Thursday, January 31, 2013

Heart Failure Patient Loses 100 Pounds Before Transplant Surgery

UCSF | Leland Kim

Photo: Sugi Hunkin says his weight ballooned to more than 350 pounds by his mid-20s because of poor diet and lack of exercise.

Suitulaga “Sugi” Hunkin has been overweight most of his life. He attributes that to his love of food and his Samoan ancestry.

Because of his size, he also had trouble breathing and experienced irregular heartbeat – symptoms his doctors diagnosed as heart disease called cardiomyopathy, which usually leads to heart failure.

“Here I am thinking I'm on top of the world at the age of 27 and all of a sudden I ran into a brick wall,” said Hunkin, who tipped the scale at 350 pounds by his mid-20s. “I couldn't believe it. I was in denial.”

He needed heart transplantation surgery to replace his failing heart, but before that could happen, he needed to lose at least 100 pounds.

“If a patient is very obese, he bears a lot of risks and complications, inter-operatively as well as post-operatively,” said Georg Wieselthaler, MD, professor of surgery of UC San Francisco’s Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery, and director and surgical chief of the UCSF Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support. “And therefore it's absolutely favorable for patients to try and have a body mass index of below 35 before going into a complex operation.”
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Texas Children's Hospital performs more liver transplants than any other pediatric hospital in the nation

Biz Journal | PRNewswire

The lives of 39 children were saved with liver transplants by Texas Children's in 2012

HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Children's Hospital in Houston announced that in 2012 the hospital saved the lives of 39 children through liver transplantation, making it the most active pediatric liver transplant center in the nation and one of the most active in the world. To learn more about liver transplantation at Texas Children's Hospital please visit

Unfortunately, children can face a myriad of diseases that impact the liver leaving transplantation as the only treatment option. These include: biliary atresia, the most common reason for liver transplantation in young infants; a range of metabolic and genetic liver diseases, such as alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, familial intrahepatic cholestasis (FIC), organic acidemias and cystic fibrosis liver disease; Alagille Syndrome; and unresectable liver tumors, such as hepatoblastoma, the most common liver cancer in children. At any given time Texas Children's typically has 20 children in need of a liver transplant.

"The longer children wait for transplants, the sicker they become," said Dr. Ross Shepherd, director of the Liver Center at Texas Children's Hospital. "As medical care providers one important job prior to transplantation is to keep these children as well as possible for as long as possible to get them to their transplant."
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Lacrosse motivates 13-year-old to recover from liver transplant

Fox 5 San Diego | Troy Hirsch

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. – Nick Wallace looks like your average 13 year-old. More important, he finally feels like an average 13 -year-old.

“I’m a normal person now and living a normal life,” Wallace said.

When we first met Wallace last February, he showed us his love of music and of lacrosse.

He also told us he needed a new liver due to Biliary Atresia, a disease which blocks the bile ducts and causes liver failure.

Wallace sat at the top of the transplant list for eight months, and after a couple of false starts, finally received a new liver on September 28th, 2012.

“I was overjoyed,” Wallace said. “Right when my mom told me I was going to get a new liver I started imagining the life I had in front of me. Lacrosse, forever.”

The idea of playing lacrosse again motivated Wallace through 11 hours of surgery and when he awoke, “I said boo-yah,” Nick said. “Because I succeeded in life, at least my destiny as I know it.”
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Time to kidney transplant varies by race, insurance

NBC News | By Genevra Pittman, Reuters
NEW YORK - Kidney disease patients who are black or lack private health insurance are less likely to get matched up with a donor organ before needing to go on dialysis, a new study suggests.

Still, researchers said, as long as patients get a kidney transplant within a year or so of starting dialysis, any extra benefit of a pre-dialysis transplant may be low.

"It's a possible benefit, but it's not entirely clear," said Dr. Morgan Grams, who led the new study at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

She told Reuters Health the findings represent "just another disparity" for African American patients, in particular, who take longer to get on the waitlist for a donor kidney and are less likely to get one at all.

"Studies over the last 10 to 15 years have consistently shown that minorities have poorer access to transplantation," said Dr. Douglas Scott Keith, head of the kidney transplant program at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

"This article basically shows that it's persisting, it hasn't gotten much better," Keith, who wasn't involved in the new study, told Reuters Health.
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COSI and Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center Partner to Educate Students on Transplants and Donation

Lifeline of Ohio

Photo: James Moulton is interviewd by Whitney Tippett, director of COSI program design, for In Depth: Kidney Transplant

High school students across the country will learn about the donation process, kidney transplantation and available careers in the healthcare field, thanks to the video program In Depth: Kidney Transplant. Scheduled to debut in the 2013-2014 school year, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) and The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University are partnering to provide participating classes the opportunity to research human anatomy, medical processes and ethics around organ donation and transplants. Each video conference program will connect up to five high school classrooms across the U.S. and Canada; the program will feature a taped kidney transplant procedure but will be narrated by a live expert, a medical professional from the Wexner Medical Center. In addition to participating in the videoconference, each classroom will also receive a kit of activities that can be completed before or after the program to extend students’ learning.

Careers in healthcare will be covered in the recorded video. Featured communicating job options and the importance of donation in the transplant process will be Lifeline of Ohio’s James Moulton, donation specialist, and Chad Eggeman, certified perfusionist.
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‘I will never be the Helene Campbell that I was,’ transplant recipient says

CTV News | Angela Mulholland, Staff

Ten months after undergoing a double-lung transplant, Ottawa-area native Helene Campbell says she’s feeling great.

“I’m well, I’m doing well,” she told Canada AM Thursday. “I had my nine-month assessment a couple of weeks ago and so far, no rejection, no infection. So that’s great news.”

Campbell received a double lung transplant last April after a condition called advanced idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis began to destroy her lungs in the fall of 2011. Though the surgery went well, she suffered a few serious setbacks during her recovery. Now, almost a year later, her health is good and she’s feeling energized.
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NHS and Church unite for blood and organ donation campaign - UK

Inspire Magazine

A groundbreaking new campaign was launched today specifically calling on the Church to increase the number of blood and organ donors in the UK.

Founded as a two-year partnership between creative agency KORE and NHS Blood and Transplant, the initiative aims to profile the need for more blood and organ donors and encourage donation as an alternative way of personal giving within churches.

Sponsored by and in association with denominations, organisations and festivals including the Church of England, Salvation Army, Methodist Church, United Reformed Church, Baptist Union, Hope and Evangelical Alliance, the fleshandblood campaign marks the first time the NHS has worked alongside the Church on a national initiative of this kind.
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Religious groups oppose Md. organ donation bill

Washington Examiner | Andy Brownfield
Maryland residents would have to opt out of the state's organ donation system under legislation before the General Assembly, angering religious groups that oppose it for ostensibly placing the state's law above God's.

The measure would require Marylanders to opt out of organ donation when they applied for a driver's license or state ID, as opposed to the current system, in which they can volunteer to opt in.

"The government does not have a lien on our bodies," said Catholic League President Bill Donohue. "The whole idea of opting out is offensive, because the predicate here is that the state has some claim on our organs."

The Catholic League joined Orthodox Jewish groups to defeat a similar New York bill in 2010.

"It cheapens the whole culture because the way we look at human life from conception to natural death becomes coarser and coarser," Donohue said. "The premise is that somehow the government owns your body unless you opt out ... if we accept that, what's next?"
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Deaf Student Cherished for All She Did During Her Brief Life

WDAF | by Michelle Pekarsky
OLATHE, Kan. — Thursday evening, friends and family celebrated the life and example of a high school student who lost her battle with pulmonary hypertension on Monday. Mary Margaret Grove, 18, attended the Kansas School for the Deaf and was student body president, Kansas honor scholar and a spokeswoman for the deaf. 

Friends remember her smile and her passion for communication. “She encouraged parents to learn and communicate with deaf kids and she was just amazing that way,” said Alfonso Torres with the Kansas School for the Deaf. Torres remembers his last text conversation with Grove. “We said goodnight, love you,… and then she was gone,” he said. 

Grove was an organ donor and those who love her are comforted that her legacy will live on through organ, bone and tissue donations.

Double lung recipient walking around

CBC News | Charlise Agro

A remarkable sight at Toronto General Hospital on Thursday — Keith Childerhose, who underwent a double lung transplant on Tuesday, was up and walking around.

Doctors say the 41-year-old Oakville man is doing much better than expected.

Childerhose has had a rare lung disease all his life, but his condition took a turn for the worse two weeks ago.

That's when his wife Sarah Taylor took to social media hoping to spread the word about the need for organ donations.

A successful match was found for Childerhose.

Taylor says she will be eternally grateful to the donor's family.

Donate a kidney? A father's fears, a friend's devotion

Los Angeles Times | By John M. Glionna
Carla Wensky, left, donated a kidney to help her friend Kelly Eckerdt in the small town of Powell, Wyo. (Tessa Schweigert /Powell Tribune)

Carla Wensky came to her father last year for a word of advice. The woman from the small Wyoming town of Powell wanted to donate something she said she didn’t really need, that she could live without.

One of her kidneys.

Wensky’s good friend of 10 years, Kelly Eckerdt, had a kidney disease, and without a transplant or dialysis, she eventually would die. Wensky said she couldn’t let that happen. That’s when she asked her father about giving one of her organs away.

“I said, ‘Oh, no, please don’t do that,’ ” Ralph Wensky told The Times. “But she insisted. She said, ‘Dad, I’ve got two kidneys and I only need one. I really want to do this.’ ”

Each year, experts say, more than 6,000 Americans donate kidneys, more than half of those to relatives or close friends. Some of the donations happen in big cities, others in places like Powell, Wyo., pop. 6,314, in the far northwestern reaches of the state.

Inmates donating organs: Bill would formalize the process

KSL | By Andrew Adams and Linda Williams
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill introduced at the Utah Legislature would formalize a policy that allows inmates to sign up to be organ donors.

Steven Gehrke, public information officer for the Utah Department of Corrections, said inmates won't be rewarded for signing up as donors under HB26.

"We make it very clear to an inmate up front that they'll not gain anything. They have no expectations, there will not be any perks," Gehrke said. "On the other hand, they have no expectations to be punished in any way if they don't want to be an organ donor."

Inmates will have to opt into the program. Gehrke said new inmates will have three options.

MSU competing in state-wide Gift of Life Campus Challenge

The State News | Alex McClung

Although many MSU students try to give back to the community through service and philanthropy, one student group wants Spartans to donate a little more than just their time.

The Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostic Student Association, or BLDSA, is competing in the Gift of Life Campus Challenge. The competition pits colleges across Michigan against one another to see who can get the most students to register with Michigan’s organ and tissue donor registry. As of Wednesday night, Wayne State University was ahead ofMSU by almost 200 registrants with MSU in second place overall.

Jaya Gupta, BLDSA’s Gift of Life coordinator, said the goal of the competition is to increase the number of donors on Michigan’s registry.

“It will potentially allow for more people who are in need of organs to potentially be reached,” said Gupta, a biomedical laboratory science senior.

The competition, which began Jan. 10 and will be completed Feb. 21, awards two trophies. One trophy is granted to the school who gets the most people to register. The other goes to the university who signs up the largest percentage of its student body, Gupta said.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mt. Pleasant man receives life-saving transplant

TribLive | A.J. Panian

Mt. Pleasant's Dave Sullenberger (right) discusses his recovery from a recent double lung transplant at his borough home with Heidi Leshko, a registered nurse employed by Excela Health Home Care (left), as Sullenberger's wife, Dianne, (center) listens in on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. A.J. Panian | The Mt. Pleasant Journal

Mt. Pleasant resident Dave Sullenberger and his family celebrated last Christmas with heavy hearts, unsure if it would be the man's last holiday season.

Shortly after Thanksgiving, doctors told Sullenberger he would likely die before June 2013 without a double lung transplant due to his ongoing battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

“The holidays were very rough. It was in the back of everyone's mind: ‘Are these the last ones we will have with him?,'” said Lissa Sullenberger Ladowitz, daughter of Dave and Dianne Sullenberger.
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Southern Miss wins inaugural Organ Donor Challenge

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Chuck Stinson, community outreach manager for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, presents the Organ Donor Challenge trophy to College of Health Ambassadors President Jennifer Parker. (University Communications photo by Van Arnold)

Donate Life Mississippi honored The University of Southern Mississippi, its fans, alumni and students with a special presentation as winners of the inaugural Donor Challenge for 2012.

Chuck Stinson, community outreach manager for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, presented the trophy to Southern Miss College of Health officials and students during a ceremony held Jan. 29 at the Thad Cochran Center.

“Members of the Southern Miss community deserve a lot of credit for working so hard on this initiative,” said Stinson. “They not only accepted the challenge, but took the effort very seriously and accomplished quite a bit in a short period of time.”
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House passes Utah inmate organ-donor legislation

The Salt Lake City Tribune | David Montero
A bill that would streamline the process for prisoners to sign up as organ donors passed unanimously Wednesday in the Utah House of Representatives.

Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, pitched HB26 in response to prisoners who wanted to be donors upon their deaths, but were being rejected. The proposal would allow them to sign up as donors while in the correctional facility.

"It [would be] completely voluntary," Eliason said.

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, there are 116,920 people on the waiting list nationally for organs and more than 25,000 in need throughout the Intermountain West states — including Utah.

The bill passed 73-0.
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Organ transplant recipient pays it forward with documentary

The Tampa Tribune | Michelle Bearden

JIM REED/STAFF. Darren Sussman got a kidney and pancreas from an organ donor and has gone on to produce a 90-minute movie that's premiering this Saturday featuring five local recipients who got transplants at Tampa General Hospital.

At his very sickest, with his kidneys failing and his overall health deteriorating, Darren Sussman made a vow.

If I get a kidney and get better, he promised himself, I will devote as much of my spare time as possible to educating the public about the transplant community and the urgency of organ donation.

Three years later, the Orlando man got the call every patient on the transplant waiting list is hoping for: a good match had been found. On Dec. 23, 2010, he received a new kidney and pancreas in an operation at Tampa General Hospital.

Sussman never forgot the pact he made. Some would say he kept his word tenfold.

On Saturday, his documentary "Pay It 4Ward" – a 90-minute film featuring five transplant stories, all from the Tampa Bay area – will premiere at Muvico Centro Ybor. The 2 p.m. screening is free and open to the public.
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Faces of Transplantation 2012

The smile on this former waiting list patient’s face says it all. 

Pastor Willie Cottle, who suffered from Hepatitis C, is happy and healthy thanks to his donor and the lifesaving liver transplant he received on April 26, 2012. 

Pastor Cottle waited nearly a year and is so grateful to his donor for making him a liver recipient and a former waiting list candidate.

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Donate LIfe Pennsylvania: Trivia Question

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The answer to yesterday's trivia is D: 

There are currently 3,819 candidates between 50-64 on the PA waiting list, enough to fill a jumbo jet more than 9 times. 

Former soldier speaks out about double arm transplants

USA TODAY | Janice Lloyd
(Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
Brendan Marrocco, 26, of Staten Island, speaks Tuesday about the double arm transplant he underwent at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Former soldier Brendan Marrocco is speaking publicly Tuesday for the first time about his long recovery from a bomb blast in Iraq and what it feels like to have two new transplanted arms.

Marrocco, 26, of Staten Island, N.Y., was the first servicemember of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive the loss of four limbs. He has said he "doesn't regret a thing." He's already moving his new arms.

"My arms have given me a lot of hope. They feel great," Marrocco said in a briefing from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where he was the first soldier to receive a double arm transplant. "Don't have any pain anymore. Currently I don't have any feeling yet, but we'll get there. I can move my wrist a little bit."

He lost both legs above the knees, his left arm below the elbow and his right arm above the elbow in Iraq when a military vehicle he was driving on Easter 2009 was struck by a roadside bomb.

On the Waiting List with Terri – Day 349

Donate Life Oklahoma

Terri is a liver recipient who is experiencing rejection and gradual failure of the transplanted liver she received more than 21 years ago. She went back on the transplant waiting list February 17, 2012, and has been bravely sharing her journey on the transplant waiting list; what is it like, her decline in health, her fears.  She is doing so to make people understand the importance of becoming an organ donor.   Here is Terri’s latest update:


It took 4 trips to the emergency room last week before they figured out I had pneumonia. There was some coughing and labored breathing – plus I had a fever. I was surprised that they sent me home from the hospital after my previous stay – with a fever and no antibiotic. Now I have an antibiotic.

Mom arrived on Saturday to help take care of me and run the house. We’re so lucky to have her. I’ve been using the nebulizer for my breathing, but I just can’t take the percussion vest.

My appetite has been OK, and I’ve been able to eat. But my belly has swollen again with excess fluid (ascites) and really hurts. I’m not taking the Lasix as long as I feel this bad, I can’t afford to get dehydrated. It’s been a very miserable few days. I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. It hurts everywhere.

I got my labs drawn yesterday and most of them jumped. They called me and talked to me about my low potassium. My electrolytes are off, too. (No news on Terri’s MELD score.)

We’ve moved up my appointment with the pulmonologist, and I’m going to see him this week. That’s a good thing under the circumstances.

I’m still watching and rooting for the Thunder, but I usually go to sleep before the games are over.

On the waiting list… Day 349.

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Gift of Life Challenge an easy way to save lives

Calvin College Chimes | By Ola Alabi (Guest Writer)
Photo: Photo courtesy Emmanuel Dua Asante

Didn’t January seem like the most awkward month of the year? The weather was bipolar and you were stuck in class for about four hours every day. Many of your friends disappeared for three weeks to explore some exotic country and yet you were stuck here in below zero temps. You may feel like you have nothing to keep you on the edge of your seat, nothing to keep your blood boiling or your passion flowing. To add insult to injury, you may have attended a remarkably inspiring January Series session or heard about Kill-A-Watt. All of a sudden you feel extremely bummed out about not giving back to your community, in addition to your debatable lack of college spirit. You must be in luck. Here’s a chance to redeem yourself!

The Nursing Department is delighted to present the Gift of Life Campus Challenge (GLCC) to the entire Calvin community. GLCC is a highly competitive 6-week organ donor drive competition for college students across the United States. We nurses are looking for a way (through your support and enthusiasm) to make a holistic impact on the healthcare industry in the state of Michigan.

Gift of Life Celebrates Black History Month - February 2013

Gift of Life Donor Program | Patrice
In honor of Black History month, Gift of Life Donor Program will be highlighting some of the many faces of donation in the African American community. From donor families, recipients and living donors, the African American community is impacted by donation in multiple perspectives. Here are some of the staggering numbers that show the impact of donation in the African American community.

African Americans represent 39% of people waiting for organ transplants in Gift of Life’s service region, which includes Delaware, the eastern half of Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
  • African Americans make up 12% of the region’s overall population, but represent 43 percent of patients on the kidney transplant waiting list.
  • African Americans represent 16% of deceased donors and 10% of living donors to date.
  • Of the more than 2,562 African Americans waiting for transplants this region, 90% are waiting for kidney transplants.
  • In the 25-44 year-old age group, the rate of African Americans who have kidney failure caused by high blood pressure is 20 times higher than Caucasians.
Why is it important to discuss organ and tissue donation with family and friends?
  • 91% of Americans support organ donation, but only 34% of Americans know how to become a donor in their state.
  • 18 people die each day waiting for life saving transplants.
  • One person can enhance or save more than 50 lives through organ and tissue donation.
  • Between 10,000 and 12,000 people die annually who are considered medically suitable for organ donation, yet only an estimated 6,000 donate.
This month, join Gift of Life Donor Program in celebrating the champions of donation in the African American community, and help address the issue of the dire need for organ donation.

16-year-old American Fork girl doing well after liver transplant

Daily Herald | American Fork Citizen | Cindy Davis
Brittany Howes, 16, sits for a portrait at her home in American Fork. Howes underwent a liver transplant on January 17, and is doing well. SARAH WEISER/Daily Herald

AMERICAN FORK -- One day into Christmas vacation 16-year-old American Fork resident Brittany Howes had no idea that a medical journey was about to ensue. She hadn't been feeling great, and her parents, Ben and LuRae Howes, had tried the usual remedies. Since none had helped her to feel better, LuRae Howes took Brittany to see the family doctor.

"I figured we would go to the doctor, get medicine and go home," she said.

The doctor did an ultrasound and some blood work and sent Brittany straight to Primary Children's Medical Center for an immediate blood transfusion.

Brittany said she was scared as they headed to Primary Children's.

"I was freaking out because they said that I needed a blood transfusion," Brittany said. "I didn't know what that was or what they would do, and I didn't expect to stay overnight. Looking back now, that was the least of my concerns."

Woodlands teen’s struggle inspires community, beyond

The Woodlands Villager News | Jonathan Garris
Photo: Anna King, 13, sits for a portrait in her bedroom at her home in The Woodlands. King, a student at McCullough Jr. High is battling a rare heart condition.

When asked to describe her daughter, Pam King has no shortage of positive words to identify 13-year-old Anna.

Upbeat, optimistic, silly, funny, athletic and gifted are just a few.

And despite the diagnosis of a rare heart condition last year, the McCollough Junior High student has remained optimistic about her health and her future.

“I try to keep myself occupied and busy and to just wait for the heart,” Anna said.

After learning she would need a heart transplant, Anna kept positive and even recorded a parody song about needing a new heart.

“She is always about turning it into something she could laugh about,” King said. “That’s very much how her personality has been.”

The King family relocated to the area in October 2011. Originally from upstate New York, The family moved to Texas seeking a new start and to be closer to relatives living in The Woodlands. However, a few months after arriving, Anna began feeling sick.

Eight Utah sports figures who are true heroes

Deseret News | Rhett Ostertag
Greg Ostertag

Ostertag polarized Jazz fans with his inconsistent play and lack of conditioning. Though he earned a six-year, $39 million contract for slowing all-star centers like David Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal in the NBA playoffs, he also embarrassed the organization not only with his casual approach on the court, but also by his antics (he once kicked a ball into the stands during a particularly frustrating game). He led the NBA in blocked shot percentage twice before signing with the Sacramento Kings, only to be traded back Utah a year later for one final season.

Ostertag’s heart may have been more generous than his play. In 2002, he donated a kidney to save the life of his sister Amy Hall, who was dying of kidney disease, becoming the first player in NBA history to play after donating an organ. He has since been an advocate for organ donation.

Ostertag received a standing ovation in his final NBA game, on April 19, 2006, against the Golden State Warriors in Salt Lake City.

Multi-organ transplant inspires community fund-raiser

Urbana Citizen 
ROSEWOOD – Friends of Jeff Sells of Rosewood are hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for his upcoming kidney and pancreas transplant.

The event will be Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Concord Community Center from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sells was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 12 years old. His kidneys started failing in 2011 and he began dialysis last year. He has been working on securing a kidney and pancreas transplant and will receive it in about two months.

Traci Christian, one of the event’s organizers, said she hopes to lighten some of the financial burden of the operation with the benefit dinner.

A 1989 Graham grad, Sells is a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the Rosewood Fire Department, has been a DJ for 10 years and is a youth soccer referee. Christian said he has been staying busy even during his dialysis treatment.

“He still goes on fire runs,” she said. “He’s still highly involved. He doesn’t let much get him down.”

Christian describes him as a giving “go-getter” who is well-liked throughout his community.

HerVoice: Fargo woman maintains positive attitude through multiple challenges

InForum | Tracy Frank
Photo: Lori Laducer relies on faith and hope to help her deal with life’s challenges. (Carrie Snyder / The Forum)

FARGO – Lori Laducer has experienced a lot of unique challenges in her life.

She has undergone three organ transplants, survived a rare and deadly infection, is raising a child with special needs, lost her home, and her husband is suffering from a serious skin condition.

Despite it all, she maintains a positive attitude filled with faith and hope.

“You have to believe in the best when you’ve been through some of the stuff that I have,” she said.

When Laducer was 11 years old, she found out she had juvenile diabetes.

She had to be tested frequently at her doctor’s office because blood sugar testing machines weren’t as accurate, convenient or available as they are now, she said. She couldn’t eat any sugar or high-fat foods. She had to snack throughout the day, but if her friends asked for it, she would share, and then her blood sugar would go down.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - Straight from the Heart Donor Day with Rockford’s Country Q98.5, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall and First Northern Credit Union Host

Rockford, IL (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7:30am to 3:30pm, Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall, First Northern Credit Union and Q98.5 will host a blood and marrow drive. This annual event is aimed at raising awareness and encouraging blood and marrow, organ and tissue, donation. The event takes place inside the showroom at Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall.

“We are so pleased to be able to carry on this wonderful event. This has become an annual event that the blood center really counts on, and I am happy to welcome them to Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of,” says General Manager, George Schaffner of Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall.

Q98.5’s Q Crew will be broadcasting live from 10am-2pm. There will be special edition, souvenir t-shirts and other prizes while supplies last. There will be food throughout the day. Attendees can also register to win assorted prizes including tickets to Country Thunder in July.

Oakville man gets new lungs

Photo: Childerhose gets new lungs at TGH. Sarah Taylor kisses her husband Keith Childerhose in his hospital room at the ICU at Toronto General Hospital where he was waiting for a double-lung transplant. Childerhose went into surgery early Tuesday morning for his transplant. NIKKI WESLEY / OAKVILLE BEAVER / @halton_photog

At approximately 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sarah Taylor kissed her husband Keith Childerhose right before he went into surgery for a double-lung transplant.

“I have left him in the extremely talented hands of (his doctor) and his surgical team at TGH (Toronto General Hospital). They will be performing a double-lung transplant on Keith this morning because somebody made a choice to share what they no longer needed,” Taylor wrote in part of the message she posted on the Facebook page, Lungs For Keith To Breathe, which she created to keep friends and family updated, share her husband’s story and help spread awareness of the need for donors.

“Thank you all for your continued support, and for sharing the important message about organ donation.”

It's not what you've got, but what you do with it

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Just what happens to our organs when we pass away is something that few of us ever consider. Nor do we stop to think about the thousands of people who die each year because the organs they so desperately need to survive are simply not available.

Craig's own awareness of organ donation was raised in 2001 when his friend suffered kidney failure and ended up in the intensive care unit of a Johannesburg hospital. He was one of the lucky ones as his brother immediately offered to donate a kidney.

As MD of Nine Mile Media, which focuses on brand building and customer retention, Craig is the driving force in the sponsorship of a national Billads campaign to raise awareness of the work done by the National Kidney Foundation of South Africa.

The ambient advertising campaign will see information about the Foundation being made available to customers via the Billads bill folders at leisure outlets across South Africa.

The Billads campaign aims to generate awareness of the Foundation, kidney disease and how you as a normal every day South African can help to save a life and make the ultimate difference.

"The creative, designed by Net#work BBDO, portrays the strong and serious message - one kidney, two lives," says Account Director, Leigh Jackman.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Immune response, nerve growth top concerns in double arm transplant

Sun Sentinel | Monte Morin
As Iraq war veteran Brendan Marrocco recovers from an extremely rare double arm transplant, experts in the field of reconstructive transplantation say the surgery's ultimate success depends heavily on a patient's immune system response and nerve tissue regeneration.

Marrocco, 26, underwent the 13-hour procedure Dec. 18 and appeared at a news conference Tuesday to answer questions with his surgeon, Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee. The procedure, which involved 16 surgeons, was performed at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Marrocco's right arm was replaced above the elbow and his left arm below the elbow. (The soldier lost both his arms and legs when his armored vehicle was struck by an explosive projectile in Baghdad in April 2009. He was the first veteran of the war to survive a quadruple amputation.)

Transplant recipients must undergo lifetime treatment with immunosuppressant drugs, as the body’s immune system responds to transplanted tissue as it would a foreign body -- by attacking it. The drugs come with a number of side effects, not the least of which is that they impair the body’s ability to combat infection. They can also boost the risk for diabetes, cancer and other illnesses.

In recent years, surgeons have begun using bone marrow infusions to modulate the body’s immune response, according to Dr. Vijay Gorantla, director of the reconstructive transplant program of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which pioneered the practice.
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'Opt-Out' Bill Introduced In Maryland General Assembly

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It's intended to get more people to become organ donors.

Legislation to get more people to become organ donors has been introduced into the Maryland General Assembly. The "Patricia Hanberry Gift of Life" Act is sponsored by Frederick County State Senator Ron Young. He says it would require the Motor Vehicle Administration to inform applicants for driver's licenses and identification cards that they are considered to be organ donors unless they opt out. "It was my feeling that it would increase the number of organ donors," says Young, who notes that he too is an organ donor.

The legislation is named for Pat Hanberry, the Director of the Mental Health Association of Frederick County, who donated one of her kidneys to someone who needed it.

Young says countries which have adopted the "opt-out" provision for their citizens applying for or renewing driver's licenses have more organ donors than those who don't have it. "I just think that extra little bit makes you stop and think about the question a little more than just breezing by, hurrying, trying to get your license," says Young.
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Savalaggio new and improved

Sault Star | Jeffery Ougler

Photo: Lou and Nancy Savalaggio
SAULT STE. MARIE - Seeing things in their true colour has never meant more to Nancy Salvalaggio.

“I looked at my hands (and) I was pink ... I’ve been blue for two years,” said the Sault Ste. Marie woman, her voice sounding remarkably strong and vibrant for someone who, only two weeks ago, underwent a successful double lung and liver transplant that gave her a new lease on life.

“And I’m warm, I’m pink. I can talk, I can walk, I can eat and I’m so grateful that people are donating (organs).

“(I feel like) a brand-new woman.”

On Monday, Salvalaggio was released from Toronto General Hospital and able to return to the downtown hotel room she has shared with her husband, Lou, for about a year, waiting with bated breath for news that a suitable donor had been located and precious organs were being harvested.
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Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds

NBC News | JoNel Aleccia About 13 percent of double-lung transplants in the U.S. came from donors who were heavy smokers, a new study finds.

Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe.

What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none.

“I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study.

Surprisingly, however, organ recipients who do get smokers’ lungs often learn about it only afterward -- if at all, experts say.
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Famous Kidney Donors

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Kidney transplant involves a nephrectomy or the surgical removal of a kidney and its transference from a brain dead or heart failure donor or from a willing, living donor followed by its grafting to the recipient suffering from ESRD, the End Stage Renal Disease. In view of the possibility of rejection by the body of the recipient, the compatibility of the donor is of critical importance, and it is preferred that the donor is a biological relative of the recipient. Sometimes the kidney of a willing and genetically related donor may not be compatible with the kidney of the recipient, and in that case the donor’s kidney is utilized for a matching patient in exchange for a matching kidney for the intended recipient, and this type of donation is called the daisy chain. In 2004, the FDA had approved a drug which reduces the need for the blood type of the living donor to be the same as that of the recipient. A kidney transplant usually involves an incision of about 4-7 inches, and the surgical operation under general anesthesia takes about three hours to complete. A team of surgeons performed the first robotic transplant through a two-inch incision at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in January, 2009.

1. Ronald Lee Herrick

Ronald Lee Herrick was the world’s first kidney donor who donated his kidney to his identical twin brother Richard Herrick. The kidney transplant operation was performed on December 23, 1954 by Dr. Joseph Murray at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston. The operation was successful, and Richard lived for eight years after the kidney transplant. It was a great achievement in the history of medical science, and Dr. Murray won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his transplant work. Murray said about it, “This operation rejuvenated the whole field of transplantation…There were other people studying transplants in four or five different countries, but the fact that it worked so well with the identical twins was a tremendous stimulus.” Ronald Lee Herrick died at the age of 79 years in the Augusta Rehabilitation Center in Maine, New England.
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Argentine woman becomes first to give birth after heart transplant

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Photo: Juliana Finondo, 39, kisses her daughter Emilia next to her husband Gerardo Tuya, in Buenos Aires. Photo: AFP/Getty
In what doctors Tuesday said was a medical first, an Argentine woman with a transplanted heart has given birth to a baby girl following an in vitro fertilisation.

Pregnancy after an organ transplant is always a high risk proposition because the drugs needed to ensure the transplanted organ is not rejected make pregnancy difficult, and their effects on the fetus are not clear.

"There is no record in the world of a transplant patient who has achieved pregnancy through in vitro fertilization," said Gustavo Leguizamon, head of the high risk pregnancy centre in Buenos Aires, where the treatment was performed.

The risks are even greater in heart patients because women have 40 per cent more blood during pregnancy, putting extra strain on the heart.

"This could lead to not enough blood getting to the uterus, causing the baby to grow less" and a possibly premature birth, Mr Leguizamon said.

The medications needed to perform in vitro fertilization added yet another layer of complication, said Ricardo James, a reproductive specialist at the high risk center.

AlloSource Donates Tissue To Innovative Research To Continue Honoring Mission

Herald OnLine | Allosource
CENTENNIAL, COLO., JAN. 29, 2013 — The gift of donation lives on by advancing the science of medicine

CENTENNIAL, Colo., Jan. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AlloSource, one of the nation's largest non-profit providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures and the world's largest processor of cellular bone allografts, today announced the donation of research tissue to the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) in order to further honor the gift of tissue donation.

"The importance of donated research tissue often gets lost," said Dr. Ross Wilkins, Medical Director at AlloSource. "Even if the tissue cannot be used for transplantation, what we can learn from research tissue is every bit as likely to save and enhance lives."

Donated tissue, though mostly used for allograft procedures, is at times ineligible for transplantation. In order to ensure the donor's wishes are met, AlloSource collaborates with academic Universities and Institutes that perform clinically applicable research. This is always accompanied by a strict internal review process on the overall benefit of the proposed research. These donated gifts were used by SPRI to research different surgical practices in hopes of better outcomes and faster recovery periods for future patients.
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Thompsonville woman will donate kidney to husband

Benton Evening News | Gina Blankenship
Photo: Marty Hammers refers to his wife, Toni, as his “soulmate.” She will donated a kidney to her husband during surgeries tentatively planned for next month.

Thompsonville - In a time when the vows of marriage seem more “Hollywood” than sacred, a Thompsonville couple is offering hope and witness to the true sanctity of a loving union.

When Marty and Toni Hammers said, “I do,” more than 25 years ago, “through sickness and health” became a living mantra.

In 2007, husband Marty — who’s battled serious health issues since 1983, undergoing nine surgeries related to hydrosyphlis, or ventrical swelling of the brain — was told by his doctor that elevated labs tests indicated potential kidney damage and referred him to a nephrologist. The specialist confirmed that Marty did in fact have Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, a common kidney disease damaging its filtering system.

More people were saying yes to donating organs - British Columbia

Times Colonist | Peter James

Shane Dehod's new heart was one of a record 306 organ transplants in B.C. last year.

The Prince George man had a heart transplant on Oct. 28 and is recovering well at home. BC Transplant executive director Dr. Greg Grant said the success of the program relies on people and families being willing to donate.

"It really comes down to people saying yes," Grant said. "We were asking more people and more families and the end of their loved ones lives about donation and more people were saying yes and that's exciting."

Despite breaking the previous record of 295 transplants set in 2010, only 18 per cent of people in B.C. have registered for organ donation, a number Grant would like to see increase significantly. Donor cards are sent to people when they renew driver's licences and health cards and people can also sign up online at

The Life of Casey: Organ donations a new beginning after death

The Verde Independent | Jon Hutchinson 
Casey Wilkinson died last month. But he is still walking around today in four others.

His parents gave the ultimate recycling gift when he died. Casey suffered a toxic combination of oxycodone and methadone, part of a contemporary wave of prescription medication deaths that have become unfortunately too common.

He was brain dead. His body was kept alive on a ventilator, but he would not recover.

Casey's parents are both professionals and did not try to hide the fact of his overdose. Malcolm Wilkinson is a doctor and formerly was on the staff of the Verde Valley Medical Center. He is now the staff physician at the Verde Valley Detention Center. JoAnne is a chemist.

It's difficult to talk about. There are tears for Casey and nervous laughter but it is a discussion that needed to be aired and the time had come.

They have been frank in discussions about recreational drugs. "You know I drink beer," Casey told them at one point.

They had probably assumed there were other drugs, too. Malcolm says talk was very open in the Wilkinson family. There had been talk about opiates (as such pain killers are called) and the effects on the body.

They talked about the threat opiates can be: 'if you don't feel the effect right away, you want to take some more.' But too much is too much.

Soldier who received double arm transplant 'humbled by gift'

KSLA 12 | Jennifer Bowen
Photo: Brendan Marrocco, who lost his limbs in 2009 in a roadside bomb attack, recently received new arms in a double arm transplant. (Source: CNN)

BALTIMORE (RNN) - A soldier who lost all four of his limbs in Iraq has successfully undergone a double arm transplant.

In what Johns Hopkins Hospital calls the most complicated limb transplant procedure ever performed in the U.S., doctors surgically attached the arms to Brendan Marrocco, who lost his limbs in 2009 in a roadside bomb attack.

Marrocco, joined by a team of surgeons, showed the new arms to the media on Tuesday. The procedure was performed on Dec. 18 of last year.

"It's given me a lot of hope for the future. I feel like I'm getting a second chance to start over after I got hurt. So I'm excited, excited for the future and see where I can go with it," Marrocco, 26, said.

Surgeons also transplanted bone marrow to help prevent rejection of the limbs.

Marrocco, who completed his training at Fort Benning, GA before being assigned to the 25th Infantry Division based at Schofield Barracks, HI, was the first soldier to ever survive losing all four limbs.

He says six weeks out from the operation, he can move his right elbow, which was the elbow he was born with, not an attachment.

He isn't yet able to move his left arm, but says he is hopeful "to get some pretty good function out of it" in the future.

ONELEGACY increases lung donations by 39%, leads nation with 1,239 organs recovered for transplant in 2012

OneLegacy | Bryan Stewart
Greater Los Angeles Non-Profit Helped to Save and Heal
More Than 67,000 Lives Through Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan 25, 2013 – OneLegacy, the non-profit, federally designated organ and tissue recovery organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area, announced the recovery of more than 2,000 combined organ, tissue and cornea donors in 2012, helping to save and heal more than 67,000 lives in Southern California, the state and nationwide.

Last year, OneLegacy recovered organs from 391 deceased donors. Through the generosity of donations authorized by individual registrations or the donors’ families, OneLegacy facilitated 1,239 organ transplants – more than any other organ recovery organization in the nation.

In 2012, two significant milestones where achieved within OneLegacy’s organ operations: an increase in the number of organs recovered per patient, and the increase in the African American authorization rate. Both achievements are a direct result of OneLegacy’s efforts to maximize every opportunity to save lives, according to Tom Mone, chief executive officer and executive vice president of OneLegacy.

“The number of organs transplanted per donor was an area of significant improvement,” said Mone. “Our Donor Management Intensivist Consult program that has helped improve organ function at the time of recovery, especially with lungs. As a result, we saved 60 more lives in comparison to the prior year’s efforts.”

Driving OneLegacy’s organ recovery activity was an authorization rate of 70 percent, the second-highest in the organization’s history. In 2012, seven out of ten organ donation opportunities were authorized either by the individual’s donor designation (primarily through the California DMV) or family authorization.

“The authorization rate increase of 21 percentage points since 2000 represents a remarkable shift in attitudes toward organ and tissue donation in Southern California,” said Mone. “This generosity is especially reflected by the increase or stabilization of authorization rates among several ethnic groups.”

The most marked increase was among African Americans, a community with high rates of organ failure but where donation is frequently viewed with mistrust. The authorization rate jumped from 58 percent in 2011 to 70 percent last year. This all-time high reflects the specific focus given to the needs of African American families by OneLegacy, collaborating donor hospitals, and the quality of service delivered to families at hospitals.

As for the authorization rate among other major ethnic groups, the rate among Asians increased by one point to a new record high of 58 percent; the Hispanic rate of 72 percent was three points below 2011’s all-time high; and the rate for potential Caucasian donors was 78 percent, a decrease of six percentage points.

Notably, 30 percent of recovered organ donors and more than 42 percent of recovered tissue and eye donors were authorized by the Donate Life California Registry, which counts nearly 9.7 million registered donors statewide.

Tissue donation increased from 2011, with a total of 1,644 tissue and cornea donors in 2012. Patients nationwide can be thankful for tissue donors who provide skin used for abdominal repairs and burn dressings, bone to repair fractures and prevent amputation, heart valves to repair life-threatening defects, tendons to repair major knee injuries, veins for cardiac bypass surgery, and corneas to end blindness.

Last year, OneLegacy also launched the OneLegacy Foundation to support and expand its life-saving mission, clinical practices, and community outreach. Through its charitable work, the OneLegacy Foundation will contribute to clinical training and research to improve outcomes, honor those who have saved lives as donors, and inspire diverse communities to donate life.

With more than 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers and a diverse population of 19 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ and tissue recovery organization in the world. For more information, call OneLegacy at (800) 786-4077 or visit

Johns Hopkins Hospital performs double arm transplant on Army soldier

Washington Post
(Seth Wenig/ AP ) - In this July 4, 2012 file photo, Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, N.Y., left, Marine Cpl. Todd Love of Atlanta, Ga., center, and Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez of Deming, N.M., pose for a picture at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Marrocco, 26, the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq war, has received a double-arm transplant in Baltimore.

“The nonacceptance rate of prosthetics is highest among young people in their 20s and 30s,” he said.

So the possibility of limb transplantation, despite its enormous medical, psychological and logistical complexity, holds great promise, he said.

Aside from the physical outcome, “I think it also has additional advantage for the patient to be restored whole,” the doctor said. “Once they’re transplanted, they regard the arm as theirs. And I think they’re more comfortable going out on social occasions, as opposed to wearing a prosthetic.”

Marrocco, a fair-skinned young man with a shock of light-colored hair, has not spoken widely about the operation.

After recovering at Walter Reed, he returned to Staten Island, where a special home was reportedly constructed for him by charitable organizations.

On Dec. 16, a Twitter posting, which appeared to be his, announced: “Holy mother of god I was just told I might be having my transplant tomorrow!”

Sister and brother celebrate 30 years of transplant health - Ireland

Mayo News
A woman who received a kidney transplant from her brother 30 years ago celebrated the occasion recently with family and friends in Westport. 

Julie O’Neill (nee Sammon, Erriff) held a gala celebration to mark the magnificent landmark and to raise awareness and funds for transplantation charities. She was joined by her brother and donor Padraic Sammon, extended family and friends, members of her transplant care team from the Royal Free Hospital, London and members of Team Transplant Ireland – one of the charities to benefit from the night. 

The group gathered at Knockranny House, Hotel where they learned more about the remarkable transplant success story and about the importance of organ donation. 

When Julie arrived in London in 1970 little did she realise that by May 1978 she would be diagnosed with organ failure. It was a shocking diagnosis for the young woman who was recently married and had her whole life to look forward to. 

“Although I had been having problems for some time and had regular blood checks, I’d been given no indication that my kidneys were the problem or that the situation was so serious,” she recalls. “If I knew at this point how my life was going to be affected, I would have undoubtedly said that I would have been unable to cope. Perhaps it’s better not to know what one’s future has in store.” 

After further tests and assessments, she was given the opportunity to dialyse at night so that she could continue with her career. Her routine was to report for dialysis at 8pm, dialyse until 2am, stay at the hospital until 6am and then make her way to work.

Blind boy teaches others to see

Carolina Live | Brianna Smith
Photo: James King, courtesy of Stacy King

Every day we impact the people around us, but how often do you stop and think how you impact people?

Jeff Benton is thinking about that a lot more recently. He's a radio personality on Gator 107.9 FM and delivers country music to the Grand Strand in his nightly radio show.

James King, a 12-year-old student at Forestbrook Middle School, idolized Benton and listened to Gator 107.9 incessantly.

"I've never had anybody tell me that I made that kind of difference in their life, that I was their hero," said Benton.

James used his ears to connect himself to the world because he couldn't see. He was about to get his wish to meet Benton at an upcoming career day at Forestbrook Middle School.

But, just a few weeks before that day, King passed away after suffering several grand mal seizures.

Kate Glennon and Hayley Sek Raise Money in Caldwell for NJ Sharing Network Foundation

The Alternative Press - West Essex | Carolyne Volpe Curley
Photo: Kate Glennon and Hayley Sek Credits: Kate Glennon and Hayley Sek

CALDWELL, NJ - While the rest of town was huddled inside attempting to stay warm, cousins Kate Glennon and Hayley Sek raised $26.47 in one hour Sunday selling homemade bracelets at an outside stand in their neighborhood. The funds raised will support the NJ Sharing Network Foundation and their mission to save more lives.

According to its website, the non-profit New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network (NJ Sharing Network) “is responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents in need of lifesaving transplants.” The organization’s goal is to “save lives, give hope, and restore physical function.”

Implantable Heart Pumps Are Keeping The Beat Going | Kenny Goldberg
By Katie Euphrat.  A fanny pack stores special batteries that power Paul Conway's heart pump.
For people under 65 with end-stage heart disease, a heart transplant can mean the difference between life and death. But there aren’t nearly enough donated hearts to go around. As a result, thousands of Americans are on a waiting list, including 30 people in San Diego. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg tells us the newest generation of implantable heart pumps is keeping some of these patients alive while they wait.

SAN DIEGO — For people under 65 with end-stage heart disease, a heart transplant can mean the difference between life and death.

But there aren’t nearly enough donated hearts to go around. As a result, thousands of Americans are on a waiting list, including 30 people in San Diego.

Paul Conway works hard to stay in shape. He pumps iron at least three times a week.

In his living room in Chula Vista, Conway lifts barbells very slowly and deliberately.

"‘Cause if you jerk it, or you yank it, and use momentum, momentum doesn’t build muscle," Conway said. "I try to make the muscle do all the work."

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Hamburg supervisor gives kidney, retains togetherness with sister

Livingston Daily | Christopher Behnan
Hamburg Township Supervisor Pat Hohl runs along the Lakelands Trail six weeks after donating a kidney to his sister. Both Hohl and his sister are doing well. / PHOTO BY GILLIS BENEDICT/DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

The decision for Pat Hohl to part with one of his kidneys was more matter-of-fact than a religious or spiritual choice.

The straight-shooting Hamburg Township supervisor saw a loved one in need, and he responded.

In fall 2010, doctors told his sister, Elizabeth, she would need either a kidney transplant or dialysis treatment within two years. A Type 1 diabetic, she began to show signs of kidney failure.

"My initial reaction was, 'I'll give you a kidney if they'll take it,' " Hohl recalled.

"I'm glad I was able to help her."

The following spring, he began an extensive series of blood tests to determine if he was a proper match.

Monday, January 28, 2013

ITV announces Valentine’s week From The Heart campaign


During Valentine's week, ITV will launch a new campaign, From The Heart, which aims to raise awareness of organ donation and the NHS Organ Donor Register.

In a special week of activity on-air and online, ITV will highlight the shortage of donated organs in the UK; with the aim of encouraging viewers to volunteer to join the organ donor register, and to talk to their loved ones about their wishes.

Throughout the week, a range of ITV shows will explore and highlight the shortage, its implications and the reasons behind it, focus on the recipients of donor organs and how lives can be transformed, and ultimately how everyone across the country has the opportunity to make a difference, giving a gift this Valentine Day’s that could potentially transform the lives of others.

ITV’s current affairs strand Tonight will focus on organ donation, and will revisit the story of William Pope, a young man whose wait for a heart transplant was featured on the series in late 2012.

There are currently around 10,000 people in the UK who need a transplant and a thousand of them die waiting every year. Yet only 31 per cent of people have registered as donors – a much lower proportion than some other countries around the world. This Tonight special at 8pm on February 13th will examine public attitudes towards organ donation and will tell a series of personal stories of those who are on the waiting list, as well as revisiting William’s story, following his heart transplant.
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Argentina offers skin grafts for Brazilian fire victims

Global Times
Argentina sent skin grafts by air to Brazil on Monday, to treat victims of a nightclub fire over the weekend, the country's health ministry said.

Argentine Health Minister Juan Manzur said 10,000 square centimeter of skin and 20,000 amniotic membranes were sent for those who were seriously burned in the fire at Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, a college town in southern Brazil.

"The skin grafts are kept through organ donation. The commitment of those Argentineans who decided to donate organs of their dearly departed plays an important role in this kind of serious accidents," Manzur said.
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