wish to donate their organs will be able to do so even if their surviving family object to the decision. The Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs on Tuesday unveiled a bill aiming to promote organ donation which will be finalized this month and submitted to the National Assembly in September.

To allow a person who did not consent to donating their organs before death to do so, the consent of two people -- a spouse, immediate family members, lineal descendants or siblings -- is required. But following the revision, the consent of just one will be enough.


At present, between six to 10 people including three doctors are required to sit on hospital committees that determine whether a patient is brain dead. Following the changes, only four to six including two doctors will be required. Mentally or physically disabled people were not allowed to donate their organs if they did not offer their personal consent, but the changes will allow organ donations from such people based on consent from their surviving family.

To prevent the trade in human organs and other negative effects, only medical institutions authorized to handle organ transplants will be allowed to register and manage lists of recipients. At present, the central government and local governments, the Red Cross and non-profit organizations are also allowed to do this.

Last year, 256 people donated organs, a near two-fold rise from 2007, but more donors are needed since the waiting list has risen sharply to 10,717 in 2008, compared to 7,614 in 2007.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 13, 2009 11:31 KST

DONATE LIFE ORGANIZATION TOSA HOLDS FORUM IN MCALLEN TEXAS ON ORGAN DONATION

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Our friends at TOSA has created an effective vehicle to get the message out about the need for organ donors in an area where more registrants are needed.

MCALLEN -- A forum was held on Saturday in McAllen with the purpose of educating people about organ donation. The Texas Organ Sharing Alliance was on hand to educate. Not only those who need organs but those who can donate. So far there are only about 200 people in the Valley registered as organ donors. That number is far less than the estimated 2,000 people in the area that are in need of an organ transplant. One transplant survivor tells Action 4 News that programs like this really help. Kidney transplant survivor, Eli Cortez, said, "There are a lot of us here in the Valley that are suffering from kidney failure. And, thanks to TOSA, this will help make a lot of people aware of what’s going on.” TOSA founded in 1975 serves 56 counties in South and Central Texas.