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Students learn about saving lives through organ donation

Republican Herald | Jill Whalen

ERIC CONOVER/Staff PhotographerKevin Geklinsky of Easton and a recipient of a liver transplant four years ago talks to students and faculty members at Marian High School Thursday during a Gift of Life program that educates and encourages people to be an organ donor.

Five years ago, Kevin Geklinsky was 22, a recent college graduate, severely jaundiced and in a battle for his life.

He had spent more than a year in a hospital, praying for a liver to replace his.

“I was in unimaginable pain. My liver had swollen to three times its size,” Geklinsky, a volunteer for the Gift of Life Donor Program, told Marian High School on Thursday. “But the worst pain was having to watch my family watch me die.”

With only days left to live, the Easton man received the best news of his life. A donor had been found.

“If I had to wait another week or two, I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you,” Geklinsky said.

As a volunteer, Geklinsky shares his story in hopes that others will…

Robyn Urback: Six-month sobriety rule for liver transplants is harsh, but necessary

National Post | Robyn Urback

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HOAlcoholism can be treated before the patient reaches the point of liver failure, and in some cases, liver disease can actually be reversed through abstinence.

The story of Mark Selkirk’s death is an indisputable tragedy. The 52-year-old father, grandfather and husband was a successful businessman and community organizer whose fiberglass business was behind a public arts project that made moose sculptures ubiquitous around Toronto. Mr. Selkirk was also an alcoholic and in desperate need of a new liver when, in late 2010, he was diagnosed with acute alcoholic hepatitis. The problem was that Mr. Selkirk had only been sober six weeks, and in order to qualify for a transplant — from either a living or deceased donor — he would have had to have been sober for at least six months. Mr. Selkirk died two weeks after his diagnosis.

Now his widow, Debra Selkirk, is pushing to have the six-month rule changed. Ms. Selkirk says she was willing and poten…

Coast women enjoys second chance thanks to the gift of life

WLOX | Karen Abernathy
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Coast woman who thought her life might be over was given a second chance, thanks to the gift of life. Now, she's back doing what she loves and is thankful for every moment she has.

Susan Smith, 59, has loved the theatre for as long as she can remember. The retired Bay High teacher has performed in numerous plays on the Coast, and now she's extremely thankful to be back on stage doing what she loves.

"This has been a big part of my life, and it was gone for several years. Now, it's back. I think it's amazing. It's wonderful, and I'm as happy as I can be," said Smith.

It's especially meaningful now, because about five years ago, her life came to a halt. She was suddenly exhausted and was eventually diagnosed with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH.

"I became so tired, I couldn't walk from my car to my classroom. It was ridiculous," said Smith. Continue reading - The News for South …

A whirlwind of a week for Burlington’s Coach Craig, who needs liver transplant to live

MyFOX8 | Shelley Roupas

BURLINGTON, N.C. — There’s a whole lot of love and shaking going on in honor of local youth coach Craig Edwards, the 35-year-old father of three who needs a liver transplant to live.

His baseball team created a fun “Harlem Shake” video that has all the players and coaches dancing in support of Edwards.

Just after that video was shot, it was a whirlwind of sorts for the family. Craig felt terribly ill and was rushed to Duke. Turns out, he was bleeding internally. While there, his condition improved quite a bit over the next few days and he came really close to getting a new liver. He and another man were at the top of the list, but the other patient was in greater need and got the liver.

“I was extremely happy for him,” says Edwards. Continue reading

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"Angels on the Interstate": Family reunites with troopers who helped them get to life-saving surgery

Carolina Live | Alex Heaton

Bradley Howle and his father Lon Howle

The Howle family's hearts are full, their son alive, and they have two South Carolina Highway Patrolmen to thank.

Bradley Howle, 23, had been on the kidney transplant list since 2011.

For four years, his family waited for the organ that could save their son's life. Then, this past Thursday, they got the call.

"It was one of those things where we've been waiting a long time," said Lonnie Howle, Bradley's father. "We were excited about it, but to get the phone call, a lot of all kinds of emotions run through your mind."

The call came in after midnight , and with only minutes to pack, the Howle family was headed for Charleston.

In order to get the kidney, his family was told they had to be at the Medical University of South Carolina by 5:30 a.m. last Friday.

But, the unthinkable happened. One of their tires blew on I-95 with miles still to go. Continue reading

Football fans reminded of need for organ donation

Bellefontaine Examiner | Mandy Loeher

Number of Logan County registered donors growing

Officials from the organization Lifeline of Ohio report that as football fans across the country check out the Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, there also an alarming statistic that comes to mind relating to the nationwide need for organ donation.

Jessica Petersen, Lifeline of Ohio media and public relations coordinator, said as of Tuesday, there are 123,219 individuals on the National Waiting List for organ transplants, which is nearly enough people to fill the University of Phoenix stadium — the location of the NFL game featuring the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots — twice.

“There is a tremendous need in our country for people to become registered donors,” she said. “Approximately 21 times each day, a man, woman or child dies for lack of an available organ. Continue reading
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Banner Year For Organ and Tissue Donation in Ontario


TORONTO, Jan. 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Ontario set a new record for donation in 2014, with 265 organ donors helping to save the lives of over 1,000 people through transplant, up from 225 donors and 992 transplants in 2013. 2,010 tissue donors offered hope to thousands more through the gift of eyes, bone, skin or heart valves, up from 1,853 in 2013.

Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), Ontario's organ and tissue donation and transplant agency, credits these breakthrough results to several new initiatives, many based on international examples of successful donation programs. In 2014, TGLN initiated public reporting of hospital donation performance, mandated more hospitals to report potential donors to TGLN and increased physician involvement in donation.

"Ontario is a Canadian leader in donation and transplant," says Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network. "We're very proud of our achievements last year and look forward to reaching new height…

A second chance'

The Journal Gazette
Organ donation helping to save, improve lives

Julie Braun’s future looked pretty bleak. The Fort Wayne woman had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a debilitating lung disease that had no cure. She quit her job, of course, but she had three children at home. Even with the oxygen mask that she had to wear 24 hours a day, it was hard to walk from one end of her home to the other.

In May 2004, Braun, then 46, received a double-lung transplant at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The next year was rough, battling to overcome rejection of the new organs and infections. Soon, though, “I was very active again.”

Another rejection episode was quickly quelled with steroids in 2013, and Braun, now almost 57, looks forward to celebrating the 11th anniversary of her new life this May.

Now she is a volunteer with the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

“I feel very blessed that I had a second chance at life,” she said Thursday. “I was able to go to my kids’ school functions,…

Organ donation has saved more than two million years of life

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Odessa Man's Life Hinges on Organ Donation

News West 9 | Victor Lopez

ODESSA-- You hear a lot about organ donation. But, like many things, in life, you never really think how important it is, until the need affects you, personally.

"I did have this, rare combination of blood diseases that few people in the world, have ever had," Jeremy Roberts, who is lucky to be alive, said.

Paula Roberts spoke, touching words, from her heart. "As a mom, when they're kids, you're supposed to be able to go in and fix things and I can't fix him. I can't go out and buy him a liver. I can't go out and make him well," she sobbed.

Jeremy is in need of an organ transplant. But, not an ordinary transplant. Jeremy needs two organs.

"It would be a dual transplant, which would be a liver and a kidney. Unfortunately, they have to be from a cadaver donor. They have to be transplanted from the same donor, at the same time, so that one doesn't reject the other," he explained. Continue reading
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Heart Transplant Recipient Encourages Organ Donation

Jessica Melore, heart transplant recipient and programs manager of the NJ Sharing Network, explains the process of organ donations and encourages residents to sign up as possible donors.
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Baylor celebrating 30 years of transplants one liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas at a time

Dallas Business Journal | Bill Hethcock

Dr. Goran Klintmalm, chief and chairman of Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute

Dr. Goran Klintmalm, chief and chairman of Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute, is quick to tell you the best part of his job:

"It's very rewarding to see patients who literally were a step away from the grave alive, after discharge, and coming back after one year and five years and 15 years and 20 years, and living good lives," he said.

And the worst?

"To be confronted with the tragedies that create the deceased donors," Klintmalm told me in an interview. "The tragedies that hit families and take away people in the middle of life. That's hard." Continue reading
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The Military’s Organ and Tissue Banking

Armed with Science | J Tozer

Photo provided by LTC Luis M. Alvarez, Ph.D., United States Military Academy West Point, NY/Released)
Imagine no waiting lists for organ transplants.

According to leading scientists and surgeons in the field this reality may not be far away. For the first time ever, the DoD’s three innovation grant topics on banking beckon a revolution in the field.

Organ and tissue banking is a longstanding medical goal that has historically seen only incremental progress.

But with recent progress as a foundation and the new targeted government grants via the DoD’s three new small business innovation research (SBIR) programs on organ and tissue banking the needed breakthroughs might be within sight.

"The supply of tissues is one of the major constraints we face in transplantation medicine today, and organ banking technology would dramatically help resolve it. This is a major step forward in the field of transplantation,” said Harvard Medical School Professor Bohdan Pomahac…

Early data suggest kidney allocation system meeting key expectations

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Kidney transplant data from the first four weeks after implementation of the new kidney allocation system (KAS) suggest that a number of key outcomes are meeting expectations, while other trends merit continued close monitoring. These are detailed in a report released by UNOS.

Please note that early data may not be a reliable indicator of trends that will either change or become more pronounced as additional kidneys are recovered and transplanted. Data will be analyzed at regular intervals to continue to study the performance of the allocation system and identify areas of potential improvement.

Compared to trends before KAS implementation in early December 2014, the early results indicate three major changes that are consistent with key performance goals for the new system:

a seven-fold increase in transplants for patients with the highest immune system sensitivity (a CPRA score from 99 to 100 percent) Continue reading

Anophthalmia Leaves Newborn With No Eyes, But Transplant Advancements May Make Seeing Possible

Medical Daily | Dana Covey

Ritchie Lopez was born with absolutely no eye tissue and will wear spacers to expand his empty sockets. Photo screenshot of KTLA-Los Angelos

At first glance, little Richie Lopez looks like any other sleeping baby. However, his mother noticed that something was off with her newborn son. Despite having perfect health and normal reflexes, the infant never opened his eyes. Upon closer examination, she found no eyeballs behind Richie’s eyelids. He was born with anophthalmia, a rare condition where no eye tissue forms. In dawn of 2015, however, scientific advancements in eye transplants have made it so that Richie’s eye absence may only be a temporary handicap.

Richie’s mother, Kelly Lopez, from Mesa, told Arizona news station KTV3 her initial thoughts upon discovering her son’s unique birth defect.

"I think we were just in shock. Obviously very upsetting," Kelly explained. "The first thought through your mind is, how did this even happen and how was…

Breakthroughs for Circuit Clerks' Organ Donation Awareness Program

Surf KY | Karen McKnight

The Circuit Court Clerks of Kentucky made 2014 a momentous year in the fight to save lives.

With 998 Kentuckians on the waiting list for an organ transplant, there is no better time to join the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry.

In 2014, 103 unselfish individuals in Kentucky were able to save 332 lives, and many more individuals were able to enhance someone's life or give sight through tissue and cornea donation. Still more than 124,000 patients are currently waiting for their organ transplant. Tragically, each day 21 patients lose their fight, and their lives, waiting. Kentucky's Circuit Clerks are determined to make a difference and end the wait.

"When you get your license or state ID, we ask if you would like to donate $1 to increase public education about the mission of organ donation in Kentucky. We also ask if you wish to be a registered organ donor. Every person who says 'yes' gives hope to all those patients on the waiting list," expl…

Family’s hope for transplant takes wing with high-flying charity

The Buffalo News | Anne Neville

Town of Tonawanda Police Officer Tim Day, right, talks with Wings Flights of Hope founder Joseph DeMarco, center, and his brother Michael as they prepare to board a plane earlier this month. John Hickey/Buffalo News
Group to fly patient when organ is found
To most people he meets, Joseph DeMarco Sr. looks like a normal guy. To Tim Day and his family, DeMarco looks like an angel, complete with wings.

DeMarco is the founder and main volunteer pilot for Wings Flights of Hope, a local charity that transports people on free medical or compassionate missions all over the northeast. One of his clients is Day, a Town of Tonawanda police officer who has been waiting for a heart transplant for almost two years and who would not be living at home with his wife, Sherry Brinser-Day, and their three children if not for DeMarco and his organization.

“They have saved us,” Brinser-Day said.

DeMarco has been flying Day to appointments since August – when Day was accepted for t…

Eric Montano, first in San Diego to undergo pediatric heart transplant, leaves hospital

ABC NEWS 10 | Robert Santos

SAN DIEGO - An 11-year-old boy who became the first youngster to undergo a pediatric heart transplant operation in San Diego was discharged from Rady Children's Hospital Tuesday following a 12-day stay.

Eric Montano should be able to go back to school in a few months and even resume playing sports in the summer, Dr. Rakesh Singh told a local media outlet.

"I'm just very, very grateful, and we're all very excited that the outcome was great and he's doing awesome," said Eric's mother, Alma Mundo. VIDEO, Continue reading
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The legacy of a friend and co-worker 'gone too soon': opinion | Frances Coleman

Former newspaper writer Cheryl Brantley was 51 when she died.
File photo

It's not the gray hair that reminds you you're on the other side of 50; there's hair dye for that. Or the crow's feet; a little plastic surgery and a lot of money can reduce them.

It's the fact that, more and more frequently, people younger than you are dying. Good people. Smart people. Kind and generous people, with everything to live for including spouses and children. People who encourage the rest of us with their bravery, their stoicism and their positive attitude even as fate deals them a terrible - and terribly unfair -- hand.

Cheryl Washington Brantley was one of those people. A former reporter and page designer for the Mobile Press-Register, she was only 51 years old, with a husband and a pre-teen daughter, when she died. Lupus - a vicious disease that attacks organ systems and robs the body of its ability to fight infections - had dogged Brantley for well over a de…

Donate Life Northwest will be hosting their first family fun walk -- The Donate Life Tabor Trot.

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On Saturday, May 30, 2015, Donate Life Northwest will be hosting our first family fun walk -- The Donate Life Tabor Trot.

More details will be shared as they become available.The official registration page will not open until mid-February. For now, RSVP at the link above and we'll email you as soon as registration opens.

Know this, it will be a fun morning of education, exercise, community, making new friends, snacks, laughter, a commemorative shirt, and much more! You don't want to miss out.Stay tuned for details! To learn more______________________________________________________ "You have the power to SAVE lives." To register as a donor TODAYIn California: | www.doneVIDAcalifornia.orgOutside California: |

Two-time transplant recipient gave back to others

Shelbyville Times Gazette | John I Carney

David Orr appears at a May 2014 coffee promoting organ donation. From left: Orr, liver recipient Connie Davis, liver and kidney recipient Pam Cooper, kidney donor Jennifer Meeks. (T-G File Photo by John I. Carney)

It was in 2004 that he was first diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a rare disease in which progressive scarring takes place in the lungs. In late 2006, his condition worsened and he was placed on a high-priority list for a double lung transplant, which he received.


He recovered quickly, and resumed his active lifestyle, including his favorite pastime, golf.

Then, in 2008, he contracted a virus which led to pneumonia, a condition made worse by the weakened immune system common to transplant recipients. In 2009, he received his second double lung transplant.

He returned to golfing, and even participated in the Transplant Games of America, an Olympic-style competition for transplant recipients. In 2012, he wo…


Golden Gate Xpress | Hannah Mullins

Hannah Mullins

I don’t know why sitting around my living room table with a glass of wine prompted a discussion of organ donations on a Thursday night, but telling my
roommates I wasn’t a donor shocked them. I could not give them a clear reason as to how or why I would ever change my mind.

I thought back to that exact moment when and where I decided not to be a donor, envisioning my mother’s body in a casket at her funeral. As a lost and upset 12-year-old, all I wanted to do was hug her cold, lifeless body.

I could not imagine what it would have been like to see her body sewn up, her skin graphed or to feel rods in place of her bones. Seeing her body in a mutilated form would have scarred me for life, far worse than seeing her not alive.

I know what I’m saying sounds selfish, but experiencing my mother’s death as a young child changed everything about myself and my life from that point on. The lost experiences, the anger and the grief took a toll on my ab…

Littlefield Dad Donates Kidney to 19 Year Old Daughter

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LUBBOCK -- 19 year old Mandi Arce was born with a horseshoe kidney and she knew at a young age that she would one day need a kidney transplant. Her first came in 2011. But her body quickly rejected the organ. To get help, she turned to her father, who was a match.

"I think it's pretty, pretty nice to be able to do that for someone, pretty special. But when you do it for your own child, it just means that much more," said Roy Arce, Mandi's father.

Three months after the surgery the two said they are feeling great. To show their thanks to the medical staff at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital, they brought lunch from Roy's Littlefield restaurant. Continue reading
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First kidney swap at St. Louis Children's Hospital allows two parents to help their children

The St. Louis Dispatch | Michael Munz

Duan and Turquoia Wyatt of Quincy, Ill. At left is 2-year-old Alyvia. Turquoia Wyatt visits her daughter two days after donating a kidney as part of an organ donation swap. photo by St. Louis Children's Hospital

When Turquoia Wyatt found out she could not donate a kidney to her 2-year-old daughter because their blood types didn’t match, she was devastated. “I was so upset. I cried,” she said. “That should be me. I’m her mom. I’m supposed to do it.”
Her daughter, Alyvia Wyatt, needed a kidney as soon as possible. For months, the toddler had lived without her two kidneys, which doctors had to remove because of a rare genetic disease. Each night, Alyvia would be hooked up to machines that did the work of the organs. She had to be fed through a tube and faced dangerous infections.

Waiting on a kidney from a deceased owner can take months, and a kidney from a live donor tends to last more than twice as long after being transplanted. So when Turquoia Wy…

Imams to lead organ donation efforts in Turkey

Daily Sabah Turkey

Yesterday, Turkey's Presidency of Religious Affairs (DİB) launched a new campaign for imams to raise awareness about organ donation, while DİB head Mehmet Görmez urged imams to donate their organs first before advising the congregation to do so.

DİB, the top religious authority in the country, quashed a religious debate on whether donating organs is permissible in Islam by introducing a new campaign to raise public awareness about organ donation.

Görmez and Minister of Health Mehmet Müezzinoğlu attended a meeting in order to inform religious figures on the matter in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Görmez called upon imams, muftis and other members of the religious authority "to practice what they preached" and donate their own organs. "Sometimes, clerics fail to act in line with advice they dispense to their congregation. On this issue, we should lead the people. I call on my colleagues to tell their congregation in the sermons that they have donated thei…

Local man searching for kidney donation

Powell Tribune | Ilene Olson
As a child, Marc Beaudry of Powell had some “really bad experiences” in a hospital, and that created an aversion to hospitals and doctors for him.
So, when he began experiencing problems emptying his bladder five or six years ago, he tried natural treatments to deal with his prostate problems instead of seeking medical help.

Unfortunately, that strategy came with a high price. He found himself in Powell Valley Hospital on Oct. 9, 2013, with kidney failure.

“I took myself in for a blood test at the insistance of my wife,” he said. “They put me immediately into the hospital.”

Beaudry was weak and shaky, his heart was racing and he felt very cold. “I couldn’t walk a block without becoming breathless,” he said.

At the hospital, among other things, he received a transfusion of two units of packed red blood cells. Continue reading
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Teenager on the road to recovery

The Reading Chronicle | James Ash

A TEENAGER who received a life-saving liver transplant has celebrated his recovery by joining a ski camp for young patients with similar conditions.

Luke Alexander, from Shinfield, was diagnosed with a serious liver condition when he was 10 weeks old and, after successful surgery in 2012, has recently returned from Anzère in Switzerland where he joined nine other UK transplant receivers on the slopes.

The 14-year-old Bearwood College student was accompanied by dozens of patients from across the world on the TACKERS International Ski Camp and thoroughly enjoyed the trip, which ran from January 18 to 25.

He said: “It was really good fun. I’ve been skiing three times now and love it. I learnt a lot and made lots of new friends.”

His mum Rachel has been thrilled by his progress since the surgery, which took place at King’s College Hospital in London, one of four specialist transplant centres in the south of England. Continue reading

Artificial heart patient alive after 6 months

Johns Hopkins News Letter | Sunny Chai

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, an average of 18 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant. Instead of relying solely on people to donate organs to recipients, imagine if scientists could construct the necessary organs using readily available materials. Fortunately, this science fiction fantasy may soon become a viable reality for patients who require heart transplants.

On Dec. 2, 1982, Barney Clark, a 61-year-old dentist from Des Moines, Wash., became the world’s first recipient of an artificial heart. In the 32 years that have passed, artificial heart technology has undergone significant advances, but the vast majority of artificial hearts developed thus far have been unable to lengthen recipients’ lives for significant periods of time. In fact, these artificial hearts are typically used to assist a failing heart pump blood throughout the body, which means they have primarily served as “bridging” d…

“Do Unto Others:” Friendship, compassion lead ETBU alum to donate kidney to lifelong friend

KTBS | By K.C. Kilpatrick-Stone

Joey Sutton (left) of Hallsville and Shane Moore of Houston, grasp hands in the recovery room after a successful kidney transplant surgery

MARSHALL, Texas (1/29/15) – In the course of a friendship, many words are expressed among longtime friends. Friends share laughs as well as hurts. Friends spend time together like seeing a movie or attending a football game. When a close friend is in need and you say, “I will do anything to help you” do you really mean it? How about donating an organ to that friend?

In 2006, East Texas Baptist University alumnus Shane Moore graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. The Marshall native chose the nursing field because of the genetic disorder he has called FSGS, which stands for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerois. FSGS is a kidney disease.

In 2000, Moore was involved in a terrible vehicle accident in which he was severely injured. The trauma he experienced triggered the FSGS to progress on a quicker timeline th…

Ontario's organ donations set new record

North Cumberland News

TORONTO - Ontario set a new record for organ donations last year that helped save more than 1,000 lives, an agency for organ, tissue and transplant donations said Thursday.

Trillium Gift of Life Network, which co-ordinates deceased donations in the province, said there was an 18 per cent increase in organ donations from the year before.

Ronnie Gavsie, the president of Gift of Life, said publicly disclosing hospital donation performance has been "a game changer."

"We have learned that you treasure what you measure and when hospital performance is made transparent, hospital performance has improved," Gavsie said.

Gavsie also attributed the increase in donors to greater pickup by hospitals contributing to the donor system. Now the large majority of Ontario hospitals with a ventilator — only those who die on a ventilator can become donors — are part of the program, she said. Continue reading

Organ donors gave more than 2 million years of life to sick patients

Los Angeles Times | Karen Kaplan

UCLA surgeons prepare to do a kidney transplant. Organ transplants of all types have added more than 2 million years to the lives of Americans since 1987, according to a new study. (Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times)

Hearts, kidneys and other donated organs have added more than 2 million years to the lives of the American patients who received them, according to a new analysis.

That tally, published this week by the journal JAMA Surgery, covers 25 years of organ donation in the U.S. Researchers started with 1987, the year when the United Network for Organ Sharing began keeping track of all organ transplants in the U.S.

Between Sept. 1, 1987, and Dec. 31, 2012, 533,329 patients received a donated organ (or perhaps two). Another 579,506 patients were put on the UNOS waiting list but didn’t get an organ. By comparing the outcomes for patients in both groups, the researchers were able to calculate how much longer the transplant recipients lived as a result of t…

Years Later, Father Takes Up Organ-Donor Cause Of ‘Baby Quinn’

CBS Chicago | Dorothy Tucker
(CBS) – Last month, just days after his 23 birthday, the man once known as “Baby Quinn” was killed in a tragic car accident.

Now, his father, Dwain Kyles, is taking the lead, encouraging people to donate their organs.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

In a very real sense, Quinn was really the community’s baby, Dwain Kyles says.
We met Baby Quinn just days after he was born clinging to life at Children’s Memorial Hospital. His parents were dealing with the news their baby boy had a defective heart.

The options to save his life were limited. That’s when the Gift of Hope contacted the couple.

Gift of Hope suggested the infant was the perfect candidate for a heart transplant. But at the time insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of the $300,000 operation. Fundraising drives included a concert by family friend Stevie Wonder. Continue reading
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LiveOnNY is meant to convey the duality and positivity of organ and tissue donation. Through donation, recipients
and donors live on. Recipients live on through the selfless act of donors. Donors live on via a legacy made stronger as a result of their donation, and they live on through others.

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This is not just a name change. Our new name and new look are products of the evolution of our organization on the inside. We've enhanced the way we work so that we can better serve our community, and our partners.

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Hartford Man Dedicates His Life to Helping Others After Organ Transplant

New Milford Hamlet Hub | by Alisa Gaudiosi

Gary Kureczka of Hartford is a man others in need often look to for support. Specifically, he helps people battling alcohol and drug addiction. It’s a career path he ventured down later in life.

“I got to go back to college in my 50's and become a drug and alcohol recovery counselor,” said Kureczka, now 65. “I did a clinical practicum in a sub-acute psychiatric hospital and got hired as a counselor. I found my niche and people grew to respect and love me. I am truly blessed and have had an amazing life.”

However, Kureczka had a difficult journey that led him to this work. He had his own demons to battle first. He served his country in the US Marine Corps in Vietnam for two years and returned home a chemically dependent person. He suffered combat PTSD along with an addictive family history. Those risk factors, combined with the culture of the late 60's all led to his battle with addiction.

He got sober in December 1984 but the d…

Musicians sing with joy after liver transplant

Press Republican | Danielle Erb

Lowell Wurster (from left), Christopher Rigsbee, George Wurster and Catie H. Wurster all gather in the warmth of the Wursters' home in Plattsburgh on a bitterly cold evening nearly three weeks after George underwent a liver transplant, receiving 60 percent of Rigsbee's liver. A Facebook plea had brought many potential donors; Rigsbee, a close friend already, proved a perfect match.

PLATTSBURGH — George Wurster became very ill around two years ago, starting with a massive and rare blood infection.

A local musician with the Blind Pigs Blues Band and former paralegal, he suffered a series of health problems, which led to his liver becoming cirrhotic.

Within months, it was clear that he would need a liver transplant to survive. Waiting for a liver from someone who has died can take years; by living donors are another option.

On Nov. 14, 2014, George’s son, Lowell Wurster — a member of the band Lucid — turned to Facebook for help.

The response was overwhe…

BC Children’s Organ Transplant Society urges donations in wake of Ontario case

CKNW AM 980 | Ria Ranouf

As an Ontario couple waits to hear which of their adopted twin daughters will receive their father’s liver in a much-needed transplant, the President of BC’s Children’s Organ Transplant Society, Debbie Bielech, says it’s a medically complicated choice.

“Medically when they’re choosing which child, it may not be the child that’s necessarily the sickest – it may be the child that – the way his liver is designed, will match most successfully.”

Michael and Johanne Wagner of Ontario adopted three year old twins Binh and Phuoc from Vietnam.

The two girls have Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting their liver and delaying their development.

The father is leaving the choice of the liver recipient to doctors.

That transplant is expected to take place in the next few weeks.

Bielech urges more people to consider organ donation – you can find out more about registering here. Story source
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Pitt researcher to test organ-cooling device to protect human livers for transplant

Pittsburgh Tribune Review | Adam Smeltz

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An organ-cooling device that preserves livers from pigs might protect human livers for transplantation, a discovery that could help save untold lives, a University of Pittsburgh researcher said.

Dr. Paulo Fontes said UPMC Presbyterian and Montefiore in Oakland could run the first human trial of the method this year and enlist 10 liver transplant patients to start, pending approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers expect the approach developed at Pitt's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine could sustain some human livers that doctors might not transplant otherwise. Up to 40 percent of donated livers can't be used for transplantation because oxygen deprivation in storage and transit leads to too much tissue damage, said Fontes, a deputy director at the institute.

“That bothers me a lot,” he said, adding that organs from donors with medical problems are often not suitable for transplants. “We're…

Miss. eye bank honors Jackson ophthalmologist

The Clarion Ledger | Leslie R. Myers

Connie McCaa (Photo: Skipper, Debbie)

In many states, eye banks must pay their medical directors large fees to screen corneas before transplants. Not so in Mississippi. For a dozen years, Dr. Connie S. McCaa donated her time to help Mississippians receive corneas.

As thanks for the Jackson ophthalmologist's service as medical director of the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank, the supporting Lions Clubs of Mississippi will honor her at its annual district meeting Feb. 7 in Madison.

McCaa will receive the Samuel B. Johnson Legacy Fellowship Award, said R. David Barham, chief operating officer of the eye bank, which has its office and lab in Flowood. Continue reading
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Compton is consistent - and inspiring

The Press Enterprise | Jim Alexander

Erik Compton hits out of the tall grass on the first hole at the Nicklaus Private course Saturday. CHRIS CARLSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LA QUINTA — Erik Compton’s official PGA Tour biography notes that winning a tour event is “something on his bucket list.”
Given the meaning of that expression, and given Compton’s background as a two-time heart transplant patient, applying that expression to his golf career seems the utmost in irony, maybe even kind of cruel.
And yet Compton could check that ambition off of his, uh, list of things to do Sunday.
Displaying week-long consistency, and eschewing the normal roller-coaster routine that requires at least one obscenely low round here, Compton’s 67 Saturday gave him a share of the lead at 17-under, tied with Bill Haas, Justin Thomas and Michael Putnam, going into the final round of the Humana Challenge at the Palmer Private course at PGA West. Continue reading

Rare domino liver transplant saves two lives

The Baltimore Sun | Andrea K. McDaniels

Michelle Martin (left) received a liver from Betty Dzielski (right), who was a recipient of another liver. Dr. John LaMattina (center) was one of the transplant doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun)

Betty Dzielski's liver was slowly destroying her heart.

If the Pasadena resident didn't get a liver transplant, she would die eventually, doctors told her.

The 52-year-old suffered from a rare genetic disease, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, that caused her liver to produce a protein that travels to other organs and sickens them. She had a stroke after the protein had begun to deposit in her heart, and she also had trouble walking.

Dzielski underwent a lifesaving liver transplant in October. And although her old liver threatened her life, in the end it saved someone else's.

During a nearly five-hour procedure at the University of Maryland Medical Center called a domino liver transplant, Dzielski recei…

A match made at Publix: Donor finds perfect-match recipient at checkout

WALB | L C Chandler

Michelle Davis and Lorene Hansen are happy and recovering just one week after a kidney transplant.

LEE CO., GA (WALB) -Michelle Davis and Lorene Hansen are happy and recovering just one week after a kidney transplant.

The two met while Davis was working at the Lee County Publix grocery store.

"Lorene just came through my line one day," recalled Davis. "And she said, 'what's your blood type?' And I was like, 'God this lady is weird,' ya know? And I was like, O-positive. And she gives me a high-five, and she's like, 'mine too!' And I was like, 'okay.' I didn't really know what she was leading up to."

Hansen is a nurse at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center and is a frequent customer at Davis' store.

After noticing that Davis had a dialysis catheter, she decided to help.

"She goes, do you need a kidney transplant? I was like, yes ma'am," said Davis. "And she goes, here's my name and number. C…

Ava bounces back to normal life after kidney transplant

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The Bancroft family, with Ava after her transplant at left, celebrates James’s Masters graduation

SPLASHING around in the water at Brooms Head over Christmas, you'd never guess Ava Bancroft was the same sick little girl who featured on our front page two years ago.

The Daily Examiner first met Ava when she was five-years-old and suffering from a mysterious and extremely rare kidney condition known as Dense Deposit disease.

As doctors searched for a solution, her health continued to deteriorate and daily dialysis treatments became a way of life.

Her parents, James Bancroft - who grew up in the Clarence Valley - and Tegan, were told even a kidney transplant may not be a viable fix, but after close two years on dialysis she was finally put on the donor waiting list.

Just five weeks later, last Father's Day, the call they were waiting for came.

Mr Bancroft was at the Gold Coast when he received word from Westmead Hospital that a perfect donor match had been found, and r…