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British Transplant Games: Way to Encourage people to sign NHS Organ Donor Register

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A seven year old little girl, Ellie Greenwood, has made Britain proud. She has won two medals, one gold and silver at the British Transplant Games, which was organized in Medway.

The event was organized by the Westfield Health and Greenwood took part as a member from the Transplant Team of the Leeds Children. She won gold medal in badminton competition and silver in the ball-throw event.

Participants from the age of two to 82 took part in the event, which was being organized on behalf of the charity known as Transplant Sport UK (TSUK). It has been found that more than 500 athletes took part in the event, which had 14 different competitions.

The event is being organized to encourage more number of people to register with the NHS Organ Donor Register. Event organizers were of the view that there is a need that more organ donors should come up and sign the register.

"Transplants do not last forever and it is a constant concern, but meeting other people across the country who has…

Paid organ donation still a sticky wicket

Personal Money Network | Sam Hoober

The issue of paid organ donation remains as contentious as ever. Photo Credit: Rainer Zenz/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA

It is fairly well known that there are far more people on organ transplant lists than will ever likely get one. However, the idea of paid organ donation has been brought up as a possible solution, though evidence that it works and the reactions to the possibility are a mixed bag.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, there are 115,045 people waiting to get an organ transplant as of Aug. 28, 2012. Not all will receive one either. According to a 2009 USA Today article, roughly 4,500 people die every year just waiting for a kidney transplant and, according to ABC, roughly 18 people die waiting for an organ every day.

To shore up the shortage and wait times, it has been suggested that paid organ donation be an option. The i…

Acocella remembered as county promotes organ donation

Sound and Town | Daniel Offner

A year has passed since former Harrison Town Clerk Joseph Acocella Jr. died while awaiting a necessary kidney transplant operation that could have saved his life.

And while Acocella’s influence was vast, spanning all across the Sound Shore, the number of registered donors around the state is still alarmingly low: New York has the third lowest amount of organ donors in the entire nation, with only 19 percent of eligible drivers registered.

“Joseph’s passing affected a lot of people, not just our family,” said Acocella’s sister, Laura McCorry. “The Town of Harrison lost their bright and shining star due to a lack of registries.”

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Back to School and Saving Lives

LifeLine of Ohio
This year Lifeline of Ohio’s community educators go back to school with an exciting new resource: the “Together We Can Save Lives” teacher kit.

The kit, funded by the Second Chance Trust Fund, is designed to be used as part of our classroom presentations on organ and tissue donation or used as a stand-alone resource for high school educators wanting to teach the subject on their own.

The kit’s 43 page booklet provides a wealth of information about donation and contains activities to help students learn about the “Gift of Life” and feel prepared to make an educated decision when asked if they want to register as organ and tissue donors when receiving their driver permit or license.

Instructors can use the kit to access information about the donation process, quizzes, activity sheets and a PowerPoint presentation for an on-their-own presentation or use the activity and assessment pages to enhance our visit.

Also included in the kit are two versions of the powerful new video…

First simultaneous robotic kidney transplant, sleeve gastrectomy performed

Medical Express

Surgeons at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System are developing new treatment options for obese kidney patients.

Many U.S. transplant centers currently refuse to transplant these patients due to poorer outcomes. By simultaneously undergoing two procedures—robotic-assisted kidney transplantation and robotic-assisted sleeve gastrectomy—patients have only one visit to the operating room and one general anesthesia. Surgeons can utilize the same minimally invasive incisions. Aidee Diaz, a 35-year-old Chicago woman, is the first patient in the world to have the combined procedure, according to UI surgeons. When Diaz was diagnosed with kidney disease and high blood pressure five years ago, doctors began intensive treatment, including chemotherapy and steroids, to treat abnormal protein production that was causing her kidney disease. In Diaz's case, her weight jumped from 180 pounds to 300 pounds, and she needed dialysis three times a week. "…

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Honors 52 Champion Kids from Across the U.S.

Satellite Spotlight |COMTEX

Aug 31, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises vital funds for 170 member hospitals, announced 52 courageous kids recognized as this year's Champion ambassadors.

According to a release, chosen each year for facing their illness or injury with determination, Champions serve to illustrate the impact of their Children's Miracle Network Hospital and why donated funds are needed for treatment, recovery and charitable care. The 2012 Champions range from ages 3 to 17 and have sustained a range of medical challenges including vital organ transplants, rare genetic diseases, cancer and several traumatic injuries.

"Though our Champions represent a fraction of the 17 million children treated each year at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, they are a powerful group that embody the crucial work of our nonprofit hospitals," said John Lauck, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals presiden…

Larry Hughes: Sign a pledge card and save lives

The Poughkeepsie Journal | Larry Hughes

Jon Nansen, a Clinton Corners resident who in 2004 received a kidney transplant, manned a Dutchess County Fair booth for the sixth consecutive year.

He and more than a dozen other volunteers spread the word about what is truly the gift of life and, in the process, signed 192 donors to pledge cards. Over the years, they’ve obtained some 2,000 pledges.

Relax, donated organs are “harvested” after death. No one comes knocking on your door demanding the kidney you promised when signing the pledge card.

“We always want more people than we get to sign up, but it’s also important to be (at the fair), answer questions and give people information so hopefully, at some point, more of them will sign up,” the 66-year-old Nansen said. “We try to share our knowledge of what we’ve experienced.”

At one point there were five volunteers at the booth and all were organ recipients — one each heart and liver, and three kidney recipients. The booth was sponsored, as alway…

Gainesville man who had multiple organ transplant dies

Access North Georgia | Ken Stanford GAINESVILLE - A man who underwent the transplant of multiple abdominal organs has died eight months after undergoing the transplants at a hospital in Indiana.

Don Little, 56, died Thursday at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

About 75 friends, relatives and other well-wishers greeted Little last December when he arrived home from Indianapolis by private plane at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.Read more

Desperate husband walks streets asking for kidney

WYFF Anderson
William Swilling trying to save his wife’s life

A husband who is desperate to save his wife’s life is walking the streets of an Upstate city in hopes of finding someone to donate the kidney she needs.

William Swilling has been married to Jimmy Sue Swilling for 56 years. He said she was born with one kidney, and has been suffering with kidney disease since their first child was born 52 years ago. Now her remaining kidney is failing, and no one in her family is a match.

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New rules governing organ transplants to be drawn up amid fear of organ sales on social networking websites - UK

The Independent | Paul Peachy

New rules governing organ transplants are
being drawn up amid concern about money changing hands illegally as patients
make direct pleas to potential donors on social networking sites.

The transplant watchdog, the Human Tissue Authority (HTA), today said that it had seen an increase in people seeking strangers online to donate kidneys and livers and was publishing new guidelines next month to keep pace with developments.

The HTA said that it was examining the legality of a US donor matching website that launched its British version today which allows people seeking organs to speak directly with potential living donors. Under the NHS transplant scheme, altruistic living donors are not told who receives their kidney and a medical panel decides who needs it the most.

It is not illegal to specify who should receive a donated organ but the donor cannot receive any payment or reward. Both parties face physical and psychological reviews before any treatment can go ahe…

Care Packages in Memory of 17-Year-Old Josh Field

Blackburn News | Avery Moore
Photo: Josh Field Support Network

A family from Belmont is hoping care packages they dropped off at the London Health Sciences Centre Friday will help families in crisis.

Kathryn Field’s 17-year-old son Josh died in 2009 days after he hit the median on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway while reaching for his cell phone.

She says the family raced to the hospital, where they stayed around the clock until Josh passed away.

The care packages include blankets, toothbrushes, wash kits, parking passes and meal tickets.

Josh’s heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and both kidneys were donated to help save the lives of six people.

Field says every month about 2-3 families in London are left in hospital waiting for a loved one’s organs to be donated.

She says she hopes the care packages will help those families in similar situations.Read more

Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency - Donate Life Hope Run 10K and Hero Walk

Make a difference in someone's life today. 
The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency is excited to host its 1st Donate Life HOPE Run 10k and Hero Walk. 
Over 1,600 people are waiting for an organ transplant in Louisiana and about 114,000 people are waiting throughout the US. Join us to raise awareness for organ, tissue, and cornea donation to save and enhance the lives of others. One 'yes' to donation can save up to nine lives and enhance up to 50 more! Help spread the word and make a difference by registering today!

Saturday, September 8, 2012Downtown Shreveport, LALake Street @ Clyde Fant ParkwayAlong the Red River
To learn more and register

Leah fund set up for charity

THE family and friends of a teenager who died have set up a charity in her memory.

Leah Davies, from Lowton, died following a motorcycle crash at Martland Mill last month.

Her family have now set up the Love Leah charity in her memory to help raise funds for a specialist hospital and rehabilitation centre that would have offered help to Leah had she survived her injuries.

Leah, 19 - who was an identical twin - died in hospital on August 5, from injuries sustained in the crash, which happened at Martland Mill seven days earlier.

Together with friends, her twin sister Sarah, sister Rachel, 21, mum Mandy and dad Andrew, together with friends - have set up the charity to raise funds for the Walton Centre.

Leah’s family said: “If Leah would have come through this tragedy then the rehabilitation and support needed would have been long and costly. With this in mind we have chosen a charity that will benefit other patients and their families who find themselves in a similar position.


'Fighter' kid battles medical problems with a smile

Highlands Today | Pallavi Agarval

Last year, those attending the first-ever Josh Jetton Memorial Golf Tournament heard a smiling, happy first-grader belt out "Proud To Be An American."

People had tears in their eyes.

For the little boy, Edwin Diaz, the tune was more than just a song. His grandpa, James Acevedo, remembers how he would turn it on in the car every day on the way to school.

This year, as golfers tee off for the second Josh Jetton tournament, organizer and Jetton's brother, Daniel Baker, is hoping and praying that Edwin will be well enough to sing again for the crowd that will be gathered for another special fundraiser.

The proceeds will help the family of the 7-year-old who has fought to stay alive against all odds from the time he was born, and is right now in a hospital battling another crisis.

Edwin was born with Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome.

Behind the long name is a rare condition that prevents the stomach, intestines, kidneys and …

Fundraiser set to get Holly Hill man on heart transplant list

The Daytona Beach News-Journal | Chris Graham
All Jack Giles needs is a heart.

Holly Hill residents are hoping to give him one.

A push is on to raise funds necessary to get the 43-year-old man on a waiting list to be eligible for a heart transplant.

“It’s a race against time,” said Belinda Heffner, co-owner of County Tire, which has been leading the fundraising charge.

Giles, owner of A Superior Lock & Security, suffered his first heart attack a day after his 30th birthday. Since then he’s suffered seven heart attacks and has had two open heart surgeries, leaving the functionality of his heart at about 10 percent.

“The heat gets to me,” he said. “I’m not able to do much.”

Giles had sought to get on a waiting list at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville but was turned back.

He was told by officials he would need a bank account with a minimum of $5,000 set aside to pay for medication during the first year after the heart transplant. He also does not have health insur…

New Korean Movie Depicts Organ Harvesting in China

The Epoch Times | Moon Yong & Angela Wang
'The Traffickers' stars Daniel Choi, Chae Hee, and Lim Chang Jung

SEOUL—A just released movie about organ harvesting in China was rated the top movie currently showing in Korea by Daum, a major Korean web portal.

The plot of The Traffickers, originates in a true story. In 2009, a newly-wed Korean couple traveled to China where the wife was kidnapped and then murdered, with all her organs stolen.

In the movie, Sang Ho (Choi Daniel) and Chae Hee (Jung Ji Yoon) are on a cruise traveling to Weihai, China. Sang Ho finds his wife and all her belongings missing in their room after he leaves to enjoy the breeze. There are only six hours before the cruise reaches its destination, and Sang Ho goes on an urgent search for Chae Hee.

In another room on the cruise, Chae Hee is found on an operation table. A group of men put her to sleep and start to operate on her body. Chae Hee wakes up from anesthesia and Sang Ho hears her outside of the room.

2 families brought together by organ donation

NEW ORLEANS - It is a hug that only two mothers can fully comprehend.

"You have this family picture that is no longer real," Andree Blakemore said. "It's different. It's not what it was."

In May 2005, Dougie Blakemore, a spunky, athletic 4-year-old from Metairie, La., was hit and killed by a car. His liver was transplanted into a young Japanese boy, saving that boy's life. Recently, the Japanese family flew to Louisiana for a surreal meeting with the people who provided their son his second chance.

The Japanese family is very private and didn't want to be interviewed or have their faces shown. The Blakemores couldn't believe they would have the chance to see in person what their son had passed on.

"It's exhilarating," Andrea said. "I can't even express the words. We get to experience a miracle. It's the most amazing gift of life."
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South Beloit teen girl with kidney transplant enjoys special camp

Rockford Register Star | Geri Nokolai
SOUTH BELOIT — Jason and Christy Dupont sent their daughter, Abigail, off to camp this summer without the usual angst.

It’s not that they weren’t thinking of the normal camp issues — possible homesickness and the travails of making new friends.

But those things were minor to the Duponts, who live in South Beloit.
They were elated because they knew Abigail would have the nine pills she needs every day to keep her strong and ensure her body doesn’t reject her kidney transplant.

“It was amazing, to let her go and know there was a medical staff to take care of her,” said Christy. “We have a screening process if she just spends the night at a friend’s house. We have to know they’re comfortable with giving her medicine.

“This was a huge burden off her dad and me, not having to wonder, ‘Did they remember to give her her pills?’”Read more

A Kidney After One Day on the National Transplant Registry

Huffington Post | Suzanne OMalley

But back in 2006, driving to the in-laws for Christmas was not so rosy. My brother was so sick he lay his head in my lap, like the child he had once been, and slept. I looked at his face, with the years of suffering written on it, and for the first time I, too, thought he was going to die.

Purely selfishly, I couldn't bear to lose him. I can be a willful person -- not always an appealing trait, but there it is. So I asked my over-burdened and under-appreciated sister-in-law if sheactually welcomed what help I could give. She said "yes."

I learned all I could about kidney transplants. It was too late for my brother to have a "preemptive transplant"-- a donor kidney before kidney failure. A transplant from a living donor could still offer him a chance for renewed health. Incredible progress is being made in the form of living donors, perhaps best described by New York Times reporter Kevin Sack in "60 Lives, 30 Kidneys, All Link…

Local woman's 'bucket list' includes donating a kidney

A local woman named Candie Young, who is in need of a kidney transplant, has been getting dozens of calls from complete strangers interested in helping her.

One of those people says donating an organ is something she has on her 'bucket list.'

A bucket list is comprised of things you want to do before you die. Usually it involves visiting an exotic location or skydiving, even mountain climbing.

However, Kelli Kelly says one thing tops her bucket list - giving an organ to a stranger.

"There's a lot of good people out there and a lot of them need something like this or need a little help," said Kelly.

Kelli Kelly knows what it's like to nearly lose your life. She learned in 2005 after coming back from a trip to Australia.

"My husband found me unconscious. I was in a coma for about 24 hours or so and had suffered a brain injury," she said. Read more - Video

Man Takes Up Golf After Hand Transplant

Indianapolis Accident Attorneys

Over a decade ago, an Indianapolis man had both his hands injured in a work accident. His right hand was crushed and his left hand was mangled when he got them caught in a steel splitter machine. His right hand could be salvaged but doctors ultimately hand to amputate the left. Now 14 years later and the man is defying the odds by swinging a golf club.

Since the amputation, the man had been functioning with the use of prosthetics, but he was always searching for a better solution. A few years ago, the man heard of Kleinert, Kutz, and Associates Hand Care Center in Louisville, a group offering the possibility of a full hand transplant.Read more

Play God: say yes to organ donation - Australia

The Age | Damon Young
Photo: Paul Cox's The Dinner Party ... "brings home the ordinariness of serious illness".

In a lecture theatre at Melbourne's Austin Hospital, I quietly wept. Like the others there, I was watching director Paul Cox's The Dinner Party, a documentary about liver transplant recipients. As cinema, it is relatively simple: eight guests, including the director, talk about their illnesses, surgery and recovery. No car chases, nothing from the commercial television Cox lambastes. Just a straightforward symposium of good grub, raw stories, a redemptive mood of second-chances, and awe in the very fact of being.

Cox's film was personally confronting. My wife, Ruth, was hospitalised with acute, sudden-onset liver failure two years ago - I remember sitting in the ward, face wet, discussing her posthumous wishes with surreal matter-of-factness. Her liver recovered, but the terror remains.

My good friend Rosie, Cox's partner and one of the dinner gues…

Tax Breaks For Organ Donors Aren't Boosting Transplant Supply

WNYC 93.9 FM  | am 820 | Richard Knox
A kidney donor is wheeled to an operating room for a transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in late June.
Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images
Seventeen states offer tax incentives to people who donate a kidney, a portion of their liver or bone marrow for transplantation. But a study finds these sweeteners aren't working.

Researchers looked at what happened in the years before and after these tax incentives were passed and found no increase in organ donation rates.

It's the latest contribution to a debate about how to increase the supply of organs for transplantation at a time when more than 100,000 people are on waiting lists and donations have been flat for several years.

A recent NPR-Thomson Reuters Health Poll found that 60 percent of Americans support some kind of financial incentive to organ donors that could be applied to health care needs.

But the new report raises a caution about how much to expect from financial incentives.

Young Organ Donor Knew Fate, Family Says

WJW Fox8 | Jessica Debrowski
SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — A Clinton Township family is turning their own grief into a gift for others.

Nicholas and Kimber Gorham are living a parent’s worst nightmare.

As the couple cradled their 11-month-old son, Josiah, on Thursday, they also grieved the loss of their other child, two-year-old David.

“He was almost infectiously happy… hugging, kisses. He was such a good kid. We were blessed to have him,” said a teary-eyed Nicholas Gorham.

The family was at a park gathering on Sunday at the Beartown Lake Reserve in Geauga County, when somehow the toddler slipped away from the crowd.

David was found by an adult in the Lower Bear Lake.
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Hundreds Gather To Highlight The Need For Transplant Donors

Fox2Now | Shawndrea Thomas

ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – St. Louis has over 1,000 people on transplant waiting list around the metro area, and one organization is hoping to draw attention to the need.

Hundreds gathered at the donor memorial monument at Highlands Park on Thursday night to take part in a candlelight ceremony to honor those who made organ and tissue donations. The yearly event sponsored by Mid-America Transplant Services to bring attention to the need for donors. It’s also a way for recipients to give back to those who have saved their lives and the families who make the sacrifice. Organizer Dean Kappel says African Americans are at a greater need for organ donations

“There is a huge need in the African American community because of hypertension, high blood pressure and diabetes. So the black community is overrepresented on the waiting list. “said Dean Kappel

DonateLife Australia

DonateLife Australia  | Adam Roshan
Surrey Hills, NSW - Donor designation amongst ethnic minorities remains lower primarily due to misconceptions related to organ donation.  To counter that, DonateLife Australia setup a very successful Vietnamese  education afternoon earlier today near Surrey Hills, NSW.  

Victim's death brings gift of life to eight people


Jillian Whelan's parents knew about her wishes regarding organ donation, making it possibile to give eight families hope for their loved ones from this tragedy. (CBC)

A grief-stricken family in Sydney, N.S. hopes to turn their tragedy into a source of hope for others, deciding to donate their daughter's organs after a fatal car crash earlier this week.

Eight people will receive organs, eight life-changing gifts from a single tragedy.

On Monday, 16-year-old Jillian Whelan was a passenger in a serious car accident on Highway 105, in Dalem Lake, Cape Breton. Air ambulance transported her to hospital in Halifax where she later died of her injuries.

Just a few weeks before Whelan's death, her father helped her fill out her provincial Medical Services Insurance form, which has a section for organ donation.

"She signed it and she said, 'What's this part?' and I said, 'That's organ donation, if something happens,' and she asked if I was and I told her…

Giving a Child a New Heart

The New York Times | Samuel Weinstein MD

Xavier Bonghi/Getty Images

Once I get that call, everything changes. I might be out with my children, at the movies with my wife, or perhaps sleeping when the call comes: There is a donor for one of our patients on the pediatric cardiac transplant waiting list.

After that, it is hard to think about anything else. Once we accept a heart for transplant, a cascade of events unfolds that will change the lives of many people. Even if I don’t need to be at the hospital for a few hours, mentally I am already there. In my head I am working over the details of the operation, reviewing what our cardiologists think of the donor and evaluating the stability of the recipient.

Heart transplants almost always occur at night. Because hospitals are not reimbursed for organ harvests, operations to remove the donated organ are typically placed at the end of an operating room’s elective schedule, late in the day. The donated organ, which may be hundreds of miles away,…

Covina resident to receive fourth kidney from family

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
David Trujillo, 29, of Covina is receiving his fourth kidney transplant on Sept. 4. David, right, with, from left, mother Maria, aunt Yolanda and brother Dustin at their Edna Place home in Covina, Aug. 24. (Leo Jarzomb / SGVN)
Few have had it as difficult as David Trujillo of West Covina.

The 29-year-old will be having his fourth and hopefully final kidney transplant in September.

And fewer can say they have a family like David's. His first kidney was donated by his own father when David was only 3.

"It's been pretty rough, but I wouldn't have it any other way," said his father, Danny Trujillo, 57. "It's drawn us closer as a family and to God our Lord. We have a lot of faith, I know that's what's been keeping us going. I also want to thank Dr. Martin of the Magan Medical Clinic for telling me about UCLA (where David had the surgeries)."

David's mother also believes faith has played a big part in their abilit…

Finalists named for Amazing Women award in community service category

Press Telegram| Pamela Hale-Burns
LONG BEACH - From helping women and children to donating organs, Janine Limas Hageman, Stacy Kelly and Debbie Bickerstaff each make a difference in their own way.
The three women - all described as selfless - are finalists for the community service category of the Press-Telegram's Amazing Women Awards 2012.
The winners in each of six categories will be announced Sept. 12 during an awards dinner.  
Stacy Kelly

Kelly, who became an organ donor at 16, didn't think twice about donating an organ when her father needed a kidney.

He had supported her throughout her life, including a period when she was abused. Now it was time to give to him, she said.

"My father always believed in me when I did not believe in myself. With his strength and guidance in life, I overcame my struggles," she said.

So in 2009, when her father was diagnosed with renal failure, she and her family began to test among themselves to find a donor match.

"I knew I…

Organ donation changes lives

News-Journal Longview Texas | Angela Ward
Nancy Osman, left, watches as Kelly Barnes, right, takes a photo with his family Wednesday following a ceremony at Good Shepherd Medical Center honoring organ and tissue donors. Barnes was the recipient of a kidney and pancreas from Osman's son, Ty Osman, whose photo was added to the Wall of Heroes
Kelly Barnes got to meet the family of the man who saved his life Wednesday.

Barnes was the recipient of a kidney and pancreas from Ty Osman, who died in March, following a car wreck. He met Osman’s family at the dedication of the Wall of Heroes at Good Shepherd Medical Center, which honors organ and tissue donors.

Barnes, 36, was diagnosed with diabetes as a child. By 2011 the disease had progressed to the point where his kidneys had failed and he was on dialysis. The transplant changed all of that.

“I no longer need insulin or dialysis,” Barnes said. “Because of the organs I received from Osman, I can look forward to a long, healthy life.”

Organ donor website with X-Factor style appeals for a life-saving kidney coming to UK

Daily Mail
A controversial U.S website that allows people who need a kidney to plead directly for a donor online is launching in the UK.

The NHS runs an anonymous scheme so that altruistic donors are not informed who ends up getting their kidney. It is given to the person who is judged by a medical panel to most need it and who will benefit most from it.

However, under the American scheme users who sign up to the website MatchingDonors can watch personal appeals and read about their background before deciding who they would like to donate to.

Many needy recipients upload videos of themselves perhaps playing the guitar, while others feature their children asking viewers to help make their parents better.

Potential donors can also get in touch with the patient via a messaging service. Once a person decides they would like to donate their kidney they can check to see if they are a blood type match before their suitability is tested further. It is made clear on the website that it is illeg…

The power to donate life - Part II

The Williamson Daily News | Rachel Dove-Baldwin
JUSTICE - “You have the power to change someone’s world by being an organ, eye and tissue donor. It’s about living, it’s about life.”

This is the motto and introduction on the pamphlets promoting the importance of being a donor that are provided to the public by the Donate Life of WV Foundation. For one local family, the recent death of a loved one brought this topic to life more than ever before and, according to them, opened their eyes to the number of individuals who are on various transplant lists.

The Toler family, who lost their brother Ben in July after he suffered a heart attack, has become supporters and crusaders for the cause of organ and tissue donation, after seeing what an impact their brother’s generous gift meant to those who benefited. A 28 year-old male gazed upon his young daughters face for the first time after receiving cornea transplant surgery following Ben’s death, and now see the world through the donated eyes.



UC Davis Health System

The humanitarian act of cornea donation -- a gift from a donor to recipient -- went worldwide recently, with the help of Mark J. Mannis, ocular director for Sierra Donor Services, and its parent company, DCI Donor Services. Mannis is also professor and chair of ophthalmology and vision science and director of the Eye Center at UC Davis Health System.

Mannis traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador, with two corneas recovered through Sierra Donor Services as well as corneas from other eye banks around the U.S., as part of the Flying Eye Hospital sponsored by ORBIS International and FedEx Corp.

The Flying Eye Hospital is a specially outfitted DC-10 jet aircraft that allows local doctors, nurses and technicians to work alongside an international medical team to conduct sight-restoring surgeries and to exchange knowledge and improve skills. The mobile teaching hospital is a unique tool in the fight against preventable blindness in developing countries.

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Dad to kidney rescue - Australia

Port Macquarie | Lisa Tisdell

Photo: Baker Scott McPhail wants everyone to think more closely about organ donorship

PORT Macquarie baker Scott McPhail is in the grip of advanced kidney disease at a time when an increasing number of Australians are being treated for the condition.

The 38-year-old is on the transplant waiting list.

But the signs are promising that his father Deniss will get the green light to donate a kidney to his son it would be the best gift a father could give son as father's day approaches.

Live kidney donations represented 35 per cent of all kidney transplants in 2010.

Mr McPhail, whose immune system attacks the filters in his kidneys, has spoken out in the hope to lift awareness about organ donation.

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Newberry man receives blessing of transplant

Newberry Observer | Natalie Netzel

After a wait time that lasted a little over a year, Robert Icard received his kidney transplant.

Icard, who resides in Newberry, received the call Aug. 8 in the afternoon and he and his wife, Robin, headed down to Charleston the next day.

Robert Icard had his transplant operation at the Medical University of South Carolina which was the first hospital they signed up for. They also signed up at a hospital in Augusta, Ga. in hopes of having a higher opportunity.

Robin explains that the doctors told them that they were actually second in line and she was thinking that they may come back home because of that.

However, Robert received his transplant and they arrived back home last week.

Robin adds that he still must undergo lab work and tests up to a year and she travels with him once a week. In the future, the visits will spread out more.

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Fiancee of slain U.S. marshal marks anniversary with organ donor drive

St Louis Post-Dispatch | Susan Welch

Pam Robtoy and her fiancé, John Perry, at a Gateway Grizzlies ballgame in June 2010. Perry, a deputy U.S. marshal, was fatally wounded in 2011 while serving a search warrant in St. Louis. Perry donated his organs, and Robtoy is organizing an organ donation registration drive in his honor. Photo courtesy of the family

A year ago, John Perry, a deputy U.S. marshal, lost his life trying to arrest a man at a home in south St. Louis.

Perry was a team leader on the fugitive task force, and he was known for his ability to diffuse tense situations.

"In 10 years of being a marshal, he never discharged his weapon because he never had to," said his fiancée, Pam Robtoy.

But this time the wanted man, Carlos Boles, opened fire. Perry was shot in the head, and two other officers were wounded. Boles, who was wanted on charges of assaulting a police officer and drug possession, was killed in the exchange of gunfire that followed.

Robtoy said she was at the hosp…

Experiences of Donor Families Before going to hospital

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The time before hospital admission for the people we interviewed was difficult and traumatic, particularly because some events were sudden, unexpected and dangerous. Most people had not been with their relative when the first event occurred and had not realised then how serious the situation was. This added to their shock and distress.

Usually, organs that are suitable for donation come from people who have died suddenly and unexpectedly. Generally, this is after they have had a brain haemorrhage, a stroke or a major accident like a car crash. All of the donor families interviewed consented to organ donation on the death of their loved one. This was after the patient had spent some time on a ventilator (life support machine) in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU). During this time, everything possible was done to save the life of their loved one.

A brain haemorrhage is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition where blood leaks out of blood vessels over the su…

Aerospace engineer paved the way for the modern artificial heart

The Globe and Mail | Dennis Hevesi

David M. Lederman, who led the team of scientists that developed the first fully implantable artificial heart – which, although it had limited success, prompted further advances in the treatment of late-stage heart disease – died on Aug. 15 at his home in Marblehead, Mass. He was 68.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, his son, Jonathan, said.

Lederman, an aerospace engineer, founded a small company called Abiomed in 1981, with the hopes of extending lives while providing a greater degree of independence for gravely debilitated heart patients awaiting a transplant. Working with Robert Kung, the company’s chief scientific officer, he brought together a research team (including other aerospace engineers) that designed the AbioCor.

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Former SEAL wants to honor lung donor

WAVY TV | Tom Schaad

CHESAPEAKE, Va (WAVY) - A retired Navy SEAL is running the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach with a goal to raise $50,000 for cancer research.

Justin Legg wants the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to name a fund in honor of the teen who donated both lungs to save his life.

Six years ago, the Chesapeake native noticed unusual pain in his bones.

"The oncologist walked in, and sure enough, she didn't miss a beat," Justin's wife Suzanne Legg recalled. "She sat right and said, 'You have leukemia.' At that moment, everything just kind of went black for me."

Justin Legg admits he also got choked up but realized there had to be a solution to this problem.

"I realized, 'Wait a minute.' Every time anybody's every told me I can't do something, that's when I get it done. I said, 'How many SEALs have you treated before?' She said, 'None, you're the first.' I said, 'Watch this!'"…

UK donors select a patient after emotional online appeal

On Friday a controversial US website is launching in the UK which allows patients to plead directly for a kidney donor online. The site's creators hope it will persuade more people to donate as they get to choose who receives their organs.

Operation involving a donated kidney Credit: Tonight/ITV1

Using the NHS patients have no say who receives their kidney which is secretly delivered to the person most in need

Doctors say most of us could donate one of our two kidneys and live a normal life

But less than 120 of us have done that on the NHS for strangers
By contrast, in America, hundreds more people are coming forward by being able to pick who gets their kidney after watching their personal appeals online

Some people in Britain have been giving their kidneys away to Americans because they want to choose who gets their 'gift of life'

The current American version of the website contains videos of patients pleading for a donor. In this clip taken from the Tonight programme Julie …

"It is the only thing to do"

Cape Breton Post

Accident victim’s organ donation means others have chance at life

SYDNEY — As a Cape Breton family prepares to bury their 16-year-old daughter, eight families from across the country can be forgiven for feeling somewhat celebratory in knowing a family member has another chance at life.

Murdock and Colleen Smith of Sydney now have the heart-wrenching task of making funeral arrangements for their daughter, Jillian Joan Anne Whelan, who died this week from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle car accident.

But a source of strength for them and their sons, Jonathan, 18, and Murdock Jr., 5, is knowing that part of Jillian’s legacy will live on through eight others she has helped as a result of organ donation.

“It is the only thing to do,” Colleen said as she wiped away the tears and recalled fond memories of her only daughter.

“It is comforting to know she is helping others in life,” she said during an interview Wednesday at her Park Street home.

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National test identifies barriers to organ donation

Medical Express

A national test of the Rapid Assessment of Hospital Procurement Barriers in Donation has identified specific barriers to organ donation and patient referral, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in the American Journal of Transplantation.

Heather M. Traino, Ph.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and associates examined the assets and barriers in organ donation and patient referral processes by implementation of a national test of RAPiD. They also assessed the relationships between hospitals and organ procurement organizations (OPOs) using data from 70 hospitals with high donor potential and interviews with 2,358 health care providers (HCPs).

The researchers found that, among HCPs, donation attitudes and knowledge were high, but use of standard referral criteria was lacking. There were significant differences in the donation-related attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors of emergency department physicians and other staff when compared to their coll…

U.S. TRANSPLANT WAIT LIST Tops 115,000 today!

Waiting List Candidates 
as of today @ 1:04 PM
Every 11 minutes someone is added to the waiting listEvery day, 18 or more people die while waiting
1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives
HOW TO BECOME A DONOR The most important thing to do is to sign up as an organ and tissue donor in your state's donor registry.

To cover all bases, it's also helpful to:
Designate your decision on your driver's licenseTell your family about your donation decisionTell your physician, faith leader, and friendsInclude donation in your advance directives, will, and living will

3rd suspended in kidney error

Toledo Blade | IGNAZIO MESSINAUniversity of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC), former Medical College of Ohio. THE BLADE/DAVE ZAPOTOSKY

Role UTMC official played in transplant not disclosed
A third University of Toledo Medical Center employee has been suspended with pay for his involvement in a surgery this month that went awry when a viable kidney was thrown away into a pool of other medical waste instead of being transplanted into the donor's sister.

Edwin Hall, administrator of surgical services, was notified Monday that he would be on "paid administrative leave" from his $164,999-a-year job. Hospital officials declined to elaborate on what role he played in the Aug. 10 surgery.

Mr. Hall of Troy, Mich., could not be reached for comment.
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Way back when: Today in history - "Genuine Act of Love"

Tulsa World | Gene Curtis

2000 - 'Genuine act of love' 

Organ donation was called a "genuine act of love" by Pope John Paul in an address to 5,000 transplant specialists in Rome at the International Congress of the Transplantation Society. 

The 80-year-old pontiff, who left his summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo outside Rome to appear at the congress, won applause from the transplant experts. 

Angel in Her Corner

Bethesda Magazine | Kathleen Wheaton

Two people lay dying—one, a young woman from North Potomac; the other, a champion boxer from Chicago. The death of one would be the salvation of the other.

It was late November 2009 when Meghan Kingsley of North Potomac realized that she was dying.

She and her boyfriend of eight months, Kevin Murphy, had gone to Holden Beach, N.C., for the weekend so she could recuperate from a liver problem caused by a clinical drug trial.

But once there, she’d become so weak she could hardly stand. By the time she and Murphy rushed home, she was struggling to breathe.

She was transferred from Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Potomac to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and put on an IV with the hope that her liver would recover. Instead, her lungs began to fill with fluid. She lost control of bodily functions and began to show signs of dementia—an indication that she was experiencing organ failure.

Though her situation was clearly dire, “I don’t think I …

Young Hamilton athlete’s sudden death devastates community - Canada

The Spec | Scott Radley
Basketball was 11-year-old Sydney Wood's first love. The youngster has passed away from arteriovenous malformation, an abnormality deep inside the brain. 

She scored a goal in the quarter-final. This came as absolutely no surprise to anyone since she was always scoring goals. Ever since house league as a four-year-old when she was getting as many as five a game, she’s known how to find the net.

Still, this one was a beauty. In a game her team had to win to advance in a tournament against girls two years older, she put a couple moves on the other team’s defenders and then plugged the ball into the corner of the net.

At that happy moment, the thought of what would happen over the next 24 hours was unimaginable.

Sydney Wood was always the life of the team. Her soccer coach describes her as bringing a bit of sunshine onto the field with her every time she arrived to play or practise. And she was always one of the better players on any team she joined. Often the b…

Diaz, 7, to benefit from Jetton golf tournament

News Sun | SAMANTHA GHOLAR  Courtesy photo Edwin Diaz gives a thumbs-up to friends and family recently during his hospital stay in Miami. Diaz, 7, sufferes from a rare disease that affects his organs and has had a total of eight transplants. Diaz and his family will be the beneficiaires for the 2nd annual Josh Jetton Memorial Golf Tournament which will take place in the coming weeks.
SEBRING -- Edwin Diaz was a fighter from the very start, according to his friends and family.

And he will get help with that fight through the second annual Josh Jetton Memorial Golf Tournament set for Sept. 22.

The local 7-year-old was born with a rare condition known as megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIH), a disease that prevents the stomach, intestines, kidneys and bladder from functioning properly.

In September of 2006, a 15-hour surgery gave Diaz, then just 1, eight new organs.

Since his transplants, Diaz has been hospitalized numerous times, mainly due to organ reject…

FedEx vice president gives a co-worker the gift of life

Commercial Appeal | Wayne Risher
Photo credit: Jim Weber.   FedEx Sales VP Glenda Corwin (left) reacts after receiving the company's Humanitarian Award Tuesday morning during a ceremony at the Crescent Club. Corwin donated a kidney to help fellow FedEx team member Mark Orris (right), who suffered from a hereditary condition that caused his kidneys to fail.
It was no empty gesture when Glenda Corwin told longtime friend and fellow FedEx employee Mark Orris she'd give him a kidney if he asked.
He asked, and she gave, during surgery in a Cleveland, Ohio hospital on March 16.On Tuesday, FedEx Corp. executive vice president T. Michael Glenn presented Corwin with the company's Humanitarian Award for a selfless deed demonstrating "the true fabric of FedEx, what distinguishes us from other businesses."Read more

Friends brought together by organ donation

WREG Memphis | Elise Preston

(Memphis) A woman gives her friend a chance at a better life by donating her kidney.

Tuesday, Mark Orris and Glenda Corwin were all smiles.

They’re both happy and healthy after going through a kidney transplant surgery 5 months ago.

“Over time, my kidneys stopped functioning,” said Orris.

For years, Mark suffered from genetic kidney failure, polycystic kidney disease, also known as PKD.

“Your kidneys get enlarged. They become infected with cysts and you have a lot of other side effects as well,” said Orris.

Mark waited for a new kidney for more than a year, while suffering every day through the painful disease, worried each day may be his last, “You never know that the day is coming, you know the day is coming you just aren`t ready for it.” 

Virginia This Morning: Organ Donation


RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)- Chairman of Donate Life Virginia Brian Sullivan and Organ Transplant Recipient Kevin Wright tell us how you can help impact lives by becoming an organ donor. You can take part in the 3rd Annual Joseph Andrew Nuckolls Golf Tournament Saturday, September 15th at the Belmont Golf Course to help raise money for Donate Life and their second event, Community Day Donor Drive is Sunday, September 16th from 10am to 2pm at Future Church of Christ.