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Lung transplant survivor takes to sky

Illawarra Mercury | Glen Humphries

Jeff Leggett (right) and HangglideOz pilot Tony Armstrong. Pictures: HangglideOz

After his double lung transplant 20 years ago, Jeff Leggett was told he might last a year.

Yesterday, he celebrated 20 years since the operation with a tandem hang-glide off Bald Hill.

The 47-year-old from Belfield in Sydney is the longest surviving double lung transplant recipient in Australia.

He received the transplant because he had cystic fibrosis.

"It's really the only way you can survive it - it's a lethal disease. By the time you reach your 20s your lifespan is pretty much over."

The surgery was experimental 20 years ago, leading doctors to think it might give him another year. Mr Leggett said that, since the transplant, he had approached life a little differently.
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Do Chareidim Contribute Their ‘Fair Share’ of Organs?

Jewish and Israel News Algemeiner

Orthodox Jewish men and their children. Photo: Wiki Commons

I once attended a tribute event for living kidney donors, and was intrigued by the lack of diversity in the room. Though there were sectarian distinctions, the common thread was that they were all Chareidim. The room was filled with Chassidim, some yeshivish individuals, and a couple of Sephardic Jews. I had imagined that the diversity of the donors would extend to their religious levels of observance, but was amused that the distinctions remained nuanced in sectarian adherence.

It is not my province to render halachic rulings; I leave that to poskim (rabbinic authorities). Herein, I will address some realities and seek to dispel fictitious notions.

Chareidim are often criticized regarding their willingness to accept organs from cadavers, especially in light of their unwillingness to register as organ donors themselves. However, if one of these critics were to examine the facts surrounding Charei…

It matters where it comes from: Some people wary of organ, blood donations depending on source

News at Princeton
Some people feel so "creeped out" that they would prefer not to receive an organ or blood that came from a murderer or thief, according to researchers who assessed people's beliefs that a transplant would cause the recipient's personality or behavior to become similar to the donor's.

"Even though science doesn't support the possibility, people still believe that transplants can result in personality changes," said Sarah-Jane Leslie, a professor of philosophy at Princeton University and one of the study's co-authors.

The lead author of the study was Meredith Meyer, a research fellow in psychology at the University of Michigan. Other members of the research team were Susan Gelman and Sarah Stilwell of Michigan. The findings were recently published in the journal Cognitive Science.

Leslie said the idea for the study came from a conversation she had with her collaborators at Michigan about author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The …

Heart stem cells and LVAD may avoid transplants

Statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services reveal that an average of 18 people die waiting for organ transplants each day. There are about 2,500 hearts available and a waiting list of about 100,000 patients in need. We show you how researchers at the University of Minnesota hope to bridge that gap.

“I couldn’t walk, or breathe, or eat,” congestive heart failure patient Allan Isaacs told Ivanhoe.

That was life with congestive heart failure for 71-year-old Isaacs, but after a left ventricular assist device was implanted into his chest, Allan’s life got moving again.

Allan says he now does, “15 minutes on the elliptical and about 30 minutes on the treadmill.”
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Ottawa man cycling across Canada reaches Corner Brook

The Western Star | Corey Hurley
CORNER BROOK — For nearly two months an Ottawa man has cycled across Canada to help save lives.

Cayse Ruiter’s journey from British Columbia, which began June 3, to arriving in Corner Brook Monday can be followed online. His solo trek included 180 to 200 kilometres a day — battling the heat, rain and wind at times.

But he probably never felt very alone. Outside of the countless friends he has met across the country to make him feel connected, his late friend Matthew Antolin was never far from his mind.

Antolin died in December. He was on the wait list for a heart transplant but his life ended before one came.

“When my friend Matthew was placed on the list, it was difficult,” Ruiter said. “You are thinking he may or may not get a heart and, in the end, he didn’t. For something so preventable, it can make you angry. It can make you frustrated.”
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US fines Wyeth US$490.9m for illegal drug marketing

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Wyeth Pharmaceuticals has pleaded guilty to misbranding a drug that prevents the rejection of organ transplants and agreed to pay US$490.9 million, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.
WASHINGTON: Wyeth Pharmaceuticals has pleaded guilty to misbranding a drug that prevents the rejection of organ transplants and agreed to pay US$490.9 million, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.

The US$490.9 million will resolve Wyeth's criminal and civil liability stemming from the unlawful marketing of the prescription drug Rapamune for uses not approved as safe and effective by the US Food and Drug Administration.

In 1999, Wyeth received approval from the FDA for Rapamune use in renal, or kidney, transplant patients. The immunosuppressive drug prevents the body's immune system from rejecting a transplanted organ.

Wyeth was accused of training its Rapamune sales force in the United States to promote the use of the drug in non-renal organ transplants and encouraged them to of…

Bartow’s Amazin’ Race to serve as fundraiser, awareness-raiser

The Daily Tribune News | Marie Nesmith

Uniting in support of Kim Cowart as she awaits an organ transplant, 12 teams will test their skills in Bartow’s Amazin’ Race Aug. 23 and 24.

Along with preparing for the event’s challenges, the participants currently are collecting funds for Cowart’s future medical expenses, not covered by insurance. Diagnosed with kidney failure, the Cartersville resident needs a life-saving kidney and pancreas transplant.

“It’s really been overwhelming,” Cowart said about the public’s support. “It really makes you think how our community comes together when people need them. ... We are truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support. It’s just been amazing.

“Patrick Nelson is one of [my husband] Brad’s best friends and it was his idea to do this. We are so appreciative to him. Him and his family are really special to us anyway, but it just means a lot. And then, the people that are on the [Bartow’s Amazin’ Race] committee, a lot of them I don’t even know but Br…

Need for Minority organ donors called critical

My Fox Houston | Randy Wallace

Need for Minority organ donors called critical

HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Working for Donate Life Texas is more than just a job for Charles Wiltz.

He says his employer is the reason his mother is alive today.

"It's a catch-22 someone loses a loved one but also it enhances the life of someone else's loved one," Wiltz said.

Before his mother's organ transplant Wiltz says his father held on to misnomers about being an organ donor that seem to run rampant through minority communities.

"The myth oh if I sign up they're not going to save me when I get to the hospital," said Wiltz. "that's not true."

"Sometimes folks think they may not be able to have a proper funeral or viewing if their an organ donor and this is simply not true," said Laura Frnka-Davis, with Donate Life Texas.
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Mt. Zion Baby Needs Liver Transplant


MT. ZION- Six month old Crosby Hoots is tiny at just 13 pounds, with shining blue eyes. But he's a serious boy with a serious condition. His yellow skin was a clue something was wrong.

Mom and dad Gina and Philip hoots got the diagnosis after some irregular tests: a rare disease of the bile ducts and liver called Biliary Atresia

"He has no way for the bile to get out of the liver,"Gina says.

Which ultimately leads to liver failure.

"If the surgery does not happen, children with biliary atresia are not expected to live past the age of two," Gina says.

It means big surgery for little Crosby. A liver transplant could save him.
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Guest Voice: Are you an organ donor?

Go Eerie | Susan Stuart

When just one person makes the decision to donate, they can save up to 8 lives and enhance the lives of up to 50 more. You don’t have to wait until you’re getting or renewing your driver’s license, learner’s permit or photo ID to sign up. You can sign up to donate at any time, and it only takes 30 seconds.
The story of little Sarah Murnaghan has thrust the issue of organ donation into national headlines. The 10-year-old with cystic fibrosis is recovering in a Philadelphia children's hospital after receiving a lung transplant.

While most of the media attention has focused on a judge's ruling allowing Sarah to receive donated lungs from an adult, too little attention has been paid to the much larger issue facing all of us in Pennsylvania and across the nation: We don't have enough registered organ donors.

In Pennsylvania a…

Donate Life Texas looks to increase the number of registered minority organ donors

Cypress Creek Mirror

Donate Life Texas, the state’s group of organ, eye and tissue donation professionals, celebrates Aug. 1-8 as National Minority Donor Awareness Week. The nationwide observance aims to educate minorities on the desperate need for organ, eye and tissue donors within multicultural communities.

The observance encourages people from all racial and ethnic groups to become donors by registering at and/or It also draws special attention to minorities who make up 56 percent of the nearly 120,000 men, women and children on the national organ transplant waiting list.

“For five long years, I relied on a machine to clean my blood,” said Brandon Chinn, an African- American kidney recipient from Houston, Texas. “Thanks to a registered donor, I have my life back. My wife and I have a healthy daughter named Bailee Rae Chinn. Now I am looking forward to starting my career as a police officer.”
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Uploading Videos and Sharing Organ Donation Stories with the World. VideoDonor is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos. VideoDonor seeks to raise the awareness of organ donation through real life stories that focus on the importance of having ‘The Donation Conversation'.

(PRWEB) July 30, 2013
Would you share your organ donor stories or status by uploading a video clip on VideoDonor? People share what there making for dinner, where there going on vacation and every moment of it, there embarrassing Vegas photos, family connections, marital status and religion on social networks and when people say share a post to raise awareness about cancer, most people update your facebook status. But what about organ donation stories?

On Tuesday, 23 July Dean Jones launched a site that lets users share stories behind their decision to become donors and stories of those who are living donors who have received a “gift of life”. There's also…

Will’s courage acknowledged in youth awards

Milton Ulladulla Times | Katrina Condie

TAKING A DIVE: Will Chapman pats a groper at Clovelly as he continues to recover from his heart and double lung transplant.

HEART and double lung transplant recipient Will Chapman is a finalist in the National Youth Awards.

The face of the national A Gracious Gift organ donation campaign, Will has been nominated for the Personal Courage Award, with the winners to be announced on August 6.

This time last year, Will was hospitalised and on the waiting list for a heart and double lung transplant and there was a real fear he would not survive until Christmas.

He received his ‘gift’ in October and recently returned to work in Sydney and celebrated his 21st birthday.
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Study suggests adolescent kidney transplant recipients are at higher risk of transplant failure

Nephrology News

Patients who received their first kidney transplant at ages 14 to 16 years appear to be at increased risk for transplant failure, with black adolescents having a disproportionately higher risk of graft failure, according to a report published by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Existing medical literature does not adequately describe the risks of graft failure among kidney transplant recipients by age. Organ losses by adolescents are partly due to physiologic or immunologic changes with age but psychological and sociological factors play a role, especially when they affect medication adherence, according to the study background.

Kenneth A. Andreoni, MD, of the University of Florida, Gainesville, and colleagues analyzed 168,809 first kidney-only transplants from October 1987 through October 2010. Age at transplant was the primary factor studied.

“Adolescent recipients aged 14 to 16 years had the highest risk of any age group of graft loss … starting at one year after transplant, and…

SA first to launch stamps for transplant games

The New Age

The 13th World Transplant Games was due to kick off in Durban on Monday with more than 1,800 athletes from 50 countries set to compete in the largest sporting event for recipients of donor organs.

To mark the occasion the South African Post Office launched a series of stamps on Sunday night to commemorate the staging of the games and to raise awareness over the need for more people in the country to become organ donors.

The series of 10 stamps featuring the work of artist Peter Sibanda were unveiled at a cocktail party attended by the athletes.

It is the first time a country's postal system has had stamps designed and unveiled for the World Transplant Games.
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What is National Minority Donor Awareness Week and why is it important?

Donate Life America
National Minority Donor Awareness Week, celebrated annually on August 1-7, is a nationwide observance to educate minorities of the desperate need for donation and transplantation within the multicultural community and how to designate their decision to Donate Life℠. 
Fifty-six percent of those on the national organ transplant waiting list are minorities. In 2012 11,309 minority patients received organ transplants; while there were 2,762 minority deceased donors and 1,711 minority living donors. 
In 2012, there were:
5,590 Black organ transplant recipients and 1,980 Black donors. 3,943 Hispanic organ transplant recipients and 1,836 Hispanic donors. 1,393 Asian organ transplant recipients and 428 Asian donors.Why is it important for minorities to become donors?
Ethnic minorities are in desperate need of more organ and tissue donors. There are more than 66,000 minority individuals [this number includes Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and p…

Josie Nordman recovering after lung transplant surgery

The Daily Northwestern |Ally Mutnick
Rising Communication junior Josie Nordman is recovering this afternoon after a double lung transplant surgery, according to her mother, Nicolle Nordman.

Josie Nordman, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 4 months old, is in the intensive care unit at the University of Chicago Medical Center, her mom said. Rehabilitation can takes months and may lead to organ rejection, but barring any complications, the surgery should allow Josie Nordman to breathe normally.

"I find it hard to fathom that sometime tomorrow I will wake up and take a real, deep breath," Josie Nordman wrote at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday in a Facebook post. "Thank you to everyone who has supported me through all of this. Every single one of you."
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Speller: Miinority organ donations

The Reflector

My aunt recently was told she needs a liver transplant.

The news sent my family in all directions, from checking websites on transplants and organ donation, her illness and prognosis, to searching for physicians who could give a second opinion and other options.

Fortunately, more tests proved she would not need the transplant but could manage her disease with medication and lifestyle changes.

Still, the scare made us all more knowledgeable about transplantation and the need for donors.

But you don’t have to have experience a medical emergency to get that information.

Carolina Donor Services and the Eastern North Carolina Donor Impact Project will hold a National Minority Donor Awareness Week Fun Run and Walk on Saturday at Alice F. Keene Park on County Home Road.
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Absecon woman promotes organ transplants

Press of Atlantic City | By DIANE D'AMICO

If more people agreed to donate their organs Megan Bottino's father might be alive today.

"There were so many people who could have saved his life," said Bottino, 18, of Absecon. "But people just don't know enough about organ donation."
Bottino and her brother, Joseph, decided to help raise awareness of organ donation soon after their father, Joseph, died in 2007 at the age of 42 after a long battle with Hepatitis C. He had been on a transplant list for a liver for almost a year, and had made it to the top of the list when he became too sick to be eligible.

That first year Megan and her brother, then 12 and 14 years old, raised $4,000 for the Gift of Life Foundation by selling wristbands and T-shirts. The T-shirts said Become a Donor and Save a Life.

The siblings continued to raise money and awareness, and this year Megan Bottino was awarded the Benjamin R. Chirls Scholarship from the NJ Sharing Network in cooperatio…

Chronix Biomedical and University of Göttingen Receive NACB Distinguished Abstract Award for Early Detection Method of Organ Transplant Rejection

Study presented at AACC 2013 demonstrates potential of blood test to improve outcomes
Newswise — HOUSTON and GÖTTINGEN, Germany (JULY 28, 2013) – Researchers from the University Medical Center Göttingen and Chronix Biomedical announce they have received a National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) Distinguished Abstract Award for their paper titled “Rapid and Cost Effective Measurement of Circulating Cell Free Graft DNA for the Early Detection of Liver Transplant Rejection.” The paper is based on a pilot study led by Michael Oellerich, M.D., FACB, FRCPath and Lower Saxony Distinguished Professor of Clinical Chemistry at the University Medical Center Göttingen, which demonstrated the utility of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) detected through a blood test as a biomarker to monitor organ transplant rejection.

Study results will be reported in an oral presentation (Abstract #A-93) at the American Association of Clinical Chemistry Annual Meeting (AACC 2013) being held July 28 through A…

All systems go for World Transplant Games

South African Broadcasting Company

The event will start on Monday in the Banana city with a range of activities including cycling, squash, volleyball, swimming and athletics.(SABC)

Hundreds of would-be participants in the World Transplant Games have lined the Durban beach promenade ahead of the launch of the biggest organ donor awareness event in the world.

The event will start on Monday in the Banana city with a range of activities including cycling, squash, volleyball, swimming and athletics. The participants have undergone heart, lung, kidney and bone-marrow transplants.

The Save Seven Lives Beach Walk on Sunday is marked by a display of colours of 50 nations taking part in the games.

Chairperson of the South African Transplant Sports Association- Willie Uys- says countries that have hosted the World Transplant Games have experienced a 30% increase in organ donor rates. Uys says the Games- that take place every second year- are the biggest organ donor awareness event in the wo…

Man gets kidney from daughter, then granddaughter

ABC Local, New York | Matt Kozar

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A family is sharing their amazing story of love, sacrifice, and survival.

"You guys, I love you, and there's nothing I wouldn't do for you," said Willie West, Kidney recipient.

And there's nothing that Willie West's family wouldn't do for them.

Nine years ago, his daughter donated her kidney to give him a new lease on life.

And when that kidney failed, West's granddaughter decided to follow in her mother's footsteps.

"You can live with one kidney and especially if you want to donate to someone who you love, why not," said Imani Lindsey, Willie's granddaughter.

The surgery happened Thursday night at Mount Sinai, which has a center for living donation.

The donor waiting list in New York for a new kidney is four to seven years, far too long for a 68-year-old on dialysis.

"We put the new kidney on the other side, so he now has four kidneys," said Dr. Scott Ames, surgeon.

He has four kid…

Barney first to join organ run

The Star 
Barney Pix is taking part in the Star Donor Run The one-year-old was the first person to be signed up for the eventToddler Barney Pix is striding out on his very first walk for a good cause - to raise awareness of organ donation.The one-year-old was also the first person to be signed up for The Star Donor Run at Don Valley Stadium on Saturday, August 17, and will stroll the 3km route with relatives.

People can show their support by joining the run, which is backed by The Star and part of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Sheffield.

It is also one of the last public participation events to be held at Don Valley before it closes.

Barney’s mum and games’ volunteer Aynsley Pix, of Woodseats, said: “I can’t wait to watch Barney cross the finish line and see his little face.

“The games are a big thing. 
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LETTER: Become an organ donor

Daily Freeman 

Dear Editor:

On June 3, my husband, Rev. Dr. Mark A. Frickey, passed away from a hereditary liver disease.

Mark was in the excellent care of the NYU Liver Transplant Team in New York City. When he passed, he was awaiting a liver transplant that would have cured his disease.

The next liver available was supposed to be for Mark, pending a match for his blood and liver types. He had been waiting for nearly three weeks, and was on the top of the transplant list, yet Mark’s organs slowly began to fail and his body became too weak to survive a liver transplant. Sadly, donor livers were simply not available during the month of May. Every other month at least 30 donor livers became available, yet during May, only seven were available to transplant patients.

Mark was 44 years old when he passed away.

Throughout his life, Mark supported many charitable and altruistic organizations. Mark volunteered his time and money to help others. Yet if supporting others involved somethi…

Family honors teen, seeks justice

Valley Central | Veronica Gallegos
Playing with his sister, 17-year-old Emily Martinez, is now impossible for 9-year-old Jose Fuentes.

"She would dance with me, she would do funny stuff, she would joke around with us (and) she would scare us," Fuentes said.

The family gathered Saturday and released white balloons in the air to honor the teenager that was killed on June 27.

"I love her and I miss her," Fuentes said.

The grieving family also lit candles and held posters with her image, all to pay their last respects at the very spot where Emily died – the intersection of Diaz and Robertson Streets.

The family said they will never forget the day they got word that Emily had been struck and killed by a driver, as she jogged just minutes from her home.

"Everyone was crying; we were all crying a lot, they didn’t let her go with my sister," her mother Laura Martinez said.Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to …

He's waiting for a heart

Sea Coast OnLine | Suzanne Laurent
Andy Blacksmith, co-host of "The Morning Buzz" on WHEB in Portsmouth and several other affiliates in the state, is waiting for a heart transpant after losing function on the left side of his heart, possibly from a viral infection four years ago. Suzanne Laurent photoWHEB's Blacksmith knows firsthand the importance of organ donationsPORTSMOUTH — Local morning radio personality Andy Blacksmith needs a new heart.

He has just returned to the airwaves after his eighth hospital admission for heart failure. Blacksmith is the co-host of "The Morning Buzz," that airs on WHEB in Portsmouth, WGIR (Rock 101) in Dover, and several other affiliates in the state.

Because he needs a donor heart, Blacksmith is very vocal about people who wish to be organ donors.

"They need to realize, it's not just checking the box on your license," he said. "They need to tell the person who will be responsible when they die — their spouse, pare…

Families find hope on social media for relatives needing organ transplants

Photo: Brandon Jarbo, left, 21, shares a moment with his mother Sue Jarbo who needs a kidney transplant and her son has launched a campaign on social media to help in the search. (Max Ortiz/The Detroit News)

Sue Jarbo, a single mother from Southfield, raised and protected her four sons all their lives. Now that they are growing up, the young men -- Brandon, 21; Julian, 20; Austin, 19 and Angelo, 14 -- have become her protectors, her bodyguards.

So when she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease almost four years ago, it’s no surprise that her sons took up the fight to help her survive.

“We all filled out the paperwork to see if we could donate a kidney to her, but they rejected all of us,” said her oldest son Brandon. “It’s genetic, so we could all have it too.”

With their mother in need of an organ transplant, and facing a wait of up to 10 years on the donor list, Brandon Jarbo has turned to social media to find a living donor.Continued readin…

Nationwide Series Driver Joey Gase Hits Fence, Joins Hagan & Sterling Minutes Later

Kent Sterling

Photo: Joey Gase looks younger than he is, but his behavior reflects a maturity few realize regardless of his age.

Joey Gase is only 20 years-old, used to attend races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a fan, and looked forward to running in this afternoon’s Indiana 250 Nationwide Race later today. His car got loose in Turn One, he hit the wall, and the dream of running at the World’s Greatest Race Course will have to wait for another day.

A guy as young as Gase is will have plenty of chances to qualify for events at the IMS. What he won’t have to wait for is to use his celebrity to make a difference in the lives of those waiting for transplants.
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SC lags in organ donor registration

The State South Carolina

About 22 percent of people who get a new driver’s license in South Carolina sign up for organ donation, a rate well below the national rate in this year’s National Donor Designation Report Card.

The national rate is about 45 percent, according to the report card compiled annually by Donate Life America. Montana (82 percent) and Alaska (80 percent) have the highest rates.

Of the 36 states that allow organ donor registration through drivers licenses, only New York (12.7) and Texas (19.1) have lower rates than South Carolina (21.7). South Carolina has 1,169,331 registered donors.

If you want to sign up as an organ donor but don’t plan to get or renew your driver’s license soon, you can sign up online at

More than 120,000 people nationwide, including nearly 1,000 in South Carolina, are awaiting organ transplants, according to the report.
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Man survives for two years without heart

The Sunday Times | Lois Rogers

Photo: Matthew Green, with wife Gill, had an external pump

A BRITISH man has set a record for survival without a human heart.
Matthew Green, 42, a married pharmaceutical consultant with a seven-year- old son, received a donor heart early last month having lived for two years with an external blood pump after the removal of his own fatally diseased organ.

The pioneering operation, carried out at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, had been his only hope of avoiding death from a deteriorating genetic condition. Green remains in hospital but doctors are hopeful he will be able to return home soon.

“I feel incredibly lucky that I have been given a third lease of life as a result of my heart transplant,” said Green. “It’s hard to put into words the gratitude I feel to my donor and their family. They have helped me to turn my life around again.”
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Transplants may benefit obese kidney patients

GMA News | Andrew M Seaman
NEW YORK - After kidney transplants, the risk of death over the next year falls just as much among obese kidney failure patients as it does for thinner people, says a new study.

Researchers found that the risk of an obese person dying during the year after a kidney transplant dropped about 66 percent, compared to obese people who remained on dialysis. That's equal to the benefit thinner people get from a transplant.

"This is good and important news with the changing environment and increasing regulation of transplantation. It confirms the benefit of transplantation in this high-risk group," said Dr. John Gill, the study's senior author from the University of British Columbia and St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

The researchers write in the American Journal of Transplantation that kidney transplantation is the preferred treatment for people with end-stage kidney disease.

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Minorities need to reconsider organ donation

Kentucky Herald Leader | Merlene Davis

Just over a year ago, Mari Marie Dawn Nelson of Louisville was in the University of Kentucky Hospital undergoing a triple organ transplant.

Both her lungs and her heart had deteriorated so badly, nothing short of replacing them would save her life.

She had been diagnosed with lupus at 18, rheumatoid arthritis at 22, and then developed pulmonary hypertension.

"I had always been a very healthy person," Nelson said. "I never smoked, never drank and never abused drugs. But somehow my body turned against me."

On July 7, the first anniversary of her transplant, Nelson acknowledged the 17-year-old anonymous male donor whose death gave her life. "I know because of him," she wrote, "I wouldn't have had a second chance at life. Thank you, God, and thank you to my donor. I don't know you but I love you."

Nelson, 30, has registered for classes at the University of Louisville, where she was studying before her illnes…

Town of Tonawanda police officer awaiting heart transplant savors home life

The Buffalo News | Anne Neville
Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Tim Day explains the battery pack for the mechanical heart pump that works part of his heart as his wife, Sherry, looks on. Photo gallery at Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News
It’s a typical hectic summer day for a family with three young children.

An aunt goes to pick up Clare, 6, from day camp. Erin, 9, sprawls on the couch with a “Despicable Me” game, and Henry, 4, changes for a swim lesson.

For Tim Day, the children’s father and an officer with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, who is watching all this from a seat at the dining room table, the hubbub of family life is close to paradise.

Day, 45, is at home in Kenmore with an implanted heart pump after spending 128 days in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, awaiting a transplant to replace his heart, which was ravaged by an autoimmune disease.

He never got that transplant, but he has stabilized enough, at least for now, to wait for a new heart at home.


LCC teacher gets kidney transplant after unexpected turn of events

Lansing State Journal | Ken Palmer
Roxanne Frith, who has polycystic kidney disease, has received a new kidney. / Rod Sanford/Lansing State Journal

Just a few days out of kidney transplant surgery, Roxanne Frith was feeling stronger than either she or her doctors could have expected.

“My kidney functions are normal,” Frith said Friday on the phone from Mercy Health St. Mary’s in Grand Rapids. “The doctors are using words like ‘amazing’ and ‘spectacular.’”

But things didn’t go exactly as planned for the Lansing photographer and teacher, who has polycystic kidney disease and was scheduled to receive a kidney from her brother on Aug. 12.

During his final pre-surgery tests on Thursday, her brother learned he has late onset PKD and was not a suitable donor, meaning she would have to wait for a kidney.

Then, through a friend, Frith learned of a potential donor in the Detroit area who suffered a cerebral aneurism and was on life support. The friend contacted the family, who agreed to an organ dona…

Brother's generous spirit lives on through organ donation

Bucyrus Telegraph | Kimberly Gasuras

Vicki Roll talks about her brother Dan Gerstenberger. / Anthony Conchel/Telegraph-Forum
Through loss, family learns to spread awareness about organ donation
BUCYRUS — Almost a year ago, Vicki Roll unexpectedly lost her brother. She says the pain and loss she feels is just as strong today as on that fateful day in August.

Many remember Roll’s brother, Dan Gerstenberger, as a generous person. The family thought it would only be fitting to donate his organs, as one last act of generosity.

“He was always helping someone so we wanted that to continue, even after he was gone,” Roll said.

Gerstenberger’s personality made the decision to donate easy for his family.

“He had it marked on his driver’s license that he was an organ donor,” Roll said.

Roll, who is a registered nurse, is no stranger to organ donation. Her friend, Donald Fetter, lost two children who drowned in a Galion neighbor’s swimming pool.
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Amid organ shortage, altruistic kidney donations increase but bring forth ethical debate

The Oregonian | By Soumya Karlamangla

Gene Baker, 61, received a kidney in December from a stranger. (Benjamin Brink/ Oregonian)

Last spring, just months before his luck turned, Gene Baker accepted that his time was running out. The Portland clinical psychologist's kidneys were failing.

Though he was on a transplant list, the 61-year old realized he might soon become one of the thousands who die each year waiting for a kidney. "I have a very limited number of springtimes left," he remembers telling his wife, Regina Brody.

Despite the odds, Baker got a new kidney last December. Not from a loved one or from someone who had died, but from a stranger who decided to donate one of hers. An increasing number of Americans, like Baker's donor, are giving their spare kidney to someone they don't know. With organ waiting lists getting longer and donations dropping since 2009, these altruistic donations are rare signs of optimism in the face of a growing shortage.

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Pure Transplant Solutions Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Its Novel Technology Poised to Change the Future of Organ Transplantation

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Austin, Texas (PRWEB) July 25, 2013

Pure Transplant Solutions, LLC (PTS) a biotechnology start-up company looking to revolutionize the future of transplantation medicine, has launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site,, to raise awareness and development funds of $100,000 in 45 days for its proprietary, selective Antibody Removal Column (the ARCTM). The ARC is a medical device that filters and selectively removes harmful antibodies from an organ recipients blood to allow an organ of a non-matched donor to be transplanted into the recipient, without the usual risk of organ rejection. The name of the PTS Indiegogo campaign is "Any Organ Any Body".

According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), it is estimated that over 215,000 Americans die yearly from diseases that are treatable by transplant. Each day, an average of 79 people receive a transplant, but on that same day, an average of 18 people die waiting for one. The len…

Transplant patients sponsored by Texas Children's Hospital to compete at World Transplant Games

Herald OnLine

HOUSTON, JULY 25, 2013 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, seven transplant recipients boarded a plane to Durban, South Africa, to represent Texas Children's Hospital and Team USA at the 19th World Transplant Games. There, these patients will join thousands of other athletes from around the world whose lives were saved by organ transplantation to compete for the gold. For more information about transplantation at Texas Children's Hospital visit:

Attending the Games with Texas Children's are three renal transplant patients, two heart transplant patients, a lung transplant patient and a patient who received a kidney-liver transplant. They will participate during the week long, Olympic-style event that celebrates patient athletes who have received life-saving organ transplants.

"All of these participants had to adhere to stringent guidelines while on their respective organ waitlists which included anything from activity rest…

Minority Donor Awareness Week begins Monday

Donate Life South Carolina

Minority Donor Awareness Week begins Monday. Save this cover photo and then use it on your page to help increase awareness in the minority community. 
South Carolina ranks second in the nation in the need for organs among African Americans! Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.DonateLifeSC.org______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: | Outside California: |

UMaine grad, Scarborough musician who underwent double lung transplant dies at 26

Portland, ME | Dawn Gagnon
BANGOR, Maine — Ashley Drew, the Scarborough musician and University of Maine graduate who underwent a double lung transplant last year, died Thursday at the age of 26, according to her loved ones.

“This morning, our sweet Ashley, peacefully passed away into the arms of Jesus,” her family posted Thursday on Air for Ashley, the Facebook page on which Drew chronicled her life’s journey, before and after her transplant procedure, which took place on June 8, 2012, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

“Our hearts are heavy, but our faith is strong and we know she is with her Lord and Savior. Our family wants to thank everyone for their love, support, prayers and words of encouragement. We will post more information later as arrangements are made. God Bless!” the post said.

Drew made headlines around Maine as she prepared to undergo the double lung transplant, which she needed because her own lungs were scarred by cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition she battled…

Little boy's life bringing hope and awareness to Kentucky

WPSD | Reporter - Elizabeth Fields; Photojournalist - Mason WatkinsGraves County, Ky.- Heather and Adam Cain are proud of their son who's the newest poster child of organ donation. They're just devastated that he's not here to see it himself.

Hunter Cain was just 19 months old when he died waiting for a heart transplant. He was born with a heart defect and survived two surgeries before he was five months old. But his little heart wasn't as strong as his joyful attitude.

The Mayfield Lion's Club was planning on throwing a benefit ride and concert to help Heather and Adam with the medical bills while Hunter was getting treatment. After he passed away they decided to have it anyway. The Cain's would like to raise money for other families who have children on the transplant waiting list. They would also like to raise awareness about organ donation.Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To…

I won back my lover by donating the kidney that saved her Australia | Eleanor Harding
Gordon Henry donated his kidney to his ex-partner. Now they are in love again. Picture: Ross ParryA SELFLESS father has won back his partner 20 years after they split - by donating his kidney to her.
Gordon Henry, 53, has rekindled his love with Joanne Macfarlane following the extraordinary and brave gift that saved her life.

The pair split in 1993 and lived 135 miles (217km) apart but stayed friends for the sake of their son, Jordan. When Mr Henry, a courier, heard his former love was in desperate need of a donor when a chronic kidney condition flared up again, he stepped forward to help.

He offered one of his kidneys and went under the knife when doctors discovered he was a perfect match.Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: | Outside California: | www.dona…

'Molly's Organ Trail' raises awareness for organ donations

KETV OMAHA, Neb. —A 24-year-old died waiting for an organ transplant, and now her family and friends are traveling across the country asking for people to register as an organ donor.

Molly Pearce-Eaker died June 4 from an intestinal disease.

The foundation in her name is remembering her with Molly’s Organ Trail. Her husband, Corey Eaker, and her friends are traveling 10,000 miles in 26 days, stopping along the way to enroll people with reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: | Outside California: |

3-mile trail run will benefit organ donation on Saturday

Live Well Nebraska

Donate Life Nebraska, an organization that promotes organ and tissue donations, is holding its second annual Trail Run & Heroes Walk on Saturday in northwest Omaha.

The 3-mile trail run and 1.2-mile walk is set for 8 a.m. at Tranquility Park on the northwest corner of 120th Street and West Maple Road.

The event is designed to draw attention to the need for organ donation.

Online registration is closed, but you can sign up on Friday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Julio's West, near 123rd and West Center Road or the day of the event at Tranquility Park between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Registration is $35 for adults and $30 for transplant recipients and donor family members. Kids can sign up for $15, or $10 if they are a transplant recipient or related to a donor. The fee includes an event T-shirt, though supplies and sizes are limited.

Bagels and live music will follow. There will be awards.To learn more click HERE______________________________________________________ &…

Interfaith: Organ donations not only saves lives, it keeps commandments

Ventura County Star
Rabbi Gershon Weissman
A few weeks ago, we who live in Israel read about Jewish Israelis Sarit and Avi Naor, who donated a kidney from their son Noam to a 10-year-old Muslim boy, Yakoub Ibhisad, who has been on dialysis for seven years. Noam suffered irreversible lower-brain death after falling from a fourth-story window in his home to the second floor below. The Naor family who are religiously observant consulted with their rabbi who agreed with their decision to donate their son’s kidney. Only one of their son’s kidneys was fit to be donated.

In recent years, Jewish law has come to find ways to incorporate medical advances without compromising Jewish values. Though it is critically important to have a medically knowledgeable rabbi determine whether death has occurred which would then allow organ transplantation, it is now a positive precept to donate a person’s organ upon death of the donor, when it can immediately benefit a living person i…