Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Megan’s family hopes for transplant

Salmon Arms Observer | Martha Wickett


Megan Leverrier – Needs liver transplant.— Image Credit: File Photo
The hope that Megan Leverrier’s dad Jaimie might be able to be a liver donor for her is no longer a possibility.

The Leverrier family was informed Thursday at Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital that a live donor will not work for four-year-old Megan, who has a rare tumour attached to her liver.

“They’re on the donor list and apparently Megan’s been bumped up to one of the top ones,” said Megan’s aunt Tracey Nickolson. “Now it’s a waiting game to try and keep her healthy. It could come at any time.”

Nickolson said the importance of people registering as organ donors has now become paramount for the family, as a transplant appears to be Megan’s best hope.
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Cancer-stricken 10-month-old girl gets new liver

Local 10 | Neki Mohan


New beginnings for infant diagnosed with cancer
Doctors say liver transplant only option to save her life
Miami-At 10 months old, Makinley Edwards is a sight for sore eyes.

It wasn't that long ago that she was dying. She had lost her liver to cancer.

"At 2 months, at her exam, the doctor felt something and said, 'Go have an ultrasound,'" mother Nicole Edwards said.

For the next six months, the Edwards watched their daughter endure surgeries and suffering. That was until a liver came along from a 4-year-old who died.

"We had a liver from a 4-year-old child, but it was still too big for her so we had to reduce its size for her," Holtz Children's Hospital transplant surgeon Dr. Akin Tekin said.

It was a bittersweet moment for the Edwards.
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NEVADA DONOR NETWORK ANNOUNCESRECORD GROWTH IN ORGAN TISSUE DONATION

Pitch Engine | Global Reach Press
(LAS VEGAS) Nevada Donor Network (NDN) is proud to announce a second consecutive year of record breaking increases in all aspects of organ and tissue donation. 

In 2013, the team facilitated donations from 104 organ donors, 373 tissue donors and 632 cornea donors. This equates to a 96% rise in organ donation activity compared to 2011 which has resulted in a 78% increase in the number of lifesaving organs transplanted from these heroic donors. 

NDN’s tissue recovery has also risen by 64% over the previous two years. Cornea recovery fell slightly in 2012 but increased 16% in 2013 and posted a 75% increase in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 2013. “These significant increases are a testament to the heroism of our courageous donors and their families. Without their strength and willingness to save and improve the lives of others, this would not be possible,” says Joe Ferreira, President and CEO of the Nevada Donor Network.
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United Hospital Center Hosts Tree Dedication for Organ Donors and Recipients

WBOY | Katie Anderson
CLARKSBURG -United Hospital Center dedicated a tree on Wednesday afternoon to honor and remember organ donors, their families, and recipients.

As part of 'Donate Life Month' the tree was planted at the People's Hospice Memorial Garden in VA Park next to the Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center.

People affected by organ and tissue donation were invited to attend, including Angela Golden from Phillipi, who received a kidney transplant a few years ago.

Golden said the connection she now has with the donor family is priceless.
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Teacher grateful for double organ transplant

Simcoe County
Teacher grateful for double organ transplant
Jennifer Bieniek, left, thanks her sister Elise Poupard for donating a kidney to her in 2012.

As Ontario’s 360th pancreas transplant recipient, Jennifer Bieniek is happy to be back in her classroom.

But she didn’t start out with such optimism after her health quickly deteriorated to the point she needed dialysis.

She was diagnosed with diabetes in her early teens and that was part of the reason her kidneys started to fail, she said.

“I knew dialysis was coming. I got a central line every three days and would spend four of five hours hooked up to the machine,” Bieniek said.

She’d get massive migraines on those days, but still managed to work part-time at Blue Mountain resort.

She was on the list for a donated kidney, but that wait could be as long as eight years.
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Stranger decides to donate kidney to save sick 2-year-old girl

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Arianna Moore (L) with her mother, Ashley Moore (R).MY FOX TWIN CITIES

It's not uncommon for patients who need donor organs to wait weeks, months or even years. But it is a bit unusual to find a donor via Facebook.

When she was just 7 weeks old, Arianna Moore's kidney failed. Two years later, she's going to be getting a new one thanks to the generosity of a woman who was a complete stranger -- until an online effort caught her eye.

Most people may never know by watching the rambunctious 2-year-old play with her twin sister, but she is in desperate need of a life-saving organ transplant.

"She makes it a little easier because she's so happy," Ashley Moore, Arianna's mother, told Fox 9 News. "The hardest times are when she's sick."

Arianna Moore suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes scarring of the kidney, and she must undergo 10 hours of dialysis every day.

"When I had her, and they said, 'Her kidneys don't work,' I was like, "What do you mean? She's a baby,'" Ashley Moore recalled. "She was completely healthy at birth."
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Forest Grove fatal crash: Dieter-Robinson family to host organ donation awareness event in honor of two girls

The Oregonian | Edwin Rios
Susan Dieter-Robinson and Tom Robinson, along Donate Life Northwest, will host an event this Saturday, May 3 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Forest Grove High School to celebrate the two girls' lives, promote awareness about organ donations, and encourage others to donate.

In the aftermath of a fatal crash on Oct. 20 that killed their daughters, Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and Abigail Robinson, Susan Dieter-Robinson and her husband Tom Robinson faced a decision few parents would care to experience.

Robinson and Dieter-Robinson had openly discussed with Anna and Abigail the possibility of organ donation in the event one of the parents died suddenly.

Dieter-Robinson, looking back at their talks during a press conference Tuesday afternoon, said why she told the girls: she didn’t want there to be a time where someone else explained it to them.
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Ontario puts organ and tissue stats for individual hospitals online

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Sick Kids Hospital exteriors on Elizabeth St in Toronto, shot on Feb 17 2013. Tostar News

Barely half of potential organ donors actually become donors, according to statistics released Monday by Ontario’s Trillium Gift of Life Network.

And for the first time, performance data posted online show where each hospital can increase those lives affected by organ and tissue donation, while honouring the wishes of people who want to give the gift of life with their death.

There’s lots of room for improvement, says Ronnie Gavsie, TGLN’s CEO.

“Certainly transparency drives performance improvement,” she says. “Not only the hospitals — we play a role in this, too.”

Quarterly numbers released Monday reveal that the 42 hospitals required to notify TGLN of potential donors did so 93 per cent of the time between April 1 and Dec. 31, 2013. But during that same period, only 52 per cent of potential donation cases — referred to as the conversion rate — became donors.

The number is driven down by families who don’t give consent.
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Best friends lose sons in tragic accidents, both allow sons to donate organs

The Slidell Independent | KEVIN CHIRI

SLIDELL – Tere Walsh and Mary Ann Haynie have had a bond since they were kids.

The women grew up in the same neighborhood in Metairie, and then re-connected in their adult lives when both ended up on the North Shore, and Mary Ann was teaching at a private school where Tere’s kids began to attend.

Now, both near the age of 60, the women are closer than ever for a reason neither one would have wished for.

Tere and Mary Ann both lost their sons in automobile accidents and both made the decision to allow the organs from their boys to be donated so others could live.

With April serving as “National Donate Life Month,” which encourages others to sign up to be an organ donor should the situation arise, Tere and Mary Ann shared their personal story about losing their sons and why they made the decision to help others, during a time of such tragedy and heartbreak.
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Arkansas Donor Family Council (ArkDFC) is a group of Arkansas donor families that works to provide support for other donor families

ArkDFC

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The Arkansas Donor Family Council (ArkDFC) is comprised of a group of Arkansas donor families that works to provide support for other donor families and works to promote organ and tissue donation awareness.

The ArkDFC members represent the wide range of Arkansas families that have made the choice to give the "gift of life" through organ and tissue donation - coming from different areas of the state, having different

economic and social statuses, having different life experiences, and at different points of their lives. Some of the members are donor mothers or fathers; others are donor husbands or wives.

Regardless of these differences, their lives have been brought together through donation and their desire to help others.
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Angels for Life campaign urges minorities in southeast Michigan to save and heal lives through organ donation

Gift of Life Michigan
Detroit, MI -- Even if you haven’t attended a house of worship lately or aren’t connected with a faith community at all, four Detroit clergymen -- Bishop Phillip A. Brooks, Rev. Ronald Copeland, Rev. Patrick Gahagen and Deacon Lawrence Bailey – have a message they want you to hear and act upon:

“Become an Angel for Life and give the gift of life by signing up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.”

The men are all spokespersons for the 2014 Angels for Life campaign and are alive today because each received one or more donated organs. The campaign, sponsored by Gift of Life Michigan and Gift of Life Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), kicked off on April 24. It encourages Detroit and southeast Michigan residents to sign up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, with a special emphasis on attracting donors of African American, Hispanic and Middle Eastern descent.

“There is a stark statistical reality in Michigan,” said MOTTEP Director Remonia Chapman. “Of the 3,300 Michiganders now waiting for organ transplants, 1,663 are from ethnic minority groups; the majority of whom are African American. And while transplants between people of different ethnicities are common, matches are more likely to be successful between people of the same ethnic background. That’s why we are especially reaching out to faith-based organizations that have deep community roots to carry this message.”



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Transplant patient grilling up praise in Old City

ABC 6 | Lisa Thomas-Laury

PHILADELPHIA - April 29, 2014 (WPVI) -- An Alabama man who has been patiently waiting for a rare double transplant in Philadelphia since last summer has been biding his time by heating up the grill.

Jimmy Powell loves to barbecue for his new friends - the residents at the Gift of Life Family House in Old City.

"I just want to help and support and do all I can while I'm here," says Powell. "Because they do so much for me."

Family House for about ten months - since last July when he and his wife Belinda realized that driving back and forth from Trinity Alabama, near Huntsville, was just too grueling.

Belinda says, "We've met a lot of very, very, very nice people here. The Family House has been a godsend."

The type of surgery Jimmy needs has only been performed about sixty times in the world. It's a dual lung/liver transplant, and the organs must come from the same donor.

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5-year-old organ donor Savannah Sides: 'I'm not going to need it when I get to Heaven'

Alabama | Solomon Crenshaw Jr.
Five-year-old Savannah Sides saved five people and provided sight to two others by insisting that her mother register her as an organ donor in 2007. She will be remembered during the Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. Her picture will appear on the on the trunk lid of the No. 52 Chevy driven by Joey Gase. (Submitted photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Stephen Sides could scarcely believe he was hearing himself speak after a doctor told him his 5-year-old daughter had died.

"Really, I heard myself say it," the Jasper resident recalled. "It's like I was watching myself."

Savannah Faith Sides was a passenger in the car her mother was driving on May 15, 2007, when they were struck head on by another car. Sandy Sides was in a coma, unaware that her daughter's brain was no longer functioning.

Stephen Sides was with Savannah as doctors administered one last test to see if her young life might continue. A shake of the doctor's head told the father the answer was no.

"We started walking out of the room and I turned back to (the doctor) and said, 'Can she help anybody?' The doctor wasn't sure what I'd just said. She said, 'Do you mean ... ?'

"Yes," Sides recalled. "She wanted to help people. Can she help anybody?"

One month to the day before the fateful car collision that would take her life, Savannah insisted on providing the means to extend the lives of others, convincing her mother to sign her up to be an organ donor.
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Ann Lopez orders her Pink Dot License Plate

Donate Life California 
Living kidney donor Ann Lopez shares why she ordered her Pink Dot License Plate and encourages more Californians to order their own Pink Dot Plate and consider being living kidney donors.


To order your Pink Dot License Plate, go to http://www.pinkdotplate.org/.


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Donors can have traditional funerals because they are treated with dignity and respect befitting of heroes

California Transplant Donor Network
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Latino Life

ABC Local 30 | Graciela Moreno


Organ Donation: One organ donor can save up to eight lives

Guests:

Rick Elizondo/California Transplant Donor Network
German Amezcua/Father

California Transplant Donor Network
www.ctdn.org
(888) 570-9400

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Meet Carson, an organ donor who was chasing his dreams...

Save 8 Texas

Today is the final day of #30Stories30Days – We hope these stories of selfless giving and thankful living has strengthened your decision to be a donor or encouraged you to register with Donate Life. Please meet Carson, an organ donor.

A 24-year-old filmmaker and Texas Christian University grad, Carson was chasing his dream in LA when he was struck by a car as he crossed the street.

“We know Carson would have wanted to help others…He saved 4 lives through his organ donation. We feel like it is important to publicly share our story and raise awareness on the importance of organ donation. It has touched our family in so many ways, and we are grateful that we chose to Donate Life,” his family says
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Parents: Girl killed in hit-run saved lives through organ donation

KATU | Emily Sinovic, KATU News

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Parents of two sisters killed in a hit-and-run are talking for the first time about the importance of organ donation after their daughter Abigail's tragic death resulted in the donation of her organs, giving life to others.

"We received a letter from one of her kidney recipients just thanking us and describing what their week was like and that they prayed for us, and we prayed for them," Abigail's mother, Susan Deiter-Robinson said.

She and her husband Tom Robinson both spoke about the impact Abigail's organ donations have had on their ability to find some peace after Abigail and her stepsister Anna were killed in a hit-and-run in front of their Forest Grove home last October.

"It hits home the fact what Abigail did. ... "She really did save a someone's life," said Tom Robinson.
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Parents proud of daughter’s ‘gift of life’

KOIN 6 | Amy Frazier
FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The parents of two Forest Grove girls who were hit and killed while playing in a pile of leaves said amid the tragedy, they are proud to know that one of their daughters was able to give the “gift of life.”

“Her liver went to an 8-year-old boy and then her cornea went to a 9-year-old in the Pacific Northwest,” said Susan Dieter-Robison about her daughter’s organ donations. “It’s a joy that has come out of our situation and the good being able to make a donation like that of Abigail’s organs.”

Susan Dieter-Robison and her husband, Tom Dieter-Robison, said their focus now is spreading love as 6-year-old Anna and her step-sister Abigail once did.

“Word can’t even express how proud we are of them,” said Susan.
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Couple a perfect match, but not for kidney transplant

SF Gate


Dr. William Bry Photo: Courtesy Of CPMC
Jack H. met Janette E. through an online dating service. In Jack's words, "We were a natural fit," and soon they were engaged and living together. Later, when Janette discovered she had kidney failure, the Internet provided a different kind of matching service - for a kidney.

This time the date was for the operating room.

When blood tests indicated that both Janette's son and Jack were incompatible with her, her transplant team turned to the National Kidney Registry ( www.kidneyregistry.org), the largest paired donation organization in the country.

The registry uses the Internet to connect incompatible pairs at different transplant centers and forge them into transplant chains. Jack donated a kidney and Janette received a kidney, but not directly from him to her. Janette's kidney came from a donor in Los Angeles and Jack's kidney went to a patient in Cleveland, but more on that later.

For most patients, a kidney transplant improves the quality and length of life. The wait can be five to seven years for a kidney from a deceased donor. Kidneys from living donors last longer and function better.
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Transplant patient (and soon-to-be nurse) stages the eighth benefit at Knuckleheads for others like him.

Kansas City Star | Timothy Finn


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Merle Zuel’s 2007 heart transplant saved his life and served as the impetus for MerleJam, a two-day benefit at Knuckleheads.

In February, Merle Zuel celebrated the seventh anniversary of his heart transplant. This weekend, at Knuckleheads, he is celebrating the eighth annual MerleJam, which raises money for heart-transplant patients and their families. Later this month, Zuel expects to complete his nursing degree. The three things are related.

Zuel, 52, has worked part time at Knuckleheads since 2006. On Feb. 23, 2007, he underwent heart transplant surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital. He has since become an ambassador for organ transplants and the Midwest Transplant Network. Though he has worked tirelessly as a transplant advocate, about three years ago Zuel decided it was time to give back to the profession that saved his life. And also introduced him to his wife, Kim, who was his respiratory therapist while he was hospitalized.

“I realized I had more to give,” Zuel said. “I wanted to prove myself professionally and give back by taking care of others.”

So he enrolled in school, taking a year to get prerequisites out of the way, then enrolled in the two-year nursing program at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
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Hamptons Organizations Team Up With New York Organ Donor Network During Donate Life Month

Hamptons | Nicole Barylski


Karin Lee, Hospital Services Specialist, NYODN; JoAnn Edginton, RN, MSN, ANP, Transplant Administrative Coordinator, NYODN; Frank Dalene, East Hampton Lions Club and Donor Father; Jeff Williams, Donor Father; Andrea Eisenman, Organ Transplant Recipient; and Karen Wulffraat, Community Outreach Coordinator, Southampton Hospital. (Courtesy Photo)
"Thanks to our partnership with Southampton Hospital and the New York Organ Donor Network, we were able to increase organ donor registration on the East End by 102 percent from 2009 to 2012," said Frank Dalene of the East Hampton Lions Club.

2014 marks the eighth consecutive year that the Hamptons Hospital, New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN), and East Hampton Lions Club have joined forces during Donate Life Month to boost awareness of the need for additional organ donors in New York State.

To help spread the word, Southampton Hospital hosted a special presentation for medical staff, residents, and students, with personal stories from family members of organ donors and an organ transplant recipient.

For Dalene the effort to improve organ donor registration is a personal matter. He and his wife had lost their son tragically and found comfort in the news that his tissue donation gave two people the gift of sight.
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Billboard promotes need for organ donors

Bowling Green Daily News | KATIE BRANDENBURG


A Franklin woman has decided to bring attention to her great nieces need for a new kidney - as well as the needs of others waiting for an organ transplant - by using a billboard to get her message out to motorists.
A Franklin woman decided to bring attention to her great-niece’s need for a new kidney – as well as the needs of others waiting for organ transplants – by using a billboard to get out her message.

Darlene Jones said she heard about how another woman used a billboard to advertise her husband’s need for a kidney donation and how he eventually received one. She thought the idea might be worth a try.

“I work in tourism, so billboards are our life,” she said.

The billboard on U.S. 31-W near Interstate 65 in Franklin, which includes a photo of Jones’ 21-year-old great-niece Molly Copas, states that a kidney donor is needed for a local girl and asks people to visit vanderbilttransplantcenter.com or call 615-936-0695 for more information.
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Emory University Hospital Midtown Honors Organ Donors

Emory Healthcare


Earlier this month, team members from Emory University Hospital Midtown gathered on the steps of the hospital to recognize and celebrate organ donors.

Currently, there are more than 120,000 men, women and children in the United States who are waiting on an organ transplant. Though transplantation saves thousands of lives each year, there are always many more people in need of a transplant than there are organ donors. With that in mind, a team of nurses, chaplains and staff have boosted efforts to raise awareness of organ donation.
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Cleveland lands Donate Life Transplant Games for summer 2016

Drains Cleveland Business | Timothy Mcgaw


David Gilbert, president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, announces that the city will host the Donate Life Transplant Games in summer 2016.
First the Senior Games, then the Gay Games and now the Transplant Games.

The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission announced Tuesday, April 29, that the Donate Life Transplant Games will come to Cleveland in summer 2016. The event will involve 9,000 visitors participating in more than 20 events and other activities throughout Greater Cleveland.

The sports commission will manage the biennial event, which serves as a platform for education on organ and tissue donation. Lifebanc, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals also will support the games, which are expected to provide between $5 million and $8 million in economic activity.

Exact event locations will be announced at a later date. This year’s games will be held in July in Houston.
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Help change the low number of organ donors in the Valley

Valley Central | Mary Avila


Over 120,000 men, women and children are currently awaiting an organ transplant and one of them is Esteban Perez Jr.

From the day he was born the Brownsville teen’s kidneys began failing.

His father, Esteban Perez Sr. said his son’s first day of life involved having 11 tubes in him at one time.

It was his father who ultimately saved his life by giving him a kidney.

Now at 17 , Esteban is hoping to beat the odds again.

“Recently within the last year or so, his kidney function started to deteriorate,” said Perez.

His father added that the Veteran High School student is forced to go to dialysis three times a week in Corpus Christi.
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First person: Donation gives local man a second heart

U-T San Diego | By Bob Maggiore


After widow-maker heart attack, transplant keeps golfer on course
Given my seven-year odyssey it’s easy to be an advocate for organ donation. I am compelled to encourage people to give this extraordinary gift because I’m only here today because of it. Thanks to the generosity of a man who never knew me, I’m now living a happy and fulfilling life.

On May 26, 2007 I was enjoying a day of golf when my heart made other plans. I began having cold sweats and nausea so I went into the golf shop and asked someone to call 911. I regained consciousness three days later in the hospital. I later learned that a woman who worked at the facility rushed over from another building and performed CPR on me until paramedics arrived. I coded (heart stopped) three times in the golf shop before being transported to the nearest hospital.

The attack was extremely severe. A doctor told my family that there was a less than 1 percent chance of surviving heart attacks that are caused by a 100 percent blockage to the Left Anterior Descending Artery. It’s called the “Widow Maker Heart Attack” for that reason. I suppose I can say that I got lucky on my unluckiest of days. I left the hospital 31 days later. That was followed by a tough six months. Two years later, my damaged heart began to fail.
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Second kidney transplant is keeping it in the family

Oxford Mail | Ben Wilkerson


Barnaby Kemp with his dad Tim Kemp, right, and his sister Victoria Hellon, left, pictured near his parent’s home in Bath. Picture by Jay Williams
HEADINGTON father Barnaby Kemp is now even closer to his family after two of them donated kidneys to him.

The 41-year-old this month received a kidney from his sister at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital – 13 years after his father gave him one.

He said: “We were already close, but it has definitely brought me closer to my family.”

The father-of-two was diagnosed with a kidney disorder in 1999 and said the donations from his relatives had saved him from having to go on dialysis.

His dad Tim, 75, who lives in Bath with wife Lesley, first donated a kidney in 2001 at Guy’s Hospital in London.
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Local boy to compete in The Transplant Games of America

Woodlands Online | C. Pilgrim


Left: Kian with his younger sister, Sami. Right: Kian and a friend at the Winter World Transplant Games in Switzerland

THE WOODLANDS, Texas -- Kian Shah-Ackroyd is nine years old and lives in The Woodlands with his parents, David Ackroyd and Nishma Shah, and younger sister, Sami. The family is originally from The United Kingdom, but they moved to The Woodlands less than a year ago. Kian is full of life, loves playing with his friends, and cares greatly for others, but in fact, when he was just a baby, doctors weren’t even sure if Kian would live to see his first birthday. Now, nine years later, The Shah-Ackroyd family is doing all they can to help raise awareness for Childhood Liver Disease and organ donation. Organ donation saved their son’s life, and now they want to help save others.

On March 28, 2005, Kian was born in The United Kingdom, and just a few weeks later, he was diagnosed with Childhood Liver Disease. At only five weeks of age, he underwent his first operation, but the procedure failed, so Kian was put on the transplant list when he was just six months old. The doctor warned his parents that if Kian didn’t receive a liver transplant by the time he was one, the chances of him surviving were very unlikely.
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Donate Life walk raises awareness for organ donation

Daily Titan | CYNTHIA WASHICKO


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Over 10,000 participants walked, ran, strolled or jogged, held pictures of loved ones or walked with their images printed on shirts, while medals and mementos adorned signs. The goal of the event was to raise awareness for organ and tissue donation for the 12th annual Donate Life event on Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.

The Donate Life walk/run began in 2003 by a woman who is no stranger to the struggles and life-altering demands of organ donation. Kathleen Hostert’s husband, Craig Hostert, was diagnosed in 1986 with an autoimmune disorder that affected his kidneys. He would require a kidney transplant, but had to wait until a match could be found, like nearly 100,000 patients today.

Nine years after his diagnosis, Craig’s kidneys failed. When his siblings were ruled out as matching donors, he started dialysis treatment to replace the functions his working kidneys would have provided.
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Lubbock 10-year-old sheds light on organ donation

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal | Ellysa Gonzalez


Lori Flores remembers the birth of her youngest daughter vividly.

Something was obviously wrong in ultrasounds, Lori said, but doctors couldn’t pinpoint what it was.

“Whenever I delivered her, they took her straight to surgery,” Lori said.

A malrotation of the small intestine – obstruction caused by abnormal development of the intestines of a fetus while in the womb, according to kidshealth.org – was endangering the life of her newborn daughter Nevaeh Flores.

In the next few days, the family learned Nevaeh would need a small intestine, liver and pancreas transplant. What was supposed to be a magical time ended up being a nightmare.
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Gift of Life works to uphold the law in Saginaw County so lives can be saved

Gift of Life Michigan

Gift of Life Michigan has sued Saginaw County and its medical examiner after authorities there prevented the donation of life-saving organs, as required by law.

The suit asks the court to order Saginaw officials to comply with a 2005 Michigan law – similar to those in other states – that requires county medical examiners and Gift of Life Michigan to work in tandem so that both death investigations and organ donation can successfully occur.

Both are possible, and both routinely happen in Michigan. In this case, however, there was no cooperation from the medical examiner and the opportunity for potentially life-saving organ donations was lost.

Some points we would like to share:
  • Gift of Life has been involved in hundreds of medical examiner (ME) cases over the years and is not aware of a single criminal case that was compromised because that person became an organ donor.
  • Gift of Life Michigan works diligently to provide MEs with resources and information they need to conduct their investigations. An open letter to every medical examiner in the state in 2006 detailed a list of a dozen things we are willing to do, including allowing him or her to do a pre-operative physical assessment of the donor, and allow the ME to be present in the operating room to evaluate and biopsy each organ removed. Gift of Life also can arrange for forensic photographs to be taken.
  • Medical examiners study damaged or injured organs as evidence during their investigations. Those organs could never be used in a transplant. Gift of Life Michigan would only use the healthy, viable organs to help save lives.
  • The Michigan Association of Medical Examiners supports cooperation with organ, tissue and eye procurement organizations, as does the National Association of Medical Examiners.
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Doctors are NOT looking for pink dots. So go ahead and sign up as a donor

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Poll: Is Gift of Life right to sue Saginaw County medical examiner?

Gift of Life Michigan

Gift of Life Michigan has filed a lawsuit against a county and medical examiner who prevented a 6 year old boy from becoming an organ donor upon his tragic death. The local paper is conducting an online poll with what is essentially a false question - they continue to make it sound like a choice needs to be made between organ donation and autopsy for criminal investigation. Our state legislators are watching this poll, deciding whether they want to amend the law to disallow organ donations in murder cases or not. As you all know, there is no need to amend it - donation and autopsies can happen. In fact, if an organ is so damaged from the cause of death that it could serve as evidence in trial, it's not going to be transplantable, anyway!

Please, pop over to this online poll and vote for Gift of Life and the ME working together, we would GREATLY appreciate it:http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2014/04/poll_what_do_you_think_gift_of.html
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Chris: Made Possible by an Organ Donor

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Monday, April 28, 2014

PHS teacher's kidney a gift of friendship

Sea Coast on line | Charles McMahon


PORTSMOUTH — Throughout the nearly 40 years they've known each other, Linda Berry and Lynda Bettcher have shared many memories together.

From traveling with their husbands and relaxing on the beach, to working as educators at Portsmouth High School, the two companions have surely experienced a lot.

On Tuesday, the bosom buddies, who admittedly are as thick as thieves, plan to share a new type of memory together. The two companions will head to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for a medical procedure where Bettcher gives Berry a kidney she sorely needs.

With her kidney functioning at less than 20 percent, Berry suffers from end stage kidney disease and is dire need of a transplant. Called chronic interstitial nephritis or chronic kidney disease, the symptoms are exhausting and life altering.
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An About-Face on a Risky Transplant

The New York Times | By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D.


When the world’s first face transplant was performed in France in 2005, it pushed medical boundaries and made headlines. Yet the procedure’s future was very much in doubt.

The surgeons, operating on a 38-year-old Frenchwoman whose face had been mauled by her pet Labrador, had to surmount the opposition of prestigious medical societies, which declared the procedure unethical and immoral. Critics, including surgeons who had lost out in competing to do the first face transplant, said the pioneering team did not follow ethical and legal guidelines.

But the first comprehensive review of every face transplant reported since then — 28 in seven countries, counting the French case but not two done in Turkey since the review was completed — has removed many of those early doubts.
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DONATE LIFE MONTH: Live kidney transplant coordinator knows he is making a difference

Aurora Health Care Foundation


Meet Jeff Klister, the living kidney donor coordinator at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. In an unassuming cubicle he does his part to save lives. His primary role is to communicate with living kidney donors to help them navigate the evaluation process for donating their kidney, to a loved one or stranger. Jeff also coordinates with surgeons and the entire medical team to ensure everyone has the best information to make a determination about the potential living kidney transplant.

Jeff has been working in this role for 2 months, but he is not new to kidney transplant. For the past 17 years he has been working at Aurora St. Luke’s giving great care to patients with end stage renal disease. With the creation and development of the abdominal transplant program at Aurora St. Luke’s, his unit evolved into the abdominal transplant unit.

Throughout his years in patient care, Jeff also worked in his spare time serving patients at local dialysis centers. “Patients are at ease when they see a familiar face at dialysis,” says Jeff. “I remember them from their time in the hospital and they remember me. It develops a good rapport and trust.”
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40 Force: Donation Day – A Donor Story

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Saving lives through organ donation – that’s what the 40 Force is focused on tonight.

Every 10 minutes, another name is added to the organ transplant waiting list, but many times, the names you don’t hear about are the men and women who are the donors.

People like Jeff Leporati from West Springfield.

Teresa Leporati is her son Jeffrey’s biggest fan, as any mother would be. From the very day he was born, there was just something special about him.

He was – in a word – thoughtful, like the time right after the October surprise snowstorm hit western Mass. back on Halloween 2011.

“He had worked all day long, he was walking home and saw somebody shoveling out their car and he stopped and helped this person….had no idea who they were. You know, that’s just the kind of kid he was,” explains Teresa Leporati.
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40 Force: Donation Day – A Recipient’s Story

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — This Monday, 40 Force is focused on organ donation. It’s a simple act that *can… And *does save lives each and every day.

It’s something that takes just minutes, but can make a difference that last a lifetime.

It did for Scott Meyer of Holyoke.

To put it simply, Meyer is lucky to be alive, but even more than that, he’s thankful to be alive.

“It’s a whole new way of life. Something that…I’m still getting used to it,” Meyer explains.

Diagnosed with iganephropathy – a kidney disease that eventually destroys them – Meyer spent three years waiting for a new kidney.

Three years getting dialysis and getting sicker. Three years watching the clock and wondering ‘Will I make it?’

“I could basically die…without a kidney.”
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ALL 4 MOORE: Florida kidney donor saves Minnesota toddler

My FOX Twin Cities | Bill Keller


PINE CITY, Minn. (KMSP) - It's not uncommon for patients who need donor organs to wait weeks, months or even years -- but it is a bit unusual to find a donor via Facebook like one Minnesota family did.

When she was just 7 weeks old, Arianna Moore's kidney failed. Two years later, she's going to be getting a new one thanks to the generosity of a woman who was a complete stranger until an online effort caught her eye.

Most people may never know by watching the rambunctious 2-year-old play with her twin sister, but she is in desperate need of a life-saving organ transplant.

"She makes it a little easier because she's so happy," Ashley Moore told Fox 9 News. "The hardest times are when she's sick."

Arianna Moore suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes scarring of the kidney, and she must undergo 10 hours of dialysis each and every day.
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