Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fargo boy’s transplanted lungs declined by 5 others

Grand Forks Herald | Robin Heubner


Jordan Peterson of Fargo, N.D., plays Wednesday, June 26, 2013, eight days after receiving a lung transplant at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
The 10-year-old Fargo boy with cystic fibrosis who received transplanted lungs last week wasn’t the first to get a shot at them. In fact, the organs that are breathing new life into Jordan Peterson were turned down by five other U.S. transplant centers.
The 10-year-old Fargo boy with cystic fibrosis who received transplanted lungs last week wasn’t the first to get a shot at them.

In fact, the organs that are breathing new life into Jordan Peterson were turned down by five other U.S. transplant centers.

According to Jordan’s doctor, four of the five patients at the other centers are sicker than Jordan.

“They are Priority 1, ahead of him,” said Dr. George Mallory, medical director of the Lung Transplant Program at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where Jordan had his surgery June 18.

Priority 1 is urgent status – for example, when a patient is on a ventilator.
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Noah's Gift: Kidney donation forever changes two Longview families

The Daily News | Barbara LaBoe


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Noah waite-Brown’s great-grandmother Carol Johnson, left, talks with Tammie Mattison, who received one of Noah’s kidneys through a directed donation. Both women say they now share a special bond.

Just days out of the hospital and still wearing a surgical mask to ward off infection, kidney transplant patient Tammie Mattison willed herself out of the house on the afternoon of May 4. She had a funeral to go to, she explained to her family, and there was someone she had to see.

“I felt a hand pushing me forward,” Mattison said, certain that a higher power was giving her the physical and emotional strength she needed.

Steeling herself before the service for her 8-year-old great-grandson Noah Waite-Brown, Carol Johnson looked up and saw Mattison, still wearing her mask. Johnson immediately recognized her. She’d seen Mattison in the office at Noah’s school, but it was Mattison’s mask that gave her away.
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KIDNEY STORIES: THE NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION’S 10 YEAR PLAN TO END THE WAIT

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The National Kidney Foundation’s 10 year plan to End the Wait: Organ Donation & Transplantation RECOMMENDATIONS Improve Outcomes of First Transplants

Financial – Cover immunosuppressive drugs for life

Education – Educate CKD Stage 4 patients about staying as healthy as they can the opportunities for and benefits of early transplantation the possibility of living donations and … the identification of potential living donors

Medical Practice – Evaluate Stage 4 CKD patients for a transplant prior to the initiation of dialysis Increase Deceased Donation

Financial – Ensure that OPOs have the discretion and funding to assist donor families with expenses directly related to the donation, which may include some funeral expenses

Education – Facilitate awareness of all appropriate hospital personnel about the optimal care for potential donor families
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Dawn Bertoni: Life’s Journeys & Challenges

Donate Life California


My journey began in 1973 at the age of five when I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. Although my life changed diabetes did not define me. I have always lived my life focusing on what I could do, not what I couldn’t. I knew that diabetes was a disease and the complications, but there were others who had it much worse.

As a young child I was involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Every summer I went to diabetic camp. I learned I was not alone and how a positive attitude could be used to help and support others and not just those who had diabetes.

During my teen years my limitations were really few. I was always involved with sports playing youth soccer and high school softball. I was a high school cheerleader, worked at Seaport Village, traveled to Mexico and Hawaii, drove a sports car, and enrolled in college basically enjoying a normal life.
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Quinn talks a good game for transplant athletes

Dublin People


The Ireland team that will be travelling to South Africa for the World Transplant Games.

FORMER Republic of Ireland international Niall Quinn gave a motivational talk to a group of brave transplant athletes in advance of their departure later this month for the 19th World Transplant Games which will be held in Durban, South Africa.

Taking time out of his busy schedule, the ex-Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland striker spoke to members of Transplant Team Ireland when they gathered for training at the ALSAA sports complex.

The Irish team of 24 athletes, which includes eight Dubliners, have all received organ transplants including kidney, pancreas, liver, and heart.

Seven of the kidney recipients received their transplant from living donors.
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Samantha Riggs Gets A Heart After 131 Days Of Waiting

WFMY DigiTriad | Mark Geary


Durham, NC -- All 10-year-old Samantha Riggs wanted was a new heart. Now, she has one.

On December 7th, Samantha's heart suddenly became so enlarged and started beating so fast, she almost died. Doctors hooked her up to a "Berlin Heart," which is essentially a mechanical heart, to keep her alive.

On Tuesday, after 131 days of waiting, Samantha got a new heart. She is now recovering from the surgery at Duke Children's Hospital.
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Second annual Ryan's Run held at Westview Orchards

Advisors and Source Newspaper
The second annual Ryan's Run took place at Westview Orchards in Washington Township on June 22.

The event is held in memory of 2008 Stevenson graduate Ryan Clark, a former Titan cross country runner who died in an automobile accident in 2009 while a freshman at Ferris State University. His parents, Rory and Karen, and sister, Brittany, host the event to raise funds to offer two scholarships -- the Ryan Matthew Clark Memorial Scholarship at Ferris State University and Stevenson High School boys cross country.

Proceeds from the event also go toward helping Gift of Life Michigan. Upon Ryan's death, his organs were donated and his family remains committed to raising awareness about the importance of organ donation.

His organs and tissue were used to save or change the lives of nearly 50 people, Rory Clark said.
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Nearly 20 years later, Nicholas' gift still inspires

The Press Democrat | Chris Smith


Remember 7-year-old Nicholas Green of Bodega Bay?

I’ll never forget the sweet and inquisitive lad, though we never met. In 1994, I wrote the first stories about the bandits who chased his family’s rented car in Italy, and about the anguished decision by his parents, Maggie and Reg, to donate his organs to seven seriously ailing Italians after Nicholas was shot to death.

Perhaps no other act has done more to encourage people everywhere to consider organ donation for themselves and for loved ones who die unexpectedly.

The Greens — the family includes Nicholas’ younger sister, Eleanor, who’s now 23, and twins Martin and Laura, 17 — moved years ago to Southern California. But Reg was back in Sonoma County the other day.

He said in a talk to the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County that he still hears from people around the globe who’ve been awakened to the issue of organ donation, perhaps by a death or through a rerun of the 1998 TV movie, “Nicholas’ Gift.”
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Blowing out 21 candles, thanks to lung donor

The Reading Eagle | Holly Herman


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Kaja O'Leary of West Lawn hugs Libby Andrusis of Slippery Rock, Butler County, left, at O'Leary's 21st birthday party Saturday. In August 2006, O'Leary received the lungs of Andrusis' late mother-in-law, Laura Andrusis, in a double transplant. The party was the first occasion she had to meet Laura and her husband, Chris, Andrusis' son

When Kaja O'Leary of West Lawn met the son of the woman who saved her life, it was as if they had known each other forever.

O'Leary marked her 21st birthday Saturday by inviting Chris Andrusis and his wife, Libby, to join in the celebration. O'Leary is alive today because Andrusis' mother, Laura, donated her lungs in August 2006 after dying of a brain aneurysm at the age of 51.

O'Leary expressed gratitude to Chris, 37, for his mother being an organ donor.

O'Leary, a cystic fibrosis patient, underwent a double lung transplant Aug. 11, 2006, in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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Softball tournament in teacher's memory to benefit school, donor network

LoHud.com | DEANA HASANDJEKAJ


Stephen and Kathleen Hruscik hold a picture of Jason Hruscik at last year's memorial softball game. / Bryan Phillips

Jason Hruscik, who grew up in Sloatsburg, died almost five years ago, but he has not been forgotten.

The fifth annual Memorial Softball Tournament and Vendor Fair will take place at 9 a.m. July 13 at Sloatsburg Community Fields.

“On July 7, 2008, my husband and I experienced every parent’s nightmare: Our son didn’t wake up,” Kathleen Hruscik, his mother, said.

Jason died in his sleep of a heart attack at the age of 25. He was a second-grade teacher at Public School 85 in the Bronx.

“We knew his wish was to be an organ donor, so that’s how we got involved with the New York Organ Donor Network,” Kathleen Hruscik said. The New York Organ Donor Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and saving lives through transplants and raising awareness for organ, eye and tissue donations.
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First opt-out organ donation scheme in UK set to be approved in Wales

The Guardian | Steve Morris


Surgeons at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in perform a kidney transplant. The Welsh health minister, Mark Drakeford, hopes that if the opt-out scheme is successful it will be adopted elsewhere in the UK. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Under new bill, adults would be assumed to have consented to use of organs and tissues unless they stipulate otherwise
The first organ donation scheme in the UK that puts the onus on citizens to opt out if they do not wish to take part is set to be given the go-ahead on Tuesday.

Welsh assembly members are to vote on a controversial bill under which adults will be deemed to have consented to their organs and tissue being used if they have not stipulated otherwise.

The Welsh government believes the law will increase the number of organs available, save dozens of lives every year and, if successful, could be copied in other parts of the UK.

Opponents claim the move gives the state too much control over people's bodies, could cause extra distress for bereaved families and puts medical staff in a difficult position.

Concerns have been raised that the infrastructure may not be in place to make use of more organs and some even suggest that adverse publicity about the scheme could lead to a backlash and a drop in the number available.
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CF Week '13 + I Just Became An Organ Donor!

The Blonde Ethos
Today's post is a brief one to share my excitement at having just become an organ donor. I went onto the NHS Organ Donation Website and filled out a form in under one minute, et voila! I'm an organ donor.

It is something that I have been thinking about for a while but as it is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week this week, I thought it was the perfect time to sign up! I read that while new treatments and improvements in care mean people with CF are living longer, healthier lives, many will reach a point where a lung transplant is the only option to prolong life. Yet 1 in 3 people on the waiting list will die before they receive a transplant.



While nearly everyone would accept an organ donation if they needed it, only around 30% of people are on the register. This is craziness! So please give this some consideration!
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Boy, 13, Fights Rare Heart Condition With Pluck And Determination

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — He’s like most 13-year-old boys.

He loves music, mischief and Superman. But on the inside, Evan Podsiad is different.

Podsiad tells CBS2′s Joy Benedict, “I have a heart condition.”

That would be an understatement. He has Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C). Translation: he needs a heart transplant.

His condition is so severe, he’s been bumped up on the national donor’s list.

Until the delicate operation can happen, Podsiad is stuck in his second floor room at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. He has reconciled the fact that plans to attend band camp will be on hold for a while and he might be in the hospital for months.

“If I go into V-tach [a fast heart rhythm] or if I fall down — I have to be in the unit so they can do something,” said Podsiad.

The condition came on suddenly. One minute he was taking final exams, the next day his feet were swollen and Podsiad was tethered to several machines.
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Woman donates kidney to save co-worker

Cincinnati.com | Melissa Stewart


Arby's cashier Brandie Cain of Florence donated a kidney to co-worker Kyle Boedeker in a June 18 transplant operation. Both are doing well. / Provided
Arby's cashier just wanted to see friend smile
FLORENCE — Brandie Cain, 20, of Florence, says she gave her friend Kyle Boedeker, 27, of Independence, her kidney just to see him smile.

“Everybody says I saved his life. I haven’t thought of it like that,” Cain said. “Maybe I’m too young to fully understand what I did. But I just wanted to see him keep on smiling.”

Cain and Boedeker met two years ago as co-workers at Arby’s on Holiday Place in Florence. Cain is a cashier for the drive-thru. Boedeker works in the kitchen area preparing sandwiches.

They became fast friends. As their friendship developed, Cain began to get a better understanding of Boedeker’s health concerns.
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tissue Donation In Detail

All About -Surgery | Jennifer Heisler RN


What is Tissue Donation?
Tissue donation is a gift that an individual or their family chooses to give after they die. It is an altruistic gift that one person chooses to give to help another, to improve or save their life. Tissue donation means that eyes, bones, skin, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels are recovered from the body to be used for donation to other individuals for transplantation. Some tissues may also be used for research to help improve treatments and therapies offered to patients.

In addition to tissue donation, some people elect to be an organ and/or eye donor when they die.

Why Be a Tissue Donor?
Donated human tissue, sometimes referred to as a cadaveric tissue donation, is used for a wide variety of life-saving and life-enhancing procedures. These range from heart valve repairs, skin grafts in burn victims, orthopedic surgeries and dental surgeries. Your gift could potentially prevent an infection in a burn victim, allow someone to see or give them back the ability to walk or run.
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US organ donor saves life of Irish man

Irish Central | April Drew


If it wasn't for an organ donation from an American a 28-year old Irish man believes he would have died of heart failure.

Alan Judge, an outdoor sports fanatic, was diagnosed with a heart condition eight years ago that could have led to his death.

Just after diagnosis Judge was given a donated human aortic valve that saved his life from a donor in the U.S.

"That valve, called an Dacron Tube aorta, had to be sourced from America to save my life as there were not enough suitable donors in Ireland at the time," said Alan, a native of Allan, Co Kildare.

Judge, who was born prematurely causing all sorts of problems, did a lot of research before undergoing the life-saving surgery in 2002 in Dublin.
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13-year-old bullied gay teen commits suicide

Irish Central | Molly Mulldoon


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Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old student from Tehachapi, Californian died yesterday following over a week on life support after he hung himself from a tree in his back yard.

The teenager was allegedly gay and had been bullied in school for several weeks prior to taking his own life. Walsh is the third youth to have died by suicide this month because of anti-gay bullying that went unaddressed at school.

Officials at the Tehachapi police department said last Friday that detectives and school resource officers were investigating the incident.

Leaving three siblings behind, aged 11, 17 and 18, Seth died on Tuesday at the Kern Medical Centre surrounded by his family.

Speaking to the Tehachapi News, his grandmother Judy Walsh said that the family was not faced with the tough decision of turning off his life support,
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Dying transplant teenager feels 'so lucky' after liver is saved from burning jet

Irish Central | Molly Mulldoon


Teenage patient feels so lucky to be alive
Photo: Kate Trevener (center) with her family

A teenage liver transplant patient has revealed how her life was saved by a donor liver which was plucked from the fireball wreckage of a crashed plane.

Kate Trevener, (18) was close to acute liver failure when at the eleventh hour a donor organ was found in Northern Ireland.

The liver was transported in a special box and flown from Belfast International Airport to Birmingham, however the private Cessna jet crashed on landing and exploded into a ball of flames on November 19 last.

In an amazing leap of faith, rescue workers found the organ in pristine condition packed away inside the durable ice box.

After it was discovered it was transported by a motor bike as police closed major roads during rush hour, in a race to get the donor liver to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
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Dacula woman sees renewed life after kidney transplant

Gwinnett Daily Post | Keith Farner


Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Jennifer Gaffey laughs with her daughter Celena, 10, while making dinner in their Dacula home in April. Gaffey a mother of two who has been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2008 had the kidney transplant on April 10th thanks to donor Howard Thomas, 51, of Virginia.

DACULA -- The normal things in life that a Mom does, like getting ready for a Girl Scout field trip, or a trip to Toys "R" Us for a Lego set, that's what Jennifer Gaffey has looked forward to since her life was given a second chance about two months ago.

#Summer visits to the pool, and even training for a triathlon, were made possible on April 10 when Gaffey received a kidney transplant following at least five years of living with chronic kidney disease. Without a match from a relative or friend, her life changed thanks to a 51-year-old Virginia man who saw an ABC News story about a kidney donor, and decided that he would do the same thing.

#Looking back, before her 2008 diagnosis, this Dacula mother of two now recognizes signs of a kidney condition as early as in her 20s, more than 10 years ago. Her lab reports showed a creatinine number, a chemical waste molecule, that fluctuated, but not quite enough to alert doctors. When a doctor first told Gaffey that the kidneys weren't working properly, they were already at just 50 percent of normal.

#As her kidneys declined, toxins built up in her body because the kidneys didn't filter them out. Soon, nerve damage developed in her legs and she was diagnosed with neuropathy. Working full-time at a desk job the pain was unbearable.
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Benefit golf tourney helps support Carolina Donor Services

Rocky Mount Telegram


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The winning team of the 1st flight of the eleventh annual Pitt Charity Golf Tournament and Celebration of Life was, from right, Will Alston, Steve Kadlick, Steve Moore and Kyle Joyner.

The eleventh annual Pitt Charity Golf Tournament and Celebration of Life helped raise money for organ and tissue transplants recently at Benvenue Country Club.

The tournament is held to honor Jim Pittman, who received a donated kidney from his mother, Sheila Martin, in 1997. As a result, the two decided to plan this annual event to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation and raise money for Carolina Donor Services.

The tournament has raised nearly $200,000 since it began in 2003.
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Out of tragedy can come the gift of life for someone else

Yorkshire Post


Thousands of people in the UK need a life-saving transplant but there aren’t enough donor organs available. Grace Hammond reports.
Every morning, as Amanda Fraser starts breakfast for her family, she thanks her lucky stars that she is still alive.

Last year, the mother-of-three suffered sudden liver failure. “I’d come down with a stubborn chest infection in the New Year,” recalls Amanda, 40. “Despite three rounds of antibiotics, it wouldn’t clear. Then I noticed my skin had started to look yellow.”

Jaundice can be a tell-tale sign of liver problems. Scans revealed nothing at first but on March 17, feeling wretched, Amanda asked her husband to drive her to hospital. “I was told there was a problem,” she says. “A couple of weeks later I was transferred to a specialist unit and had more tests.

“On the Thursday, I was told my liver was failing and I was one of three people in the country classed as ‘super urgent’ on the transplant waiting list. On the Saturday afternoon, I had my new liver.”
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Richard Norris, Face Transplant Recipient, Celebrates Life In Public

Huffington Post | Sarah Brumfield


BALTIMORE — In the 15 years between a shotgun blast that ravaged the bottom half of Richard Norris' face and the face transplant that ended a hermit-like life for him, the man from rural southwest Virginia faced cruelty from strangers, fought addiction and contemplated suicide.

But even if he could go back in time, he's not sure he would erase the accident that left him severely disfigured.

"Those 10 years of hell I lived through, it has given me such a wealth of knowledge," Norris recently told The Associated Press, one of only two news outlets granted interviews since his transplant last year. "It's unreal. It has put some of the best people in my life."

Now, at 38, he's starting a new life: taking online classes in pursuit of a degree in information systems and contemplating a foundation to help defray future transplant patients' everyday expenses during treatment.

He also has been working with a photojournalist who just completed a book about his journey, titled "The Two Faces of Richard."

He hopes his story sends a message of hope to people in similar situations and encourages empathy in others.

"I've heard all kinds of remarks," he said. "A lot of them were really horrible."
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Kidney recipient tells bittersweet story

Mountain Democrat | Wendy Schultz


Samuel Guedea is coming up on the first anniversary of the kidney transplant that saved his life. It’s certainly a reason to celebrate, but it brings up bitter-sweet feelings for Guedea. In 2012, after waiting for a kidney transplant for almost four years, Guedea received a kidney from his second cousin, 21-year-old Alexander Nicholas Guedea, who committed suicide on June 19.

“His father, my first cousin, Rick, told me that he couldn’t do anything for his son, but he could do something for me,” said Guedea.”He called me while I was in dialysis. I couldn’t believe that he could think of me at such a time.”

Guedea, 49, has lived in El Dorado County since 1975, behind the Happy Hollow Skating Rink. “My father bought it in 1976 and he and I ran it together for 22 years,” said Guedea. “It was a lot of fun and I still talk to people who remember me from the rink. The bowling alley, the skating rink and the theater were the only things for kids to do around here.” The family closed the skating rink in 1998. “It was falling apart and too expensive to repair,” said Guedea.
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NASCAR driver Joey Gase races for a cause at Kentucky Speedyway

WCPO | Tanya ORourke


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SPARTA, Ky. -
Race car driver Joey Gase won’t be riding alone this this weekend when he races at Kentucky Speedway.

He’ll be carrying a message and a person deeply rooted his heart as he speed around the track Friday evening during a NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

Gase is living a young man’s dream as a professional driver at 20 years old.
But two years ago, his life was turned upside down when his mother, Mary, died suddenly of an aneurysm.

She worked out all the time, ate healthy all the time. She was perfectly healthy. And it just happened,” Gase said. “They say there is no way you can predict them. It just happens."

At the age of 18, a man in the eyes of the law, Joey had to be the one to decide to donate his mother’s organs and tissues. He knew it was what she would have wanted.
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Waiting For A Transplant

Keloland |by Casey Wonnenberg


Sioux Falls, SD. Recently a ten-year-old Pennsylvania girl made national headlines after a federal judge moved her to the adult transplant list.

She is recovering after a successful surgery, but the case raises important questions about these transplant lists.

Three-year-old Chol Gak has spent much of his life in a hospital room. The Sioux Falls boy was diagnosed with kidney failure at just two days old.

"He's really getting worse and worse and worse," Chol's Mother Sarah Ayual said.

In fact, Chol now has dialysis four days a week and despite 18 months on dialysis, his condition continues to get worse.

"He's clearly getting sick every two weeks or three weeks and getting admitted to the hospital," Chol's Father Joseph Dhieu said.

Last year Chol was put on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. His parents say the wait is difficult.
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UAE’s Gift: A daughter’s life-saving gesture to her father

Gulf News | Martin Downer


Image Credit: undefined. UAE Healthy Kidney 10k winner Leonard Patrick Komon crosses the finish line. Courtesy: New York Road Runners. COURTESY: ORGANISER UAE Healthy Kidney 10k

The ninth annual UAE Healthy Kidney 10k race was held in New York last month, with the funds it raised going towards helping the millions of Americans suffering from kidney disease. The event was created in memory of the UAE’s founding father and first President, Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who had a kidney transplant in America in 2000, and the nation donates to the cause every year. Gulf News was in the Big Apple to witness the action, as well as to meet up with some of the key figures behind the battle against kidney disease and hear the inspiring stories of sufferers and donors.

New York: Pure statistics on the number of kidney transplants carried out each year can only ever tell half the story — it’s the people behind the stats that make the wonder of organ donation come to life.

“ “The public has tremendous capacity to do more good for its own health — we need to unleash that potential.” Dr Barry Smith, President and CEO of the Rogosin Institute.“It inspired me to make positive changes, try new things.” Gina Ormand, kidney donor.“I read about Shaikh Zayed and the UAE and we will always be extremely grateful for the gift he gave. It’s a name that will be with me for life.” Richard Ormand, who received a kidney from his daughter.“It’s an event known worldwide. When you walk into a media room and talk about some of the best events in the nation or the world, then people talk about fast runners and fast times — people talk about the extraordinary performances they’ve seen at the Healthy Kidney event in New York City.” Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of New York Road Runners. ”

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Dr. Mallory of Texas Children’s guided Jordan Peterson’s transplant

WDAY | Kevin Wallevand


Not every child who needs a transplant to survive gets one. But Jordan Peterson found an ally in his battle. Dr. George Mallory, whose reputation for running an organ transplantation service is respected worldwide.

Houston, TX (WDAY TV) - If you want to know anything about one of the World's premier Transplant doctors in the world, head to Texas Children's. That's where Jordan and his family have been the last eight months.

The man who has guided Jordan throughout the disappointments and celebrations is Dr. George Mallory.

For the last several days, Jordan Peterson has called the Texas Medical Center home. The largest medical complex in the world. Fifty-four hospitals, clinics and centers sprawled out across 1,300 acres. Seven million patients a year. One of them, Jordan Peterson, who found a prize fighter doctor in his corner.

Not every child who needs a transplant to survive gets one. But Jordan Peterson found an ally in his battle.

Dr. George Mallory, whose reputation for running an organ transplantation service is respected worldwide.

Dr, Mallory: "He has had the smoothest recovery of any of our recent patients. I am not surprised he has a great attitude, terrific family, and he went into transplant without being too sick."
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EUROPEAN ORGAN TRANSPLANT AND DONATION EXPERTS MEET IN MADRID

Spain Today


Rafael Matesanz, director of the Spanish National Transplant Organisation in a picture taken recently at the Tenth National Meeting of Transplant Coordinators and Communication Professionals. Photo: Europa Press
The meeting has been organised by the European Commission in collaboration with Spain’s National Transplant Organisation (ONT) and Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality.
Dozens of organ donation and transplant experts and journalists will be meeting in Madrid tomorrow at an event entitled “Transplantation & blood transfusion: contribution of the European Union to improve transplantation and blood transfusion practices in Europe”.

The Spanish National Transplant Organisation (ONT) says “the European Commission (EC) chose Spain because of its experience in organising these kinds of international events and the understanding of the Spanish media and public with regard to everything related to organ donation and transplantation”. In total, the EC has invited journalists from all 27 EU countries.
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Medical firm backs transplant games

The Star
A Sheffield firm has signed up as a sponsor for an inspirational organ donation event being held in the city.
B. Braun Medical, based at Thorncliffe Park, Chapeltown, is the latest supporter for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in August.

Hundreds of inspirational athletes and spectators will descend on the city for what is shaping up to be the biggest in a decade.

The Star is backing the Gift of Life campaign to sign up 12,000 more local organ donors before the games get underway.

Hans Hux, chief cxecutive of B. Braun Medical, UK arm of the global healthcare company B. Braun, said: “We are proud to be backing such a worthwhile event to showcase the value of organ donation, which saves so many lives.”

“It is critical when we are faced with an increasing population to get more names on the organ donor register.

“An important part of our company’s ethos is to support initiatives which raise awareness of important health issues, and, for this reason, we are delighted to be part of such an inspiring event.”
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Courageous Coen back for another river run

ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corp. | Matt Dowling


After a double lung transplant Coen Ashton is planning another jet ski journey on the Murray River (Coen Ashton - Supplied)
Three years after he jet skied the Murray River to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and organ donation, Coen Ashton will return to do it again... only this time, much faster.

Coen, who has Cystic Fibrosis, had a double lung transplant in October last year and this time is planning to do the journey in seven days instead of the seven weeks it took last time. He'll also travel upstream, from Goolwa to Yarrawonga, instead of downstream as he did in 2010.

The inspiring 15-year-old says his transplant has given him a new lease on life and because he turns 16 between now and October 26, when the journey begins, there'll be fewer speed restrictions on the river.
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Three local DMVs want to be customer friendly

KSDK | Art Holliday
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - All over the country, departments of motor vehicles have gained a horrible reputation: long lines, wasted time, rude staff. DMV could stand for demoralizing, maddening, and vexing.

"I think it's right up there with getting your teeth pulled or an IRS audit for most people," said Molly Maher of Mid-America Transplant Services. She is determined to change that negative image.

The Maplewood license office and two other local offices are operated by Mid-America Transplant Services, making MTS the only organ procurement organization in the country that's operating licensing offices.

The Maplewood license office is going all out to improve the DMV blues, using a new system called QLess. After entering the license office you head to a kiosk and type in your phone number. You immediate get the first in a series of texts showing how long you'll have to wait. That means you can leave the DMV and not lose your place in line.
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American Society of Transplantation Board Member Provides Expert Testimony to House Energy & Commerce Committee in Support of Key Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage Legislation

The Wall Street Journal


Dr. Larry Melton of Baylor University Medical Center offers insight to Congress as it examines reforms to improve the Medicare Part B Drug Program

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2013--
The American Society of Transplantation (AST), an international organization of transplant professionals dedicated to advancing the field of transplantation, today announced that AST Board Member Dr. Larry Melton has offered key testimony before Congress in support of H.R. 1428, the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act.


Dr. Melton, medical director of Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation at Baylor Medical Center, was asked by physician congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) to testify before the House Energy & Commerce Committee as part of a hearing entitled, "Examining Reforms to Improve the Medicare Part B Drug Program for Seniors." Both Congressman Burgess and Dr. Melton provided insight to the committee that one of the biggest challenges facing the transplant patient community as part of Medicare Part B Drug Program is the arbitrary 36-month limit for immunosuppressive medications. Burgess and Melton urged the committee to support and pass coverage expansion legislation this year.

"Organ transplant recipients must take immunosuppressive medications for the lifetime of their transplanted organ, and if those medications are discontinued, rejection and loss of the transplanted organ are almost certain to occur," said Dr. Melton. "Under its current policy, Medicare continues to waste the federal government's investment in kidney transplantation while at the same time paying indefinitely for more costly therapies. It is the equivalent of the federal government buying a new car, providing enough gas to drive around the block and then abandoning the vehicle."
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Mediaplanet partners with USA TODAY to distribute ‘The Future of Transplants’, a cross-platform special section, educating readers on the field of…

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NEW YORK, June 28, 2013 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — As we face a growing gap between those in need and those who give, it is vital to educate readers on the importance of becoming an organ, tissue and bone marrow donor. Mediaplanet’s 2013 edition of ‘The Future of Transplants’ hit newsstands this morning within the weekend edition of USA TODAY.

This campaign will continue the constant battle to raise awareness for the need of organ donors by educating readers on the ever-changing world of transplantation, but will also inspire readers with amazing stories of research, technology and innovation in transplants, garnering more success than ever before.

The 12-page special will remain on the stands through Saturday and Sunday. ‘The Future of Transplants’ will be distributed in highly targeted markets within USA TODAY, with approximately 450,000 copies distributed and an estimated readership of 1.3 million. To explore the digital version of the campaign,Click HERE
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Face transplant donor’s mom: It was ‘difficult decision’

NBC News | Today

When their son, Joshua Aversano, was hit by a van and killed, Randy and Gwen Aversano made the difficult choice to donate Joshua’s face to a man who suffered a disfiguring accident. 

They talk about their decision, which Randy says was a way to make “something good” happen out of tragedy. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.


In Florida, disparity between minorities’ need for organ transplants, and donations

Alpha 1 Foundation 

As a healthy black man, Torrey Green once recoiled at the thought of signing up as an organ donor when renewing his driver’s license, saying he didn’t want his body “defiled” after death.

Now the Boca Raton teacher needs a new kidney, and similar trepidation has kept a close relative, the one perfect match, from donating hers to save his life.

Green’s bitter irony underscores a troubling disparity in culture-rich Florida: Blacks and Hispanics make up more than half of the state’s organ transplant waiting list — and 40 percent of the Sunshine State population — but account for just 26 percent of its organ donors, according to 1988-2013 government data.

What’s to blame? Common myths, misconceptions and a distrust of the medical system, all entrenched in the minority culture, say those working to close the gap.

“They don’t understand what it actually means to be an organ donor,” said Audra Lopez, transplant services nurse practitioner at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. “They think if they sign up, the ambulance driver won’t drive fast, or the doctor won’t pump their chest, or they won’t get the medical services necessary to keep them alive.”

That’s why Life Alliance, the federally designated organ recovery agency serving six South Florida counties and the Bahamas, has made it a mission to educate the African-American and Hispanic communities on the facts and realities of giving the gift of life.

Fact No. 1: Organs can only be recovered from patients declared brain-dead, so if they die before reaching the hospital, their organs die, too — meaning there’s no incentive to withhold care, medical experts say.

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Transplant patients need your help

Philly.com  | Katheryne Lawrence
No matter how the organs are distributed, organ donation in the United States is a win-lose equation. When one person on a waiting list receives a lung, another person who is also on that list does not. As of Tuesday June 25, 2013 at 1:59am, 75,945 people across the United States were on active waiting lists for organs.
America has been rooting for 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan through her successful battle to receive a lung transplant. Throughout her struggle, the spotlight has been on the appropriateness of the rules for organ allocation. While those rules attempt to ensure fairness, they do not change the fact that there are not enough organs for everyone. Eighteen people die every day waiting on the list. 

To solve this organ shortage crisis we need more organ donors. In the wake of Sarah’s story, many people have signed up. However, only about 45 percent of adults in the United States are registered organ donors. But simply registering with your state to be an organ donor is only part of the solution. Here’s why: First, the opportunity to be eligible to donate is rare. In 2007, (the year with the most recent data) there were almost 2.5 million deaths in the United States. Studies have shown that approximately 18,000 of those deaths had the potential to result in an organ donation. 

A combination of factors including health, age, and manner of death combine to make organ donation a rare opportunity that not many families have. Second, when faced with that opportunity, the biggest obstacle to transplantation is family refusal. Only 8,143 people became deceased organ donors in the United States in 2012. 

The difference between the number of potential organ donors and the number of actual donors is largely attributable to family refusal. The process of donation is heavily dependent on family cooperation. If your family members don’t know that you want to be a donor, it can be shocking for them to hear about it in the face of tragedy.

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Duncanville Lieutenant finds kidney

Focus Daily News | Rita Cook
DUNCANVILLE—A few months ago I wrote a story about a local police Lieutenant in Duncanville who needed of a kidney.

So when one of my favorite police Lieutenant’s in the Best Southwest, Duncanville’s Lieutenant Wayne Schier emailed me in early May to tell he had just received a kidney, the bad day I was having brought tears to my eyes, but in a good way.

It has been a month now since he was called at 11:02 p.m. to be exact, on May 5, with the good news that it was time for him to head down to Baylor’s Transplant Unit because a match had been found for him.

Surgery the following day took about three hours and you can see it in Schier’s face now, he is feeling better and the new kidney could add another 20 years to his life.

That kidney however, did not come without someone else’s life being lost and a generous family who realized that donating the organs of the 55-year-old deceased donor would not bring their loved one back, but it would certainly help some other family not have to go through the same pain.

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CHELSEA: Woman honored with National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence

Chelsea Standard
UNOS President John Roberts, M.D., presents the National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence to Patty Jo Herndon in the National Donor Memorial in Richmond, Va.
RICHMOND, Va., — Patty Jo Herndon of Chelsea, has received the 2013 National Donor Memorial Award for Excellence for her volunteer efforts to promote organ, eye and tissue donation since 1997.

The Award for Excellence was presented during the June board meeting of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) in Richmond, Va., where UNOS is headquartered.

“Mrs. Herndon serves as an inspiration to all of us who work in donation and transplantation. But more important, she is saving lives by positively influencing those she speaks to and encouraging them to ‘say yes’ to organ donation,” said John Roberts, M.D., president of the board.

In 1997, Herndon’s sister, Ellen Sullivan, suffered a brain aneurysm and became an organ and tissue donor, leaving behind four young children whom Herndon and her husband, Walt, raised, along with their own five children.

Since that time, Herndon has been an active advocate for organ, eye and tissue donation, sharing her sister’s story at heath fairs, community events and other venues.

She is the president of the Michigan Donor Family Council, a non-profit she helped to create, and she also serves on the boards of the Michigan Eye-Bank and the Gift of Life Foundation.

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Tourist's organs save lives of 3 Israelis

Y Net News Israel Culture | Dr. Itay Gal
Christian woman dies of heart attack during pilgrimage to holy sites in Israel. Her children, from Russia, agree to donate her organs. In show of gratitude, Greek Orthodox Church buries woman on its property on Mount Zion
For the first time, a Christian tourist has donated her organs to Israelis and was even buried in Israel. Thanks to her donation, the lives of three people were saved.

About two months ago, during an Easter pilgrimage to Christian holy sites in Israel, a 61-year-old Russian tourist suffered a heart attack. She was rushed to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center, suffering from extensive brain damage, and was hospitalized at the Intensive Care Unit.

Doctors fought for her life, but several days later they were forced to pronounce her brain dead.

The organ transplant coordinator at Hadassah, Kyrill Grosovsky, located the woman's two adult children in Russia, and after several conversations they agreed to donate their mother's organs. As she was a devout Christian, her children asked that she receive a religious burial in Israel in order to ensure a proper closure.

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Richard Norris, face transplant patient, celebrates life in public

Long Island News Day | The Associated Press
Photo credit: AP | Richard Norris ties a fishing fly at his home in Hillsville, Va. The man whose face was disfigured by a gunshot spent 15 years as a recluse, but now the 37-year-old is doing things he never would have before. (June 25, 2013)

BALTIMORE - In the 15 years between a shotgun blast that ravaged the bottom half of Richard Norris' face and the face transplant that ended a hermit-like life for him, the man from rural southwest Virginia faced cruelty from strangers, fought addiction and contemplated suicide.

But even if he could go back in time, he's not sure he would erase the accident that left him severely disfigured.

"Those 10 years of hell I lived through, it has given me such a wealth of knowledge," Norris recently told The Associated Press, one of only two news outlets granted interviews since his transplant last year. "It's unreal. It has put some of the best people in my life."

Now, at 38, he's starting a new life: taking online classes in pursuit of a degree in information systems and contemplating a foundation to help defray future transplant patients' everyday expenses during treatment.

He also has been working with a photojournalist who just completed a book about his journey, titled "The Two Faces of Richard."
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Donate A Kidney To Save YOUR Life

The Jewish Press | By: Ita Yankovich

The Jewish Press recently sat down with Chaya Lipschutz, a Brooklyn wife and mother who saved the life of a stranger.

Chaya, please tell our readers a little about yourself?

I am an Orthodox Jewish woman from Brooklyn, who donated a kidney altruistically back in Sept 2005 after seeing an ad in The Jewish Press. The ad read: “Please help save a Jewish life – New Jersey mother of 2 in dire need of kidney – Whoever saves one life from Israel it is as if they saved an entire nation.”

Since then, I have wanted to do more, so I now have a project to help others who need a kidney. I don’t get paid or charge a fee.

What made you decide to donate your kidney?

I had seen another ad in The Jewish Press for someone else who was in need of a kidney that said, “Be mekayem a once in a lifetime mitzvah. Modern easy process for donor.” I called up the hospital. They sent me info. Didn’t sound like such a big deal to me.

What was the reaction of your family and friends?

I told only one sister, and she was supportive. I only told 2 friends – both were somewhat supportive, but one was fearful the day before I donated. After I donated a kidney, she considered doing the same.
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Philadelphia girl Sarah Murnaghan has second lung transplant in a month

Fox News
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who made headlines as she waited for a life-saving double-lung transplant, actually received two sets of lungs and underwent two operations, according to a new statement from her parents.

Sarah – who had been dying of cystic fibrosis – is now doing well after the surgeries, her parents said. She is able to communicate, and they added she has even sat on the side of the bed and has started exercising her arms and legs.

Janet and Fran Murnaghan announced on June 12 that their daughter’s first lung transplant had been a success, but according to their statement, her health quickly began to deteriorate after the initial operation.

“That evening, as we waited for Sarah to be transitioned back to her room, an emergency code blue was announced,” Sarah’s parents wrote in the statement. “Sarah's vital signs had begun descending rapidly as her new lungs started to fail.”
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

NASCAR driver Gase advocates for organ donation

Cincinnati.com | David Schuh


Joey Gase will be one of 41 drivers racing in Friday’s Nationwide Series: Feed the Children 300 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

He has a unique story though, one that has driven him to be a vocal spokesman for organ donation.

Two years ago, Gase’s mother passed away from a brain aneurysm. After she died, they found out she had registered to be an organ donor. That, combined with the way she lived her life, led Gase to take up the cause himself.

“Ever since she died I’ve wanted to be a part of it, too,” he said.

Gase has used his platform to raise awareness for organ donation in nearly every city where he races. He always has a Donate Life sticker on his car during races. Often, he’ll have pictures of donors on his car. He’ll then welcome that person’s family down into the pits to take pictures with the car and experience the race.
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Shaun Ouradnik: Consider the gift of organ donation

Wisconsin State Journal
I am the mother of a 17-year-old who has lived with juvenile diabetes since she was 11. Diabetes is a complicated disease that requires constant vigilance. She will need daily insulin injections the rest of her life.

I also worked on the nursing staff at UW Hospital’s transplant unit. I saw first-hand the life-giving gift of organ donation.

I recently attended East High School’s graduation ceremonies where an instructor gave a lively commencement address to the departing seniors. He also made a plea for safety while celebrating, explaining he was the recipient of a kidney-pancreas transplant 19 years ago because of the untimely death of a young person.

When I read the daily obituaries, I am saddened to see more young people. I then look for the symbol that denotes organ donation. I rarely see it.

People all over the country are on waiting lists for organ donation. Please consider this final gift. Make your wishes known and mark your driver’s license so you or your loved one can live on.

-- Shaun Ouradnik, Madison
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“Power of Organ Donation Night” at Appalachian Power Park

CAMC Health Systems


The national organ transplant wait list now exceeds 110,000 people, with three out of every four people waiting for a kidney. Sadly, about 18 people die each day waiting for organs because the need is far greater than the supply.

To help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation, the Kidney Transplant Center at CAMC General Hospital, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) and the CAMC Foundation will sponsor the eighth annual “Power of Organ Donation Night” at Appalachian Power Park on Friday, July 19.

Texas native Nefeterius McPherson will share her special connection to West Virginia as a result of organ donation. McPherson received a liver from Taitlyn Shae Hughes of Martinsburg, WV, on Nov. 6, 2011, after she died of a brain hemorrhage. Hughes, just 12 years old, was a West Virginia University fan. Today, McPherson is an advocate for organ donation – and a WVU fan in honor of the young girl who loved WVU football and gave her a second chance at life.

Current and former patients of CAMC’s Kidney Transplant Center will be honored on the field at 6:40 p.m. prior to the start of the baseball game (7:05 p.m.). Fans can visit the Kidney Transplant Center booth for free “Power of Organ Donation” T-shirts (while supplies last), and stop by the CORE booth to sign organ donor cards.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New heart gives new life to local transplant patient

CBS 58
MILWAUKEE--A local woman is enjoying life after being so close to death years ago. Sandy Raisanen suffered a stroke, heart attack and kidney failure at the age of 47.

In 2010, CBS 58 profiled Raisanen soon after doctors at Aurora Saint Luke's Medical Center attached a mechanical and portable battery operated pump to Sandy's heart while she awaited a transplant.

"It helped me survive until I could finally get a heart transplant," said Raisanen.

After receiving the transplant she's able to do simple tasks many take for granted, like cooking, taking showers on her own and grocery shopping.

Raisanen plans to travel more and eventually take a vacation to Hawaii. She said she was given a second chance at life, a life she said is 'very good.'
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Local transplant recipient to compete in world games

The Sentinel | Kathy Chang


Photo: Muran Veniszee, a transplant recipient who founded the Hearts N Hand nonprofit organization, will compete in the World Transplant Games next month in South Africa.

Muran Veniszee, a transplant recipient who founded the Hearts N Hand nonprofit organization, will compete in the World Transplant Games next month in South Africa. NORTH BRUNSWICK — Muran Veniszee will remember March 25, 2010, for the rest of his life.

That is the day he received a new heart and liver, saving his life.

“It was around 11:30 p.m. and I just took my night medicine,” he said. “It was almost instantaneous when the nurse came back in and told me to try to stay up, because she got a note that I would be getting a new heart and liver.”

Veniszee, who grew up in Newark and moved to North Brunswick when he was 12, had been waiting for a transplant since September 2009, when he was admitted into the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The sleeping medicine did not work that night.

“I was wide awake and I was just calling people,” he said. “I was on the phone for two hours.”
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Kirkland loses life after Friday night accident

Pianola Watchman | By Becky Barlish


Kirkland loses life after Friday night accident - John Kyle Kirkland

“Gone too soon” is what family and friends have been left thinking following the death a local teen who died Saturday after a major accident Friday night.

John Kyle Kirkland, 19, of Beckville, died in Tyler, Texas on Saturday afternoon at ETMC, where he was taken for treatment of injuries sustained in an accident on FM 1794.

The one-vehicle accident was reported at 11:18 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013. Members of the Beckville Fire Department, Texas DPS Trooper Joey Pace, Panola County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brant Shrell and EMS personnel responded to the scene. According to the report, Kirkland was traveling on FM 1794, when the truck he was driving left the roadway and struck a culvert. He was ejected from the vehicle and sustained severe injuries. He was airlifted to ETMC Tyler where he succumbed to the injuries hours later.
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Record number of organ transplants saves five lives in a day

Scope | Stanford Medicine | Holly MacCormick


For most of us, a change of heart takes some time. But for the team of Stanford medical professionals at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, a change of heart – plus two livers and two kidneys – can happen in less time than it takes to ease into the workweek.

Five organ transplants in twenty-four hours is no typical feat for this Stanford hospital. Though medical teams at Packard Children’s Hospital perform about 70 liver and kidney and 15 heart transplants a year, they had never attempted this many organ transplants in a single day.

Since donor organs are scarce, medical teams must be ready to perform an organ transplant (or five) at a moment’s notice. In the most recent issue of Inside Stanford Medicine, Robert Dicks explains the extraordinary circumstances and determination leading to this surgical marathon. From the piece:
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Scottish doctors appeal for organ donors with new film campaign

The Daily Record
MORE than 650 people are waiting for an organ transplant in Scotland and the British Medical Association Scotland hope their new campaign will encourage more people to become donors.
DOCTORS are urging people to register as organ donors with a new film campaign.

The British Medical Association (BMA) Scotland drive is part of a wider plan to move to an "opt-out" system where people are presumed to be donors.

The change would mean people would have to register an objection or make their family aware of their opposition to avoid donating.

Launching the film in Edinburgh, Dr Sue Robertson, a renal physician, said: "As long as there are patients waiting for transplants, the BMA believes that a soft opt-out system, as part of the overall package to increase donation, would save more lives. Now is the time for a serious debate about moving to opt-out."
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"You have the power to SAVE lives."
To register as a donor in California:
www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org
Outside California:
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.

Walking a mile in someone else's shoes

Perry Daily | Bill Rockwell


Megan Custer with her parents at her high school graduation in 2007. Megan passed away in 2008 but her memory lives on, her organ and tissue donations helped four people. The annual Dash for Donation 5K will be held in Columbus July 13 with more than 4500 participants, including a group of family and friends representing Megan.

In life there are always those who are in need and if you are lucky you find someone willing to do something about it.

The national waiting list for organ donation transplants is rising at an alarming rate, with 118,469 currently on the list.

Megan Custer played sports, had friends and family who supported her, her coaches thought of her as family. She earned their love and respect and was on her way toward continuing her education at The Ohio State University.

Approximately 18 times each day a man, woman or child dies while waiting for an organ transplant.
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"You have the power to SAVE lives."
To register as a donor in California:
www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org
Outside California:
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.

CARTILAGE TRANSPLANT NOW A COMMON, VIABLE OPTION

UT San Diego | By Dr. William Bugbee


This column is written by experts in the medical field and provides health-care insights to help educate consumers.

Young people with damaged joint cartilage from a sports injury, car accident, disease, chemotherapy, arthritis or other causes may benefit from osteochondral allograft surgery when nonsurgical medical treatment isn’t enough.

For people with mild to moderate joint problems, a variety of medications, physical therapy, lifestyle changes or other front-line options may bring relief.

When conservative treatments aren’t sufficient, allograft surgery can repair knee, shoulder and ankle joints by replacing damaged or missing cartilage with healthy transplanted human cartilage or bone.

Candidates for allograft surgery generally are under the age of 50, with painful joint damage that keeps them from the activities they want to do. For those over 50 who face the same situation, joint replacement may be a better choice because a replacement may last many decades.

That’s not long enough for most active young patients, however, when it’s better to repair a joint if possible and save replacement as an option later in life.
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"You have the power to SAVE lives."
To register as a donor in California:
www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org
Outside California:
www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.