Saturday, February 28, 2015

2 Your Health LifePoint Race for Life 2015 Run for those you love

Count on 2 | Carolyn Murray


2 Your Health LifePoint Race for Life 2015 Run for those you love

Support organ, eye and tissue donation during the 10th annual LifePoint Race for Life Saturday, February 28th. The family event includes a 1/2 Mile Fun Run, 5K and 10K runs, and for those REALLY serious runners, a combined 5K/10K. This year, Verge Solutions is the Title Sponsor for the Kids Zone! The Kids Zone will be filled with bounce houses, and other interactive booths set up by businesses like: The Children's Museum, ArtBuzz Kids, Macaroni Kid, Trudy's School of Dance, The Charleston Yoga House, Balloon Art and more. All participants will receive a race medal at the completion of one of the races. If Kids want to run the 1/2 Mile Fun Run and the 5K, he/she must be registered for the 5K www.LifePointRace.com

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The mission of Donate Life South Carolina is to increase the supply of organs and tissues for transplantation and provide assistance for South Carolina transplant recipients.

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An organ or tissue will be available for every South Carolinian in need of a transplant.

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Organ Donor Recruitment

WTOK | Andrea Williams
On average, 21 people die each day while waiting on an organ transplant. There's a push to curb that number, and perhaps you can help. The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency is seeking more people to sign up to become donors.

"We're typically talking about 3% of the people that pass away that are organ donors,"says MORA Marketing Director, Chuck Stinson. "That's the numbers that we're working with."

With more than 1,400 Mississippians and 123,000 Americans overall waiting for transplants right now, Stinson says organ donors of all ages are needed. Continue reading
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Heartfelt homecoming for Courtney

The Daily Journal | Lee Provost


Courtney Kidd gives the thumbs up as she poses in front of the welcome home banner on the garage door of the home she has not seen in five months. Courtney had a double organ transplant at the Mayo Clinic and returned home Thursday afternoon.

Courtney Kidd returned to her parents' home in Bradley on Thursday for the first time in nearly six months and exactly three months after a double-organ transplant.

The homecoming was made without the benefit of much rest. So anxious to return home, Courtney, 32, didn't get much sleep Wednesday night.

"It was like being a little kid and waiting for Santa the night before Christmas," she said.

Courtney arrived at the Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic in early October and, on Nov. 24, underwent a heart and liver transplant surgery. One of her first concerns (tongue-in-cheek) once back home was if her pets — dogs, Maizey and Daizey, and cat, Reese — were still alive.

Yep, and her dad, Kevin, held down the fort while Courtney and her mother, Annie, had been away at Rochester since last fall. Continue reading
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St David's Day celebrations extra special as Wales gets ready for new organ donor rules

The Free Press


St David's Day celebrations extra special as Wales gets ready for new organ donor rules

AS the people of Wales celebrate St David’s Day, March 1 also marks nine months to go until Wales changes the organ donation law.

This landmark date is going to be a special celebration for one Ruthin woman.

Brenda Roberts' from Ruthin had her life save thanks to an organ donor.

This year, Wales will also be celebrating becoming the first country in the UK to introduce a soft opt-out system for organ donation.

Brenda said: “I’m proud to be Welsh and live in Wales because, once again, Wales leads the way in Britain with their new Organ Donation Law coming into force in December and I’m proud to be an organ recipient because I am able to live my life to the full and promote Organ Donation throughout Wales.”

The new rules aim to increase the number of donated organs available for transplant. Under the new system, which will come into force on December 1, someone will become a potential organ donor by either registering their decision to opt in – as they do currently – or by doing nothing at all, in which case their consent will be deemed. Continue reading
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Australia-first double lung transplant using damaged lungs saves Sydney man’s life

The Daily Telegraph | Lia Harris


Michael Fattal, 27, received a double lung transplant five weeks ago and is already back at work and back on his bike. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
A REVOLUTIONARY double lung transplant which saved the life of Sydney man Michael Fattal has paved the way for more life-saving organ donations across Australia and the world.

The 27-year-old had battled cystic fibrosis since birth and became chronically ill with the disease over the past two years, until he was unable to walk a short distance without running out of breath.

“Prior to the transplant I couldn’t walk more than 20m, I was always coughing, I was very sick, in and out of hospital all the time,” Mr Fattal, of Waterloo, said.

“I don’t think I would’ve made it much longer.”

Mr Fattal gave his doctors at St Vincent’s Hospital’s Heart and Lung Clinic, permission to do something unprecedented: transplanting a set of lungs which had been damaged before their deceased donor even arrived at hospital.

The team put the lungs through their new Organ Care System, allowing the lungs to continue ventilating as they would inside a healthy human body for six hours after harvesting, instead of being put on ice. Continue reading
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Pride from tragedy: a Canberra family's story of organ donation

ABC Canberra | Justin Hunstville

A Canberra woman and her mother-in-law say organ donation has given extra meaning to the value of their loved one's life, as thousands of people walked around Lake Burley Griffin on Wednesday in support of organ donation.

Mark Carter died in Gunnedah 11 years ago from a head injury after a fall in the middle of the night.

His organs helped five people live a better life.

"Really, it was a natural thing because it seemed so senseless and unfortunate that such a fit man could go in such an uncanny way," Mark's mother Dianne Carter told 666 ABC Canberra Mornings.

"We had a sense something good had come from something so tragic and awful, and we were able to donate his organs so five people had a chance at life. Dianne Carter, Mark's Mother"


"We felt his life wouldn't have been in vain."

Organ donation is not a conversation most people have in their early 30s, and Mark's wife Janelle said she and Mark felt like they were "indestructible". Continue reading
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Georgia’s dialysis crisis: Living, and dying, on a mechanical kidney

Aljazeera America | Joaquin Palamino


Chuck Letner, 49, who suffers from renal dysplasia, undergoes dialysis with his home machine in Alpharetta, Georgia, in 2012. Kidney disease is approaching a state of crisis in the United States. Jason Getz / TNS / Zuma Press
In the state with the lowest transplant rate in the US, clinics fail to refer patients to organ donation list

ATLANTA — Three days a week Chardae Sanders, a senior at Kennesaw State University, has excess fluid, waste and toxins filtered from her blood at a for-profit dialysis clinic downtown. She doesn’t flinch when a clinician pokes a needle the size of a coffee straw into her leg; the only part that still seems unnatural is when the clean blood is reintroduced into her body at the end of the treatment. “It’s like when you drink a glass of ice-cold water really fast,” she says. “It feels like a part of you is in the machine, and then you get her back.”

Sanders found out that her kidneys had failed the same week as her 21st birthday, in November of 2007. They had been ravaged by the autoimmune disorder lupus, which she has been suffering from since high school. She’s been on dialysis ever since.

The procedure keeps Sanders alive — there’s no comparable remedy for people whose livers fail, for example. But it’s brutal: Chronic pain afflicts close to two-thirds of dialysis patients, who often complain of fatigue, cramping and nausea, according to a 2011 article by Teri Browne, who studies kidney-transplant disparity at the University of South Carolina. To prevent health complications, doctors recommend a strict diet that regulates patients’ water, potassium and sodium intake. The treatment also restricts movement; most patients on dialysis need to be tethered to a machine four hours a day, three days a week. Continue reading
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Coroner breaks down in tears as he calls for more heart donors after teen's death

The Telegraph


Coroner Robert Hunter Photo: Caters

A coroner wept as he made a desperate plea for more organ donors after hearing how a teenager living under a "death sentence" died because he needed a heart transplant.

Dr Robert Hunter became choked with emotion as he was told how George Green's only chance of survival was a new heart to replace the one he received as a youngster.

The 19-year-old collapsed with a heart attack as he got behind the wheel of his car after finishing work.

An inquest was told Mr Green had received a transplant when he was six, but developed a routine complication known as "transplant vasculopathy" and needed another heart.

Each year, around 16,000 people require a new heart - but only 120 are donated annually in the UK. Historically, relatives have been unwilling to allow the organ to be taken because of its connotations. Continue reading
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Multiple organs from one donor lead Houston Methodist to 5,000 transplants

The Memorial Examiner


A. Osama Gaber, M.D., director of the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center.

A heart, liver, two kidneys, two lungs and a pancreas from one donor saved five lives in one weekend and one of them received the 5,000th transplant performed at Houston Methodist Hospital.

“This is a landmark for our program and shows the hard work, expertise, excellence and dedication of the doctors, nurses, coordinators, and the entire staff,” said A. Osama Gaber, M.D., director of the Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center. “We also owe our success to the thousands of people who have donated their organs. Giving to those with little to no chance of survival a second chance at life through transplantation is very powerful. It’s that power that pushes us to do what we do every day.” Continue reading
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Woman celebrates anniversary of lifesaving transplant

The Chronicle | Meghan Harris


Elizabeth Leak celebrates 20 years of life after receiving a liver transplant as a seven-month-old baby.

NOT a day goes by that Toowoomba woman Elizabeth Leak does not think of the person who saved her life 20 years ago.

Miss Leak was born with a rare liver disease called biliary atresia which is a life threatening condition in infants that affects the bile ducts.

The doctors did not diagnose Miss Leak until she was four-weeks-old and they immediately tried to operate, which unfortunately failed.

That was when she was placed on the donor list.

Miss Leak said it was the kindness of a stranger that saved her life.

"Biliary atresia is quite uncommon. Only one in every 18,000 people are diagnosed," Miss Leak said. VIDEO, Continue reading
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Delta State honored for organ donor victory

Delta State University


Chuck Stinson, director of Community Services & Relations at the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, presented a trophy and $500 check Thursday to the Delta State University Student Nurses Association after leading the university to a victory in the 2014 Donor Challenge.

The Delta State University Student Nurses Association was honored Thursday at Walter Sillers Coliseum for leading the university to a victory in the 2014 Donor Challenge against Mississippi College.

Chuck Stinson, director of Community Services & Relations at the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA), presented a trophy and $500 check to the student nurses who helped lead the campaign to promote organ and tissue donation awareness

MORA organized the Donor Challenge as a form of college outreach that promotes the need for organ, eye and tissue donation. The program provides education, volunteer training and gives college students a chance to register as donors while encouraging donor designations campus-wide among fellow students, staff, faculty, alumni and fans. Continue reading
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5 issues you are dying to ask about head transplants

The Beacon Review


Study about the proposed head transplant surgery? Right here are answers to questions on the tip of your tongue. And no, we can not defrost all the cryogenic heads.

What is the difference between brain and head transplants?
A brain transplant would involve removing the brain from the skull and putting it in a donor skull. It is extra complicated than a head transplant simply because of the complex surgery to separate the brain and blood provide devoid of damaging delicate tissue.

Could the transplant strategy operate for a cryogenically frozen head?
No. The proposed approach demands a wholesome human head and brain. It is not however known whether it is achievable to "defrost" a cryogenically frozen head and resurrect wholesome brain tissue.

Would the surgery be psychologically damaging?
Some people who have received face or limb transplants mourn the loss of their old physique portion or feel that their self image is conflicted. Research show that inputs from our physique, such as a heartbeat or rumbling stomach, can influence our will power, emotions and language. Who knows whether or not the particular person who comes out of the operating room would be the same as the one who went in. Continue reading
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Children’s Mercy performs its first pediatric heart transplant

The Kansas City Star | Alan Bavley
Hannah Mountz, 15, laughed on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in her Kansas City home. Hannah recently received the region's first pediatric heart transplant at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. ALLISON LONG THE KANSAS CITY STAR

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article11340254.html#storylink=The last thing Hannah Mountz remembers before passing out was, “Should I tell my grandma?
That was about five weeks ago, as the 15-year-old Kansas City, North, girl sat in her room putting on makeup while her grandparents waited downstairs. Hannah felt what had become the frequent and unwelcome sensation of her heart skipping a beat. This time, a defibrillator that doctors had implanted in her chest shocked her heart five times, delivering five jolts of increasing voltage, before her heart beat normally.

Hannah was put into intensive care at Children’s Mercy Hospital. And on Feb. 13, she became the first patient to receive a heart transplant at the hospital.

It’s made an immediate and startling improvement in her life.

“I didn’t know how bad I felt until I felt amazing,” Hannah said Friday before a Children’s Mercy news conference with her parents, Tim and Renita.

Her failing heart left her exhausted, winded. Her fingertips turned blue from lack of oxygen.Continue reading



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Richmond teen gets long-awaited lung transplant

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After almost two years on an organ transplant waiting list, Richmond teen Rebecca Stoermer finally has a new set of lungs.(Photo: Joshua Smith/Palladium-Item file)

After almost two years on an organ transplant waiting list, Richmond teen Rebecca Stoermer is breathing easier with a new set of lungs.

At 1 a.m. Monday, Mike and Dena Stoermer got the call they’d been hoping for: A pair of lungs were available that appeared to be a match for Rebecca.

The family quickly left for Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, for the 10-hour transplant surgery. By early Tuesday morning, Rebecca’s old lungs had been removed, and by 9 a.m., she had two new lungs.

Diagnosed at age 2 with cystic fibrosis, Rebecca, now 17, is no stranger to hospitals. Until now, doctors could only try to keep her tired lungs functioning. Physicians in Missouri and Indianapolis also cared for Rebecca before the family was referred to the Columbus hospital.

“It’s been a long, bumpy road to get here,” Dena said. “Rebecca wanted a picture of her old lungs. She definitely needed new ones. The old lungs were horrible. The new ones are pink and beautiful. “ continue reading

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Red Wing Man’s Death Touches More Than 60 Lives Via Organ Donation

CBS Minnesota | Jennifer Mayerle
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In times of great grief, we often look for meaning.

That came in an unexpected way for a Red Wing woman after losing her husband earlier this month.

Brad Einck was an organ donor, and what he shared with one person was particularly powerful.

“Brad had a very infectious laugh,” his wife Kim Einck said. “His smile, his aura, just to be around him made you feel happy.”

Einck calls her husband Brad her soulmate, a man who gave everything to her and her son.

“He was an angel, really,” Einck said.

The 42-year-old attempted to end his life on Feb. 1, and then suffered a massive stroke that he did not survive.

“Brad and I’ve always talked about donating if we could,” Einck said. Continue reading
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Organ Donation Agency Lauds ‘American Horror Story’ Actor For Lifesaving Gifts

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Actor Ben Woolfc died
on Feb. 23, from a head injury. (credit: Getty Images for Hollywood Pantages)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — OneLegacy, an organ donation agency serving the Los Angeles area, lauded actor Ben Woolf for saving lives through three donations Wednesday.

Woolf, who is best-known for playing Infantata on the first season of “American Horror Story” and Meep on that show’s recent incarnation, “Freak Show,” was hit by a car last week and died Monday at 34.

The diminutive actor had registered as a donor with the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry. His liver and both kidneys were transplanted into three Californians.

“Ben was the kindest, most thoughtful, gentle, sweetly innocent person I ever knew,” said his father, Nicholas Woolf. “He always wanted to be an actor, and when he was 30 he ran off to L.A. and accomplished more than our wildest imaginations. Without meaning to, Ben taught people so much – he inspired and generated love with everyone. Signing up to be an organ donor was absolutely fitting with his character. He would be very glad to know that three people are alive because of what he could give.” Continue reading
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Across China: A French family's gift of life

Shanghai Daily
HANGZHOU, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The parents of a young French man, who died in China last week, left for France on Thursday, but their son's legacy will remain in the Middle Kingdom.

Keen to learn Chinese, the 22 year-old man, who has been affectionately named Xiao Ao, came to China earlier this year.

Unfortunately, while traveling to Lunar New Year celebrations on Feb. 17, he was involved in a serious accident that left him with serious brain damage.

Despite efforts to save him, Xiao died on Tuesday at a hospital in Hangzhou City, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province.

Xiao's parents had hoped their son could return to France to see his family one last time but doctors advised that he was unlikely to survive the journey. Continue reading
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Foundation backs organ donation

The News Mexico | DEVON VAN HOUTEN MALDONADO


The Carlos Slim Foundation launched the Héroes por la Vida campaign this year. COURTESY OF CARLOS SLIM FOUNDATION

MEXICO CITY – Mexico isn’t living up to its potential when it comes to life-saving organ transplants that thousands of Mexicans need in order to continue living, said the Carlos Slim Foundation.

The foundation launched the 2015 “Héroes por la Vida” (Heroes for Life) campaign last month in a bid to encourage more Mexicans to talk with their families about donating their organs in the unfortunate event of their death.

“Today in Mexico, 19,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant,” Vanessa Slim de Hajj said at the campaign launch. “This number is growing every day, and the number of donors in our country is only 3.6 people for every 1,000.”

Based on the figures, the foundation expresses urgency to increase information about donating, as well as educating others about the opportunity to help those in need. Continue reading
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White County woman needs a kidney transplant

White County News | Debbie Gilbert


White County resident Sandra Pilcher, right, is on dialysis and needs a kidney transplant. Her daughter Sarah, left, is not eligible to be a living donor because she’s only 16. (Photo/Debbie Gilbert)


She came so close.

Ever since Sandra Pilcher’s kidneys failed three years ago, she’s been hoping to receive a transplant through Piedmont Hospital’s living-donor program.

So the White County resident was excited several months ago when Heather Cantrell – who attends Pilcher’s church, Loudsville United Methodist – offered to get tested as a donor and turned out to be a suitable match. Continue reading
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Geneseo basketball player thrives after liver transplant

Democrat and Chronicle | Joe Manderlaro


Fairport's Allyson DiMagno, bottom left, and Jordan Harrington battle for a loose ball with Lockport's Renee Schwartz, top left, and Lea Sobieraski during Class AA state quarterfinals basketball action between the Lockport Lady Lions and the Fairport Red Raiders at Gates Chili high school in Gates Saturday afternoon, March 13, 2010.(Photo: KRIS J. MURANTE/File photo)

Dec. 4, 2012, and SUNY Geneseo junior Lea Sobieraski is taking her final exam in Spanish.

But she can't focus. She's bloated. Tired. Anxious.

Two days earlier, she had visited Geneseo's Student Health & Counseling Center complaining about her symptoms. "Indigestion" was the prognosis.

Now, her phone keeps vibrating in class.

The 5-foot-11 forward from Lockport is supposed to board a bus that afternoon for a women's basketball game at Oneonta. Instead, she'll be heading to the hospital.

Sobieraski's life is about to change forever. Doctors remove 7 pounds of fluid from her abdomen. One week later, they tell her she has something called Wilson's disease and will need a liver transplant. Continue reading
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North Walsham kidney transplant patient up for national volunteer award

EDP24 | Alex Hurrell


Kidney transplant patient Paul Welsh enjoys a rare treat - beer and chocolate. Picture: Mark Bullimore
A charity champion who has successfully undergone a third kidney transplant will learn next week whether he has won a national award.
Paul Welsh, 52, is a finalist in the Charity Staff and Volunteers Awards 2015.

He will be off to London next Thursday, March 5, for the awards ceremony - and may well enjoy a pint of beer and something chocolate for pudding as part of the evening celebrations.

Both luxuries were on Mr Welsh’s “banned” list of food and drink for many years while he was undergoing dialysis sessions at Cromer Hospital three times a week, waiting for a call to say a suitable organ had become available.

Despite his condition, Mr Welsh, from North Walsham, became a community champion for the charity Kidney Research UK, which has nominated him for the award. Continue reading
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Organ donation sign up scheduled for this weekend

KBZK | Judy Slate


photo: Trioweb.org
BOZEMAN - Organ donations save lives, and this weekend you can learn more about becoming a donor. You may remember baby Poppy, she's a local girl who received a heart transplant nearly two years ago. Her parents are members of TRIO which stands for Transplant Recipients International Organization.

The group supports transplant recipients and their families, and educates people about organ donation. The group will be holding a sign up event this weekend. "To give the gift of life so that when they pass that its known to their families their desires to be an organ donor," said transplant recipient Jim Rivard. Continue reading
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lung Allocation Score Guidelines For Prioritizing Lung Transplant Allocations Revised

Lung Disease News | Charles Moore


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) has released modified guidelines to their Lung Allocation Score (LAS) system, effective February 19, 2015.

VelapourMDr. Maryam Valapour, the Director of Lung Transplant Outcomes at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio was instrumental in the analysis of the new LAS guidelines, and also has just coauthored the OPTN/SRTR 2013 Annual Data Report on the state of the lung transplant medicine.

The report, published in an American Journal of Transplantation Special Issue (Volume 15, Issue S2, pages 128, 2015 first published online: 27 January 2015 DOI: 10.1111/ajt.13200) is coauthored by Dr. Valapour of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Pulmonary Medicine Respiratory Institute at Cleveland, Ohio, along with other colleagues. The coauthors note that available lungs are allocated to adult and adolescent transplant candidates based on criteria of age, geography, blood type compatibility, and the lung allocation score (LAS), which reflects risk of wait-list mortality and probability of post-transplant survival. Continue reading
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Donation gives a second chance for a young family

Inverell Times | Michèle Jedlicka


Leonnee Martin healthy and happy with her son Levi, thanks to a donated heart which saved her life.

IT is the kind of news no expectant mother wants to hear. Tamworth resident Leonnee Martin, 25, was pregnant with her first child when she and her fiancé Joseph Stolker were confronted with some unwelcome news.

That moment has led to a young woman lending her voice to an organ donation campaign that could touch people in the Inverell region.

“So in 2011, I was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy during the third trimester of my pregnancy,” Leonnee said.

The condition occurs when the heart becomes damaged. Leonnee said though women can recover after delivery, her condition was hereditary, and doctors were unsure if she would naturally heal.

“Thinking back not, it wasn’t that scary; I think I was more excited to deliver the baby,” Leonnee said with a chuckle. Continue reading
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Red Wing Man’s Death Touches More Than 60 Lives Via Organ Donation

CBS Minnesota | Jennifer Meyerle
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In times of great grief, we often look for meaning.

That came in an unexpected way for a Red Wing woman after losing her husband earlier this month.

Brad Einck was an organ donor, and what he shared with one person was particularly powerful.

“Brad had a very infectious laugh,” his wife Kim Einck said. “His smile, his aura, just to be around him made you feel happy.”

Einck calls her husband Brad her soulmate, a man who gave everything to her and her son.

“He was an angel, really,” Einck said.

The 42-year-old attempted to end his life on Feb. 1, and then suffered a massive stroke that he did not survive.

“Brad and I’ve always talked about donating if we could,” Einck said. Continue reading
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'American Horror Story' Actor Dies After Being Clipped By SUV Side Mirror In Hollywood

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Ben Woolf (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ben Woolf, who played Meep on American Horror Story: Freak Show, died Monday from head injuries, days after he was clipped by an SUV in Hollywood.

Woolf was 34, and his rep confirmed his death to Variety. Woolf suffered a serious head injury when he was hit by the side mirror of an SUV in Hollywood Thursday night. The driver wasn't cited because it appears Woolf was jaywalking.

A source told TMZ that he died from a stroke. He was listed in critical condition immediately after the crash, and he had been heavily sedated at Cedars-Sinai.

TMZ added that his organs will be donated to help about 50 people. His family released a statement, saying Woolf lives on in his work:
"We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben. He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work."
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Hillsborough author inspires others to find true heroes

My Central New Jersey | Mary Ann Bourbeau
“Sylvie and Sean” is based on a January 2014 real-life rescue in Boston Harbor. Hillsborough author Cheryl Filipak obtained details about the incident from the firefighter involved in order to re-create the events of that day.(Photo: COURTESY OF TATE PUBLISHING)

Story is based on a Boston firefighter who rescued a dog that slipped through the ice in Pleasure Bay

HILLSBOROUGH – Cheryl Filipak wrote her first children’s book in order to inspire young people to look up to and perhaps become true heroes. Filipak knows a thing or two about being heroic. In 1993, she stepped up to the plate and donated a kidney to her youngest sister, Roxanne Weisheit of Howell.

“My sister was diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 15,” Filipak said. “I did research and found out that Lupus often affects the kidneys. I always said, ‘If you need a kidney, I’m yours.’ ”

Filipak now is inspiring young readers with her new children’s book, “Sylvie and Sean.” The book was taken from a true story that occurred in South Boston, in which firefighters from Ladder 19 risked their lives to save a husky who had fallen through the ice in Pleasure Bay. Continue reading

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Organ donation: Family the crux of decision

New Zealand Herald News | Martin Johnston 
If New Zealanders want to be a donor, it can be stated on our driver licence. It's the number-8-wire relative of a register. Photo / Thinkstock
New Zealand's rate of deceased organ donors is low by international standards. Health reporter Martin Johnston investigates why, and what could be done to increase the rate.

Appealing to people's survival instincts could help increase New Zealand's internationally low rate of deceased organ donors, a campaigner reckons.

Andy Tookey says what definitely works is high-profile donor cases in which the public becomes intensely interested because of personal tragedy.

Some countries have a donor register. People can have their names entered and this can help families to approve donation if the person arrives in a hospital with a non-survivable condition.

Some do it the other way around: adults are deemed to have given consent unless they "opt off" by telling the register they don't want to be a donor. Spain and Austria do this and Wales will this year. Continue reading
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Mother who was told she would 'outlive her children' advocates for organ donation

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Jessica “Jes” Oldham described her relationship with her younger brother, Tripp, as “very, very close.” She said, “We were always each other’s No. 1 ... Having CF(cystic fibrosis) together brought us closer than most people.” PROVIDED

It’s something a parent never wants to hear, certainly not after the birth of a child.

After Alana Richey gave birth to each of her two children in her early 20s, she was told that she would outlive them. Both had cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system.

And while the life expectancy of those with cystic fibrosis has risen from about 18 years to 37.5 years since that time, Richey already has experienced the pain of losing her youngest.

Tripp Oldham died on May 20, 2013, at the age of 21, while waiting for a double-lung transplant. Weeks earlier surgeons were preparing him for transplant surgery when other transplant surgeons found a spot on the donor’s kidney that turned out to be cancerous. Continue reading
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Transplant patient marks one year with new lungs, new chance at life

Cleveland | Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer


Lori Ard, left, and her mother Lori Baker, right, wait for a follow-up appointment with a transplant coordinator and transplant pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Ard received a double lung transplant after dealing with severe flu complications. (Marvin Fong / The Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio - For the past year, Lori Ard has been marking milestones, big and small, along her recovery from a double lung transplant.

On Valentine's Day - Ard's 34th birthday - her family threw a surprise "Celebration of Life" party for her. Her guests dined on a cake in the shape of a butterfly, the symbol for a double lung transplant. The next day, she got a second cake, her favorite cheesecake, for her belated birthday celebration.

On Wednesday, she took in a sold-out Fleetwood Mac concert at Quicken Loans Arena with her sister, brother and his girlfriend. It was Ard's first foray into a big crowd since before her transplant. She carried a face mask in her pocket just in case, to protect against other people's germs, but she didn't need to use it.

Ard, of Windham, also has been working on finishing a letter she will send anonymously to the family of the woman whose lungs helped to save her life. She will give the letter to Lifebanc, Northeast Ohio's nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization. In 2014, Lifebanc facilitated nearly 600 correspondences between donor families and recipients. Continue reading
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Parents of heart donor meet recipient for first time

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A woman who received a heart transplant in 2012 met the donor’s family for the first time on Friday.

Geoffrey Spann, 23, was hit by a car November 11, 2012 as he tried to retrieve his dog from the road. He was taken to Floyd Medical Center and was pronounced dead the next day.

His mother, Sara Spann, said the topic of organ donation was brought up to her son when he was a teenager. His father, Gary, said when Geoffrey earned his driver’s license, he automatically signed up to have “Organ Donor” listed on the card.

“It wasn’t our decision. It was Geoffrey’s decision, and he made the decision on his own then came and told us that he had put it on his driver’s license.”

Mr. Spann said they made sure to carry out Geoffrey’s wishes.

Mrs. Spann said the medical staff at Floyd Medical Center where Geoffrey was taken after the accident came up to her and asked if the family would be interested in organ donation. Continue reading
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Organ recipient, donor’s family meet years later

Toledo Blade | MARLENE HARRIS-TAYLOR


Jason Leone in front of a photo of his pancreas donor, Dylan Flew, on a Hyway Trucking Co. trailer in Findlay. Mr. Leone was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes when he was 13. His health over the last eight and a half years is a credit to Mr. Flew, who died in 2006 at age 20. THE BLADE/JETTA FRASER

FINDLAY — Jason Leone had seen a huge image of a young man from Norwalk encouraging organ donation on the sides of Hyway Trucking Co. vehicles for years.

But he had no idea that the face of Dylan Flew, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2006, was the donor of his own pancreas.

Mr. Leone, 41, of Findlay has suffered from diabetes nearly all his life. He was diagnosed at age 13 and by the time he reached his early 30s, he had “bottomed out.” He was told he needed a pancreas transplant.

He couldn’t work while he waited about 10 months on the transplant list. Then on July 30, 2006, he received a call. There was a donor.

Mr. Flew had been out doing one of the things he loved — riding his motorcycle. His mother, Kathi Flew, said the entire family loves to ride. One of Mr. Flew’s friends lost control of his motorcycle while the group was riding on a back road in Norwalk, and hit Mr. Flew’s bike. Continue reading
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2 East Texans receive kidney transplants from deceased donors

Tyler Morning Telegraph | Coshondra Dillard


On Valentines Day, two East Texans got the best gift of their lives when they each finally received a kidney transplant.

At 4 p.m. on the Friday before Valentine’s Day, Giovanni Fuller, 33, received the call he’d been waiting for. He’d received calls before, but he felt differently about this one.

He’d already had Valentine’s Day plans with a significant other so he asked that they exchange their gifts a day earlier.

“I feel like I’m going to be preoccupied tomorrow,” he recalled saying.

Mrs. Ayala, 62, waited for a kidney for nearly two years when she received the call on Feb. 13 that one was available.

“I feel very good and I’m very thankful that I got a kidney,” she said through a translator, her daughter, Adriana Ayala. Continue reading
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Spain’s high-speed AVE rail to transport donated organs

The Olive Press | Rob Horgan


BULLET TRAINS: Will be transporting organs across Spain
THE ability to move donated organs across the country is about to get a whole lot faster.

For the first time, organs will be fast-tracked on Spain’s long-distance bullet train network in a move that could save thousands of lives.

The country’s tourism minister, Ana Pastor, and health minister, Alfonso Alonso, reached an agreement to allow the free movement of organ transplants on the extensive train network.

The service will initially be used exclusively for crossover kidney transplants from living donors. If that is deemed a success, the service could be extended to other organ donors. Continue reading
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Dual transplant recipient from Modesto gives birth to girl

Modesto Bee | Erin Tracy


Ashley Brown, 25, holds her newborn, Cheyenne Sutton, on Sunday at her grandmother Barbara Hatton’s home in Modesto. CHRISTOPHER WINTERFELDT

When Ashley Brown’s kidneys failed her senior year in high school, she missed her class trip to Disneyland because she was on dialysis.

As her name was being called at Modesto High School’s 2007 graduation ceremony, she was being wheeled into surgery for a dual kidney and liver transplant.

Since then, she has struggled to finish college due to doctor appointments and financial constraints.

Brown, 25, missed out on much in life from the time her kidneys began failing in infancy because of a hereditary condition caused by a gene one of her parents unknowingly carried.

Despite warnings from multiple doctors, she wasn’t willing to miss the opportunity to become a mother. Continue reading
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What Does the U.S. Measles Outbreak Mean for Transplant Patient

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Over the past few weeks, the measles outbreak in the United States has been a big topic of conversation. For those of you who may not know about measles, it is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat, which is then followed by a rash that spreads over the body. It is very dangerous and can be fatal.

Measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. “One dose of MMR vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus, and two doses are about 97 percent effective,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC, measles was eliminated from the country in 2000; however, measles can be spread by unvaccinated people who catch it while outside of the U.S. They can then spread measles to other people who are not protected against it – which is what is happening today.

What This Means for Transplant Patients

Anyone about to undergo transplant surgery – whether receiving or giving an organ – needs to be even more careful about contracting measles. To make sure you’re safe, we’ll be screening all pre-transplant patients and potential living donors born after 1957. Your nurse coordinator may reach out to you. In preparation, we wanted to provide you with the guidelines for how the measles screening will work. Continue reading
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Burlington’s Coach Craig gets life-saving liver transplant just in time for birthday

My FOX 8 | Shelley Roupas



DURHAM, N.C. — Birthdays just don’t get better than this.

“I will never, ever be the same from all the love,” said Bethany Edwards, wife of well-known local youth baseball coach Craig Edwards. “We’ll be forever grateful.”

Craig Edwards received a life-saving liver transplant this weekend. Today is his 36th birthday.

“The love and support we got from everyone in the community was just remarkable. It helped give me the strength to keep going,” said Edwards.

Edwards, a father of three who doesn’t drink or smoke, found out last year that his liver was in such bad shape he needed a liver transplant to live. Since then, complete strangers became friends. So many people in the community rallied together, rooting for him privately and publicly on Facebook. Turns out, that’s what saved his life. VIDEO, continue reading
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'It was a miracle:' Direct organ donation answered one family's prayer

The Times News | By Natalie Allison Janicello


Amy Clark and others visited the Trinity Worship Center to take part in a bake sale to aid transplant patient Craig Edwards, and as it turned out, the family whose loss made the organ donation possible. Sam Roberts / Times-News

It was an answer to prayer that Craig Edwards would spend his 36th birthday recovering from a liver transplant at Duke University Hospital, something he and his family consider a miraculous outcome after their race against the clock to find a donor.

Edwards, of Burlington, was diagnosed last February with severe liver cirrhosis, a genetic condition that was worsened by a blood clot. His symptoms gradually increased, with Edwards’ health rapidly declining, since Christmas.

Family, friends and strangers in the Alamance County area and beyond have taken to online social media over the past month to share Edwards’ story, and his desperate need for a liver donor, with their efforts finally paying off.

On Thursday, a local family whose loved one suddenly passed away learned of Edwards’ need through a friend, and designated him as the liver recipient. Continue reading
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