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Evie Clasper celebrates fourth birthday in hospital

Gazette Live | Lindsey Sampson

Evie Clasper has had a heart transplant
Little Evie Clasper is still poorly in the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, but her mum Dawn says the family is hoping to have her home within the next five to six weeks
A brave youngster was spending her fourth birthday in her hospital bed today as she continues to recover after a life-saving heart transplant.

Little Evie Clasper is still poorly in the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, but her mum Dawn says the family is hoping to have her home within the next five to six weeks.

Evie had the desperately-needed heart transplant in April after an agonising wait for a donor which left the Ingleby Barwick tot at death’s door.

She had already had countless operations since being born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a condition where the left side of the vital organ does not develop properly.
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The woman who saved my life

Cincinnati Inquirer | John Flaherty

Alexis Anderson, 27, died in a car crash in October and donated her organs. Her mother, Tari Grant, meets Enquirer reporter John Faherty for the first time in her Cleves, Ohio home. John received a new pancreas to combat complications from diabetes.

I never knew Alexis Anderson. Never even heard of her. I didn't know she had four kids or two jobs or that she had gone back to school as a 27-year-old woman.

She didn't know me either. But she gave me a gift of amazing generosity by leaving the world with an act of grace. She gave me her pancreas.

Alexis – I always call her by her first name – gave to others as well. A man received her left kidney; a 3-year-old boy who had been on dialysis almost since birth received her right. Another man received her liver. A young woman, a college student, got one of her eyes.

The world should know more about Alexis. She grew up small town, in Cleves. When she was a baby, the music box in her crib played "Som…

We shouldn't treat kidneys as commodities


A hospital bed at the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Paying donors for kidneys won't increase supply but it will increase risks
To fill the organ gap, pay voluntary donors' costs
Altruism trumps the free market when it comes to kidneys
Tens of thousands of Americans are waiting for a kidney transplant. The gap between the demand for donated kidneys and the supply creates a situation that free-market cheerleaders can't bear to leave alone: People have two kidneys, so why not end our shortage of organs for transplantation by adopting a "cash for kidneys" program in place of the current law against organ sales? Gary Becker, a Nobel laureate in economics, calculated that putting a $15,000 price tag on donated kidneys would generate enough sellers to meet current needs.

But buying and selling organs is a dangerous and misguided game, no matter how exalte…

Organ transplant research: Finding ways to cut down kidney wait time, and to …

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The commentary from dual studies could one day assistance lead to improvements for people watchful for kidney and liver transplants in a United States.

A investigate published online in a Clinical Journal of a American Society of Nephrology suggests that statewide pity of kidneys not used within an particular donor use area, before they are offering to other organ buying organizations regionally and nationally, could assistance residence a problem of a kidney necessity in certain tools of a country.

The U.S. is divided into 11 regions by United Network for Organ Sharing, a private, nonprofit classification that operates a Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Within those regions are 58 Donor Service Areas – geographic areas that are served by one organ buying organization, one or some-more transplant centers, and one or some-more donor hospitals.

How prolonged someone contingency wait on a kidney transplant watchful list can count on where he or she lives, an…

Yolanda Akins to represent Rome in Transplant Games of America

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Yolanda Akins works out on the treadmill to prepare to play basketball and volleyball in the upcoming Transplant Games in Texas. It was only two short years ago that Akins was in the hospital, struggling to survive with a deteriorating heart. After a heart transplant in 2012 she is now enjoying a healthy, happy life and excited to represent Rome at the Transplant Games. (Contributed photo)

Only a year and a half ago, Yolanda Akins had settled her affairs with her family and was ready to die. She was tired and she was sick. Her heart had collapsed and was deteriorating rapidly.

Today, Akins is preparing to represent Rome in basketball and volleyball at the upcoming Transplant Games in Texas.

“I was diagnosed in September 2001,” said the 44-year-old Rome native. “A muscle in my heart had collapsed and the heart started deteriorating and wouldn’t function.”

By March 2012, things got very bad and Akins was put on a constant I.V. to try to keep her heart strong enough fo…

Transplant games: A unique celebration of life

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When the 2014 Transplant Games kick off next week in Houston, Burlington’s Mark Slade will be one of thousands of participants marching in the opening ceremony.

Slade, 52, the recipient of a heart transplant in 2010, will represent North Carolina, competing in the discus, shot put and long jump events. This will be Slade’s first year competing in the games, which are held every two years. He attended the 2012 games in Grand Rapids, Mich., but hadn’t yet been cleared by doctors to participate. But it was a life-changing, life-affirming experience.

“The best part is meeting people like yourself and getting to meet the families of donors,” Slade said. “It’s a heck of a gift to give. It’s the gift of life.”

Slade is one of about a dozen members of Team North Carolina, several of whom met Sunday at the Lake Mackintosh Park and Marina clubhouse in Burlington. There, they shared a meal and began to get to know one another.
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Researchers extend liver preservation for transplantation

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A supercooled rat liver sits in the preservation solution in the machine perfusion system. Credit: Wally Reeves, Korkut Uygun, Maish Yarmush, Harvard University

Researchers have developed a new supercooling technique to increase the amount of time human organs could remain viable outside the body. This study was conducted in rats, and if it succeeds in humans, it would enable a world-wide allocation of donor organs, saving more lives.

The research is supported by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), both parts of the National Institutes of Health.

The first human whole organ transplant 60 years ago—a living kidney transplant—changed the landscape of the medical world. Since then, transplants of skin, kidneys, hearts, lungs, corneas, and livers have become commonplace but due to a shortage of donor organs, more than 120,000 patients are still on waitlists for org…

A good heart lives on as 2 families find peace, comfort

Youngstown Vindicator | Todd Franco

Rick Shoobridge of Tennessee was ready to die.

Frankie Butch of Pulaski, Pa. — energetic dad, coach, hunter, steelworker and grandpa — wasn’t even close.

For two men and two families, tragedy and triumph would intersect March 13, 2007.

Rick had battled heart ailments for about a decade. In 2006, his Tennessee doctors said they’d done all they could and, in Rick’s words, “sent me home to die.”

He had read stories about The Cleveland Clinic. He went there, and in March 2007, doctors there put him at the top of their list for a heart transplant. He said Tennessee standards wouldn’t allow a then-66-year-old man on such a list.

Frankie Butch was doing routine work on his roof that March day, with wife Irene and a grandson on the porch below at his home on Evergreen Road.

It’s a stretch of road that could just as easily be called Butch Hill because there are a lot of Butches along there — four generations long and 130 acres around.
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Coroner's race not just political

Daily Camera | By Erika Stutzman
Serious issues were raised; they should be addressed

On Wednesday, the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank once again urged Boulder County Coroner Emma Hall to work with it to facilitate local organ donations. Hall won reelection on Tuesday.

Under her supervision, organ donations to the bank have plummeted, despite the fact that most of the people who live here are registered donors.

The Camera recently made the decision not to endorse political candidates, although we will still weigh in on amendments, issues and other ballot items. We didn't want to prematurely talk about the coroner's race, since any critique might have been taken as an endorsement.

Now that it's over, it's safe to say that the race brought up some very troubling issues about an extremely important public office. It's not important because it's glamorous, or particularly powerful at least in the scheme of politics. It's an important office because when most of us de…

Transplant recipients celebrate, others wait

Owens Sound Sun Times | Scott Dunn

Heart transplant recipient Kim Bowers, 37, walks in the Transplant Trott Saturday with her daughter, Alyssa, Mark Frotten, the girl's father and Bower's former spouse. The event at Kelso Beach Park attracted 37 participants and raised more than $1,200 for the Canadian Transplant Association. (Scott Dunn/QMI/Owen Sound)

OWEN SOUND - Four months ago Kim Bowers received a heart transplant after life-threatening heart attacks left her questioning her future.

But Saturday she walked the five-kilometre course through Kelso Beach Park Saturday, looking strong and well, thanks to someone whose family agreed to donate her new heart.

She joined several organ recipients and at least one person on a waiting list for a heart at the first Transplant Trott in Owen Sound, an event which organizers plan to host again next year.

Organizer Catherine Hansler, a Holland Centre woman who received a heart transplant in 2012, said that 32 people registered for the walk a…

Average wait for heart is 12 months; NY has one of the lowest rates of registered organ donors

Syracuse | James T. Mulder

Ron Fontana is tethered to a machine that powers his artificial heart as he awaits a transplant. (Michelle Gabel |

Syracuse, N.Y. - Upstate New York residents like Ron Fontana who need heart transplants wait an average of 12 months for a heart, according to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.

There are 349 people in New York state waiting for hearts, 44 of them patients at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, which operates Upstate's only heart transplant program.

"Some patients die waiting or become too sick for a transplant even if a heart becomes available," said Rob Kochik, executive director of the network that coordinates organ and tissue donations Upstate. "Those are the things we hate to see happen."

Fontana used to think people who needed donor hearts could get them quickly. He was shocked to learn how long people have to wait.
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Summer 2014: Check List

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Organ Donation: What would you give for a Second Chance?

Northern Life | Mallika Viegas

Getting a second chance at life is a rarity, and for some the only option is to wait.

Currently in Ontario, there are more than 1,500 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant and fewer than 20 per cent of eligible Ontarians registered as organ donors.

Jaime Lafond is one of the lucky ones. The double lung transplant recipient is living proof of the power of organ donation.

Jaime and her family have been living life with a renewed sense of purpose since her transplant three years ago. Along with doctors, other recipients, donors and loved ones of those who passed away waiting on a donation, she recounted her personal experience at a press conference June 25 at Health Sciences North.

The conference was held to spread awareness of the Walk for a Second Chance on July 27, organized by the Irish Heritage Club of Sudbury.
Event spokesperson Gerry Lougheed Jr. has joined the fight this year, announcing the annual walk will be a joint celebration of sort…

How an organ transplant changed my life

Cincinnati Inquirer | John Flaherty

John Flaherty. (Photo: The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran)
I do not like support groups.

The only thing I like less than talking about my feelings is listening to other people talk about theirs. But on a Saturday morning in March of last year I walk into room 6104 of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The space is too small, the table too big and the air never seems to move.

This is an organ transplant support group, and everybody here knows sickness intimately and speaks of it openly. They talk about constipation and catheters like most people talk about the weather. I look around to see if anyone else is about to hyperventilate.

Two of us are waiting for transplants, and we say almost nothing. Everyone else has already received one, and they don't stop.

I don't want to know about hard times and doubt. I have no interest in drug protocols and risk factors. I want to stop being a diabetic. I want to take control of my health. I want to grow o…

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After cancer, 2 transplants, she still runs half marathons

Northwest Asian Weekly | Maggie Kim

Maggie Kim, left, and Mari Jo Steiner display their medals after finishing the 2011 Seattle Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon. (Photo courtesy of LifeCenter Northwest)
Maggie Kim is a 43-year-old Seattleite of Korean descent who has had two liver transplants due to liver cancer. She now lives an active and healthy lifestyle. She shares her story here, with the hope that it will encourage more people to register as organ donors.
I have lived in Seattle for the last 17 years and work as a bookkeeper and a musician. My parents both grew up in South Korea and moved to the United States in 1970, so my father could attend graduate school. He became a professor and our family lived in Iowa for most of my childhood.

I’ve always lived a very healthy and active life, and rarely caught a cold. In 2008, when I was 38 years old, I found out I had liver cancer. At the time, I was busy working, playing lots of music, traveling, spending time outdoors, and enjoying time with…

Bench Memorial honors those who donate organs


Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch. From left Tom of Threlkeld Kentucky/West Virginia Organ Donor Affiliates, organ donor family member Lydia Bryan, registered nurse Joy Pelfrey, and Dr. Hoyt Burdock are photographed beside a new memorial bench during a dedication ceremony on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Cabell Huntington Hospital. The bench was donated by Kentucky/West Virginia Organ Donor Affiliates to honor organ donors.

HUNTINGTON -- When guests are coming and going from Cabell Huntington Hospital, they can glance up at the flags right outside the doors.

One bears the words "Donate Life: Donations Save Lives." If it's raised, someone who has just died has donated organs to save the life of others.

That generosity of spirit was celebrated on Thursday morning at Cabell Huntington Hospital, where a memorial was dedicated in honor of all the individuals and their family members who have agreed to organ donation.

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Paul Savramis Supports Organ Donation, Partners with National Donate for Life Foundation

Paul Savramis

Rising Stars founder and President Paul Savramis is well aware of the need of organ donation. Rising Stars director of funding and close personal friend Althea Williams is a kidney transplant recipient and therefore, participating in a campaign with National Donate for Life Foundation was a no-brainer for him. The organization offers strong community and educational outreach programs to inform the public about organ donation.

Q: Is it fair to assume you are a supporter of organ donation?

Paul Savramis: Absolutely. Using organs and tissues to help sick people is a wonderful thing.

Q: How extensive is the current shortage of organs?

Paul Savramis: In the US, more than 120,000 people require organ transplants to save their lives. Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplant to restore vision.
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Former COM Lecturer Cleared for Double Arm Transplant

Boston University | Art Jahnke

Will Lautzenheiser (CAS’96, COM’07) (center) at a press conference Thursday at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, flanked by his physicians, Dr. Bohdan Pomahac (left) and Dr. Simon Talbot (right). Lautzenheiser has been approved for a double arm transplant. Photo by Lane Turner. Courtesy, the Boston Globe
Will Lautzenheiser will undergo experimental procedure in Boston
Will Lautzenheiser, a former lecturer at COM who lost both of his arms and legs nearly three years ago to a virulent Group A streptococcus infection that evolved to necrotizing fasciitis, has been approved by doctors at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) for a bilateral arm transplant, a procedure that has been performed twice at the hospital and only a few times in the United States.

Lautzenheiser, who spent nearly 20 years on the BU campus as a student, staff member, and lecturer, says he is very excited about the prospect of a double arm transplant, but mindful of his doctors’ description …

Young American Donates Kidney to Stranger


An American donated his kidney to a Korean patient in his 40s on Thursday. The 28-year-old Gabriel Andrews became the first foreigner to donate an organ to a stranger.

"Kidneys can be transplanted between different races, not only between people with different blood types," said Han Deok-jong at the University of Ulsan's Asan Medical Center in Seoul after the transplant operation. "As the donor is very healthy, the patient who received his kidney is expected to quickly recover."

Andrews first grew interested in Korea when he befriended Korean students as a theology PhD candidate at Harvard. Inspired by his friendships, he decided to visit Korea for three months of language study in 2012. After mastering Korean, he now teaches theology at Hannam University in Daejeon.
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Brad Arnett waits for word on second transplant

By Deanna Kirk, Corsicana Daily Sun, Texas
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

June 27--CORSICANA -- In the 28 years Brad and Leecia Arnett have been married, life has thrown them many punches. Yet any time you meet them, both will have a smile on their face and most likely be cracking jokes.

They're just those kind of people.

The most recent challenge they're facing is a second kidney transplant for Brad. His first surgery was at age 6, when doctors addressed a kinked ureter (tube between kidney and bladder) and discovered his kidneys were malformed. It was also learned then that the ureter being twisted for so long caused damage to his left kidney.

"In 1982, I went for my football physical, and my blood pressure was high," Brad said. "A blood clot had shut off the blood flow to my right kidney. They tried to fix that, but it didn't work, and I lost function in my right kidney then."

Doctors learned that Brad's left kidney was functioning at two-third…

Asian British Columbians less likely to be organ donors

Vancouver Sun | Chad Skelton

Low donation rates can lead to longer waits for non-white patients
Surrey resident Karen Rai had been on the waiting list for a kidney for nearly a decade when, a year ago, one of her doctors told her the bad news: she would probably never get one.

Rai, who had grown weak from enduring dialysis four times a day, was shocked and saddened by the news.

But even more shocking was the reason her doctor, St. Paul’s Jagbir Gill, gave her: There simply weren’t enough organs in B.C. from donors who, like her, were South Asian.

“I was really upset,” said Rai, 64, whose kidneys began failing due to polycystic kidney disease. “Why are people not donating their organs, when they can help so many people? It was heartbreaking.”

The key requirement for a successful organ transplant is simply that both the donor and recipient share the same blood type.

But blood types are not equally distributed among all ethnic groups.
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Hospitals and Trillium Gift of Life Network working together to make strides in organ donation

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Efforts made to better integrate organ and tissue donation with end-of-life care have led to significant improvements in donation performance for William Osler Health System and other hospitals.

New data for fiscal year 2013/14 on hospitals notifying TGLN of potential organ and tissue donation cases (routine notification rate) and the number of potential donors who become organ donors (conversion rate) is now available on Trillium Gift of Life Network's website,

William Osler Health System (Osler), with sites in Brampton and North Etobicoke, is one of the hospitals that has achieved the most significant improvements in organ and tissue donation performance in the last quarter (January 1 – March 31, 2014). Its routine notification rate increased from an average of 75 per cent for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2013/14 to 94 per cent in the last quarter. Similar improvements in conversion rate were achieved from 3…

China's youngest donor: 25-day-old baby saves 10-month-old boy's life

Shanghai List

A 25-day-old baby became the youngest donor in China after his liver was transplanted to a 10-month-old toddler suffering from hepatic encephalopathy, News Express reports.

The operation was recently carried out at the The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou after the baby boy, named Xiaoyu, fell critically ill.

Xiaoyu and his twin brother were born on May 30, shortly after which he was diagnosed with complex congenital heart disease. "Doctors told us it was absolutely not a good sign," Xiaoyu's father, surnamed Liu, said in reports.

Liu brought Xiaoyu from Jiangxi to Guangzhou's Women and Children's Medical Center for treatment on June 20. Four days later, the child was revived from severe hypoxemia but due to symptoms of heart failure, he couldn't recover. The doctors told Xiaoyu's family that the boy would not likely make it. His parents decided then to donate Xiaoyu's organs to help another patient.
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Lung transplant gives hope to cystic fibrosis patient

By Allison Griffin, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

June 28--Coleman Drew is making up for lost time.

The 15-year-old is sporting a nice summer tan, thanks to time spent swimming at the river recently. Like a lot of teens, his friends are keeping him busy, running around and hanging out. His mom and dad, like most parents of teen boys, try to keep an eye on him, but Coleman is mature for his age, so they feel pretty safe in letting him go.

Behind the braces and cool sunglasses, there is little evidence that just three months ago Coleman was lying in a hospital bed in Texas, waiting for the double lung transplant that would save his life.

Coleman was just 18 months old when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease that causes a buildup of mucus throughout the body. The respiratory and digestive systems are particularly vulnerable.

The MontgomeryAdvertiser first profiled Coleman in 2003, when he was just 4 years old. Bac…

New Film Highlights Need For Black Organ Donors

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OPTMISTIC: Dela Idowu, producer of We Are Family with her brother Tayo to whom she offered to donate a kidney

IF YOU were asked to donate a kidney or blood to a friend or person in need, would you do it?

Judging by the statistics, the answer to that question for most people in Britain’s black community would be a definite no.

According to recent figures from the NHS Blood and Transplant service, 66 per cent of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities living in the UK refuse to give permission to remove the organs of loved ones who have died to be donated compared to 43 per cent of the rest of the population.

Numbers are also low for living donors.

However patients from BME communities are more likely to need an organ transplant than the rest of the UK because they are more susceptible to illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and certain forms of hepatitis, which may result in organ failure and the need for a lifesaving transplant.
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Janesville man donates kidney to save brother-in-law's life

Janesville Argus | Kelsey Hering

Adam Canaday (left) donated a kidney to his brother-in-law Dave Uherka (right). (Photo courtesy of Dave Uherka)

While most kids were scarfing down candy and sweets at his age, Waterville native, Dave Uherka, was given a strict diet by doctors.

Uherka was born with Type 1 Diabetes and at age 9, he found out his pancreas had stopped producing insulin.

Just a few days after Thanksgiving last year, Uherka went into Urgent Care in Waseca thinking he had bronchitis. Doctors found out that he had a high level of toxin in his blood, as well as low kidney function. After being transferred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, doctors urgently tried to drain the fluid he retained, forcing Uherka to spend the night in the Intensive Care Unit.

Uherka was then discharged from the hospital and went home with shocking news. He was diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure and was in need of a transplant as soon as possible.
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Thomasville woman searching for a kidney donor

MyFOX8 | Lindsey Eaton

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A kidney is the most needed organ nationwide for people waiting on a transplant.

Nearly 3,000 people are waiting on a kidney in North Carolina. Last year, 195 people died while waiting. Since the number of donors and the number of patients don’t match up, many times doctors will tell patients to start searching for their own organs.

Tonya Kuvshinikov is 30 years old. She knew she’d eventually need a kidney but didn’t think that day would come so soon.

Tonya has dealt with type 1 diabetes since she was 10 years old. For the past two and a half years Tonya has had kidney disease and now her kidneys are functioning at less than 20 percent.

“That was the scary part I felt like I had years to go and [the doctor] walked in the door and he immediately said, ‘It’s time for you to start looking for living donors,’” explains Kuvshinikov.
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B.C.'s organ donations: it depends on where you live

Vancouver Sun | Chad Skelton

Surgeons prepare to conduct a kidney transplant in this file photo.
Photograph by: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images
Vancouver’s west-side residents most likely to give
Those living on Vancouver’s west side are several times more likely to sign up to be an organ donor than those living in East Vancouver, according to data from B.C.’s organ donor registry.

At The Vancouver Sun’s request, BC Transplant provided data on the number of people on its registry in every postal code area of the province. The Sun then compared that against population figures from the most recent census.

The data shows that, overall, about one in five B.C. residents are on the registry. But rates vary greatly depending on where you live.

In some neighbourhoods on Vancouver’s west side, such as Kitsilano (V6K) and Point Grey (V6R), a third or more of residents are on the organ donor registry. Rates are also high in the downtown Victoria neighbourhoods of V8S and V8V.

In contrast, in some are…

61 California Hospitals Recognized Nationally for Organ Donor Registration Campaigns

Donate Life California

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 26, 2014 – The California Hospital Association (CHA) and Donate Life California congratulate 61 California medical centers, hospitals and health systems for receiving national recognition of their efforts to increase organ donor designations. The organizations were honored as part of the 2014 Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Hospitals are uniquely positioned to educate patients, visitors, members of the community, and their own staff and caregivers about the life-saving importance of becoming an organ and tissue donor. California’s four organ procurement organizations (OPOs) collaborate with hospitals to provide educational materials on organ, eye and tissue donation and host promotional events such as Donate Life flag-raising ceremonies, media opportunities, donor family events and more.
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NBC special looks at experimental windpipe transplant performed at Children's Hospital

Peoria Journal Star | Pam Adams

DAVID ZALAZNIK/JOURNAL STAR | Dr Paolo Macchiarini holds a replica of a windpipe, bio-engineered using plastic fibers and human stem cells, he implanted in a 2 1/2-year-old child at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria April 9, 2013 assisted by Dr. Rick Pearl, left, and Dr. Mark Holterman.

PEORIA — Children’s Hospital of Illinois features in “A Leap of Faith,” Meredith Vieira’s NBC special Friday on the ground-breaking but controversial work of the surgeon who performed the country’s first bio-engineered transplant on a child in Peoria last year.

Vieira and her crew followed Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, an international expert on regenerative medicine, as he and a team of local doctors prepared for and performed the complex, experimental surgery on 2-year-old Hannah Warren, a Korean girl born without a windpipe.

The surgery used Hannah’s stem cells to generate her own transplant organ, a procedure that could potentially eliminate the need for organ dona…

A question of tolerance: Liver transplants in patients with hepatitis C Virus infection supports organ acceptance

Health Canal

Munich - Chronic hepatitis C virus infections are among the most common reasons for liver transplants. Because existing viruses also infect the new liver, the immune system is highly active there. Despite this, the new organ is not rejected, as scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technische Universität München (TUM) have now discovered. The long-term stimulation of the innate immune system by the virus actually increases the probability of tolerance.

Over 150 million people throughout the world suffer from chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which causes massive damage to the liver. Advanced liver diseases often necessitate liver transplants. In the new clinical study Dr. Felix Bohne and his colleagues studied together with Prof. Alberto Sánchez-Fueyo from King’s College London 34 hepatitis C patients at the Liver Unit of the University Hospital Clínic de Barcelona who had received new livers.

Prof. Ulrike Protzer and Dr. Felix Bohne invest…

Bellevue Hospital lauded for increasing organ donation

The Bellevue Gazette

BELLEVUE —The Bellevue Hospital of Sandusky County was one of four hospitals in the state to receive Platinum Partner status for being a Hospital Champion, increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration.

More than 3,400 Ohioans are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting. On June 10, Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund recognized 47 Ohio hospitals working to address this issue and save lives by participating in the 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. The hospitals were recognized at the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting.

“There are more than 122,000 people nationwide that await a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Lance Himes, Interim Director, Ohio Department of Health. “These hospitals participated in more than 1,300 programs to educate Ohio communities about organ, eye and tissue do…

Hospitals and TGLN working together to make strides in organ donation

Digital Journal | Canadian Newswire

GTA's William Osler Health System shows big improvement in performance
TORONTO, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - Efforts made to better integrate organ and tissue donation with end-of-life care have led to significant improvements in donation performance for William Osler Health System and other hospitals.

New data for fiscal year 2013/14 on hospitals notifying TGLN of potential organ and tissue donation cases (routine notification rate) and the number of potential donors who become organ donors (conversion rate) is now available on Trillium Gift of Life Network's website,

William Osler Health System (Osler), with sites in Brampton and North Etobicoke, is one of the hospitals that has achieved the most significant improvements in organ and tissue donation performance in the last quarter (January 1 – March 31, 2014). Its routine notification rate increased from an average of 75 per cent for the first three…

Organ donation promoted during Parish Walk

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One finisher at last weekend's Manx Telecom Parish Walk has a very personal reason for raising awareness about organ donation.

Phil Marshall finished 5th and was promoting the "I Give You My Heart" campaign.

His wife was recently diagnosed with the progressive and life-limiting disease Pulmonary Hypertension.

The only long-term cure is a heart and lung transplant.
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Queens woman becomes kidney donor after reading about 5-year-old's story in Daily News

NY Daily News | Heidi Evans

Jannie Daniels (right), a 31-year-old kidney donor, meets Kinsey Saleh, the Queens kindergartener with end stage kidney failure who spent five grueling months on dialysis before finding a donor and undergoing a successful kidney transplant, and Kinsey's mom, Nadine Morsi (left).
Jannie Daniels signed up to undergo testing the day after The News' piece on March 31 about kindergartener Kinsey Saleh, who needed a kidney transplant. Someone else ended up being Kinsey’s donor, but Daniels was still willing to donate, and she gave a kidney to a California woman this month.
Her family and co-workers thought she was nuts, but Jannie Daniels knew in her heart what she had to do when she read about Kinsey Saleh’s plight.

For Daniels, a Daily News article about the 5-year-old girl from Queens — Kinsey needed a kidney transplant to live — was too much to ignore.

“Reading that story, and that her mom couldn’t donate to her, I thought: ‘Somebody has to be able to help…

First Ever Chicago Sharkfest Swim to Support Efforts of Transplant Village

Digital Journal

The members of Transplant Village are excited to announce the very first annual Chicago Sharkfest Swim. The event, scheduled to take place on August 9, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Ohio Street Beach, promises to be action-packed, fun-filled, and most importantly, promote a good cause.

Transplant Village, a group of organ transplant patients and families from Northwestern Medicine, is the official beneficiary of the 2014 Chicago Sharkfest Swim. The funds raised will help Transplant Village fulfill its ongoing mission to support research at Northwestern Medicine's Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC) which has saved over 4,000 lives.

Transplant Village, originally an idea, has evolved into a national community over time. The Village is overseen by the Northwestern Memorial Transplant Advisory Council (NMTAC) which is comprised of grateful organ donors and recipients of differing backgrounds. While every member of the NMTAC has had unique experiences, they stand united in their …

After waiting more than 6 years, Battle Ground woman receives one of two needed transplants

Oregon Live | Molly Harbarger

Rachael Friesen says goodbye to her wedding guests in 2011 as she and her new husband Dan drive off in the Studebaker her father helped restore. Friesen was two years away from a heart transplant at the time of her wedding. Now, she needs a liver. (Molly Harbarger/The Oregonian)

Six and a half years ago, Rachael Friesen joined the organ transplant list with a big ask -- both a heart and liver.

Sunday morning, she got one, but had to give up the other.

Friesen was born with a complex congenital anomaly, a malformation of the heart. She underwent three open heart surgeries before 30, but then got sick again.

She was in the midst of falling in love with Dan Friesen, who she met at church, and offered him an "out." Instead, they married on their fifth anniversary of dating.

The Oregonian wrote about the uncertainty that hung over their heads, even as Rachael Friesen rested between the ceremony and reception on their wedding day.

"It's terrifying t…

Overhaul meant to improve system regulating kidney allocation for transplants

Houston Chronicle | Pam Mitchell
Dr. Horacio E. Adrogue, medical director of renal and pancreas transplantation at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, talks with his patient Anthony Lockett, 45, at Dialyspa a dialysis treatment center Friday, June 13, 2014, in Houston. Lockett is awaiting a kidney transplant and new legislation may allow Lockett, who has type-B blood, to receive a transplant faster than the average five-year wait. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )
Anthony Lockett has end-stage renal disease. To stay alive, he must undergo dialysis three times a week. Each appointment takes four hours.

A new kidney would eliminate this need and significantly improve his quality of life, but Lockett has yet to near the top of the transplant waiting list despite being on it for more than two years and on dialysis for more than three. Demand for organs far exceeds supply, and his blood type, the rare B, makes a match difficult.

His chance of getting a kidney will increase come mid-Dece…

Organ donation: The family who turned their grief into the gift of life

The Telegraph | Antonia HoyleThey are truly an inspiration to us all’: Georgia, Joshua and Ilse before Georgia’s illness
We meet the couple who decided, in the darkest of hours, to donate their child’s organs
Before three-year-old Georgia Fieldsend was taken into the operating theatre, her mother Ilse removed the tape from Georgia’s mouth that kept the tubes to her life-support machine in place. She put her hand on her daughter’s heart as it slowly stopped beating and stroked Georgia’s face as the colour left it. Then Ilse watched as her daughter was wheeled away, in the agonising knowledge that the surgery Georgia was having would not save her life, but the lives of other children.

Five days earlier, Georgia had suffered a fatal brain aneurysm. In the midst of profound shock and grief, Ilse and her husband James decided to donate their daughter’s organs. As harrowing as the decision was, it also proved uplifting, as Ilse explains. “My heart broke, but I felt at peace,” she says. “I fe…

Knoxville family who lost baby in car crash donates his organs to others in need

WATE | Lori Tucker
So many people who never met a local baby boy named Easton Henderson are learning about him and paying it forward.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - So many people who never met a local baby boy named Easton Henderson are learning about him and paying it forward.

Baby Easton died Tuesday after a head on collision late last week.

His parents have made the decision to donate his organs to help other babies fighting for a chance at life.

"He was beautiful in every way. He was perfect," father Bradley Henderson said of his son.

Thousands of dollars in donations are pouring in and thousands are sharing the "Go Fund Me" page for baby Easton.

Hearts are going out to the tiny boy with the sweet smile, and also to his mom and dad who've suffered such an enormous loss.

"He made everybody's life around him better," Henderson said.

Baby Easton was with his mom Catelyn on old Dandridge Pike Friday when they were in a head on collision. Continue reading


Our Hero, #14: Brayden a ‘lively boy,’ attended Woodland, organs to be donated

Oak Ridge Today | Sara VanLandinghamOn Saturday, June 21, while swimming at Clark Park in Oak Ridge, Brayden Keith Pearson, age 8, began having trouble while snorkeling and was removed from the lake. Family and friends performed CPR, and 911 was called. Oak Ridge Fire and Police Departments responded. The fire department took over life-saving operations and Brayden was flown via UT Life Star to Children’s Hospital. Despite rescue companies’ life-saving efforts, Braden was pronounced dead at 11:35 a.m. on Monday, June 23, but remained on life support.

Braden was a lively little boy who attended Woodland Elementary School and played as #14 Boys and Girls Club of America Little League team. The family has decided the best way to continue Braden’s zest for life is through organ donation to children currently in need. The family asks that anyone wishing to support them please donate to the Brayden Medical Fund at or directly to Children’s Hospital in Brayden’s name. Continue r…

Students create winning video to highlight importance of organ donations

University of Arkansas Little Rock 

A video produced by students in UALR’s Office of Health Promotions, Programs and Education recently won a statewide competition sponsored by ARORA, the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency.

The video was created to highlight the importance of organ donations. ARORA’s stated mission is to save lives by maximizing the opportunities for organ, eye, and tissue donation in Arkansas.

Vanessa Lewis, coordinator of health promotion, programs and education, submitted the video, which was created by peer educators in her office. Peer educators are UALR students who promote healthier lifestyles and alternatives to high-risk behaviors. VIDEO,Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.orgOutside California: |