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New lungs, new heart, new life

UT San Diego | Pam Kragen


Haylee Lindsey, 22, received donor lungs and a new heart
LOS ANGELES — Early Tuesday morning, Haylee Lindsey posted a link on her Facebook page to a song that epitomized her state of mind.

The 22-year-old Escondido college student — who has been hospitalized for four months at UCLA Medical Center awaiting a rare double lung-heart transplant — said she could relate to the lyrics of All Time Low’s “Weightless”: “I’m so sick of watching while the minutes pass as I go nowhere ... I don’t want to waste another minute here.”

But just eight hours after that post, Lindsey was in surgery. A perfect set of donor lungs and heart were available and Lindsey’s long wait was finally over.

For the past six years, Lindsey has battled a disease called pulmonary arterial hypertension, which had quadrupled the blood pressure in the arteries of her lungs and doubled the size of her heart. Along the way, she has exhausted virtually every medication to treat the disease and has undergon…

Gift of Hope Hosts Inaugural “Faces of Hope” Awards to Celebrate National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Lawndale News

Gift of Hope, Organ and Tissue Donor Network hosted the inaugural “Faces of Hope” awards ceremony Thursday, July 31st, at Adobo Grill Restaurant, to celebrate a notable increase in the donor authorization rate among Hispanics and honor Chicago City Officials and professionals for their contributions to the Latino community and to organ and tissue donation in Illinois. The event kicked-off National Minority Donor Awareness Week (August 1-7) which Gift of Hope paid tribute to multicultural donors and their families, and emphasized the need for minorities to register as organ and tissue donors. Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Transplant programs nationwide seek Kansas livers

Tampa Tribune | AP Health Issues
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — When Gil Alicea was diagnosed with liver cancer and told he needed an organ transplant, doctors gave him some blunt advice: "Get ... out of New York."

Alicea needed a liver fast. But the wait for an organ can be excruciatingly long on the East Coast. So in 2010, Alicea put himself on the wait list at the University of Kansas Hospital, where patients often receive livers quicker, before their health goes into serious decline.

He got the call from KU in just eight weeks. A chartered flight made it to Kansas City just in time for the transplant operation. "He woke up literally singing," wife Barbara Zitwer recalls.

But the cruel reality for most people with failing livers — those who can't afford to charter a plane — is that your chances of survival can depend on where you live.

The stark disparities among regions of the country, where some wait months while others, if they survive, wait years for a liver, has…

Can getting a heart transplant change your personality?

Discover Magazine Blog

You might think that in this day and age, we would be past seeing the heart–an organ that pumps blood–as a center of a person’s personality. However, the authors of this study regularly dealt with real patients who worried that their personalities would change after a heart transplant. In fact, they report that some patients refuse hearts from the opposite sex, and others experience anxiety about their sense of self after having a heart transplant. To get a better handle on this phenomenon, the researchers surveyed heart transplant recipients to find out whether they thought their personalities changed after the surgery. The short answer? No. (Except for three people, who reported a distinct change in personality that they did not attribute to the life-changing experience of getting a new heart.) But our favorite response is from this patient:

’I love to put on earphones and play loud music, something I never did before. A different car, a good stereo-those are…

NIH Gives $12.9 Million to Establish First Lung Transplant Network Among Hospitals

Digital Journal | PR NewsWeb
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $12.95 million grant to a Duke University School of Medicine researcher to create a national Lung Transplant Clinical Trials Network, the first collaboration funded solely for the purpose of studying lung transplantation.

Dr. Scott Palmer, Associate Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and his colleagues have assembled a network of investigators at five academic lung transplant centers: Duke, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, the University of California-Los Angeles, and the University of Toronto. Palmer, director of pulmonary research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, will serve as principal investigator for the entire network.

The new network will be part of the Clinical Trials in Organ Transplantation program (CTOT), an investigative conso…

Woman has faith in more organ donations

Our Windsor | Rob Ferguson, Mississauga News

Fatima Baig, a 20-year-old Muslim woman is trying to break down ethnic barriers for more organ donations. A medical team has a look at donor lungs connected to an XVIVO lung machine at Toronto General Hospital for a potential double-lung transplant in February. There are 1,513 Ontarians on the waiting list for donated organs and tissues. To date, almost three million Ontarians have registered to become organ donors out of 11.7 million.

ONTARIO – Fatima Baig is tiny but she's on a big mission that could save lives - including her own.

The 20-year-old Muslim woman in desperate need of a liver transplant is trying to break down barriers in ethnic communities in the hope that more Ontarians become registered organ donors.

"A lot of people do not believe their religion permits it, " Baig said Wednesday after Ontario's organ donation agency, the Trillium Gift of Life Network, reported more than 60,000 citizens have signed up as d…

8 Helpful Facts About Minorities and Organ Donation - Celebrating 2014 National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Taylor's Gift Blog

Did you know that August 1-7 is National Minority Donor Awareness Week?

Help celebrate! Learn the facts about minorities and donation, get answers to commonly asked questions about organ donation, and register to become an organ donor.

1. National Minority Donor Awareness Week is about organ donation AND disease prevention.
While National Minority Donor Awareness Week was established to increase awareness around the need for more registered organ donors from minority groups and honor the diverse population of multicultural organ recipients, donors, and their families... it is also a time to increase awareness for healthy living habits and disease prevention in an effort to decrease the need for transplantation.

2. Currently, over 57% of waiting list candidates are minorities.
30% African Americans
18.7% Hispanics/Latinos
7% Asians
1.1% Native Americans and Alaska Natives
0.5% Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
0.5% Multiracial
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Organ donation recipient wins gold at Canadian Transplant Games

Essex Free Press | by Sylene Argent

Twelve year old Essex resident and Holy Name Catholic Elementary School student Kaidyn Blair recently returned home from the Canadian Transplant Games as a multi-gold medal winner. This area youth received a liver transplant shortly after his first birthday.

At the 2014 Canadian Transplant Games, which was held in New Brunswick from July 7-12, Blair won gold medals in the 12-14-year old age category for all five of his events; ball throw, long jump, high jump, bowling, and running. He was also teamed up with other athletes to play his first game of lacrosse. Blair scored two goals in this game.

Blair said it was candlepin bowling was a real challenge, as it was a difficult game to play. What is nice about competing, he added, is reconnecting with other youth and friends who have also received transplants. He also gets the opportunity to make new friends. Continue reading
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Thousands await kidney donors

Arab News

A functional lab-made kidney is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on April 12, 2013. (Reuters)

More than 3,000 kidney patients were on the transplant waiting list at the end of 2013, while around 2,570 patients are set to undergo surgery, said Faisal Shaheen, an internal medicine and kidney consultant and director of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation.

“A total of 7,360 patients are in the follow-up phase after undergoing successful surgical procedures, of whom 2,500 are going for review at Health Ministry hospitals and 4,700 in government sector hospitals not affiliated with the ministry, while only a marginal 160 cases follow up on their surgical procedures privately,” he said.

“There is an 11-percent mortality rate among kidney transplant patients,” said Shaheen. Continue reading
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Not Enough Minority Organ Donors

FOX CT | Mike Krafcik
It’s a call to save lives as Friday marks the start of National Minority Donor Awareness Week, which runs August 1 to August 7.

It’s meant to highlight a critical need for people from diverse communities to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors. And a single donor can help save 50 lives.

Connecticut is below the national average for people who are registered. Right now 57 percent of those on a waiting list for an organ are minorities, and each day 18 people nationwide die because the transplant they desperately need didn’t come in on time.

There is a tremendously huge need in the minority community for more people to join the donor registry,” said Caitlyn Bernabucci, the public educator and community relations specialist for LifeChoice Donor Services. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE Cali…

Reps. Nadler, Burgess Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Organ Donors

Insurance News Net

WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. (10th CD), issued the following news release:

Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX), M.D., introduced the Living Donor Protection Act, to promote organ donation and protect the rights of living organ donors.

"Every year, thousands of living Americans donate kidneys, livers, and other organs to save the lives of family members, friends, and complete strangers struggling with chronic, life-threatening illnesses. An organ donor's decision to undergo these invasive procedures saves lives and it also saves money," said the Congressmen. "Organ donation saves Medicare millions of dollars every year. It cuts health care costs as much as two-thirds by reducing the need for dialysis and other expensive medical interventions to treat chronic illnesses. Yet, after taking this heroic step to save a life, living organ donors may unfortunately face discrimination when th…

Coen’s story is just beginning

Docklands News

For Coen Ashton, life has changed dramatically since receiving a double lung transplant almost two years ago.
From barely being able to move from the couch before the transplant, Coen is now able to do “all the stuff teenagers are meant to do”.

“The quality of my day-to-day life is better than I event dreamt it would be like before transplant,” Coen said.

“I can run, jump, laugh and walk forever.”

“In a broader sense, I’d be dead right now if it wasn’t for my donor family. My donor, my Hero,” Coen said.

Born with cystic fibrosis, he received a double-lung transplant in November 2012. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

Cutting-edge transplant overcomes hepatitis C for U of U patient

Deseret News | Whitney Evans


Andres Galvan, 61, gives thanks for his improved health four days after a kidney transplant operation at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 31, 2014. University of Utah Hospital surgeons believe it is the first kidney transplant in Utah using an organ from a donor with hepatitis C. Galvan, who also has hepatitis C, can now receive live-saving medications for the disease.

SALT LAKE CITY — Doctors at the University of Utah have combined forces to provide transplants for patients while at the same time treating organ-destroying diseases in first-of-their-kind procedures that bring the promise of extended life for patients.

Dressed in a plaid short-sleeved shirt, slacks and sneakers, Andres Galvan, 61, was ready to go home Thursday afternoon, four days after a kidney transplant. But his story is different, and he joined doctors at the hospital to tell it and serve as an example of hope for others.

"I'm really happy. Thank …

Organ donation gives local family comfort in son's death

FOX 19 | Jacki Jing

La Vienna is a quiet town that seems so much quieter now.

"Everyone says time heals all wounds but I know that pain's never going to go away. I'm still -- it's still raw. I know that I'll always have that scar. Always. It's a pain that I would never wish on anyone ever. You should not have to bury your child," said Shelby LaPine of New Vienna

On June 9, 19-year-old Luke LaPine fell off a pick up truck while working for the Clinton County Highway Department, trying to clean up Greene Road.

His father, Tom, has not been to the accident site. But nearly two months later, he decided to go there with his wife.

"I'll never come back here again ... I don't want to think any more about what happened on this road. It's not the road's fault. It's not his fault. I am not putting fault anywhere right now. But this will always represent the place we lost our boy," said Tom LaPine of New Vienna.

It's only been a few weeks…

HAMILTON: Boy needs lifesaving transplant

Hamilton Observer | Jennifer KohlheppAlexander Cuevas, 5, of Ham´ilton, is in need of an intestin´al transplant due to contract´ing necrotizing enterocolitis just after birth.  Courtesy photo
HAMILTON — Alexander Cuevas was born prematurely on March 12, 2009 so his immune system was not quite ready to fight off an infection that would change his family’s life.

Shortly after his birth, he contracted necrotizing enterocolitis, an infection common among premature infants that attacks and kills tissue in the intestines.

Many children manage to overcome the infection and move onto healthy lives. Alexander’s case was particularly severe. He eventually managed to beat it, but not before a surgeon had to remove his entire colon and the majority of his small intestine.

Nowadays, he receives the majority of his nutrition from Total Parenteral Nutrition rather than from food. While this method has allowed him to grow, play, and even begin school like a normal 5-year-old boy, it is not a permanent…

Cedar Rapids Native Joey Gase To Race For Charity At Hawkeye Downs Friday

KCRG TV9 | Heather Hubbs

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Cedar Rapids native Joey Gase will race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Iowa Speedway in Newton this weekend.

But before he competes, Gase will be back in his hometown to raise awareness for a special cause. He’ll be at Hawkeye Downs Speedway Friday night.

Their weekly race is being sponsored by the Iowa Donor Network. Joey has worked closely with IDN over the years, even donning their logo on his #52 car.

Joey’s mom became an organ donor when she passed away in 2011. Ever since then, the Cedar Rapids native has worked to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation.

”There are people, just by having pictures on my car, may have no idea about Iowa Donor Network is or Donate Life, but by seeing pictures they ask why are they on the car, and you get them to tell their story and it’s such an important cause,“ Gase said.  Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." T…

Youth Killed by Single Punch Saves Lives by Donating All Organs: 'Something Good Has to Come From This,' Mom Says

Christian Post 

Hillsborough, New Jersey teen Jared Colon died after being punched by another teenager. However, his mother is determined that his death not be in vain and that something good come from her loss.

"He had such incredible empathy and concern for everyone and everything around him," Beth Colon told NJ.com. "He was really about helping others," she then told ABC Eyewitness News. "He had an incredible capacity. He was just so wise beyond his years. You just looked into his eyes and you knew what a great old soul he was."

The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said that the young man who punched Colon is in custody, charged with second-degree reckless manslaughter. Because he is a minor, his name has not been released by the press.

"They tell me he didn't suffer," Beth said. "He'll give life to somebody who needs it. So while I can't have him, somebody else can have their child." Continue reading_________________…

At Stanford Health Policy Forum, panelists dig into the issue of organ donation

SCOPE, Stanford Medicine | Sara Wykes

Sally Satel, MD, was a practicing psychiatrist with a long history of scholarly research and policy-making in health care when a diagnosis of kidney failure popped her across the line that separates doctors from patients. Without a transplant or dialysis, the 16 percent of function left in her kidneys wouldn’t last long, and she became one of the 60,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a deceased donor kidney. That was in 2004.

One decade later, there are more than 100,000 people on that list. Last year, according to the National Kidney Foundation, just over 14,000 people received donated kidneys, a number that has remained flat since 2007. About 18 people die every day waiting on the list; another 12 are taken off the list daily because they have become too sick to survive transplant surgery. Satel was lucky – an acquaintance volunteered after others had bowed out – and Satel did receive a life-saving kidney transplant.
"We need a transparent, sa…

57% Minorities make up more than half of those currently on the organ donation waiting lists.

OrganDonor.gov 
57%Minorities make up more than half of those currently on the organ donation waiting lists.
National Minority Donor Awareness Week, August 1-7
Observed annually, National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors, especially among minorities. Now in its 18th year, this special observance honors minorities who have been donors, and encourages others to register as donors and take better care of their health in order to reduce the number needing a transplant.  Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.orgOutside California: www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

Promoting Donation Through Music

Donate Life America
This page is dedicated to the men and women who have chosen to use their musical gifts to bring hope to others awaiting a lifesaving transplant. Proceeds from each album sold by these musicians directly benefits Donate Life America and the work we do to increase the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors who save and heal lives.


Tori Knight Ferguson

In the summer of 1991, Tori Knight Ferguson’s mother, Janet McCormick Harrington, was diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis of the liver and told she had six months left to live. Thanks to the selfless act of a donor, Ferguson was given 21 extra years of life with her mother. As a tribute, Ferguson worked with local musicians to turn her mother’s poetry into songs, thus creating the album,My Swing. Ferguson’s appreciation of the gift of life is what inspired her to contribute fifty percent of the sales from this album to Donate Life America.Click HERE to learn more about Tori's story and album___________…

Four people have received organs from six-year-old Addison Hall

The London Free Press | Jennifer O'Brien
Addison Hall, 6, died after being struck by a vehicle at Costco on Wellington Rd. Friday. The crash also injured her mother and sister.
A little girl who has been on the minds and in the hearts of so many this week has given four others the gift of life.

Four people have received organs from six-year-old Addison Hall, who died last weekend after being struck by a car that smashed through the front entranceway of a south end Costco store.

"Even with the tragedy and how everybody is just reeling from this, there are four families that did benefit,"said former London mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, who is a friend of the family. "It's probably the only solace you can take from a tragedy like this.

"Her life is continuing to have an impact on others."

That was so evident Wednesday night, when thousands of people turned out to a candlight vigil in support of Addison's family.  Continue reading___________________________…

Register for the 2014 Rabalais Run for Life

Louisiana Organ Procurement Organization
Exciting news!! Tomorrow, you can run to this link and register for the 2014 Rabalais Run for Life!! http://ow.ly/zOdo2______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.orgOutside California: www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

MEDICAL MARVELS: DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT

ABC New 7 | John Antalek and Joe TesauroNEW YORK (WABC) --Eyewitness News is taking you inside Manhattan's New York-Presbyterian Hospital for a look at some extraordinary stories that we call Medical Marvels. It's a digital series exclusive to 7online.

Susan Koujak has a rare pulmonary vascular disease that caused both of her lungs to fail. During the last 12 years, she's undergone two double lung transplants. Her first transplanted lungs began to fail last year and she received her second set of donor lungs in May.

Both of her transplants were performed by the same talented team of doctors and nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.VIDEO, continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.orgOutside California: www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

It's National Minority Donor Awareness Week, August 1-7

California Transplant Donor NetworkIt's National Minority Donor Awareness Week (August 1-7)! Please join us as we put a spotlight on organ and tissue donation in our multicultural communities. Thousands of Latinos, Asian/Pacific Islanders and African Americans currently wait for a lifesaving transplant across the country. Encouraging everyone in our multicultural communities to sign up on State Donor Registries means that more lives will be saved in all of our communities.

Please share these stories featuring African American, Latino and Asian/Pacific Islander transplant recipients and donor families through your social media pages. By telling their stories, we hope to inspire our multicultural communities embrace organ and tissue donation as a lifesaving mission.
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Support HR 5263 and take action to protect living kidney donors!

Renal Support Network

Support HR 5263 and take action to protect living kidney donors! 

The Living Donor Protection Act (HR 5263), sponsored by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D- NY) and Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX), aims to: protect living donors from insurance discrimination and promote education about living donation, make it unlawful for insurance companies to decline, terminate, and limit coverage or charge higher premiums for life, disability, or long-term care insurance policies because of someone’s status as a living organ donor; and it clarifies that living organ donors may use time granted through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to recover from transplant surgery.
Learn more and use the form on the National Kidney Foundation Inc site to support this bill by clicking HERE______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifor…

Monitor your kidney health

Maui Weekly | Jill Holley - National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i, Maui Office , Maui Weekly

Pacific Islanders are at the highest risk for kidney disease
In Hawai'i, hundreds are waiting for transplants. More than 134,294 people nationwide are waiting on an organ transplant. Hawai'i has a high incidence of kidney disease with estimates of 162,000 that are affected with chronic kidney disease. Specifically, Hawai'i has about 3,300 kidney disease patients who are suffering from kidney failure and participating in dialysis. Pacific Islanders, including Native Hawaiians and Filipinos, are at the highest risk for kidney disease, but it also strikes Hispanic and Japanese in high numbers. For more information on transplants, visit the "Donate Life Hawai'i Organ and Tissue Donor Registry."

The National Kidney Foundation of Hawai'i (NKFH) wants you to know that kidney health can improve, but it takes swift and proactive management. The more common form of kidney di…

2014 National Minority Donor Awareness Week

Alliance for Donation
National Minority Donor Awareness Week, celebrated annually 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 register their decision to Donate Life.

Approximately 64 percent of those on New York's transplant waiting list are minorities. While people of all ages and ethnicities can save and enhance lives through donation, organs are matched to recipients by a variety of factors—such as blood and tissue type—which can vary by race and ethnicity.

While skin color is not a barrier when it comes to organ donations and transplants, the odds of a transplant being successful are much greater when a minority recipient receives an organ from a minority donor. Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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Organ Donation Saving Local Lives

KREX TV | Emily Frederick


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Grand Junction City Council proclaimed April as Donate Life Grand Junction month.

Three months after the proclamation the city of Grand Junction is just 0.3 percent behind the Colorado state average for registered donors at 67.3 percent.

"The phone rang and the beeper went off at the same time and they said, 'Well, we have a kidney for you, but you have to get over here now,'" said organ donation recipient from Grand Junction, Debi Carson-Youngerman, "it's something not to be taken lightly because here's someone and a group of people who have made a huge decision to give you something, and you have to take care of it."

Youngerman lives with the reality daily that her life was made possible through the loss of another. Continue reading
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We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In Califor…

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Donate Life Northwest

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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
...and have a conversation with your family.

539 men, women and children died waiting last year in New York.

Donate Life New York State

539 men, women and children died waiting last year in New York. 
That's one New Yorker every 16 hours. 
Those are some sobering facts, but we can do better. 
Sign up today and give hope atwww.donatelifenewyork.com








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OH BY THE WAY, WE FOUND YOU A HEART'

UHN Don Ramsey at Parliament Hill Veteran’s demonstration in 2014 (PHOTO: Don Ramsey)​.​

Not many people drive themselves to their own heart transplant surgeries. Don Ramsey has. In June of 2008, the Royal Canadian Navy veteran drove to an appointment at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre that led to a heart transplant six weeks later.

On July 30, 2008, Ramsey – then 65 years old– received a heart transplant at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. Here's his story in his own words:

"I had four heart attacks within a period of about six months (starting in 1998) -- I was wondering why I was so tired and worn out and draggy all the time.

I only had one that knocked me right down and out but the rest were there – not quite as severe as the one that was the final straw that broke the camel's back. And at the fourth one, that's when I was finally diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart). Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the po…

U.S. Army medic gets the gift of life

WTNH | By Jocelyn Maminta

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Her tour of duty brought her to the front lines of war.

Then Holly Audet returned to Bristol, only to find herself in the midst of a personal battle. The U.S. Army veteran needed a heart transplant.

Proud to wear Army fatigues, the trained combat medic Audet, served in Iraq and Afghanistan, where she absorbed the reality of war. “I dealt with it but you put on a mask to separate yourself.”

That courage was put to the test, shortly after the 27-year-old left the military to come home. “I developed this really bad cough,” she said.

Extensive testing led to the diagnosis of end stage heart failure, cardiomyopathy. Dr. Dan Jacoby, Medical Director of the Advance Heat Failure Program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, explained, “It means that the heart has become so weak that it can’t sufficiently pump enough blood to supply all the organs and nutrients that they need so the organs start to fail.” Continue reading
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Notre Dame High School grads recount lightning victim’s final hours at Venice Beach

Los Angeles Daily News
Courtesy photo. Nick Fagnano, 20, of Los Angeles. Fagnano was killed Sunday, July 27, 2014 after lightning struck while he was in the water at Venice Beach.
HANCOCK PARK.  When Alex Zamora realized it was drizzling Sunday, he texted two of his best friends to ask if they still wanted to head to the beach that day to play volleyball.

Brett Sesma was already on the way to Zamora’s house and Nick Fagnano wasn’t about to let a bit of rain disrupt their plans.

“I really want to go!” Fagnano, 20, of downtown Los Angeles, texted his two friends with whom he had played baseball at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.

Once at Venice Beach, the young men volleyed and played catch under a cloudy sky. As Sesma left to feed a parking meter, he saw the sun had broken through the clouds.  When he returned, Fagnano said he wanted to go into the water to rinse off.  Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives."…

Pilot didn't see man, daughter before making emergency landing on beach

Bay News 9
VENICE -- For the first time, we're hearing from the pilot whose plane hit and killed a father and daughter on a Venice Beach as well as from close family friends of the victims.

Both are in mourning and devastated by what happened.

"The reality really hasn't set in," said Sgt. Jose Bocanegra as he Skyped with Bay News 9 from his home in Hawaii.

He said he’s not only lost a fellow soldier but also a friend.

He and Sgt. First Class Ommy Irizarry shared a special bond, he said, one like no other.

"One of the greatest guys possibly you'd ever meet,” said Sgt. Bocanegra. “He was willing to help anybody and anyone with anything."

Irizarry, the devoted husband and father, was killed Saturday as he walked along a Venice beach with his daughter, Oceana, 9, who died at All Children’s Hospital on Tuesday. Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn Californ…

Pledging to share the gift of life through death

The Hindu
Compassion without compulsion brings the best results. And the Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar, is perhaps aiming to achieve that when it comes to organ donation.

Compassion without compulsion brings the best results. And the Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar, is perhaps aiming to achieve that when it comes to organ donation. Decision to donate organs by relatives of people who are certified brain dead has to happen voluntarily, he said.

Inaugurating the tenth anniversary of liver transplantation at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences on Tuesday, Mr. Sivakumar said it will become great blessings for the people who are waiting for such benevolent actions. Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.orgOutside California: www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

Mrs. Mississippi sings Corinth's praises

WTVA | Susan Parker
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- Mrs. Mississippi Dawn Gaines has a song to sing and a very personal story to tell about heroes. That's how she feels about organ donors including the one who donated a heart to her father-in-law.

"Still living life to the fullest, so it just goes to show one person signed up (who) was willing to donate their organ and he has life left to live," said Dawn Gaines.

John Gaines is among those we find at this Mississippi Driver's License District Office in Corinth.

It's a celebration for a job well done and a tribute to their being among the top three cities in the state for organ donors. Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.orgOutside California: www.organdonor.gov | www.donatelife.net

Parents’ pride as brave Jack gets posthumous award

Shields Gazette 
AWARD HONOUR ... the late Jack Leggett and, below, his proud parents Alfie Leggett and Susan Clarkson.
A BRAVE South Tyneside schoolboy, whose organs were donated to help save the lives of other youngsters, is to be recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Jack Leggett, nine, lost his battle with a brain tumour, just two months after being diagnosed, on December 22.

His devastated family allowed his organs to be donated, helping to save the lives of three people.

Now, the youngster has been put forward for a posthumous Order of St John award after being nominated by NHS Blood and Transplant.

The letter was delivered to his parents Alfie Leggett and Susan Clarkson last week, inviting the couple to an awards ceremony at Newcastle Civic Centre in October. Continue reading______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.orgOuts…