Friday, October 31, 2014

Scientists Set Their Sights on First Whole-Eye Transplant

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Nerve regeneration is challenge, but real headway is being made in the field, researchers say
In the world of 21st-century medicine, organ transplantation is nothing new.

The first kidney transplant took place in 1950, followed by the first liver transplant in 1963 and the first human heart transplant in 1967. By 2010, doctors had even managed the transplantation of a patient's entire face.

One major organ still eludes the transplant surgeon, however: the entire human eye. But if one team of U.S. scientists has its way, that dream may become reality, too.

"Until recently, eye transplants have been considered science fiction," said Dr. Vijay Gorantla, an associate professor of surgery in the department of plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. "People said it was crazy, bonkers."

However, "with what we now know about transplantation and, more importantly, nerve regeneration, we are finally at the point where we can have real confidence that this is something that actually can be pursued and eventually achieved," he said. Continue reading
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NJ Sharing Network CEO Honored by Meadowlands Regional Chamber

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Joe Roth, President & CEO, NJ Sharing Network
CEO honored for leadership that saves lives through organ and tissue donation.
Woodland Park, NJ (PRWEB) November 01, 2014

The Meadowlands Regional Chamber has named Joe Roth, president & CEO of the NJ Sharing Network, among its distinguished honorees at its 41st annual gala.

The event, held October 16 at Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, saluted Roth for his leadership of NJ Sharing Network over the past 16 years. NJ Sharing Network, headquartered in New Providence, saves and enhances the lives of thousands each year through the gift of organ and tissue donation.

“We are proud of Joe’s accomplishments and this award is well-deserved,” said Jim Kirkos, president & CEO of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber.

Roth, of Morris Plains, joined NJ Sharing Network in April 1998. Previously, he served as Director, Government Affairs at Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck). Roth is a member of the New Jersey State Health Care Administration Board. Continue reading
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Halloween costume has special meaning for young boy

KTVU | Katie Utehs


Children all across the Bay Area will be out in costumes Friday night trick or treating, but for one Antioch 3-year-old this Halloween is an extra special treat.

Matthew Ouimet imitated super heroes as he ran around a Red Cross Blood Drive offering words of support.

"You can do it poppa," said Matthew.

Donated blood carried him through a kidney and liver transplant June of last year.

"It's a miracle. It's amazing. I look back to that first night and how we weren't sure if we were going to have another night,” said Kelly Ouimet, Matthew’s father. Continue reading
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Justin Martin’s life journey comes full circle

Morgan Hill Times | Scott Forestner


Live Oak High School math teacher Justin Martin teaches Algebra two and integrated two. Martin graduated from the school in 2006.
Heart transplant allows LOHS alum to return to alma mater as teacher
Some high school students in Justin Martin’s mathematics class were talking amongst themselves about relationships when one of them turned to their teacher and asked him if he ever had a broken heart.

Martin’s response was, “Yes.”

But his answer was much more than the group bargained for as the 2006 Live Oak High School alumnus—who is now in his first year teaching at his alma mater—explained that his broken heart was not due to a love lost.

Instead, Martin literally had a broken heart. Nine years earlier on Oct. 15, 2005, the then 17-year-old LOHS senior received an organ transplant that saved his young life.

Modest by nature, the former lineman on the Acorns football team nonchalantly described the details of how his heart had grown four times the size of a normal one and was pushing down on all of his other organs. Continue reading
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Mother struggles to survive after del

KFOR | Ali Meyer


JONES, Okla. — Each year in Oklahoma about 50,000 women have a baby.

Last April, Lindsey Miller checked into a birthing center to deliver her second child, a daughter.

Miller had no idea that routine delivery would become a four-month long fight for her life.

When Paisley Miller was born, full-term, she seemed healthy.

However, in her first day of life, nurses picked up on some troubling symptoms.

They started Paisley on antibiotics, and she went home from the hospital healthy.

For Lindsey Miller, that day was the beginning of her own health crisis.

It started with a severe headache and excruciating abdominal pain.

“They didn’t really know what was going on with me.” said Miller. “The longer they waited the worse I got.”

Two days after delivery doctors transferred Miller to OU Medical Center by ambulance. Continue reading
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Transplants: UK backing grows for soft opt-out option

Belfast Telegraph | Clara Williamson


A campaign calling for UK-wide legislation to change the laws on organ donation has been launched at Stormont.

UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson joined with Member of Scottish Parliament Anne McTaggart and the Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford to call for the Prime Minister to introduce the soft opt-out option across the UK. The new law, spearheaded in Northern Ireland by Ms Dobson, would mean that all adults will be considered as eligible for organ donation unless they choose to opt out. Anyone's decision to opt out would also be kept confidential.

Ms Dobson said: "Today is a momentous day, it's the first time that we have here at the Northern Ireland Assembly, supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, three of the devolved regions of the United Kingdom here in support of soft opt-out. Continue reading
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Organ recipient grateful for Canadian donor's gift of life

Click On Detroit | Sarah Mayberry,MPH


Bay City man is one of five saved by Pamela Praill
DETROIT -It was a story about a Christmas miracle: two local teens who received organ transplants at the University of Michigan on Christmas Day in 2012. When a Canadian family saw the story on Local 4, they instantly realized their daughter Pamela Praill was the donor.

"As I am watching through tears, my heart is pounding, I just knew," said Patti Praill, Pamela's mother.

Pamela Praill was just 26 years old when she crossed the border from Canada with her mom to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Tragically, Pamela suffered an aneurysm and died Christmas Day. Her parents made the incredible decision to donate her organs -- a decision that saved five lives.

Wally Maxson of Bay City, Mich., is one of those recipients.

"I got the call at nine Christmas morning. We were in church," said Maxson. "She said, ‘We have a potential donor for you,’ and I just couldn't believe it."

It was the call then 40-year-old Maxson had waited two long years to receive. Diabetic since the age of 12, he was in kidney failure, on dialysis, and needed a new pancreas too. Continue reading
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Springfield pastor Mark Baymon calls attention to need for minority organ transplant donations

Mass Live | Kathryn Roy


The Rev. Mark A. Baymon, of Springfield, helps raise the awareness for the need for minority organ donations.SUBMITTED PHOTO

SPRINGFIELD - Nearly 60 percent of patients waiting for organ transplants are minorities, even though they account for just 36 percent of the total population.

The Rev. Mark Baymon, pastor of the Church of God in Christ in Indian Orchard, is living a full life thanks to organ donation and serves as a spokesman of sorts about the benefits of organ donation.

Baymon’s kidneys failed in 1999, and he underwent dialysis for two years before a kidney became available for him.

“Before the transplant, I was really tied to dialysis,” he said. “I couldn’t travel. I couldn’t do much of anything, and I was always weak. But after the transplant, it really allowed me to have that freedom, to really feel like doing things. I felt like I owed a big thank you to the person who gave this chance at life to me.”

Baymon said after he received his transplant, he met a woman at a Kansas City church who had failing kidneys. She was afraid of dialysis and didn’t understand that there would still be a chance for her to get her health back with a transplant. Continue reading
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Happy 40th Birthday, Gift of Life!

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Look who’s turning the big 4-0: The Gift of Life Donor Program! As our region’s federally designated, non-profit, organ procurement organization, Gift of Life continues to set national records for the number of organ donors per year, as well as the number of organs recovered per donor – making it one of the busiest and most successful organ procurement organizations in the country.

As we celebrate Gift of Life’s exciting milestone and ongoing successes, the Penn Lung Transplant team thought it would be the perfect time to share some helpful information about the organ donation and transplant system in the United States and the critical role played by organ procurement organizations (OPOs). Continue reading

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Lakewood Regional Medical Center Recognized at Donation & Transplantation Symposium

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From left to right: Prasad Garimella, OneLegacy’s COO, Tom Mone, OneLegacy’s CEO, Dr. Leonard Bailey, Chief of Pediatric Heart Surgery at Loma Linda University Med. Center, Mary Yamachika, Critical Care Director at Lakewood Regional Med. Center, Charrise Powell, House Supervisor at Lakewood Regional, and Ernesto Blas, OneLegacy’s Donation Development Coordinator for Lakewood.

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Lakewood Regional Medical Center’s commitment to saving lives through donation was recognized by OneLegacy, the federally-designated organ, eye and tissue recovery agency in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area, during its annual Donation & Transplantation Symposium held Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona.

Lakewood Regional Medical Center received a “Process Excellence” recognition at the Symposium, one out of only 11 hospitals recognized amongst over 210 participating facilities. The medical center has a conversion rate larger than 75%, showing its excellence in following policies and procedures that make donation possible. Lakewood Regional also has a successful donation after cardiac death (DCD) program, in which families have the opportunity to donate organs on behalf of loved ones who suffer a severe neurological injury and/or irreversible brain damage but do not deteriorate to brain death.

The Donation & Transplantation Symposium is an annual conference hosted by OneLegacy that recognizes donation efforts in hospital and transplant centers across the Southland, and brings cutting-edge information to professionals in the field. This year the symposium reached its maximum capacity with over 900 healthcare professionals in attendance including physicians, nurses, transplant professionals, social workers, respiratory therapists and chaplains. Continue reading
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2 mothers honor sons by organizing Christmas float

The Victoria Advocate | Laura Garcia


Cecilia Zarate said her son's friends are getting older now, married with families of their own.

But some still keep in touch.

They show off driver's licenses with a donor heart on it.

In the eight years since her 23-year-old son died, she's been advocating for organ donation.

Daniel Zarate Jr. fell asleep at the wheel and died in a car crash.

The Zarate family donated his kidney, liver, pancreas and his heart so that others could live.

Now she wants to bring together the families of organ donors and organ recipients to participate in Victoria's annual Lighted Christmas parade on Dec. 6. Continue reading
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Transplant Wait Times Longer in Colorado than

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ADAMS COUNTY (CBS4) -A CBS4 investigation has found people in Colorado are waiting longer for kidneys, the most frequently transplanted organ, than anywhere else in the region.

Every day, 13 people in the U.S. die waiting for a kidney transplant, according to the National Kidney Foundation. In Colorado alone, there are 1,832 kidney patients on the waiting list for a life-saving surgery, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. But, for Coloradans, the wait can be far longer and more excruciating than for transplant hopefuls in neighboring states.

Michelle Stewart, 49, of Adams County, was added to the transplant waiting list last April, after her kidney function decreased to 10 percent of normal. Continue reading
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Giving the Gift of Life through Death

FOX San Antonio | Erin Nichols


Right now, thousands of people in our area are in need of a life-saving organ transplant.

Although more Texans are signing up to be on the organ donor registry list, more than a dozen people will die every day because of an organ shortage.

That’s why 12-year-old Claire Fowler counts her blessings.

“I’m going to be 13 really soon,” Claire said.

Claire’s celebrating with a reminder of how precious birthdays truly are.

“I am going to be recovering from my heart biopsy two days after my birthday,” she said. VIDEO, Continue reading
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4 Heart Transplants In 24 Hours: Baylor’s Record-Setting October Day

Healthcare Daily | Matt Goodman
In the 301 days that currently make up the year 2014, Baylor’s Deep Ellum flagship has performed 84 heart transplants. And four of those took place during a 24-hour period earlier this month, the most in the transplant unit’s history.

The doctors didn’t plan for such a quick succession and the demand creates a logistical puzzle for Dr. Shelley Hall and her team. First, is the manpower even in town? And then, have they slept?

“We have to orchestrate the procedures in such a way that we have surgeons available to do them,” says Hall, the hospital’s chief of transplant cardiology and mechanical support. “And their physical stamina; you don’t want a surgeon who has been up for two days straight.”

According to the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network, Baylor’s Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute swaps more hearts than any other program in Texas. Nationally, it is second only to the Los Angeles-based—and internationally renowned—Cedars-Sinai. “It’s a pleasant-hearted competition,” Hall says, unable to resist. Continue reading
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10th Annual Bringing Organ Donation Awareness to our Faith Leaders #DonorSabbath

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Come join us at our 10th annual organ donation seminar on Nov 7th in Grand Rapids. We have continuing education hours for nurses, social workers, chaplains and registered medical assistants. Our speakers are informative and inspiring!!! We will have information tables from a variety of organizations. $15 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and hours. Contact Cathy Warren at 248-701-2323 or at cathywarren589@gmail.com to register.
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A thankful birthday 3-year-old Roman - still here because of heart transplant

The Delaware Gazette | Stacy Kess

Happy third birthday to Roman!

Roman Christopher turns 3 years old today.

“That’s my guy,” said his dad, Jaime, as the family played in the living room Monday afternoon. “Are you my guy?”

“Hey, Daddy,” Roman answered

“Do we watch football?” Jaime asked his youngest child.

“Yeah,” Roman answered. “On TV.”

“Who do we watch?” Jaime asked. “The Browns?”

“Yeah!” Roman replied with a leap into his dad’s lap.

The conversation between father and son is part of the normalcy the family cherishes because for most of the first year of Roman’s life, they didn’t know if there would be a third birthday.

Roman was born Oct. 28, 2011, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus with a heart condition known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The congenital disease in which the left side of the heart – the side that pumps blood to the lungs – is underdeveloped only affects one in 100 children.  Continue reading

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The 11th hour heart transplant which saved my life

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Sally Slater hit the headlines when she was struck down with a rare virus at the age of seven.

In the final part of our series marking 260 years of the Yorkshire Post, Sarah Freeman catches up with Sally Slater whose search for a new heart made headlines around the world. 

In three days time Sally Slater will celebrate her 21st birthday. Last weekend she took part in the Great North Run and in a week or so she will leave the family home in Kirkby Malham and head back to Nottingham for her final year at university. 

As landmark moments go they’re not particularly unusual, but each holds extra significance for her parents Jon and Bridget because back in March 2000 there were times when they feared she might not survive the month. 

Sally was just six years old when she was struck down by a mystery virus which began to attack her organs. Treated initially in Leeds, as her condition deteriorated, she was transferred to the specialist Freeman Hospital in Newcastle where doctors told the Slaters that the only hope of survival was a new heart. Continue reading
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Ma'ake Kemoeatu Receives Donate Life Champion Award

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In recognition of Ma'ake Kemoeatu’s outstanding support of organ, tissue and eye donation, Donate Life America and Donate Life Maryland presented Ma'ake Kemoeatu with a Donate Life Champion award. This award is being given to select members of the athletic community from across the country who have inspired others to give the gifts of life, sight and mobility. Other national Donate Life Champions include Michael Jordan, Boomer Esiason, Robin Roberts, Erik Compton, Ikey Woods and Ravens President Dick Cass.

Ma’ake was nominated by Donate Life Maryland and unanimously selected by the National Committtee after learning of his living kidney donation to his brother, Chris, formerly with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Since his living kidney donation, Ma’ake and Chris, have appeared on various television programs promoting the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation and sharing their living donation story.

With gratitude for this prestigious award, Ma’ake invites fans, community members and friends to join the Donate Life Maryland Registry in his name at www.DonateLifeMaryland.org and share their support using #FanForLife in their social media efforts. continue reading
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National Donor Sabbath weekend will be Nov. 14-16 #DonorSabbath

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National Donor Sabbath weekend will be Nov. 14-16. To learn more about the National Donor Sabbath and order materials to share with your House of Worship and faith-based organizations, please visit: bit.ly/1pcWf4E
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Fallen officers honored during ‘horrific’ week in law enforcement

Behind the Badge | By Greg Hardesty

The timing of the ceremony could not have been more sadly appropriate.

Just hours after another law enforcement official lost his life — the third in California to die in the line of duty in five days — dozens of peace officers, survivors of fallen peace officers, as well as organ donors, recipients and those waiting for organ donations gathered Tuesday at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy for the third-annual Donate for Life Rose Dedication Ceremony.

The event honored 16 fallen peace officers, five from Orange County, whose families were given a red rose to be placed on the Donate Life float at the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day, along with written messages from their loved ones.

The morning event started with a moment of silence for Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko, killed by a suspected drink driver during a freeway traffic stop at 1:14 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and for two Northern California peace officers fatally gunned down Friday, Oct. 24: Sacramento County Deputy Daniel Oliver and Placer County homicide detective Michael Davis.

Also mentioned was the shooting — at around 4 a.m. Tuesday — of a Pomona Police SWAT officer serving a search warrant in San Gabriel. The 45-year-old officer, Shaun Diamond, later died of his injuries. Continue reading
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Lifebanc: Laura Ehrbar DePiero

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Laura Ehrbar DePiero shares her testimonial of choosing to Donate Life to Lifebanc.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Terminally Ill Driving Organ Transplant Market

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Global Industry Analysts, Inc., a marketing research firm, announced in a report recently that the terminally ill are driving the global organ and tissue transplant market.

By 2020, organ transplant procedures are expected to reach 148,000 globally, according to the company. This market is being driven by a large mass of the global population which is aging, a large number of terminally ill patients, an increase in awareness about organ donation, and higher confidence in transplantation procedures. This confidence is due to a higher rate of positive patient outcomes.

New advancements in medical technology, better rejection prevention through immunosuppressant drugs and better surgical techniques are the reasons for the rosier outcomes. Several chronic diseases affecting the major organs seek transplantation as the preferred treatment. These organs include the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and lungs. The survival rate of terminally ill patients has increased dramatically due to this revolution in tissue and organ transplantation. Continue reading
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Transplant success joy for Adam

Western Telegraph | Ruth Davies


ADAM-AZING:Thumbs up from Adam Hughes,pictured just 24 hours after his kidney transplant.

There are double celebrations for Pembrokeshire sportsman Adam Hughes today (Wednesday) - his 27th birthday and the one-week anniversary of his kidney transplant.

Adam was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure last year following a high blood pressure reading at his local doctors’ surgery.

He has been on ten hours’ dialysis a night while on the kidney transplant list, and expected to have to wait at least three years.

But last Wednesday evening, Adam, of Tenby, received his new kidney after a hectic day which began with a 6am phone call from the University Hospital of Wales to tell him a potentially-suitable organ was on its way.

The transplant operation began at 3.30pm, and six hours later, his parents John and Linda and girlfriend Sabrina Revell were delighted to see Adam back on the ward. Continue reading
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A Private Jet Is Waiting to Take You to Your Kidney Transplant

The Atlantic | Daniella Lamas


Waiting lists for donations can vary dramatically between cities--so OrganJet provides planes to fly patients to their new organs.

There's a certain self-satisfaction to being clever for its own sake," Sridhar Tayur said. Tayur is a professor and software entrepreneur who made his name developing novel algorithms to help businesses like Kellogg decide where, when, and how many Poptarts of different types to produce, store, and distribute. He has now—seemingly on a whim—shifted his focus to organ transplantation.

"It has nothing to do whether you helped somebody or made money or got a prize,” Tayur said. “All of those things matter. But there’s this joy when you're sitting alone in your room and you say, ‘Aha! I thought about something in a new way.’”

This time, that something is a particularly intractable issue in organ transplantation. The supply and demand imbalance between organs and the people who need them means that wait lists in New York or San Francisco might be twice that of, say, Kansas or Tennessee. The problem was brought to public attention in recent years by Steve Jobs, who used his resources to travel across the country for a liver transplant. For decades, doctors and policymakers have debated how to move organs or change allocation maps in an effort to eliminate these disparities. Continue reading
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Monmouth Medical campus recognized

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Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, a Barnabas Health facility, recently received the Bronze Recognition Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of HRSAs Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.

The hospital campaign is a special effort of the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL), an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to enlist companies and organizations to be partners in promoting donor registration. Launched in 2011, HRSAs Hospital Organ Donation Campaign encourages hospitals to work with organ, eye and tissue donation organizations to create engaging donation registration drives and raise awareness and registration of donors within the hospital and its local community.

According to the HHS, nearly 124,000 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Approximately 18 people die each day waiting for an organ. Continue reading
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There are 6M Texans registered via Donate Life Texas

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

REDWOOD CITY WOMAN IS LONGEST-LIVING PERSON WITH SAME TRANSPLANTED HEART

ABC News San Francisco | Dan Ashley


PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Wednesday marks a medical milestone for pediatric heart transplants.

The youngest, successful heart transplant recipient has become America's longest-living with the same transplanted heart for 30 years.

32-year-old Lizzy Craze lives in Redwood City. She's married, likes to run and is the only heart transplant recipient in the country, possibly the world, to survive with the same donated heart she received as a toddler. She said she thinks it's a cool milestone.

"Back when I had the transplant um transplant recipients weren't supposed to you know survive five maybe 10 years and I think hitting 30 years on the same heart is a pretty big deal," Craze said.

Lizzy got that heart a few months shy of her third birthday.

Doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital knew her heart was failing and transplantation was her only option. VIDEO, Continue reading
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USM wins 2014 Organ Donor Challenge

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College of Health Ambassadors Ebony Core (left) and Tiffany Howard register organ donors at The University of Southern Mississippi during the 2014 Organ Donor Challenge. (Photo: Submitted photo)

The University of Southern Mississippi has won the 2014 Donor Challenge, an organ and tissue donation awareness campaign, facilitated by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA).

This is the second victory for Southern Miss in three years, with the College of Health Ambassadors led the registration drive and awareness campaign.

"The College of Health Ambassadors are committed to spreading the word about the need for organ and tissue donation," said Rebecca Ehret from the College of Health Ambassadors and member of the MORA Campaign Committee. "Thanks to the MORA campaign, we were able to get the students and faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi the information they needed to make an informed decision in becoming organ and tissue donors." Continue reading
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Girl fights for normal life despite rare disease

The Record-Herald | Megan Herr


MEGAN HERR/THE RECORD HERALD. Arianna Venetta, 11, left, and her little sister Lauren, 8, are shown with their cats Ninja Kitty and Stinker.

Waynesboro, Pa. An 11-year-old girl who has continued to beat the odds with a disease she was diagnosed with before her birth will travel to Tennessee to continue her fight to live a normal life.

On the outside, Arianna Venetta looks like any other happy-go-lucky kid, but on the inside, she is fighting a battle with tuberous sclerosis complex, a disease which causes tumors to grow in her brain, heart, kidneys and lungs.

CiCi’s Pizza in Hagerstown has agreed to help out with a fundraiser Wednesday, Oct. 29, to help pay for travel to Tennessee, where Arianna can meet with and receive treatment from doctors who specialize in TSC.

About Arianna
Arianna has been living with TSC since before she was born, being diagnosed with the disease while her mother was 16 weeks along in her pregnancy. Continue reading
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Ephraim McDowell recognized for organ donation outreach

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Hospital one of only 15 in Kentucky receiving gold recognition

DANVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2014) – Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching the gold level of outreach for organ donation and registration. EMRMC was one of only 15 hospitals in Kentucky receiving gold recognition.

Ephraim McDowellEMRMC conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity planned between September 2013 and May 2014 and was awarded gold recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched in 2011 by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Continue reading
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Gia Soriano, 14, Marysville-Pilchuck shooting victim dies

News 10 | Associated Press and KING News

MARYSVILLE, Wash. - A 14-year-old girl who was wounded when a student opened fire inside a Washington state high school has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to three.

Gia Soriano died Sunday night, more than two days after she was shot, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said.

"We are devastated by this senseless tragedy," her family said in a statement, read at a news conference by Dr. Joanne Roberts. "Gia is our beautiful daughter, and words cannot express how much we will miss her."

Roberts said Gia's family was donating her organs for transplant.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Monday that Zoe Galasso, 14, was also killed in Friday's shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle. Family members had previously identified her as a victim. Continue reading
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The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland -2014 Donate Life Gospel Fest

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2014 Donate Life Gospel Fest
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EST)
Baltimore, MD
Palmer Williams Jr is the headliner for GospelFest this year!! Did you get your FREE tickets yet? http://2014donatelifegospelfest.eventbrite.com/ or call 410-242-7000
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Jaiden the Hero

LifeLine of Ohio | By Nicole Fitzpatrick, donor mom

Looking at Jaiden in the hospital bed that day in November, it didn’t look like anything was wrong with him. The only indication something was amiss was the gauze bandage on the side of his head. A couple hours earlier we were getting ready to leave for school when our lives were changed forever.

The doorbell rang and Jaiden went to answer the door. As soon as he opened the door he was shot at point blank range in his left temple. I saw my little boy’s eyes close, his body go limp and fall to the floor. I rushed to him screaming in despair and gathered him in my arms and held him close. I can remember screaming “my baby, my baby” over and over again. His brother, my oldest son, was on the phone with a 9-1-1 operator and began giving him chest compressions while I kept one hand over the hole where the bullet entered and my other hand on the back of his head still screaming for my little boy. Continue Reading
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University of Michigan's football stadium and the need for life-saving donation

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Every football Saturday, the population of Ann Arbor, Michigan doubles as more than 115,000 people fill the hallowed "Big House" to watch their football heroes. That's about the same number of people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States. Every day, some die waiting. You can be a hero off the football field: sign up as an organ donor, give blood or join the registry for bone marrow donation. Find out more at www.wolverinesforlife.org


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hanged Iranian Woman Leaves Heartbreaking Last Message (wants to donate organs)

The Slate | By Daniel Politi
A picture taken on July 8, 2007, shows Iranian Reyhaneh Jabbari standing handcuffed at police headquarters in Tehran after she was arrested for the murder of a former intelligence official.
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The 26-year-old Iranian woman who was executed on Saturday for murdering a man she said tried to rape her sent a final message to her mother, asking her to make sure her organs would be donated. Reyhaneh Jabbari is largely calm in the voice message she recorded for her mother in April; in it she seems resigned to her fate after being on death row for five years. Iranian activists distributed a translation of the message, equating it to Jabbari’s will.

Jabbari was convicted of killing a former intelligence officer who had called her claiming he wanted her interior design advice. He then allegedly tried to rape her, and she stabbed him with a pen knife, although she denies murdering him. In her last message, she says her fate would have been death regardless. Continue reading

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Families receive awards on behalf of organ donors

Plymouth Herald | By CHIARA GIORDANO
Richard (son of Barry Watts) and Rebecca Wattswith the High Sheriff of Devon, John Rous

THE families of two organ donors from Plymouth collected awards on their behalf at an awards ceremony.

The Order of St John award for organ donation, which runs in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant, was presented to the families and loved ones of those who saved and improved people's lives through organ donation.

A private ceremony was held at St John Ambulance's building in Exeter on Friday, October 10, during which awards were presented by the High Sheriff of Devon, John Rous.

Among those recognised at the ceremony were Barry Watts, from Plymstock, whose wife Rebecca received the award on his behalf, and Enza Bordone, aged 49, from Stoke, whose mother Iris, 77, received the award on her behalf.

Hundreds of families have been attending regional ceremonies across the UK, which began in September and are taking place until December, to receive the award in memory of their loved ones whose donations saved lives and gave hope. Continue reading
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

79-year-old gifts kidney to son, Mumbai’s oldest donor

India Times


In the past few years, kidney donation by people aged 70 and above is on the rise.

MUMBAI: Nilesh Ruparel, a 36-year-old autorickshaw driver from Dombivli, has been in the news often for playing the Good Samaritan. He ferries physically challenged people for free and had once returned a passenger's bag containing Rs 4.75 lakh worth of valuables and cash.

Last month, he received a special gift from his father Vithaldas —a kidney donation. What makes the father-son story stand out, though, is the father's age; he is 79.

The father is possibly the oldest donor in the city or the country," said nephrologist Dr A V Ingale who treated Nilesh when he was rushed to Fortis Hospital in Mulund in a diabetic stupor in August . The doctor admits that under ordinary circumstances he would have been reluctant to consider a donor who is over 65 years of age.

"But Nilesh's wife and sister couldn't donate because they have different blood groups. Moreover, he couldn't wait for a cadaveric donor because he needed a kidney right away due to complications brought on by high blood pressure and diabetes,'' said the doctor. Continue reading
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Former Cream frontman Jack Bruce dies aged 71

Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Jack Bruce, a founding member of British psychedelic band Cream, has died aged 71 after a long battle against liver disease, his family says.

Although an accomplished songwriter, Bruce was best known as vocalist and bass guitarist alongside Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker in the 1960s supergroup.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend," said a family statement.

"The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." Continue reading
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Brother-in-laws share friendship, family and even an organ

Beloit Daily News | Hilary Gavan


Ryan Obershaw shakes hands with David Taylor for the first time after the kidney transplant surgery. Obershaw said seeing Taylor doing well was the best thank-you he could have received.

David Taylor, 56, and Ryan Obershaw, 42, have always shared a lot.

Friends for more than 30 years, David said his wife Mona is the foster sister of Ryan’s wife Malinda. David is a Godparent to Ryan’s 9-year-old son Zachary, and Ryan is a Godparent to David’s little grandson.

However, today the two men share much more than just family and friendship: Ryan’s kidney is now filtering blood in David’s body.

“He gave me the gift of life,” David said.

And the kidney just keeps on giving.

Friends and family are a little bit closer after the experience. For Ryan, there is no greater gift than to see the health return to David after a transplant surgery on Sept. 11. Continue reading
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Saved from life on dialysis... by the UK's first ever keyhole kidney transplant operation: Former soldier given sister's organ in pioneering procedure

Daily Mail | Martyn Halle


Brian Blanchard, 51, is the first person in the UK to have a kidney transplant by keyhole surgery. His sister, Pam (right), donated one of her kidneys to him
former soldier has become the first person in Britain to undergo a pioneering keyhole kidney transplant.

Brian Blanchard, 51, who had been suffering from kidney failure, was facing a lifetime of dialysis treatment until surgeons carried out operations last month that featured two breakthroughs in keyhole surgery techniques.

In the first, the organ – donated by Brian’s sister Pam Morphett – was removed through her groin rather than her abdomen, leaving her with a far less visible scar.

In the second, the kidney was inserted through an incision in Brian’s abdomen measuring just two and a half inches. Previously, a ten-inch opening would have been needed for the operation.

Surgeons say the new techniques pave the way for safer transplant operations, and to patients recovering more quickly.

Brian, from New Brighton, Merseyside, who now runs an engineering company owner, says he is proud to be the UK’s first patient for this procedure. Continue reading
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