Sunday, August 31, 2014

Conway man donates kidney to friend of 30 years

Carolina Live | Alex Heaton

Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

However, the numbers also reveal 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't happen because of the shortage of donated organs.

The need for organ donation hits home for Conway resident Stanley Holland and Virginia native Marvin Wise.

The two friends were co-workers for more than three decades, but this year their friendship became much deeper.

Wise needed a kidney transplant following a history of high blood pressure and diabetes, and it was Holland who stepped up to help.

"He said I'm on the kidney transplant list, and I knew nothing about it so I asked him what does that entail. He said, someone would need to give him a kidney, and I said I would give him a kidney," Holland says, recalling a conversation in March before Wise's transplant. Continue reading
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Consider incentive system for organ donation

The Denver Post | By The Denver Post Editorial Board
Facing an uncertain future and years of dialysis, people in need of kidney transplants find themselves faced with a question: Is it worth $150,000 or more to end the wait?

According to a recent New York Times investigation of the black-market trade in organs, it's a question many people are answering in the affirmative.

And it underscores why the U.S. should move away from an organ transplant model that relies largely on donations while prohibiting compensation.

The altruism demonstrated by those who designate their organs for donation, or donate a kidney while alive, isn't enough. Demand has been far outstripping supply for some time, and it's getting worse.

Worldwide supply of transplantable organs meets just a tenth of the need.

The Times story detailed how brokers connect buyers — those who need kidneys — and sellers, who are typically living donors. With such an imbalance, of course there's going to be illicit trade. Continue reading
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On a First, Combined Organ Transplant Done in the State

The New Indian Express

Sayid Yunus Shehrin who underwent a combined pancreas-kidney transplant, at AIMS, along with his wife and doctors | Melton Antony
KOCHI: For the first time in the state, a combined pancreas-kidney transplant was successfully performed at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.

A team of doctors did the highly complex surgery on 35-year-old Sayid Yunus Shehrin, who was suffering from complications such as retinopathy and kidney failure due to Type 1 diabetes.

The hospital administration said that it is the third such transplant to be performed in the country.

Yunus opted for surgery even though he was using the insulin pump because his blood sugar levels had become erratic and his kidneys too had been badly hit.

The doctors said that after the transplant Yunus’ blood sugar levels have become normal even without using insulin. His kidneys too are functioning normally.

The multidisciplinary team which carried out the surgery involved doctors from transplant, nephrology, urology, endocrinology, anaesthesia and critical care departments of medicine. The transplant surgery was done on August 17. http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/On-a-First-Combined-Organ-Transplant-Done-in-the-State/2014/08/31/article2407291.ece
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Organ Donation in Australia

Stay at Home Mom | Sarah Grant

Our own mortality is not something we discuss often. It’s not exactly great dinner conversation to talk about what you want to happen after you die, but it is a vital conversation that needs to take place at some stage with those closest to us. That way if someone should ever have to make the tough choices for us, at least they know what our wishes are.

Organ donation in Australia is turned on its head at the moment; we have one of the world’s highest rates of transplant surgery success, but a much lower donation rate than any other established Western, Asian and European country. At any given time there is approximately 1600 people waiting on Aussie transplant lists and sadly, without enough donors, some of these people are dying waiting for a phone call.

One person can save the lives of up to 10 people and improve the lives of many more through organ and tissue donation. About 70% of people are registered as organ donors either through the Organ Donor Register online or by opting in on their drivers licence. When you register you can choose what you are happy to donate, whether that be some or all of what is suitable.

Suitable Organs – kidney, liver, heart, lung and pancreas

Suitable Tissue – heart valves, musculoskeletal tissue, skin and eye tissue. Continue reading
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Man gains experiences during bike tours

Killeen Daily News | Janice Gibbs

For 16 years, cyclists in the annual Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour have logged thousands of miles and brought attention to the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donations.
Over the years about 190 riders have participated in the Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour.

Some are repeat riders, such as Keith Steward, of Gatesville, who took his first ride in 2000.

Before his participation, Steward was diagnosed with polycystic disease, a genetic kidney disease. His father died from the disease in 1964 and an older sister had a transplant in 1985.

In 2001, Steward was part of the Circle of Life team and met Shari Miller, a new rider. Miller worked for South Texas Blood and Tissue in San Antonio.

“We became friends and stayed in contact,” Steward said.

Damage from polycystic disease is gradual and inevitably leads to dialysis and transplant, he said.

In 2006, Steward went on dialysis and was put on the transplant list.

Steward’s wife wanted to be a donor and went through the testing process.

She was disqualified toward the end of testing because of the possibility of her developing kidney stones and passing that trait along. Continue reading
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A recipient - Bill Taylor beats the odds after heart transplant

Star News OnLine | Mike Voorheis

Bill Taylor (right) received a heart transplant in Virginia about 18 years ago. At the time, doctors expected him to live about five years with his new heart. Pictured with Bill is his brother, Jeff Taylor. Contributed photo

Bill Taylor slouches forward in his chair at a Brunswick County nursing home. He tells a visitor that he likes his shoes, and saliva drips from his chin as he smiles that smile that sold hundreds of cars during his sales career in Winchester, Va. Taylor's spine no longer supports his body, and his liver is failing.

At age 71, his body is succumbing to an inevitable decline.

In the mid-1990s, Taylor contracted what he calls double pneumonia, an infection in both lungs. He was released from the Virginia hospital but was readmitted later with cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that he says resulted from his bout with double pneumonia. Doctors told Taylor that he was going to die if he didn't get a new heart.

So Taylor, like about 2,300 Americans per year, followed all the instructions, took all the tests, kept himself as healthy as possible and received a heart transplant. Continue reading
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Waterloo Woman Meets Parents of Man Whose Heart Saved Her Life

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WATERLOO, Iowa — In many ways, it felt just like a family reunion, with all the emotions of people who haven’t seen each other in a long time.

But the two families in question never met before Friday. In fact, a tragedy brought them together.

“I miss my son so much, but now, I have a daughter,” said Vicky Patino.

Three years ago, Emily Kachulis, of Iowa, was very sick. Doctors told her without both a heart and lung transplant, she would die.

“I went into ICU at St. Mary’s in Rochester, Minnesota, and I waited in there two months,” said Kachulis.

Unbeknown to her, hundreds of miles away, 22-year-old Raul Patino, who grew up in Murrieta, was killed when he fell off a party bus in Minnesota. Continue reading VIDEO
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Organ transplant elsewhere might begin at New Hanover Regional

Star News OnLine | Mike Voorheis

New Hanover Regional Medical Center operating room staff Rachel Johnson (from left), Kelly Bolliger, Barbara Koehli and Phyllis Long prepare for an organ donation procedure. Photo by Paul Stephen

Editor's note: This article carries the reader through the story of an organ transplant donation at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. It does not refer to a specific surgery or a specific patient.
The wind whipped the flags around the poles in front of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The American flag – hanging in every classroom, at every stadium and in the corner of every red-blooded American's heart – is easy to recognize. On the next pole, the Donate Life flag from Carolina Donor Services is less recognizable.

But it flies during every organ donation as a symbol of pride, of respect, of generosity.

That flag means that a family still reeling from the tragic loss of a loved one has decided to donate his organs. That flag means that a critically ill patient in a hospital more than a hundred miles away has seen his flicker of hope ignite cautious optimism. That flag means that a team of surgeons is descending on Wilmington, using their honed skills to carry life across the state and implant it into another human being.

Whirlwind of activity

David Gerber is one of those doctors. When he's at the UNC School of Medicine, staring at the empty cavity where his team has just removed an organ vital to life, that's the moment when the adrenaline kicks in. Continue reading
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Staring down death to save lives: The grizzly work of Human Tissue Banks

Sunday Express | Jane Clinton
Adam Edwards, Melanie Wynned (left) and Rebecca Denton work in Liverpool's tissue bank [MATTHEW POVER]
THE work of Liverpool's human tissue bank is a mystery to most of us. Jane Clinton meets the team who retrieve skin and bone from the dead for a living
In freezers locked away in a building on the outskirts of Liverpool are human bones, skin, heart valves, vessels and tendons. It may sound like something from the pages of a grisly crime novel but this is the NHS Blood and Transplant’s national human tissue bank, where vital tissue is stored for transplant.

While we are familiar with the concept of organ donation, tissue donation is less well known. Of the 500,000 people who die in the UK every year, fewer than 1 per cent donate more than one tissue. Yet a donation from just one person could benefit more than 50 others.

Now a two-part documentary on BBC Three is giving an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes at the UK’s only tissue bank, and into the world of “the human tissue squad”, as they have been dubbed. Continue reading
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Heart to Heart: Transplant families meet for the first time.

WKRC Cincinnati | Adam Clements

CINCINNATI (ADAM CLEMENTS) – I began following this story on February 14th, 2013, the day young Trinity Lazo received a lifesaving heart transplant.

To tell the full story of the heart that now beats in Trinity, we have to start with the story of young Logan Baker. It’s A story you will see only on Local 12 news. A story that now comes in full circle.

The sound of a heartbeat can be powerful, especially when it comes from a child.

“Logan was a beautiful, sweet, calm happy baby,” says Logan’s mother, Tracie Baker.

Kevin and Tracie Baker knew they were on borrowed time with their son Logan.

“At about six weeks, his biopsy came back that it was a form of muscular dystrophy,” says Tracie. VIDEO, continue reading
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National Donor Sabbath

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National Donor Sabbath is coming November 14-16, 2014. Donate Life Northwest's intern created this wonderful poster and they are requesting we put it up in our place of worship.


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After his kidney transplant....

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Volleyball coach ready to return after life-saving surgery

Tracy Press | Bob Browne



Mountain House High School’s first volleyball match tonight will be a new start for Heather Lamb, the Mustang team’s coach.

She is recovering from kidney transplant surgery. While her doctors at U.C. San Francisco have cleared her to return to her coaching job, as of Thursday she was still awaiting word from Lammersville Unified School District on whether she could return to the team’s practices.

Either way, she said she wouldn’t miss tonight’s 5 p.m. match at the Mountain House High main gym, when the Mustangs will face the Millennium High Falcons junior varsity team. The team expects at least a few hundred fans.

“Just based on a few community Facebook posts, there will be a good crew out there,” Heather Lamb said, adding that if she’s not there as a coach, she’ll support the team as a fan. “I will be there no matter what.” Continue reading
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Baby Logan energetic after heart transplant

Prince George Citizen | Mark Nelson

Logan Vandermeulen was put on an artificial pumping device in February to keep his blood flowing.

Five weeks after receiving a new heart, 11-month-old Logan Vandermeulen is "doing wonderful" and appears on his way to returning home to Prince George in the next couple of weeks.

"He has lots of energy," said mother Veronica Vandermeulen, 28, over the phone from Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver. "A normal baby energy level."

Doctors first noticed a problem with his heart when Veronica was 26 weeks pregnant. A C-section was performed three weeks prior to his expected due date and a pacemaker was installed the next day.

But within a few months they noticed some changes in his behaviour and he began to lose weight.

Initially, doctors thought Logan had a bronchial infection but an X-ray revealed his heart was bigger than expected. He was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy - a deterioration of the heart muscle that can lead to heart failure. Continue reading
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Blues Concert for Organ Donation

KMTV
Walter Trout is a world-renowned blues guitarist who had a life-saving liver transplant three months ago at the Nebraska Medical Center. To celebrate his transplant and help raise awareness about organ donation, doctors and musicians are teaming up for a big blues concert on Sunday! Walter's wife, Marie, is here to share his story and tell us more about the party.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Mississippi Transplant Kids Motorcycle ride

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Kalamazoo woman takes break from nursing studies to donate liver to her grandfather

M LIVE | Rosemary Parker

KALAMAZOO, MI -- After nearly a year of preparation and testing, a 22-year-old Kalamazoo woman is recuperating at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital this week after donating more than half of her own liver to her grandfather.

Markiesha Matthews's grandfather, Robert Moore, 59, was dying of cirrhosis of the liver at the Battle Creek VA Center-- his only hope, a liver transplant.

"He was diagnosed with a liver problem a little over a year ago," said Matthews's mother, Azzetta Matthews. "My dad was in a coma several times last year where he was on life support. When we found out he needed a new liver his granddaughter immediately said: 'I will donate to my Papa.'"

As it turned out, testing revealed Markiesha was a perfect match, Matthews said. So Markiesha postponed her schooling at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, where she was studying to become a registered nurse, and started the process of preparing physically and mentally to be a transplant donor. Continue reading
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Northwestern organ donor drive pushed

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Annette 'Jo' Giarrante of Evanston with her 'Whispers from the Heart' cards and family pup Bongo. Giarrante had a heart transplant in March of 2007 and encourages organ donor registrations. | Karie Angell Luc/for Sun-Times Media

Annette “Jo” Giarrante of Evanston had a heart transplant March 11, 2007. She recently encouraged other Northwestern Memorial Hospital heart transplant recipients to register five friends or family members to the organ donor registry.

“Jo has always demonstrated a wonderful giving spirit, continuing to find ways to inspire and support fellow transplant patients,” said Dr. Kim R. Feingold, founder and director of the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine Service at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

“Jo’s enthusiasm for life, learning and helping others has inspired me as her doctor and reminded me of the strength and resilience that we are all capable of having,” Feingold said. This is the ninth anniversary of heart transplantation at Northwestern. Hospital officials hope to reach a milestone of 200 heart transplants before autumn.

“When the nurse came in to tell me a donor heart was available,” Giarrante recalled of that 2007 surgery, “I asked for one thing. Take the heart out very gently because it’s served me for some 50 years. Put the new one in with as much gentleness as you took it out.” Continue reading
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Lung transplant recipient from Frisco forms relationship with deceased donor’s family

The Dallas Morning News | Daniel Houston

Staff photo by DANIEL HOUSTON/neighborsgo. Carrie Giddens (left) got a new lease on life when she received a life-saving lung transplant in 2012. Earlier this month, she met and formed a relationship with the deceased donor’s family, including her sister, Valarie Fratiani (right).

As Craig Giddens’ wife awaited a life-saving lung transplant, he couldn’t help but think of what happened to her brother.

His wife, Carrie Giddens, a Frisco resident who has cystic fibrosis, was on life support in November 2012. Doctors said she would go home with a new set of lungs, or she wouldn’t come home at all. Seven months earlier, her brother Bryan Chandler died at 21 as a result of the same condition.

“We had conversations that I don’t think many people ever get the opportunity to have,” Craig said. “We had a dry run one night when they thought they had lungs for her. Carrie and I talked about life and death and our boys and what would happen after she was gone, and came to terms with it.”

After weeks of uncertainty, Carrie received the lungs of Amy Firth, a Belton woman whose unexpected death blindsided her family. And more than a year later, overcome with a desire to meet Firth’s family, Carrie reached out to them and established a relationship with Firth’s parents, John and Margaret Henderson, and sister Valarie Fratiani. Continue reading
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Dual Kidney Transplant (DKT) May Improve Kidney Use

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Graft survival was similar to that seen in concurrent single SCD kidney recipients

SAN FRANCISCO—Dual kidney transplants (DKTs) using organs from marginal donors that might otherwise be discarded are a viable option that could help counteract the growing shortage of acceptable single kidneys, researchers reported at the 2014 World Transplant Congress.

Robert J. Stratta, MD, and colleagues at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., studied 72 DKTs performed over a 12-year period, including 45 (62.5%) using expanded criteria donor (ECD) kidneys, 17 (23.6%) using kidneys donated after cardiac death (DCD), and 10 (13.9%) using standard criteria donor (SCD) kidneys.

After a mean follow-up time of 58 months, the actual patient and graft survival rates were 85%, and 71%, respectively. The 1-year and death-censored graft survival rates were 90% and 80%. The outcomes did not differ by donor source or recipient age. Delayed graft function (DGF) and primary non-function occurred in 24% and 2.8% of recipients, respectively. Continue reading
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I never dream I'd live to be an adult.

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MURRIETA FAMILY MEETS WOMAN WHO RECEIVED SON'S ORGANS

ABC 7 | Rob McMillian
In many ways, it felt just like a family reunion, with all the emotions of people who haven't seen each other in a long time.

But the two families in question never met before Friday. In fact, a tragedy brought them together.

"I miss my son so much, but now, I have a daughter," said Vicky Patino.

Three years ago, Emily Kachulis, of Iowa, was very sick. Doctors told her without both a heart and lung transplant, she would die.

"I went into ICU at St. Mary's in Rochester, Minnesota, and I waited in there two months," said Kachulis.

Unbeknownst to her, hundreds of miles away, 22-year-old Raul Patino, who grew up in Murrieta, was killed when he fell off a party bus in Minnesota. Continue reading
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Curious about tissue donation? Watch the Human Tissue Squad

NHS Organ Donor Campaign
Curious about tissue donation? Donated tissue transforms the life of thousands of people each year. Find out how, watch the Human Tissue Squad
on BBC Three.


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Donate Life New England 'Charmed by Charity' Event

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Join us at Alex and Ani Portsmouth, New Hampshire for the latest "Charmed by Charity" event on Thursday, September 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. During the event 15% of sales will be donated to Donate Life New England. Contact Jennifer Cray (jennifer_cray@neob.org) for more details or stop by on Thursday night.
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DONATE LIFE RED WINGS GAME - SAVE the DATE!

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Save the Date Red Wing fans! Our Donate Life game is Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Tickets are available by calling Peggy Burkhard at (248) 770-5172. Start that winter break off right. Think early Holiday gifts. And $10 of each ticket price ($45 and $60) includes a donation to the Donate Life Coalition of MI. Thank you! Reserve your tickets today! Visit us on the Concourse near section 110 that evening.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Jackson Prep Athlete's Organs Save Lives

WJTV | By Danielle Avitable


In Mississippi alone, more than 1,400 people are on the organ transplant waiting list, according to CEO Kevin Stump with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

Even though he is not walking this earth physically, Jackson Prep student Walker Wilbanks continues to change people's lives.

"Anytime a family gives permission for organ tissue donation it really does make an impact on all the different people who benefit from it," says Stump.

Walker died Monday from what doctors are calling a freak occurrence. He had low sodium in his blood leading to too much water in his brain.

He was first hospitalized Friday during the season opener football game and once at the hospital Walker started having seizures. VIDEO, continue reading
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Baby Logan all smiles at B.C. Children’s Hospital after heart transplant

Global News | By Negar Mojtahedi Global News

At 11-months old, Logan Vandermeulen is thriving at Ronald McDonald house, five weeks after receiving a new heart.

At his young age, Logan has already made history as the first baby in British Columbia to have what is called a Berlin Heart, a life-saving heart pump that helped keep him alive until a donor became available. The device is used in children whose hearts are no longer strong enough to pump enough blood to vital organs.

Multiple tubes are connected to the heart as the device sits outside the body.

Baby Logan had a tough start in life. When his mom was 26 weeks pregnant, doctors noticed there was something wrong with Logan’s heart. He was just a day old when he had a pacemaker installed, then surgery after surgery, but his only shot at having a future was a transplant.

Waiting was the hardest part for the Vandermeulen family. Logan’s mother, Veronica, said the estimated wait time for a transplant was anywhere from 24 hours to a year and half, but time was running out as her son was on the verge of death. Continue reading, VIDEO
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Join our High Five Squad @ the Donate Life Night with the Colorado Rapids

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We still have room for transplant recipients and donor family members ages 4-15 to join our High Five Squad on 9/13! These kiddos will get to high five the Rapids players as they leave the field at halftime, plus they'll receive a free ticket to the game and a t-shirt for participating.

More info at http://www.donoralliance.org/events/donate-life-colorado-night-with-the-colorado-rapids/
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JOEY GASE TO MAKE SPRINT CUP DEBUT AT CHICAGOLAND

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Gase will drive the No. 32 Ford for Go FAS Racing.

"I am very excited and thankful that Archie (St. Hilarie, team owner) and the entire team are giving me this opportunity," Gase said in a team release. "My Nationwide Series career started with Go FAS in 2011, which led to a great 20th-place finish (at Iowa). Hopefully, I can get another good finish with the team."

The team currently has a couple of associate sponsors for the race, but is looking for a primary sponsor, according to the release.

Gase is currently running a full Nationwide Series schedule for Jimmy Means Racing. He is 20th in the standings with a best finish this season of 11th at Talladega in May. In 66 career Nationwide Series starts, the 21-year-old Iowa native has yet to record a top-10 finish.  Continue reading
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Legacy of man killed in fall from cop's Jeep 'can live on in someone else’

Northumberland News | Molly Hayes - Hamilton Spector
Joey Flaherty's family hopes his charismatic, generous and fun-loving legacy will live on in others.

The 27-year-old Dundas man was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon, a day after he tumbled out of a friend's moving vehicle.

In a final act of generosity, his organs were donated.

"We knew that's what Joey would want," older brother Jamie said Wednesday. "If that could be his way of helping out somebody else, and saving somebody else's life ... then his legacy can live on in someone else."

The police officer accused of drunk driving in the incident will now face upgraded charges after Flaherty's death.

Ryan Grant, 33, who has been on the police service in Brantford for two years, will be charged with impaired driving causing death. The official charge will be read at his next court appearance on Sept. 23. He's also facing a charge of impaired driving.

Hundreds of family and friends poured into the Flaherty home in Dundas over the last few days, paying respects to Jamie and their parents, Janice and Jim. It's the same house where the boys' friends would gather every Christmas Eve. Continue reading

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Linda Alvarado, every breath a gift

The Fort Stockton Pioneer News | By Chris Adams

How do you measure the worth of tissue? Most would say that is an abstract or esoteric question devoid of logic. Others might state that the question is a riddle without rationality. If Linda Alvarado was answering the question she would find absolute clarity and understanding in the enigmatic query.

She might answer, “Do not take for granted two very precious things that God has given us; our lives and our bodies.”

Unfortunately, most human beings take those two gifts and stick them up on a closet shelf. Not Alvarado. She has unwrapped them and put them on the mantle of careful and loving consideration.

When one is in imminent peril of losing organs and life is teetering at the edge of death's ravine, the lucidity of those laborious moments forever changes a person's perspective on the aforementioned blessings.

Alvarado is such a person. Last fall she was informed of a possible match to replace her dying lungs. It was the second time she had received a word of hope.

“I got the second call on Oct. 9...there was only one lung that was good at that time so they couldn't put it in.” Continue reading 
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Patient with Hepatitis C Gets Kidney from Donor with Same Disease

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Surgeons transplanted a kidney from a donor who had hepatitis C to a recipient who also has the disease in what is believed to be the first procedure of its kind in the state of Utah, health officials there said.

Newly developed drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV) have high cure rates but also potential harmful side effects for patients with kidney disease and therefore the drugs are not approved for this patient population, Paul J. Campsen, MD, surgical director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, said in an interview with HCPLive.com. 

The transplant was done in late July and the patient went home four days later, no longer in need of dialysis. “He was super animated again and he said all of his energy is back” Campsen said of the 61-year-old patient. “It’s the same stuff we see with all of our patients. Dialysis keeps you alive but it’s not the same quality as a human organ that filters the body.” Continue reading
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Baby Found Not Breathing At Daycare, Organs Save 2 Others

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LYNDON, Kan. (WIBW) -- An Osage Co. infant died after the four-month old baby was found not breathing at an daycare in Lyndon on Monday, according to Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

Emergency responders found Brody Johnston, of Scranton, at the daycare shortly after noon after someone called 911 saying the child wasn't breathing. The infant died on the way to the hospital, said Dunn.

The daycare, 1020 Monroe Street, in Lyndon, closed for two days while the Sheriff's Office investigated at the request of the Osage Co. Health Dept.

The cause of death has not been determined yet.

Brody's family asked the Sheriff's Dept. release the details of their child's death because, since then, the infant's organs have been donated and saved the lives of two other children, said Sheriff Dunn. Continue reading
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Kaitlyn Doorhy's parents celebrate their daughter's life with memories, photos

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One of the highlights of Kaitlyn Doorhy's summer happened when she was walking in Southampton and someone tapped her on the shoulder, told her she loved her dress, and asked where she'd gotten it. Kaitlyn told the woman she was wearing Michael Kors — a designer she loved; she even worked at Michael Kors — and it was only after she'd lifted her signature designer sunglasses that she realized the woman asking had been Khloe Kardashian.

"She didn't realize who it was at first," her mom Darla said. "It was only when she lifted up her sunglasses that she just started to shake."

That bright summer day was only a few weeks ago, but in a heartbeat, everything changed when Kaitlyn, just 20, was struck by a car and died on Friday.

She will be buried wearing the very same Michael Kors dress — and her Strawberry Queen crown.

Kaitlyn has touched lives across the board — condolences have been coming from far and wide. Even, in fact, from Michael Kors — flowers arrived from Jeff Dunn, vice president of outlets, with deep sympathy.

At the Doorhy house in Mattituck on Thursday, a beautiful home filled with framed photos of Kaitlyn along with her parents, Joe and Darla, and sister Carly, a steady stream of visitors brought flowers, food, and an outpouring of love unprecedented in a small town still reeling from unexpected loss and utter heartbreak. Continue reading
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Richmond Spider saves classmate’s life 30 years after leaving campus

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RICHMOND, Va. — Matt Felix and Pat Kacani’s friendship stretches back three decades.

“Well, we met freshman year. We kind of hit it off right from there,” Richmonder Pat Kacani said.

The 51-year-old men share fond memories of University of Richmond and a bond thicker than most guys thanks to a four-pound organ. About 20 years ago Matt was diagnosed with a rare liver disease. Medication treated the ailment and life went on as normal until two years ago. That is when Matt’s doctors told him his liver was failing fast.  Continue reading
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Local resident awaits transplant

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BROWNSBURG — “If Winter can, I can!” is the motto of Stephanie Evans, a 19-year-old Brownsburg woman who needs a liver and kidney transplant as recommended by doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

Evans is a fan of the bottlenose dolphin named Winter, who resides at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. She takes inspiration from her mammal friend, who has beaten the odds and survived in spite of the loss of her tail.

At birth, Evans was diagnosed with a chronic rare metabolic disorder called Methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). It is a disorder where the enzyme in the liver cannot digest protein. Her body does not receive all of the nutrients and energy it needs to develop and grow properly. She requires a special protein-restricted formula as well as a strict medication regimen. Because her stomach does not work properly, Evans is fed by a tube that goes straight to her intestines. She requires daily IV fluids as her kidneys cannot control the fluid balance, and she easily dehydrates. Continue reading
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Gold star for South Texas Health System

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MCALLEN ,TX-Aug.27,2014 - Dr. Mourad Alsabbagh nephrology doctor checks on transplant patient and donor Antonio and Esperanza Ramirez of San Juan while at McAllen Medical Hospital Wednesday Aug.27,2014. Photo by Delcia Lopez dlopez@themonitor.com

South Texas Health System, a network of six hospitals in the region, was awarded a gold star by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for organ transplant awareness on Wednesday.

“We are very proud to be involved in creating awareness for organ donation in our community,” said Elmo Lopez Jr., CEO of the McAllen Medical Center, who noted that one-third of organ transplants in the Rio Grande Valley come from local donors.

“Approximately half of the population is at risk for diabetes, and with that comes the need for some of that population to need a kidney and we provide that.” Continue reading
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Lyons and McAuliffe in the medals at Transplant Games

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Laois athlete Robbie Lyons is coming home from the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Championships in Krakow today with two silver medals and a bronze.
Also in the medals is Portarlington man Eddie McAuliffe who won a gold medal in the golf for his nett score.

From The Swan in Laois, Robbie, a 20 year old kidney transplant recipient, competed in the 18 to 29 year old category in his 400m and 100m sprint events.

In the 100m event he crossed the line in 12.53 seconds securing a bronze behind two Hungarians. In the 400m sprint, with a time of 61.7 seconds, he was just pipped to the post by a German competitor. In the Long Jump event he secured a silver medal competing against athletes aged between 18 and 39 years and one former Olympian who took Gold.

Robbie said after his first race, the 100m sprint, “I am really happy with the outcome. The racing conditions were extremely tough with the rain which makes me even more proud of my time.” Continue reading
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Scientists grow complete new organ, take major step in regeneration

Daily Digest News | By John Tyburski, Daily Digest News

A new report describes the first successful attempt to grow an entire new organ, transplant it into a recipient, and have it function normally.
In a major forward leap in regenerative medicine research, a group of British scientists report that they have successfully grown a complete, functional organ from harvested mouse cells. Even better, the new organ functioned normally after it was transplanted into a recipient mouse.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh produced the world’s first working thymus, not from stem cells but from connective tissue cells called fibroblasts. Although the work was done entirely in mice, the success is nonetheless an extraordinary achievement in regenerative medicine, which endeavors to one day be able to replace diseased or injured organs with fresh ones grown in the lab.

Up to now, only small portions of functional organs have been successfully grown in the lab. Bits of hearts, livers, and even brains have been grown from stem cells, but no complete, functional organs have been produced this way. In the new study, the investigators created the new thymus from fibroblast cells, not stem cells. Continue reading
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Brookeville boy scheduled for liver transplant

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Photo from Melanie Koller. AJ Koller (left), 10, and his little brother Hunter, both of Brookeville, ride the school bus Monday for the first day of classes at Belmont Elementary School in Olney.
Brookeville boy, 10, braces for liver transplant
It’s a time for fresh starts for many area schoolchildren, but for 10-year-old AJ Koller of Brookeville, this school year marks another new beginning, as he prepares for a liver transplant.

On Monday, AJ started fifth grade at Belmont Elementary in Olney, and proudly fulfilled his duties as a school safety patrol.

“He was very excited about his first day and being a patrol,” said his mother, Melanie Koller.

It was important to AJ to start school with his classmates, even though he will miss a significant portion of the semester.

AJ was born with Alagille syndrome, a multi-organ disorder that primarily affects his heart and liver. He has endured several open-heart surgeries since birth, in addition to countless other medical procedures. Continue reading
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The Perfect Match: Kidney Transplant Leads to Marriage

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All of us newlyweds promise to love our spouses in sickness and in health, but one Indiana couple's amazing story was actually born from the ultimate sacrifice: Donating an organ to a stranger.

Chelsea Clair, 26, met Kyle Froelich, 23, at a car show four years ago. He was diagnosed with a fatal kidney disorder when he was 12 years old, and doctors estimated that the then-senior in high school only had one more year to live unless he could obtain a successful kidney transplant. Many of his family members and friends were tested, but none proved to be a perfect match.

That is, until he met Clair, who heard his story through a family friend, and declared on the spot that she would give him her kidney. Froelich had guarded himself from getting his hopes up — according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, only slightly more than 50% of people on the national waiting list receive an organ within five years — but a month later, test results gave them the green light to move forward with a transplant. Continue reading
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Organ Donation – The Opportunity to Give the Gift of Life

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Life is a gift. Those who are at risk of losing theirs through organ failure know that all too well. They are also aware of the obstacles of receiving the organs they so desperately need. Over 3,000 Michigan residents are on the waiting list to receive an organ transplant. Nationally, there are over 100,000. In Michigan, approximately 300 lives are saved every year through organ donation. Why not more?

There are a few misconceptions about organ donation. For many people, it is the concern that their own life will be taken too lightly if they are seriously hurt or ill, or you may think you are too young or old. The truth is, your life is just as precious as the person who is on the waiting list, and age is not necessarily a factor in determining who can be an organ donor. Additionally, it’s a misguided belief that the process will be too complicated to deal with. Continue reading
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