Sunday, May 31, 2015

Feet moving, mouths talking

Moose Jaw Times Herald | Mickey Djuric

Published on May 31, 2015About 175 people showed up for Moose Jaw's first Transplant Trot, which raises awareness about organ and tissue donations. Mickey Djuric/Times-Herald Mickey Djuric/Times-Herald

Kevyn Gadd got nearly 200 people in Moose Jaw talking to their families about organ donation.

The first Transplant Trot took place at Wakamow Valley, Sunday, and as much as there were feet moving there were just as much mouths talking.

Gadd, who had a double lung transplant 15 months ago, came up with the idea to host the run to raise an issue that's close to his heart.

"We did this as a family because we need to make people aware that organ donation and tissue donation is important," said Roxanna Gadd-Frey, mother of Kevyn.

"Many people think that they just have to put the little stick on their health card, but that's not all you have to do. Your family has to be told, they have to know. This is our way of bringing awareness out that this is how we do organ transplants."

In Saskatchewan, organs and tissues can not be donated without your family or next of kin's consent even if you have the organ donor sticker on your health card. Continue reading


Trails For Transplants Trek Takes Off


When you apply for a driver's license, you're given the option to check a box and become an organ donor. This decision has the potential to affect many lives.

One organization is working to get more people thinking about becoming an organ donor, in a unique way.

Dozens of people will be saddling up their horses this week as part of the Trails4Transplants ride. It's a nearly two week long, 27 mile, trek beginning in Mandan and ending in the western part of South Dakota.

Donor recipients and the families of organ donors are participating in the trek. Continue reading


Issue of organ donation is a personal one for Sen. Bob Casey

Reading Eagle | Mike Urban

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey knows death is a subject few want to consider, but he is encouraging people to spend a moment thinking about those on the organ waiting list.

"I ask them to put themselves in the shoes of someone who needs a transplant," said Casey, a Scranton Democrat.

It was 1993 when Casey's father, Gov. Robert P. Casey, was in that position.

Doctors figured he was likely days or weeks from death due to amyloidosis, a disease that had wrecked his heart and liver.

Thankfully for the governor, Frances Lucas agreed to donate the organs of her son, Michael Lucas, after the 34-year-old was beaten to death outside his Westmoreland County home.

"If she (Frances) said no, my father would have died," Casey said. Continue reading.


Hospital takes parents of seven-year-old boy to court in bid to give him life-saving liver transplant after they REFUSE permission for blood transfusion because they are Jehovah’s Witness

Daily Mail | By Belinda Grant Geary For Daily Mail Australia

Courts will decide if a sick boy will receive a potentially life saving blood transfusion after his parents refuse to give consent because they are Jehovah's Witness.

The seven year old boy, who is known as ‘J’, has severe liver disease and was waiting on the liver transplant list for a year before Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital decided to seek authority from the Supreme Court to perform the lifesaving blood transfusion, against the parents wishes, according to Newscorp.

His parents have given consent for the operation but have told the hospital giving J blood is against their religious beliefs, ignoring doctors warnings that blood products will ‘almost certainly’ be required to save his life.

Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions because they believe the Bible commands them to abstain from ingesting blood and that avoiding blood pays respect to God as the giver of life.

Dr Loo Ee, a paediatric gastroenterologist at Lady Cilento who has extensively studied liver transplants, has treated J since 2008 and believes his liver will fail in a few short years if a transplant isn’t performed. Continue reading


Dundee man to meet organ donor family who gave him ‘the gift of life’

The Evening Telegraph | Calum Gillies

Raymond Tait received a kidney and pancreas transplant after Kyle Asquith (inset) passed away.

A Dundee man is set to meet the family who gave him the ‘gift of life’.

Raymond Tait, 39, who lives in Stobswell, received a kidney and pancreas transplant in March 2013 after four years of intensive dialysis treatment.

Now, just over two years later, he is preparing to meet the family and friends of the young man for the first time.

Kyle Asquith, a pupil at Cockburn School in Leeds, was just 15 when he died of a brain haemorrhage two years ago.

His parents, Tracy, 41, and Alex, 43, decided to donate his organs so that some good could come from the situation.

Raymond has written a poem, which you can read below, which he will read at a poignant graduation ceremony at Kyle’s school.

Raymond was one of five people given hope by their act of kindness.

He said: “I sent a letter to the family via the NHS after my procedure, anonymously, as is the way.

“But, about a year later, I wrote a poem which was posted on the NHS organ donation Facebook page, and I received a notification from someone, who turned out to be Kyle’s mum. Continue reading


After lifesaving transplant, two moms discover another tie that brings them closer together

The Gazette | Lissandra Villa

Holly Campbell (from left), of Horseheads, N.Y., and Kim Scadlock, of Muscatine, sing a duet of “For Good” from the musical “Wicked” at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Friday, May 29, 2015. When Kim Scadlock’s son, Beckham, was two weeks old he received the heart of Holly Campbell’s son, Jake, when he passed away at 11-weeks-old. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — “You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart.”

That lyric from the musical, “Wicked,” and a transplanted heart that is beating to this day, continue to link two families from Eastern Iowa and upstate New York.

For New York’s Holly Campbell, the song “For Good” was the goodbye she sang to her son, Jake, who died at 11 weeks after he stopped breathing in the summer of 2007.

For Muscatine’s Kim Scadlock, “For Good” was the song she sung to her son, Beckham, after he emerged from heart transplant surgery at 2 weeks old.

As the two moms discovered later, it was Jake’s heart that saved Beckham’s life. And the song one had sung as a farewell and one had sung as a welcome was sung Friday as a duet — the first time the moms had sung it together.

Members of both families gathered Friday to tell their stories and sing for family, friends, nurses, doctors and passers at John W. Colloton Pavilion at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. On Saturday, Scadlock and Campbell’s husbands, Nate and Andy, will speak at a dinner following the Iowa Transplant Open, a golf tournament to raise money and awareness for organ and tissue donations, in Muscatine. Continue reading


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Heart transplant recipient dedicates herself to cause of organ donation

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Just a year ago, 21-year-old Bandra resident Hvovi Minocherhomji struggled with breathlessness and could barely walk a few steps at a time. On 15 June last year, she got a new lease on life when she became probably the first person from Maharashtra to get a heart transplant. Now the 22-year-old has dedicated herself to the cause of organ donation. She has just completed a training programme to convince people to donate their brain-dead relatives' organs and save lives. A year ago, Hvovi herself had got a heart from a brain-dead person.

Hvovi is one of the 30 candidates who completed a 'transplant co-ordinators programme' at Mohan foundation in Chennai on Friday. She spent almost a month in that city, doing this full-time course.

Last year Hvovi had end-stage heart failure, and transplant was the only option if she was to survive. She, a commerce student, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes so weak and enlarged that the supply of blood to the lungs, liver and other organs is affected.

With her heart's pumping efficiency dropping from 60% to 10-15%, and several parts of her body swelling up, Hvovi was barely able to walk, and was facing breathlessness, for which she repeatedly approached several Mumbai hospitals. After the transplant she is in normal health, and is conducting her daily routine without any help whatsoever. Continue reading


Four-year-old girl and donor recovering after 12-hour transplant surgery


PITTSBURGH - A Valley man is being called a hero for donating part of his liver to a four-year-old foster child from Trumbull County.

Her donor:, 28-year-old David Denovchek from Niles is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital, two miles away from where little Jamie received her new liver.

Denovchek was out of surgery shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, and was in critical condition in the I-C-U.

Jaime is recovering in an induced coma after her surgery, and will remain asleep for the next 4 to 5 days.

The transplant operation took approximately 12 hours.

Jamie was born with a condition that causes bile to remain in her liver.

She has been hospitalized since January when doctors said that her condition had deteriorated to the point where she is not able to leave the hospital unless she received a transplant.

Denovchek says he began investigating the possibility of becoming an organ donor after seeing a story on 21 News about an online campaign launched to help find a liver for Jamie. Continue reading News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio


Doctor: Dying son gives mom 'the gift of life'

Chicago Tribune | Lauren Zumbach

Ronald Perry died after having a stroke. But the 24-year-old Oak Forest man left his mom, who was suffering from renal failure, a final gift: his kidney.

When Rose Perry said goodbye to her 24-year-old son Ronald for the last time, part of him was still with her. Her doctors say Ronald's final gift to his mom — a kidney donated after he suddenly died of a stroke on May 16 — helped save her life.

Perry, 50, of Oak Forest, said she's still in denial about her son's death, but having his kidney has made grieving a little bit easier.

"It feels like I can go down, touch my stomach, and I can still feel him," she said. "I feel like he's with me and that makes a big difference in grieving.

Perry, told last year her kidneys were failing, said she had been receiving dialysis treatments three times a week since February. She was in the process of registering for the kidney transplant wait list and was at Palos Community Hospital in early May when she heard Ronald had collapsed in their family kitchen.

They'd spoken briefly on the phone the night before while she was at the hospital, she said. He told her he'd watched some of the Blackhawks game, that he loved her, and that he'd see her the next day, she said.

Ronald, a seemingly healthy 24-year-old and "the happiest person you'd ever want to meet," came downstairs the next morning and told his father, Ronald Perry Sr., he didn't feel well and asked him to call 911, Rose Perry said. VIDEO, continue reading


'I feel like I can't save my own daughter': Parents plead for organ donor

CTV News Toronto | Kendra Mangione

At least 200 people have reached out to the parents of an 8-month-old baby after they issued an emotional plea for help to find the little girl a liver donation.

Delfina Budziak was diagnosed with biliary atresia two months into her short life.

Biliary atresia is a rare disease that begins in early infancy, according to the Canadian Liver Foundation. The bile duct that leads from the liver to the intestine becomes damaged, preventing bile from leaving the liver. This can lead to a build-up of bile in the liver. The cause of the disease is not known.

Since her diagnosis, Budziak has undergone several procedures and suffered infections of the liver.

On April 26, she suffered a bout of liver infection called cholangitis and has been staying at the Hospital for Sick Children since the outbreak.

Budziak needs a new liver, and many of her family members have been tested to be donors, but her parents said none of them have been identified as viable.

Her mother has the same blood type, but she has liver damage and cannot donate to the baby, Budziak's father told CTV Toronto. Continue reading


UCLA researchers successfully measure liver function in potential organ donors using finger-probe device

News Medical

A portable, finger-probe device successfully measured liver function in brain dead adult organ donors, a finding that could change the way organs are assessed and save thousands of dollars per transplant, a UCLA study has found.

Working with OneLegacy, the non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, UCLA researchers measured liver function in 53 potential organ donors in a blind study of the device. Eleven livers were declined because of poor quality and the other 42 were transplanted and their function tested later to compare to the results obtained using the device, said study first author Dr. Ali Zarrinpar, an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation.

"This device is best single predictor of organ survival in our patients," Zarrinpar said. "Ultimately, what it does is gives us a quantitative measure of how good a liver is without having to visually inspect the organ. It gives us a measurement to talk about when we're thinking about whether to transplant an organ into a recipient."

The study appears in the early online edition of the Journal of Surgical Research.

Although there are accurate and reliable function tests for other donor organs, this is not the case for livers, Zarrinpar said.

Currently, depending on a thorough assessment of a potential donor's medical history, multiple blood tests and any hospital treatments, a surgical team from the recipient's medical center is dispatched to the donor's location to visually inspect and potentially procure the organ. That team costs thousands of dollars per procedure, Zarrinpar said, and about 10 to 15 percent of the time the organ is deemed unusable. Continue reading


Organ transplants and donations: An infographic

Outbreak News Today

People can be waiting for years for an organ to give them a chance at an extended and healthy life and even then when they are lucky enough to receive an organ donation, there is no guarantee that their body won’t reject it in the long term. Organ donation and transplants is a topic that is extremely important to many people worldwide but is one that is sometimes forgotten by the larger public.

The statistics surrounding the whole area of organ donation and transplants are quite startling and if more people were aware of the implications for those waiting for a transplant, there might be a higher donor rate. People can choose to be an organ donor by carrying a card which they carry on their person. The card is issued in the country of residence and is signed by the owner.

This info-graphic from Study Medicine covers the whole area of organ donation and transplants, from statistics to major milestones in the history of the medical area. It also looks at some of the reasons why a number of transplants fail. Organ donation is an area that people should be educated on and the hope is that as people learn more, the amount of people willing to donate (or hold a donor card in their possession) will rise. Continue reading.


Woman meets the man with her dead brother’s face after ground-breaking face transplant

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Rebekah Aversano and Richard Norris meet for the first time

A woman has met the recipient of her dead brother’s face three years after a ground breaking face transplant.

Rebekah Aversano and Richard Norris met for the first time after her brother Joshua’s face was donated following a tragic car accident in Maryland in March 2012.

The emotional meeting was filmed for an upcoming episode of 60 Minutes Australia which will be broadcast this weekend.

Joshua Aversano was killed by a minivan while crossing the road three years ago and his face was donated to Richard Norris (39) who was involved in a shooting accident in 1997 aged 22.

A team of expert surgeons at the University of Maryland medical centre took 36 hours to complete the complex surgery which involved the transplant of teeth, a jaw, tongue muscles and nerves.

Richard and Joshua’s sister Rebekah met in his home in Virginia USA for the first time earlier this year.

"Do you mind if I touch it? Wow, this is the face I grew up with," she says in the emotional meeting. Continue reading



Friday, May 29, 2015

Local family pleads for liver donation

Sudbury Northern Life Ca | By: Jonathan Migneault

A live donor could save Richard Giroux's life

If Valley East's Richard Giroux doesn't receive a liver transplant, he will die.

After his close family members discovered they weren't matches for a liver donation, they started to reach out to the public for help.

Giroux was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis in late 2014, which has caused his liver to fail.

“He's in bed most of the time,” said his wife Joanne Giroux.

Because his liver can't effectively filter toxins from his blood, Giroux is often lethargic and nauseous.

In April his doctors added him to the liver transplant waiting list at Toronto General Hospital, but unless he can find a live donor, the wait could last two years.

A live liver transplant would also improve Giroux's chances of for longterm survivial. Continue reading


Local Man Bikes Cross-Country For A Cure

CBS Philadelphia | Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Montgomery County man who survived cancer and then needed a heart transplant, leaves Saturday for a cross-country bike trip.

Derek Fitzgerald loaded up a van with everything he’ll need, he’s driving it to California.

On June 9th, he’ll start on the Santa Monica pier and begin a 44-day trek across the country, ending in Avalon New Jersey.

“3,400 miles to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” said Fitzgerald, “To raise awareness of heart health and to raise awareness of organ donation and transplantation.”

Fitzgerald survived non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but chemotherapy destroyed his heart, forcing a transplant in 2011.

He and two friends plan to ride an average of 75 miles each day, a number he admited is terrifying.

“Is it anywhere close to the pain that I experienced going through cancer and heart failure and heart transplant?” said Fitzgerald. “No.” Continue reading


UT Southwestern’s 500th Lung Transplant Brings Relief for Cystic Fibrosis Patient, Puts Medical Center Among Top 25 in U.S. To Reach Benchmark

Newswise | UT Southwesrtern Medical Center

Newswise — DALLAS – May 29, 2015 – A lung transplant to relieve Christopher Bryant Vera from devastating effects of cystic fibrosis marked the 500th lung transplant performed at UT Southwestern Medical Center, positioning the Center among an elite group of fewer than 25 in the country to achieve that benchmark.

Mr. Vera, whose transplant was recently performed at UT Southwestern’s new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, said he looks forward to pursuing simple dreams – working and someday having a family.

“It was a great gift from the donor’s family and I’m going to do my best to make my life worthwhile,” said Mr. Vera, 25, of Arlington.

Dr. Fernando Torres, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of Lung Transplantation, said every transplant is a remarkable accomplishment and stories such as Mr. Vera’s underscore the significance of reaching volume milestones. Fewer than 25 medical centers in the country have performed more than 500 lung transplants.

With the 500th lung transplant, UT Southwestern surgeons now have performed more than 1,000 cardiothoracic transplants, which includes both heart and lung transplants. Continue reading


Waitress donates kidney to regular customer

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Sure, any good waitress cares about her customers -- but Mariana Villarreal actually saved the life of a regular by donating one of her kidneys.

WXIA reports Don Thomas of Roswell, Georgia, needed an organ transplant after he lost kidney function due to cancer. Hooters waitress Villarreal volunteered to donate one to him after her grandmother's recent death from kidney failure.

"I wasn't able to do anything from my grandma. If he can live two more years, happy as he has ever been, that is completely fine with me," Villarreal said.

Thomas said they didn't even know each other that well before Villarreal made the offer; she had only recently started working at the restaurant.

Thomas and Villarreal reportedly went into surgery Friday. The doctors say the surgery went well, and both patients are expected to fully recover. Continue reading

North Andover resident Mimi Evans donates lifesaving kidney

Wicked North Andover | Sally Applegate

North Andover resident Mimi Evans, left, gave her kidney to Pradeep Kedia, saving his life. Courtesy Photo

Last fall, Pradeep Kedia was spending 12-16 hours a day on dialysis for his failing kidneys. The Andover resident had been on dialysis for a year and a half.

As hope for his survival faded due to the six-year waiting list for an available organ, his wife Jyoti began making arrangements for his funeral.

“We almost lost him a couple of times,” Jyoti said. “We knew that Pradeep’s kidneys were deteriorating, but we thought he was four or five years away from the transplant. But then his health started to deteriorate rapidly. He started to feel very weak, his blood pressure would spike up suddenly, and he had a few fainting spells.

“We met with his nephrologist, Dr Walsh, at Lahey Clinic in 2011, who told us that Pradeep needed to go on dialysis within a month,” she continued. “His kidney functions had gone down to less than 10 percent.”

Today, Pradeep has his life back thanks to a courageous kidney donation from North Andover resident Mimi Evans.

Evans was deeply moved when her exercise partner, Jyoti, confided in her about Pradeep as they hiked along Wingersheek Beach one day.

Evans was excited to learn Pradeep was blood type O positive and needed an exact match. Jyoti was astonished at Evans’ reaction. Continue reading


South Brunswick woman advocates for organ donation

My Central New Jersey News | NJ Sharing Network

Maureen Bocknack, of the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick, has a very powerful and personal story to tell. (Photo: Courtesy of NJ Sharing Network)

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – This will be the third year in a row that Maureen Bocknack will proudly serve as a team captain at NJ Sharing Network's 5K Celebration of Life Walk and USATF Certified Race, slated for June 7 in New Providence.

For Bocknack, it is the ideal chance to connect with the families and friends of those who have generously donated organs and tissue to help others, as well as to give hope to people now on the waiting list for lifesaving organs and tissue.

Bocknack, of the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick, has a very powerful and personal story to tell. Four of her family members have become organ and tissue donors over the past 14 years. At every challenge, her family made the generous decision to give the gift of life, prompting her to form "Team Alpha Omega" for the upcoming 5K Celebration of Life event.

"I named the team 'Alpha Omega' because there is no end to life through organ and tissue donation," she explained, noting it is all-encompassing, with "Alpha" at the beginning of the Greek alphabet and "Omega" at the end. "This is about perpetuity of life, and about the special bond my family has to organ and tissue donation." Continue reading


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Donor Family Returns to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center to Give Thanks

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L-R: Mirielis, Shalia, Katty, David and Angel David Mercado; Kevin Slavin, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, and NJ Sharing Network President & CEO Joe ...

PATERSON, NJ - After six-week old Melissa Bena was fatally injured in an auto accident in March of 2013, her parents made the decision to donate her organs to others in need.

Baby Melissa's organs saved the lives of two others. Her family returned to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center on May 8 to thank the hospital staff and NJ Sharing Network for supporting them during their time of crisis.

“The people from NJ Sharing Network and each and every staff member of St. Joseph’s we saw felt our pain and felt our tears,” said Katty Mercado, baby Melissa's mother.

Everyone treated our baby like the princess she was. We share our baby’s story today because she is an angel who walks beside us and all those who check the box and register as organ and tissue donors in her name,” Mercado said.

Baby Melissa’s heart saved the life of a baby boy and her kidneys saved the life of a young mother.

NJ Sharing Network presented the Mercado family with a “floragraph” of Melissa, a picture created with seeds, flowers and other natural materials. The floragraph was among 72 organ and tissue donors featured on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float during the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day 2015 in Pasadena, California. Continue reading


Parents make plea for donor liver for eight-month-old daughter

The Toronto Sun | Jenny Yuen

TORONTO - Delfina Budziak may be only eight months old, but she gives her parents strength.

The newborn was diagnosed in November with Biliary Atresia — a rare disease where bile becomes trapped, builds up and damages the liver, causing difficulty for the organ to remove toxins — and needs a liver transplant to survive.

“People tell me I’m self-aware and grounded because I’m not the mother that’s crumbling,” said Delfina’s mom Betsy Amores-Budziak at the Hospital for Sick Children Wednesday. “I know the only reason is because I summon my strength from her. We literally have lost count of how many needles she’s had and the crying and tubes. Because of her, we’re able to not give up.”

The baby’s father, Peter Budziak, was inspired by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who recently received a liver donation for an undisclosed illness after making a public plea for a donor, and made a similar appeal for his daughter through Facebook Tuesday after he and other relatives were deemed unsuitable donor candidates.

The post has been shared over 1,100 times in a 20-hour period. And the Ottawa Senators team also tweeted out the plea. Continue reading


Wide variability in organ donation rates: Midwest leads nation in highest rates of donations

Medical Express

More than 123,000 Americans are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants, but 21 patients die each day because there aren't enough organs to go around. New research shows wide variation in the number of eligible organ donors whose loved ones consent to organ donation across the country. Donation consent rates are highest in the Midwest and lowest in New York State, according to a study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Kansas Hospital in the new issue of the American Journal of Transplantation.

"These findings dispute the commonly held notion that the gap in donor supply in certain geographic areas is due to large populations of racial and ethnic minorities who are less likely to consent for donation, thus affecting the geography of available organs," said the study's lead author, David Goldberg, MD, MSCE, an assistant professor in the division of Gastroenterology at Penn.

The researchers examined data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the nation's organ transplant network, on all reported "eligible deaths," - defined as potential brain-dead organ donors age 70 years or less without any medical conditions precluding donation - from 2008 to 2013. Of 52,571 eligible patient deaths reported to UNOS, consent for donation was obtained in 73 percent of cases. Consent rates were highest among potential donors under the age of 55, patients of white race, and when the referral from the local hospital was made in a "timely" manner. Continue reading


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

18 years after heart transplant, Gray man needs a kidney


GRAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Eighteen years after receiving a new heart, a man from Gray once again finds himself waiting for a transplant.

"Everyday when you wake up it's like, 'hmmm, still here,'" said Rob Cutler.

Rob Cutler was 31 years old when he had his heart transplant; he was told by doctors it would give him eight to 10 more years.

"My original goal was to see my kids graduate," said Cutler.

With two young kids, Rob was grateful for that extension, but his heart lasted even longer.

Since he's defied the odds, he's now living through the damage his anti-rejection drugs have caused to his other organs, and he needs a new kidney. For the last eight years, he's been on dialysis, going three nights a week for eight hours, just waiting on another chance from life. VIDEO Continue reading
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Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires


To increase the number of organ donors in the U.S., psychologists have advocated for changes to how we ask people to donate. In California, officials tried something new — but it may have backfired.

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8-year-old Spanaway girl awaits second heart transplant

Seattle Times | By JoNel Aleccia

Aiyana Lucas, 8, hugs mother Promeese Lucas in her room at Seattle Children’s. A rare reaction to her first donor heart has caused its arteries to narrow dangerously, and donor organs are scarce in Aiyana’s age group. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

Aiyana Lucas has been hospitalized since December, waiting for a second heart transplant that could save her life. Doctors say her age group has a shortage of donor organs.

An 8-year-old Spanaway girl has been hospitalized since December with a failing heart, waiting for a second transplant that could save her life.

Doctors at Seattle Children’s say Aiyana Lucas is battling a rare reaction that has caused the arteries of her first donor heart to narrow dangerously, far sooner than expected.

"The big thing with her is we’re worried that she’s going to have a heart attack," said Dr. Yuk Law, medical director of the cardiac-transplant/heart-failure service at the hospital.

The thin child with the tight braids and polka-dot hair bow is classified as status 1A, the most urgent of patients on the transplant waiting list. But her odds of getting a new heart are complicated by the demands of her disease — and the scarcity of donor organs in her age group.

She’s just one of two children in Washington state younger than 10 on the list for heart transplants — and the only one between the ages of 6 and 10. Only about 2 percent of the 2,655 heart transplants conducted last year in the U.S. went to children in that age group, according to figures from the United Network for Organ Sharing. Continue reading



Transplant surgery set for Trumbull County foster child


Transplant surgery for a Trumbull County foster child is scheduled this week according the Niles man who is donating his liver to the little girl.

David Denovchek tells 21 News that he has been informed that the surgery will take place Wednesday at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Four-year-old Jamie was born with a condition that causes bile to remain in her liver.

She has been hospitalized since January when doctors said that her condition had deteriorated to the point where she is not able to leave the hospital unless she receives a transplant.

Denovchek says he began investigating the possibility of becoming an organ donor after seeing a story on 21 News about an online campaign launched to help find a liver for Jamie.

After learing that he met the medical requirements to be a match for Jamie, Denovheck volunteered to donate a portion of his liver. Continue reading


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Waco: Man Receives Cornea Transplants

Our Town Texas | Brandon Marshall

WACO (May 24, 2015) Imagine looking into your loved ones eyes knowing their eyes belong to someone else.

Jerry Ford, 68, of Waco started having trouble seeing in 2011.

Ford visited a doctor and was diagnosed with Fuchs Dystrophy, a hereditary disorder that affects the cornea, the clear front window of your eye.

"You know, when you look at the TV or you look at the road, it was a foggy type thing," Ford said.

The disorder can lead to cloudy vision and to fix his sight doctors recommended Ford undergo an eye transplant.

Dr. Sam Fulcher at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Temple performed Ford's two eye transplant procedures.

Fulcher has performed more than 2,000 cornea transplants on local military veterans. Continue reading