Monday, April 30, 2012

Race spotlights need for organ donors

The Telegraph | Dan Brannan

JERSEYVILLE - The Spring Organ/Tissue Donation Awareness 5K Run/2-Mile Walk continues in memory of Mike "Popeye" Kallal and is set for Saturday, May 5, at Dolan City Park.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by a Zumba Warm-Up at 7:30 a.m., then a welcome and introductions at 7:45 a.m. The 5K run starts at 8 a.m. and the two-mile walk at 8:15 a.m. A children's fun lap for 4- to 10-year-olds starts at 8:45 a.m.

"We have been very fortunate to receive the support from many participants, business owners and individuals who make a donation to our event," race director Patty Kallal said. "In the previous years, we have donated over $5,900 to Mid America Transplant Services and $7,900 to Jersey Community High graduates in the form of scholarships. In 2011, our family decided not to give scholarships; rather, we chose to continue donating to MTS and donate to Jersey Community Hospital's ER expansion."

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Giving So Others May Keep Living

Portage Life

Heartfelt and heartwarming stories of organ donors and recipients were told during the fourth annual National Donate Life Month observance at Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point, April 27, 2012. Linda Ramos, of the New Beginnings Organ Transplant Support Group, who also is an organ recipient, tells her experiences to attendees at the hospital’s Corpus Christi Chapel.

Other participants included, from left, Paula Koldus, a Franciscan St. Anthony Health employee, whose late husband was a cornea donor; Linda Belcher, a nurse whose late son was a heart recipient; Heather Hofstra, a nurse whose niece was a heart vessel recipient; Carol Schuster, regional chief nursing officer and Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point vice president of patient care services; Linda Kraiko, senior director of patient services at Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond; Michael Henderson, Lake County hospital development coordinator for the Indiana Lions Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank; Jerry Anderson, president and CEO of Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network; and Patti Olson, Crown Point clerk-treasurer.

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Residents 'Turn Tragedy Into Hope'

Mawah Patch

NJ Sharing Network members explain why 'donating life' is important to them as township officially dubs April Donate Life Month

Throughout Mahwah, a group of residents shares a connection that they call “uncomfortable, but completely supportive in a way that is difficult to explain.”

Members of the New Jersey Sharing Network work both as a support system for one another, and an advocacy and awareness organization that promotes organ donation. The many Mahwah members in the group joined either because they had a loved one who has donated organs, are signed up to be donors themselves, or have been the recipients of donated organs.

“It’s not something that people want to always think about or talk about because it is uncomfortable,” Mahwah resident Jackie Lue Raia, a manager at the Sharing Network, said. “It’s often associated with the end of life, but it’s so important. It needs to be talked about.”

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Organ Transplant Recipients, Donor Families Honored At Reception

New Jersey Today

SHORT HILLS – The celebration of life for organ and tissue transplant recipients and the courageous acts of donor families were honored at NJ Sharing Network’s 25th anniversary dinner on April 12 at the Short Hills Hilton. Attracting more than 300 guests, the evening was also dedicated to honoring New Jersey’s transplant centers and hospital partners for their continued support of the organ donation and transplantation community.

Highlighting the evening was the “Walk of Life” ceremony, which featured a living donor or donor family member walking with an organ or tissue recipient, representing the miracle of donation, to present NJ Sharing Network’s hospital partners with an award.

“Our 25th anniversary dinner and auction was a celebration for those given the gift of life through organ and tissue donation, and an opportunity to honor the families of organ and tissue donors,” said Joe Roth, president and chief executive officer of NJ Sharing Network. “It was also an opportunity to thank members of the organ donation and transplantation community for saving lives each and every day.”

Unified in their support of NJ Sharing Network’s mission, guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening that featured a silent auction for Yankee box seat tickets, an overnight stay and massage for two at the Short Hills Hilton and many more incredible items. Those in attendance also congratulated “Ray of Hope” award recipient Mary DiNardo, the widow of Det. MarcAnthony DiNardo of the Jersey City Police Department, who was killed in July 2009. Mary DiNardo made the decision to donate her husband’s organs and tissue. The lives of three New Jerseyans were saved by the detective’s heart and two kidneys, while countless others benefited from the gift of tissue donation.

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BMV branch honored for high donation rate among customers

The Columbus Dispatch | Justin Conley

Kathy Harrington, left, created a Memorial wall at the BMV at 2970 Hayden Road to encourage organ donors. Kathy was there with Mike Rankin, Registrar at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, center, and her husband Tom Harrington, right, before a "Best in the State" award ceremony for achieving the highest donor registration rate. Tom and Kathy's daughter, Lindsay Jones, was an organ donor. It is the 8th time the agency has won the award.

For the eighth time in 10 years, the Hayden Road Bureau of Motor Vehicles has been honored for having the highest organ donor registration rate in Ohio.

According to Lifeline of Ohio, about 72 percent of customers who use the the Hayden Road BMV register as organ donors, compared to the 54 percent statewide average.

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Padgett returns to city council She says she's doing well after surgery

Star News

Wilmington Councilwoman Laura Padgett was back Monday, firing off questions and engaging with the rest of council during an agenda briefing, as if she hadn't missed a beat since her dual organ transplant surgery in March.

"I'm very happy to be back. I've missed it," Padgett said after the meeting. "It was a tough road to home."

Padgett, who has Type 1 diabetes and was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1994 as a result of her decades-long bout with diabetes, underwent dual-organ transplant surgery for a kidney and pancreas. The pancreas didn't take, which is common with that type of transplant, she said.

Padgett said she is getting caught up on emails and what's happened since she's been gone. She said she didn't have a lot of time to keep up with city issues because she was sicker than she intended to be and had to undergo more surgeries than she expected. But she's doing well and looking to do her part to take care of her new kidney in the long process that is organ transplant recovery.

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Deputy push for automatic organ donation

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Every day three people in the British Isles die waiting for an organ.

In the Channel Islands, there are currently 23 patients who need a transplant.

But only 8% of Islanders have joined the organ donor register, compared with 30% of Brits.

Now, one Jersey Deputy is asking the States to consider changing the law.

In the States on Tuesday, Deputy Montfort Tadier is asking the Health Minister whether she is going to pursue an opt-out scheme. It would mean all patients would be seen as willling to donate unless they actively make an objection.

Reporter Leah Ferguson spoke to one patient who has been waiting eight years for a kidney that could save his life.

Ken Hennequin has already had two transplants, but his body rejected both.

Not having a working kidney means to stay alive he has to spend 14 hours every week hooked up to a dialysis machine.

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Lake in the Hills Man Touts Importance of Organ Donation

Algonquin Patch

Seven years ago, Lake in the Hills resident Jeff Higgins’s life changed for the better when his brother, Michael Higgins, finally was cleared to donate a kidney to him.

Higgins moved forward with a successful transplant at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

Now, Higgins lives a healthy, normal life with his new kidney, and he’s decided to give back by asking community members to make the important decision to save lives by registering to be organ and tissue donors.

“Being on dialysis was not fun. It was four hours each time three days a week starting at 5 a.m.” Higgins said. “Having gone through a transplant with a great outcome, I want to promote organ donation and the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois so nobody has to wait to get their gift.”

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More pressure needed to convince N.J. residents to donate organs

The Star Ledger

For most, the decision to take their organs to the grave with them is one of neglect. Or ignorance. Or misplaced beliefs.

Meanwhile, thousands die on transplant waiting lists every year, while useful kidneys, livers and hearts are buried in cemeteries. Few places are worse than New Jersey, where two out of three drivers won’t register as donors, placing us a shameful No. 43 out of 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Why are so many lifesaving organs wasted? Often, it’s laziness. Drivers fail to check the organ donor box when they register for a driver’s license. In other cases, it’s misinformation. Incredibly, half the population still believes doctors won’t try as hard to save the life of an organ donor, whose death could save others. That’s nonsense.
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In brief: MCR provides info on organ donations


Medical Center of the Rockies will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Longs Peak conference room to provide information on how to become an organ and tissue donor. The open houses are part of National Donate Life Month, which honors the generosity of organ, eye and tissue donors and their families, and transplant recipients.

The open house will feature a couple of Colorado families who will tell their stories about being part of the donation process, with a family member as either a donor or recipient. They will share their stories in a speaker's panel at 11 a.m. and noon.

Among the speakers will be Loveland resident Tracy Sander who lost her 7-year-old-son Colin due to a 2002 automobile accident in Northern Colorado.
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Living again Shining a light on organ donations

Trinidad Guardian | Carol Quash

When someone dies, they leave everything behind, except their body. That’s unless they were an organ donor. Spanish surgeon Dr José Manuel Garcia Buitrón says organ donations, especially cadaver donations (organs donated by people who were previously healthy but die due to an accident or brain bleeding, etc) allow donors the opportunity to live on after they have died.

“Don’t donate; everything goes. Donate; you leave something behind. You live on in someone.” In November last year, Buitrón led two local doctors, Dr Prisca Bradshaw and Dr Bridget Elcock, in a five-day advanced international training course in transplant co-ordination, as part of a pilot project for the improvement of live and cadaver organ donation and transplantation in T&T.

The doctors were trained in the legal, technical and social aspects of organ harvesting, and how to keep body and organs in a condition that can be used for transplant. Bradshaw and Elcock subsequently participated in a hospital internship at the Complexo Hospitalario Universitario in Coruña, Spain.

Another local surgeon, Dr James Byam, is in Spain undergoing training in transplant surgery. Spain is the leading country in the world in organ donation and transplantation. It has been at the top of the transplant list at the international level for 17 years, and doubling the European average rate of donors per million.
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My kidney, my decision', 21-year-old donates kidney to father

Record Herald | Ryan Carter

Once Cassie Ellars found out that she was a blood-type match with her father, there was no real decision to make.

"I had to do it," said 21-year-old Cassie, who on April 13 successfully donated a kidney to her father, 52-year-old James Ellars III, at Ohio State University Medical Center. "Surprisingly I wasn't really nervous. It's just something that I needed to do for my dad and I was ready to have it over with."

Cassie had seen her father suffer throughout his life due to kidney disease. James lost his first kidney at the age of 17 months, his second kidney at the age of 17 years and now his third at the age of 52.

"He's had health problems since he was born," said Cheri Ellars, the wife of James.

James' mother donated him a kidney when he was 17 years old. This kidney was fully functional for approximately 32 years, but then James began to have complications again.
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Mother reflects decision to donate daughter's organs at Myrtle Beach event

SC Now | Amy Vitrano

Chelsea Richardson was just 13 years old when she was in a car accident with her mother, Roxanne, and suffered a fatal brain injury.

“I passed out driving,” explained Roxanne Richardson-Dover Sunday, just days after the seven year anniversary of her daughter’s death. “She unbelted to help steer the vehicle back on the road and over corrected. I don't have any memory but we went through a field and a pasture and flipped five or six times. She was ejected; thrown 60 feet from the vehicle."

Richardson-Dover also suffered a brain injury from the accident. When she came to, she had to decide whether or not to donate her daughter's organs.

“If somebody could have given her one to save her life, I would have taken it so that is why I chose to [donate her’s]," said Richardson-Dover.
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Double lung-heart recipient encourages organ donations

The Vancouver Sun | Kim

Colleen Kohse knows all about organ transplants, having donated her own heart when she received a double lung and heart transplant 23 years ago. Later, she also got a kidney. Understandably, the 53-year-old Vancouver woman — the longest-living person with cystic fibrosis to receive a double-lung transplant — is passionate about the importance of organ donors.
Photograph by: Ian Smith , Vancouver Sun

Nearly 450 British Columbians await a life-saving transplant; last year, 277 patients benefited from 70 deceased organ donors

Colleen Kohse knows all about organ transplants, having donated her own heart when she received a double lung and heart transplant 23 years ago. Later, she also got a kidney.

Understandably, the 53-year-old Vancouver woman — the longest-living person with cystic fibrosis to receive a double-lung transplant — is passionate about the importance of organ donors.

Speaking during National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, which ends Saturday, Kohse noted that statistically, an individual is more likely to need an organ one day than to be a donor, so it is to people’s benefit to register.

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Organ donation waiting list growing steadily

Middletown Journal | By Hannah Poturalski, Staff Writer

The number of people waiting to receive an organ donation is growing at an alarming rate, according to a regional official.

But promising growth is reflected in the number of people registering to be donors, said Andi Johnson, spokeswoman at LifeCenter Organ Donor Network in Cincinnati.

“It’s alarming how fast the list grows,” Johnson said. “Transplantation is a viable option for a lot, but also it’s a last step for people very sick when other options are exhausted and it’s critical they get (an organ).”

Nationally, the waiting list for an organ has grown 17 percent over the past seven years to about 113,000 people. Daily, 18 people die waiting, according to Johnson.

Locally, more than 550 people in this region are waiting for a vital organ transplant.

An encouraging sign for Johnson is the number of local people who register to donate.
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Slain Man’s Mother Promotes Organ Donation

CBS Dallas Fort Worth

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Renee Varela still cries every time she tells the story: Her 18-year-old son, Anthony, was on the road one night in August of 2010 when a drunken driver hit his SUV, throwing him from the vehicle.

“After hours of running tests, they determined he was brain-dead, and he was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m.” she said as she wiped away tears addressing the families of organ donors at the annual Southwest Transplant Alliance annual meeting.

Varela then recalled how she made the decision to donate her son’s organs.
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Organ Trafficking Threat to US Security

The Epoch Times | Shar Adams

Americans obtaining organs illegally through transplant operations overseas may be unknowingly bringing infectious diseases into the country, says a U.S. transplant specialist.

Dr. Francis Delmonico, professor of surgery at the Harvard Medical School, says the United States presently has no register to determine where or how a person has obtained an organ for transplant outside America. When they return to the United States after obtaining an organ illegally, they could be carrying all manner of infectious diseases—and yet there is no customs declaration form required to indicate that they are carrying live tissue into the homeland, nor is there a medical register for the source of overseas organs.

“The transplant recipient is immune-suppressed, they are vulnerable to esoteric kinds of infections if they travel to a foreign destination that does not have good regulatory control or transparency,” Dr. Delmonico told The Epoch Times.

“These recipients are at risk of tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV, and a variety of diseases,” he said adding that a “peculiar bacterial infection” particular to transplant patients has recently surfaced, raising further concern.

“I think that hazard has to be reckoned with by governments,” he said.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

UNC mascot's parents urge organ donation


RALEIGH, N.C. — The parents of a University of North Carolina student run over and killed five years ago want to keep their son's memory alive by supporting people who donate organs.

Charlotte and Emmitt Ray were in Chapel Hill Sunday to raise money for the Jason Ray Foundation. It's named after their son who played the Tar Heel's mascot Ramses and was hit and killed by an SUV in March 2007 while in New Jersey for the NCAA tournament.

"I'm trying to take something really bad and turn it into something good," Charlotte Ray said.

Her son's organs were donated after he died, and meeting the people who received them has changed her, Charlotte Ray said.

She and her husband admitted they didn't support organ donations when their son told them he signed up to be a donor.
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Woman helps 11 people needing transplants

Penn Live

On Jan. 31, 2012, I experienced one of the greatest moments of my life. As I walked into the ICU to see my dad after his kidney transplant surgery, the first thing I noticed was that he didn’t look pale and sick anymore.

He was awake and joking with the nurse; he seemed so full of life. At that moment, I knew I had made the right decision to become a living donor.

Since I was not a match for my dad, I had the option to join the Paired Program which would increase the chances for my dad to receive a kidney. Because I made the choice to join, 11 recipients, including my dad, were able to receive kidneys.

We were scheduled to have our surgeries on the same day, but I found out a few days before the surgery that it was being postponed due to my recipient becoming ill. At that point, I felt sad, disappointed, undecided and worried.

My coordinator told me that it may be a few weeks to a few months before my surgery could be rescheduled. Furthermore, once my dad had his new kidney, I did not have to go through with donating mine.
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Raising awareness about the need for organ donation


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - In honor of National Organ Donor Month, St. Elizabeth Medical Center is joining forces with the Center for Donation and Transplant to raise awareness throughout the month of April.

On Tuesday until 8 p.m., the public is welcome inside the conference room by the cafeteria of St. Elizabeth Medical Center to pick-up literature about organ donation, goodies, and a donation registration form.

Oneida County has one of the lowest numbers of registered organ donors in New York State.

"People need organs," said Andrew Sigond, of the Center for Donation and Transplant. "Liver failure, kidney failure, heart failure, whatever. There are no artificial interventions that can sustain them for a long time. They need an organ transplant and the only way to get one is through an organ donation. "
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Promoting organ donation

Princeton Alumni Weekly | Katherine Federici Greenwood

When she was 16, Jessica Melore ’03 suffered a massive heart attack. Her doctors thought she might not live through the night, and last rites were delivered. She did survive, but she needed a new heart and waited nine long months for a donation. An implanted battery-operated device kept her alive in the meantime.

Though she received a new heart — from an 18-year-old girl who died in a car accident — Melore realized what a shortage of organs there was.

“I remember seeing all the people in the hospital who were waiting months upon months and sometimes not receiving an organ in time, or by the time they received an organ, dying from complications because they had waited so long,” says Melore.

Melore has made a career of raising awareness of the need for organ donors through her work at the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network (known as the NJ Sharing Network) and the national organization Donate Life America. After she joined the New Jersey nonprofit in 2004, she worked for three years on a grant to study and develop ways to promote organ donation in the workplace. Then she became the organization’s senior education and programs manager.
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Kevin Kienlein is ready for the Games

Vernon Morning Star | Cara Brady

It’s been 16 months since Kevin Kienlein had a heart and double lung transplant. It changed his life and now he’s doing everything he can to help ensure that others have the same chance.

“While 85 per cent of Canadians are in favour of organ donation and transplants, in B.C. only 17 per cent are registered organ donors,” he said. “Some people are afraid that doctors won’t provide as much care to keep them alive if they are organ donors. The medical staff doesn’t know who is a donor. It is only at the last moment that they can check the data base to see if a person is registered. It is all done very respectfully. Another reason people don’t register is because they think they are too old but most people of any age have some organs that are healthy. One person who donates can save up to eight lives and benefit as many as 60 people. I’ve seen lots of miracles in Edmonton and I hope those miracles will continue.”

Kienlein had a congenital heart condition and first considered a heart transplant in 2009 and was put on the waiting list in March 2010.
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Nathanael uses to find another kidney donor - UK

Eastbourne Herald

A LONG-suffering Eastbourne man whose kidney problems mean he can drink less than a pint of fluid every day has taken to Facebook to try and find an organ donor.

Nathanael Adams was born with dysplastic kidneys and had to be fed through a tube directly into his stomach until the age of three when he received his first transplant.

And, apart from a few teething problems and regular trips to a London hospital for treatment, his childhood was as normal as anyone could expect.

He played football, went to parties, had a healthy appetite and was no different to any of his friends growing up at the same time.

As he got older his kidney kept doing its job and the 29-year-old even became a water sports instructor, always keen to live life to the full.

However, as he explained to the Herald this week, the relative calm did not last.

“I was able to do everything that normal children like doing,” he said. “Then, in the later stages of my kidney’s life I spent many a happy summer teaching others what I enjoyed doing. Windsurfing and sailing were my passions back then and I did all that living with just one kidney. “Unfortunately thought the day I had been dreading came in August 2003. After almost 17 years with my transplanted kidney I was told by doctors that I would have to start dialysis, and be placed on the transplant waiting list for another kidney, as my transplant was starting to fail.
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Alice cyclist's legacy lives on after fatal wreck

The Caller, Corpus, Christi | Mark

CORPUS CHRISTI — Eleven months after he died, Tony Balboa's lung is breathing strong.

On Saturday, his mother used his stethoscope to listen to the 23-year-old organ, now inside a 69-year-old man.

Patty Balboa pressed the instrument against Jerry Duke's back and listened to the sound, like a steady wind blowing across a microphone.

"We're so happy that when Mr. Duke breathes, my son is breathing," Patty said.

A promising medical school hopeful, Tony Balboa died after a hit-and-run driver struck his bicycle May 25 on a rural Farm-to-Market road outside Alice. He was an outspoken advocate for organ donation, having seen so many failing livers, hearts and kidneys while making rounds with a mentor at a hospital, the stethoscope draped over his neck.
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Paired donor programs offer options for kidney transplants

Dothan Eagle | Peggy Ussery | Photo credit : Jay Hare

DOTHAN, Ala. --
Nikki Smith needed a kidney transplant.

Her father couldn’t donate because he was born with one kidney. Her brother had battled colon cancer and could not donate. That left her mother, Judy McDaniel, who was more than willing but not a match.

But a paired donor program connected the mother and daughter with others who were in need of kidney transplants and in the same situation – a willing living donor who wasn’t a match to the intended recipient. McDaniel would donate her kidney to a complete stranger that she was a match with, and in turn someone would donate to her daughter.

“It’s just something a mother would do,” McDaniel said. “I didn’t give it a lot of thought. It was just something I knew we had to do or we’d be waiting years.”

Such paired donations involving multiple donors and recipients is a trend that may only increase as the number of deceased kidney donors drops and the number of transplant patients continues to climb.
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Step against ‘transplant tourism

THE central leadership of Pakistan Medical Association has congratulated Dr Adeeb Rizvi on getting his wonderful contribution to society acknowledged by an authority no less than the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

While hearing a joint petition seeking a court order for devising rules and protocol to prevent violation of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Act, 2010, the Bench lauded Dr Adeeb Rizvi’s services to the humanity, with the Chief Justice observing, “We are thankful to you”.

The PMA, which has always held Dr Adeeb Rizvi in high esteem and presented him as a role model for all medical practitioners in the country, wishes to take this opportunity to once again acknowledge Dr Rizvi’s pioneering effort in nephrology.

Pakistan Medical Association has always taken pride in standing behind Dr Adeeb Rizvi’s untiring struggle against unethical practices in the country. The PMA itself has been a major stakeholder in such efforts and has called repeatedly for promoting cadaver organ donation in the country, which would save precious lives and discourage the nefarious activities like ‘organ trading’ and ‘kidney tourism’.

Currently, Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world that is counted as ‘a kidney bazaar’. Rough estimates show that the annual turnover of the kidney business here, centered in the country’s two most politically powerful cities — Rawalpindi and Lahore — is close to a billion rupees. The lobby indulging in commercial dealings had been opposing enforcement of the law, but after realizing that it could no more be successful in stopping it, went all out to extract maximum concessions through the courtesy of their patrons sitting in the echelons of power.

The SIUT, led by Dr Adeeb Rizvi, is the only public-sector tertiary care centre where liver-related kidney transplantation is carried out free of cost. The PMA hopes that the praise coming from the Apex Court will also get converted into concrete action, and the court will consider and set things right in this key area.

Dr Mirza Ali Azhar
Central Secretary-General
Pakistan Medical Association
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Donate Life walks with 11,000, Idol and Eckstein

Orange County Register | Eric Carpenter

In its 10th year, run/walk to promote organ and tissue donation has grown from humble beginnings.

FULLERTON – As Craig and Kathleen Hostert cruised the annual Donate Life Run/Walk course in a golf cart Saturday to ensure everything was running smoothly, they were repeatedly stopped by walkers who wanted to shake their hands, to give them hugs and to say "thank you."
People they didn't know wanted to thank them for organizing the event and for giving thousands of people hope.

The Hosterts, from Fullerton, aren't comfortable in the spotlight. But they are the face and the spirit behind the Donate Life event, which has grown to become the largest annual event in the nation promoting organ and tissue donation, according to One Legacy, a Los Angeles-based organ recovery group.

On Saturday, more than 11,000 people gathered for the 10th annual walk at Cal State Fullerton. That's up – way up – from the 1,000 or so runners and walkers who came to the first event in 2003.

The Hosterts founded it that year after Craig received a life-saving kidney transplant from Kathleen, his wife. They wanted to give others awaiting an organ transplant hope and get more people signed up to donate organs.

So Kathleen, then an elementary school teacher, took a week off of work and organized the inaugural event with Craig and a few friends.

"That first year, we were told to expect maybe 150 or 200 people," Craig Hostert remembered. "So getting as many as we did, we were thrilled."
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Organ / tissue donation "it's the right thing to do"

Kennebeck Journal

When my 16-year-old son, Jonathan, received his driver's license on Jan. 17, 2007, he decided to become an organ/tissue donor. "Just the right thing to do," he said. That statement became my reality when he died less than a month later, on Feb. 13.

Organ/tissue donation is an amazing gift. There is no age limit to becoming a donor, nor is perfect health a requirement. Our ability to donate is determined by the circumstance.

Most religions consider organ/tissue donation an individual choice and encourage it as an act of human kindness.

According to New England Organ Bank, about 110,000 men, women and children are on transplant waiting lists. Another name is added every 12 minutes. More than 6,500 Americans die each year awaiting transplantation.

According to New England Organ Bank, about 110,000 men, women and children are on transplant waiting lists. Another name is added every 12 minutes. More than 6,500 Americans die each year awaiting transplantation.
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Ten-year-old heart transplant recipient urges people to sign up for organ donation - CANADA

The Peterborough Examiner | Galen Eagle

Be A Donor campaign aims to sign up 300,000 new donors in Ontario

I asked 10-year-old heart transplant recipient Sarah Edge why she thought it was important for people to register for organ donation.

She scrunched up her nose and shrugged her shoulders. She’s not shy, but my first question was too direct. I shifted the topic to something lighter — her love of horses. Sarah opened right up.

“I love to ride horses, it’s fun and horses are not really like hamsters, they are not easy to forget. I forget my hamsters all the time,” she said.
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Chances Of Getting A Kidney Are Now Less Than 20%, It’s Time To Legalize Donor Compensation

Daily Markets

National organ transplant data through the end of 2011 are now available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the situation for those unfortunate patients on the waiting list for a kidney transplant has never been more grim. Here are the depressing facts:
1. There were only 16,812 kidney transplant operations performed in 2011, which was fewer than the 16,899 transplants in 2010 and the 16,829 in 2009, and was even below the 17,094 operations performed in 2006.

2. While the number of kidney transplant operations has remained relatively flat since 2005, the number of registered patients on the waiting list continues to increase. From about 65,000 registered patients in 2005, the waiting list for a kidney transplant has increased by 42% and by more than 27,000 patients to the current level of more than 92,000.

3. In 1988, there were fewer than two patients on the waiting list for a kidney for every transplant operation, and there are now 5.5 patients per operation. In other words, patients on the waiting list in the late 1980s had more than a 50% chance of receiving a kidney, compared to patients today who have less than a one-in-five chance of receiving a kidney, and those chances keep diminishing every year.
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Milligan Issues Organ Donation Challenge

Northumberland News
COBOURG – As part of his ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation registration, Northumberland – Quinte West MPP Rob Milligan has issued:


Last week, the official registry for organ donations in the province, the Trillium Gift of Life Registry, ( published a chart showing the rate of registrations in municipalities across the province. The chart, which can be found at, shows that approximately 25% of all eligible adults in the riding have already registered as organ donors and this puts us at the mid-point of municipalities in Ontario. There are three communities in the north, Hanmer, Lively and Garson, that have registration rates of 49%, while, at the other end of the scale, there are parts of the City of Toronto with registration rates below 10%.

“As Organ Donation Awareness Week comes to an end, I’d want to do something that will keep building on the various speeches and special events that have been held this week”, said MPP Milligan. “I’ll provide updates, via my website,, as to how our riding is progressing, in the weeks and months to come”.
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Organ donor month, save a life

WWLP | Christine Lee

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray read a proclamation Friday, declaring April “Donate Life Month”. Murray flashed his own driver’s license to show that he himself is a proud registered donor.

The New England Organ Bank said a single donor can benefit over 50 people in need of an organ or tissue transplant. According to advocates, more than 113,000 people are on a transplant wait list in the U.S. and 18 people die every day waiting for a transplant.
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Donate Life!!!

St. Louis Core

April is Donate Life Month and Mid-America Transplant Services was recognized today, by President Lewis Reed and the Board of Aldermen.

More than 1,300 St. Louisans are waiting for a lifesaving transplant organ, over 300 are African American. For some, a transplant is their only hope for survival. People who need an organ transplant are more likely to have success if the donor is someone from their own racial/ethnic group.
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Families of organ donors, recipients gather for memorial

Lubbock Avalanche - Journal | Logan J. Carver

Jessica Hernandez clutched a rose as she looked at the just-unveiled photo of her nephew on University Medical Center’s Donor Wall.

Her nephew, Daniel Perez, was one of 18 organ/tissue donors honored during a memorial Friday afternoon.

Hernandez said it feels good to know other people were able to continue living and enjoying the company of their families because of the gift Perez gave.

“Tomorrow it could be me who needs an organ,” Hernandez said.

April is National Donate Life Month and Friday’s event, sponsored by UMC and donor awareness organization LifeGift, was a way to recognize those who chose to let their death bring life to someone else.

“They are the lifesavers, life changers, life givers,” said Schawnte Williams-Taylor, LifeGift spokeswoman.

The small room outside UMC’s surgical intensive care unit was filled with people and quickly filled with the sounds of muffled crying when Dudley Owens began talking about his son, Keaton.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Daughter's heart saves father's life and countless others

WXYZ Action News | Smita Kalokhe
(WXYZ) - Chester Szuber’s daughter saved six lives immediately after she died, including his, when she donated her organs.

By the early 1990’s, Szuber had undergone three heart bypass surgeries, during the last one he had a massive heart attack on the operating table.

His wife constantly worried she would be a young widow. “I never thought he’d see our 25th wedding anniversary,” said Jeanne Szuber.

Today, Jeanne and Chester have shared more than 55 years together. But the gift that gave them life also shattered their worlds.

The couple’s daughter, Patti Szuber, was critically injured in a car accident in August 1994. After determining that Patti’s injuries would be fatal, the doctor approached Chester about receiving her heart. Chester had been on the heart transplant waiting list for nearly four years. “When they offered me Patti’s heart, I couldn’t say ‘no’ fast enough,” remembered Chester in a recent conversation with Action News. “It was something we never thought about. A million things went through my mind. Is this right? Is this ethical? Is this a selfish move?”

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A liver with some life experience gives a new mother fresh hope - Australia

Sydney Morning Herald | Julia Medew
FIONA Lewis and her son Joseph are inseparable now, but three years ago, they came very close to losing each other. At 31 weeks pregnant, the last thing that Ms Lewis remembers hearing in hospital was, ''We have to get this baby out.''

''I remember saying, 'No, no, it's too early','' she says, reflecting the chaos before she lost consciousness.

About 10 days later, she woke to learn that not only had she had a son, but she now had someone else's liver inside her.

The liver, she was told, was not perfect. It had come from an older person who had been exposed to some viruses, but most importantly, it had saved her life.

Ms Lewis, 35, is one of a growing number of Australians being saved by ''marginal'' organs donated by elderly people, drug users, heavy drinkers and smokers - the sort of people whose organs were not considered suitable for transplantation in the past.

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Folsom Toddler Thrives After Life-Saving Liver Transplant

Sacramento Bee | Stephanie Brietbart
Just 3 years old, Luca Salcone of Folsom has already had a run of health issues from diabetes to infantile spasms to a liver transplant. Now, to celebrate Luca’s survival, his parents will be on a run themselves on May 5 to raise money and awareness for organ donations.

Luca’s journey began at just 2 months old when he was among one of the youngest patients in Sacramento to be diagnosed with neonatal diabetes, better known as type 1 diabetes. Just four months later, Luca developed infantile spasms, a rare epilepsy disorder, which if not detected and treated right away could lead to brain damage.

With his infantile spasms and diabetes under control, his parents’ joy was short-lived when they received the devastating news the following year that Luca was in need of a liver transplant.

It began on Dec. 4, 2010, when Luca came down with a sudden illness and was rushed to the ICU at Sutter Memorial Hospital. Lehman Black, M.D., determined Luca’s liver enzymes were sky-high and had Luca airlifted to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. Once at Stanford, Luca’s conditioned worsened and doctors diagnosed him with liver failure and immediately placed Luca at the top of the national organ donors list. As baby Luca’s condition worsened by each passing hour, the Salcones received the news they were waiting for– a liver match had been found just in time.
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Maryland Doctors Save West Virginia Teen’s Life By Giving Her A Lung Transplant

CBS Baltimore | Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A teenager from a high school in West Virginia will be able to go to her senior prom, thanks to doctors in Maryland.

As Mike Schuh explains, she’s lucky to be alive after her local doctors had given up hope.

At age 12, Victoria ‘Torry’ Chakwin knew something was wrong. She couldn’t breathe, tired easily, and ran out of energy. Her mother took her to doctors all over the country looking for an answer.

It turns out she was developing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that can be seen in people of any age, but is more common in those who are 70+ and smoke. For reasons the medical community does not completely understand, her lungs became filled with fibrous masses, retained fluids and lost their ability to process oxygen.

Local Arizona man in need of liver transplant

The Explorer News | Chris Flora

Theresa Chavez, a teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School, feels like she is often thought of as “the woman with the sick husband,” while in fact, she is far more than that. She is a mother to two children, Ryan, 12, and Isabella, 19 months. She is a teacher who has been locally recognized for changing the lives of students with troubled home lives. And indeed, she is a wife to Tim Chavez, a man she never wants to have to live without.

But the truth is, Tim is very sick.

When he was 24 years old, Tim was diagnosed with chronic autoimmune hepatitis, which, over the passing years, has caused severe scarring on his liver as his white blood cells continue to attack his own organs. According to doctors, should a liver become available, Tim would immediately qualify for a transplant- he is that ill.

“Tim is dying,” wrote Theresa in a letter for help. “That’s a hard sentence for me to write, because it would bring to an end the most sacred relationship in my life.”

The couple has turned to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, one of the leading liver transplant facilities in the country, for answers.

So far, the only answers have been “more money” and “more waiting.”

From tragedy to triumph: The loss of a son saved the lives of 7 people

WXYZ ABC Action News
(WXYZ) - A mother who lost her son in a horrible car accident donated his organs and it saved 7 people’s lives.

Tim Parker was a wonderful son, friend and athlete. Lynn Parker says Tim was a very generous person and had planned to sign up to donate his organs but the family’s internet was down the day of his car accident.

His tissue has enhanced the lives of 150 people who suffered with torn ACL’s and tendons.

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Large Crowd Turns Out To Remember Ryan Lee

Berlin CT Patch | Robert Mayer
Credit: Robert Mayer
Friends spread word of 'Donate Life' during the day.

A large crowd turned out at Timberlin Golf course Thursday night to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Berlin native Ryan Lee.

The driveway of Don Bates Drive was lined with luminaria bags leading to tables in the parking lot where friends and family decorated bags for a luminaria placed on the 16th tee. The bags on the tee spelled out one of Ryan Lee's favorite phrases "Proud of Ya!"

Lee played sports and graduated from Berlin High School. He went on to play golf at Long Island University. Last year he was struck by a car near campus and passed away on April 26, 2011.
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Heart to Heart: Ore. mom hears son's heart seven years after his death

KOIN Local 6 | Sally Showman
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- A Eugene woman lost her son seven years ago, but this week she was able to hear his beating heart again.

Thirty-four-year-old Gary Lodge, of Portland, died suddenly when a blood clot became lodged in the base of his brain in 2005.

Lodge was an outdoor enthusiast, a world traveler and an author, says his mother Brenda Cervantes. At the time of his death, Lodge was engaged to be married.

He never had the chance to meet his unborn daughter. However, in death Lodge gave dozens of people a second chance at life.

"He had put the 'D' on his driver's license," said Cervantes about her son's decision to become an organ donor. "He was all about reuse recycle, re-everything, repurpose."

According to Donate Life Northwest, Lodge's organs and tissue went to 88 people.

Sixty-seven-year-old Mary Parker of Astoria received Lodge's heart. Three months before he died, she suffered a massive heart attack. A mechanical heart kept her alive until the news came that doctors had found her perfect match.Read more - VIDEO:

Shining a light on organ donations

Glendale News Press | Kelly Corrigan - LA Times

Woman has both received and given, she tells hospital workers.
Pam Endo was 8 years old when a doctor attributed her poor health to “a psychological problem.”

Before long, however, her uncle — who worked as a nurse at Glendale Adventist Medical Center — would help her attain the correct diagnosis: juvenile diabetes.

That was in the late 1950s. When her kidneys failed in 2003 after years of suffering from the disease, Endo could only hope for a kidney transplant to save her life.

She got the transplant, and on Thursday, the Agoura Hills resident told her story to staff at Glendale Adventist as 20 hospitals in the region launched a campaign to raise awareness for organ donation.

California is home to 9 million registered organ donors, according to Eric Carr, a representative with OneLegacy, a Los Angeles organ donation organization.

Across the nation, there are 100 million registered donors. Even so, donors often wait years before a match that will extend their lives can be found.

One new push, Carr said, is for hospitals to provide registration links on their websites.

Organ donors truly give the gift of life

The Journal | Mike Glascock

April is National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness month. As an organ donor, you can save up to eight lives and enrich the lives of many more. There is no greater gift than the gift of life.

Here are some facts: As of April 12, 2012, there are 113,817 patients waiting for a transplant. In 2011, 28,535 transplants were performed; however, there were only 14,146 donors. Someone is added to the transplant list every 10 minutes and every day 18 people die waiting for a transplant. This devastating fact can be changed by getting more people signed up as organ donors.

In 2011, more than 28,000 transplants were made possible. Another one million received cornea and other tissue transplants to help bone damage, spine injuries, burns, hearing and vision loss.

Ninety percent of Americans say they support organ and tissue donation, but only 30 percent take the steps to become an organ donor themselves.

Anyone can potentially become a donor regardless of age, race or medical history. All major U.S. religions support organ donation and see it as an act of generosity to others.

Donating organs, giving life

Lake Oswego Review | Cliff Newell
Because of organ donation, Laura Boyer’s baby daughter received the gift of life.

Now the Lake Oswego woman is working for others to receive that same gift through Donate Life Northwest — especially because April is Donate Life Month.

Laura Boyer is so eager to share her story that she has just completed her training as a speaker for Donate Life Northwest.

“I want to make more people aware of Donate Life, and I want to dispel myths about organ donation,” Boyer said. “When I was growing up, I was actually told that doctors would let their patients die so they could get the organs.

“Donate Life gets people to think about the future and what can happen. There is so much people can learn about organ donation.”

RIVERSIDE: Family of organ donor participate in walk

Press Enterprise

Brandon Pentz, of Riverside, became an organ donor after he died in 2010 from an accidental fall. Since then, his family has been actively bringing attention to organ donation — raising funds for the Brandon Pentz Memorial Foundation to help those affected by traumatic brain injury and organ donation education.

This year his family and friends have formed “Team Brandon Pentz Memorial Foundation” to participate in the 10th annual Donate Life Run/Walk on Saturday at the Intramural Field at Cal State Fullerton.

Proceeds from the event will support Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry enrollment campaigns.

The benefits of donating life

Tennessee Organ Donation Foundation
The benefits of organ and tissue donation from both the viewpoint of a donor family and an organ transplant recipient is explained.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Toddler Home After Heart Transplant

NBC Miami | Karen Franklin

A 19-month-old boy was able to leave Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Thursday after undergoing a heart transplant just three weeks ago.

Jayden Villano, who waited six months for a donor, was smiling and popping bubbles in the hospital lobby.

“It’s crazy to me that a child who is so sick, after the transplant, he is just brand new,” said mother Alexa Gutierrez. “He is doing everything a normal 19-month-old is doing.”

The toddler was first brought to the hospital after his mother noticed his lethargic activity. He was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and severe heart failure, according to Dr. Maryanne Chrisant. The boy was quickly placed on a Berlin Heart, a device that sits outside of the body, until a donor was found.

The transplant procedure used a heart from a little girl who died, according to Dr. Frank Scholl.
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Bioengineered organs may hold the future for transplants

MedIll Reports Chicago | Erin Massey

Bioengineered organs may redefine transplants for humans someday, and even allow damaged organs to regenerate.

Northwestern University researchers are in the beginning stages of bioengineering tissues and entire organs from stem cells of adult rats and mice, said Dr. Jenny Zhang. Zhang directs the Microsurgical Core within the Comprehensive Transplant Center at Feinberg.

Once engineered, Zhang said her team will be able to test the functionality of such organs as transplants in the rodents. For now, Zhang and fellow researchers are using a biodegradable scaffold, a kind-of-skeleton of an organ with all living cells removed, to test the model.

By developing a successful animal model, the stage is set for future testing on primates and eventually humans. Zhang said bioengineered organs would significantly reduce waiting times for people needing transplants and prevent rejection of healthy organs.

Researchers also want to gain a better understanding of the cytomegalovirus (CMV), a particular threat to transplant recipients.
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Kids' Kidney Transplant Rules May Have Shrunk 'Race Gap'

US News and World Report

Before 'Share 35,' black and Hispanic patients were less likely to receive organ than whites, researchers say.

THURSDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- Racial disparities in kidney transplants for U.S. children have fallen since a new policy was introduced in 2005 by the United Network for Organ Sharing, researchers say.

The policy, called Share 35, preferentially offers kidneys from deceased donors younger than age 35 to children who need a kidney transplant. While a kidney from a living donor is preferable, a kidney from a deceased donor can save a child's life.

In the past, black and Hispanic children with kidney failure were less likely to receive a kidney transplant than white children, the study authors noted.

In the new study, Dr. Sandra Amaral of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and colleagues looked at nearly 2,300 children with kidney failure who received a transplant before Share 35 and more than 2,400 who received a transplant after the introduction of the new policy.

Overall, children with kidney failure were 46 percent more likely to receive a deceased-donor kidney transplant after Share 35 was implemented, with increases of 81 percent for Hispanics, 45 percent for blacks, and 37 percent for whites.
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Transplants: Using Age to Improve Success

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Stefan Tullius, Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), believes that recent BWH research could provide the impetus for a major change in how organ donors and recipients are matched, and that being older, at least for transplant recipients, can indeed be better.

A team of researchers from BWH Transplant Surgery and Renal Medicine analyzed data from more than 100,000 patients who received kidney transplants between 1995 and 2008 to find that matching donor and recipient age significantly improves outcomes. Tullius, who led the study, is optimistic that this finding could ultimately lead to an improved donor matching process.

Right now, 70-year-old patients are competing with 20-year-old patients for the same organs,” Tullius said. “Our research supports a proposal to change the way that we allocate donor organs. We’ve found that when the donor and recipient are more closely matched in age, we are using each organ in
the most efficient and best way.”
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Nebraska woman dies but leaves gifts of life

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — On March 26, Gail Graham was admitted to Mary Lanning Memorial HealthCare for pain.

After a night in the hospital, the unthinkable happened in the morning: The 42-year-old Hastings woman's heart stopped.

Doctors worked furiously to start it again. But it was too late. By the time they revived her heart, the wife and mother was deemed brain dead.

In the midst of the drama, the shock and the sorrow, her husband, Rodney, remembered Gail's driver's license indicated she was an organ donor.

He believes her heart started beating again so she could fulfill a last wish.

"For us, it was kind of a natural thing we wanted to do," Rodney said. "She was all about helping people, and we know that she'd have a chance to help quite a few people."

Both of Gail's kidneys, her liver and her heart have gone to help others. As many as 60 other people may eventually receive a second chance at life because of the donation of Gail's organs and tissues.

April is Give Life Month, a time when people are encouraged to consider becoming organ and tissue donors in both life and after death.
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Wrightwood family to honor son lost in avalanche

Victorville Daily Press | Lynnea Lombardo
WRIGHTWOOD • In January 2008, Mike McKay was killed along with two other men during a trio of avalanches in an out-of-bounds area near Mountain High resort.

His parents, Vince and Laura McKay, were devastated by the loss, but they took comfort that it was only the beginning of a legacy that would live on to surpass his 23 years.

McKay was a registered organ tissue donor, and his tragic death saved the lives of a number of individuals needing an organ or tissue donation.

“I was surprised at how many people are affected by organ and tissue donations,” Vince McKay said. “Dental work, burn victims, bone marrow transplants, breast cancer surgeries, corneal replacements, all these things can come from cadavers who were donors.”

To raise awareness about donation and funds for the Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Registry, McKay’s family formed Team Mike in April 2009 and has been attending the annual Donate Life Run/Walk ever since.

Saturday, they will participate with thousands of others in the event at California State University, Fullerton. And this year, the family was chosen to be one of 10 families to release a dove at the start line.

Keenan Smith shares story of how a liver transplant saved his son, Clarke's life

WXYZ ABC Action News 7
Scripps Media

(WXYZ) - All this week on 7 Action News we’ve been bringing you inspirational stories as part of our series on organ donation.
It’s a topic that hits close to home here at Broadcast House. Meteorologist Keenan Smith’s son, Clarke, wouldn’t be here today without the liver transplant he received a couple of months ago.
Above you can watch an interview with Keenan on 7 Action News this Morning as he shares a piece of his family's journey with organ donation.To find out more about organ donation visit

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Myrtle Beach event will celebrate organ donation

SC Now
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Organ donors, recipients, and families are invited to come together to link hands along the oceanfront on Sunday.

Dr. Paul Taylor's San Diego Dental Team Promotes Organ Donation at FanForLife Fest

Hundreds of San Diegans to Wave Foam Fingers Encouraging Organ Donation

In an effort to increase organ donations and benefit transplant patients, the FanForLife team from the offices of Paul Taylor DMD will be waving gigantic foam fingers along with hundreds of other San Diegans on April 28th at the FanForLife Fest at Petco Park. Paul Taylor Dentistry is participating in this Wave of Hope in order to increase awareness about the severe shortage of organ donations in the state of California.

Dr. Taylor, along with three other staff members, formed a FanForLife team in order to gather donations and increase awareness for the event. On April 28th the team will participate in the FanForLife Fest and walk for the cause. Celebrity athletes, a DJ, booths, and food will be set up at Petco Park as members walk, while foam fingers will be made available to all attendees for a $20 donation. The afternoon will commence when all participants stand shoulder-to-shoulder over the Harbor Drive Bridge to raise their foam fingers in one great Wave of Hope for all to see.

Ickey shuffles for organ donation

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Ickey Woods is best remembered for his football shuffle.

The former Bengal now champions another cause near and dear to his heart.

He was at the NCR Country Club Thursday asking people to help save lives by saying yes to organ donation.

"You have people who are no longer going to be in this world and they can leave their organs for people who need them," said Woods.

His new passion began with the death of his teenaged son August 11, 2010. "We're not supposed to go before our children," said Woods. "It's been a rough road."

Jovante Woods had an asthma attack after football practice and suffered a brain injury that was insurmountable, but his untimely death saved the lives of four others.

Jovante's decision to be an organ donor inspired Ickey to make a change.

"Before this, I didn't even have yes checked on my driver's license to be an organ donor," said Woods.

Through the Javonte Woods Foundation, the formal football pro speaks to high school students as well as adults, about the importance of checking yes when renewing your license.

"Because our son was unselfish, he's become a hero to many by giving the gift of life," said Woods.

The Javonte Woods Foundation is dedicated to asthma research and organ donation awareness .

Patient survival not impacted by liver transplants performed at night or on weekends

Health News | Wiley-Blackwell

A new study, funded in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), shows that liver transplants performed at night or on weekends do not adversely affect patient or graft survival. Findings available in the May issue of Liver Transplantation, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, demonstrate that safety measures in place are working to protect patients.

A 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine estimated that medical errors result in up to 98,000 deaths each year with costs as high as $29 billion annually. This report prompted the medical community to investigate ways to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. Previous studies examining patient care at night and on weekends provided conflicting results.

"Organ transplants have been particularly scrutinized given that these procedures are often performed after-hours due to the timing of organ availability," explains senior author Dr. A. Sidney Barritt IV with the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. "Our study advances evidence by exploring whether time of day of the liver transplant affects patient outcomes."

The research team used the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) database to identify 94,768 adult liver transplants reported to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) between 1987 and 2010. Transplants that took place after 7 p.m. and before 7 a.m. where defined as nighttime operations. Procedures that occurred between 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. Monday were considered weekend operations.

Results from this retrospective study show patient survival at 30, 90 and 365 days for nighttime operations was 96%, 93%, and 86%; weekend transplants rates were 95%, 92%, and 86%, respectively. Researchers found that patient survival rates for after hours and weekend transplants were similar to daytime and weekday operations. For weekend transplants, the graft failure rate was unchanged at 30 and 90 days, but increased slightly at 365 days. The team noted that graft survival was unaffected by nighttime transplant.

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Organ Harvesting Allegations against Wang Lijun

The future of the former Chinese police chief of Chongqing, Wang Lijun, is up in the air since he tried to defect to a US consulate in February. Of late, he has been scrutinized for the organ-transplant research center he founded in Jingzhou, in Liaoning Province.

Rights group the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong, or WOIPFG, alleges that Wang is implicated in the organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners.

It’s a procedure whereby organs from prisoners are taken and sold for profit for transplant surgery. According to two Canadian investigators, communist authorities are accused of taking the organs mostly from prisoners of conscience who are killed in the process.

Between May 2003 and June 2008, Wang Lijun was the party secretary and chief of Jinzhou City’s Public Security Bureau. There he founded the On-Site Psychology Research Center of the Public Security Bureau of Jinzhou. The center carries out research on drugs for improving the process of human organ transplants. Wang is a policeman by training and his official resume does not contain any background information in the medical field.
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LVADs May Confer Unfair Transplant Advantage

Medical News

Transplant Games of America set for Grand Rapids

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22nd annual games will be July 28-31, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Organ donation and donor registration is the focus of the 2012 Transplant Games of America, coming to Grand Rapids in July.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson joined representatives from the West Michigan Sports Commission and Spectrum Health at the announcement of the games Thursday morning.

Primarily the games will be held at the Allendale campus of Grand Valley State University, with 1200 athletes from 46 states expected to participate between July 28-31.

"The Transplant Games of America carry on a 22-year tradition bringing athletes and donor family members together to celebrate and highlight the critical importance of organ donation," Bill Ryan, the chairman of the Transplant Games of America, said in a statement. "Spectrum Health's commitment  to transplant services and organ donation, plus their role in bringing the games to West Michigan, is greatly appreciated."

Spectrum Health will provide volunteers, onside medical coverage and treatment and work with community organizations on a goal of registering at least 20,000 new donors by the time the Transplant games end.

Twitter Chat with Donate Life America CEO, David Fleming - May 1

Donate Life America

Join Donate Life America's President & CEO David Fleming for a Twitter chat on the subject of organ, eye and tissue donation on Tuesday, May 1 from 1pm-2pm ET / 11am - noon PT
The chat will be moderated by ABC's Dr. Richard Besser. #ABCDrBchat See you then!

Young athlete delivers powerful message

Essex Free Press | Fred Groves
It takes three minutes to register on-line to be an organ donor. It’s an act that could save someone’s life.

On Monday night, a 15-year-old talented and inspired athlete was the guest speaker at the Essex Rotary Club meeting. There she urged members and guests to take the time to donate their vital organs and tissues.

“Instead of asking you to have a heart, I am asking you to give a heart,” said figure skater Brianna Clarkson of Lakeshore.

Clarkson has been skating since she was 18 months old and has accumulated over 70 medals. She was seventh at this year’s junior nationals and has aspirations to some day reach the Olympics.

“I understand that being healthy is a life time commitment,” said Clarkson.

On the same day that Hotel Dieu-Grace Hospital held a press conference that told only 18 percent of people in Windsor-Essex are donors, Clarkson’s message was well received by the local service club.

Clarkson explained that one donor could help save up to eight lives. There is a chronic shortage of donors and there are over 1,500 people on the waiting list for vital organs such as kidneys, lungs and hearts in Ontario.

Donors must be at least 16 years of age and there is no limit to how old a donor can be. One person who donated their tissue was 102-years-old and a 90-year-old donated an organ to save a life.
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