Friday, July 31, 2015

Explaining Donation & Transplantation to Children

Donate Life California

Generosity and sharing life make organ transplants possible. Those are the messages to be emphasized when explaining to children how donation and transplantation work.

Discussing organ donation with younger children may sound intimidating. In fact, many of us are hesitant to talk about serious illnesses and death, particularly with children. However, when explaining donation/transplantation to kids, we recommend highlighting the message of life – and our ability to share it with others after we no longer need our body parts.

Of course, how the topic of organ donation and transplantation is approached will depend on the child’s experience with organ donation, if any. Information should be brief and simple and at a level appropriate for the children’s age, with an opportunity to ask questions.

Below are some questions and answers to help guide younger children in a conversation about organ donation and transplantation.

What is an organ?

Much like a machine, our bodies are made up of lots of working parts. For humans, these working parts are called organs. All of our organs work together in our body, but each organ also has a specific job, such as pumping or cleaning our blood or helping us breathe. Continue reading


Law enforcement officials are saving lives one dono

WXFL | by Tosin Fakile

ALBANY, GA. -- City and County law enforcement officials are saving lives one organ at a time.

3500 people signed up to be organ donors through Albany Fire Department, Police Department and Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

Albany Fire Department got the most people to sign up in the "Battle for life heroes challenge."

All three departments were competing to sign the most people to be organ donors.

Fire officials also signed up to be organ donors.

"It's just another way we're able to help out. We're public servants and we have that servant attitude and it’s just another way we can help so we were all in," said Fire Chief Ron Rowe, with Albany Fire Department.

The challenge was put together by Life Link. Continue reading




WABC NY | Rene Stoll

STATEN ISLAND (WABC) -- An emotional meeting was held Friday between the mother of a son who was killed, and a woman who received a new lung because her son's organs were donated.

Three years ago, Zorimar Betancourt's life was turned upside down.

"My son was carjacked on June 4, 2012," she said. 17-year old Stefano Steenbakkers Betancourt, a young man so full of life, was shot and killed in their hometown in Puerto Rico by the carjackers, who got away with nothing.

"He was just a son who comes in the door and gives you bear hugs," said Zorimar.

"He was my big brother, he would always protect me," said the victim's sister Anna.

Now Zorimar and her family are turning tragedy into miracles. Stefano was an organ donor, and his death is allowing others to live on. Continue reading, VIDEO


Organ donor didn't expect to one day be a recipient

The Advocate | Libby Bingham

Max and Jan Robinson

GAWLER man Max Robinson was on the organ donor list.

At the time he registered as a donor and told his family his wishes, the ex-Simplot worker was fit and did not think he would be the one to receive a life-saving kidney from a deceased donor.

"If you don't donate how can you expect one?" Mr Robinson said.

"There's still always a bit of a guilt thing because someone had to die in order for you to get it. I think about the donor a lot.

"There's also the guilt that I got one and so many people are waiting."

Before the transplant, he was on a downward spiral for more than two years.

"On dialysis, I didn't think I would get [a kidney] at all," Mr Robinson said.

"Dialysis just keeps you in end-stage renal failure and it takes you longer to die." Continue reading


British Transplant Games: Runners enjoy first day of British Donor Games on quayside

Chronicle Live | Craig Thompson

Runners prepare to take part in annual Donor Run on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides as part of British Transplant Games

Inspiring athletes have enjoyed their first full day of competition as the British Transplant Games got underway across the North East.

The launch coincided with an announcement that Transplant Sport has joined forces with charities from across the UK to launch a new national campaign “Save a Life a Day” to help reduce the number of people dying while waiting for a new organ.

David Nix, Chair of the Donor Family Network and Transplant Sport Trustee, said: “By 2020, Transplant Sport is committed to increasing the family consent rate to organ donation from 57% to 80%.”

Friday saw the first full day of competition for the Games which included Table Tennis at Gateshead College, fishing in Leazes Park, Golf at Close House and children’s bowl throwing at Gateshead International Stadium.

On Saturday, hundreds of runners will gather on the Newcastle-Gateshead quayside for one of the event’s highlights - The Donor Run.  Continue reading

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A nightingale's gift of life for five

Asia One | Crystal Chiam Shiying, Christopher Tan and Ong Yu Bin

GEORGE TOWN - Teenager Carmen Mark may have passed away but she continues to live on - in her boyfriend's heart as well as through five people who received her donated organs.

Carmen died on Tuesday, 25 days after she collapsed suddenly at Singapore's Nanyang Polytechnic where she was studying nursing. Carmen, a former student of Penang Chinese Girls High School, was 18.

A few days after she slipped into a coma on July 3, following an arterial rupture in her brain, her boyfriend Shaun Teh posted a photograph of her on Instagram and wrote that she was "the nicest and sweetest girl in the world".

For almost a month, the 19-year-old student clung on to the hope that his girlfriend would wake up from the coma and that they could grow old together.

While he kept vigil over Carmen's condition, Shaun posted touching comments on his Instagram account about her and their almost year-long relationship. Continue reading

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Nothing short of miraculous: heart transplant changes life 

Talking with Sam Fitts, 73 year old semi-retired pastor, is like talking to an old friend. From the moment Sam starts talking, you can tell from his voice he's lived a full life, and his story is beautiful.

Sam's story started with heart trouble in 1981. At the time, he was working for a major glass company. "I was delivering a small box of glass to a customer, and I remember feeling really weak. I had to slow down, " says Fitts. The next day, he took his son to a football camp at Samford University. He had to walk a long way up the stairs, and he had to stop several times. A friend of his insisted on taking him to the fire department, where they ran an EKG on Sam's heart. Sam had suffered a heart attack and was immediately taken to the hospital.

The next day, Sam had bypass surgery on his heart. From 1983-1987, he had two more heart attacks and subsequently two more bypass surgeries. In 1987, he had another heart attack at home. Sam was then taken to the cardiac critical care unit, where he suffered another heart attack.

At this point, the doctors told Sam and his wife, Iris, there was nothing left for them to patch his heart with and his only option was a heart transplant. Continue reading

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Mother of motorcycle racer Simon Andrews speaks out about importance of organ donation

Worcester News | Lydia Johnson
Many of Simon Andrews' organs were donated following his death last year.

THE mother of a Worcestershire man whose tragic death meant another life was saved have spoken out in favour of organ donation.

Your Worcester News reported last month on how the number of people donating organs has fallen for the first time in more than a decade.

Now, Dee Andrews, the mother of Evesham man Simon Andrews — who died on May 19 last year as a result of injuries he sustained while competing in the North West 200 motorcycle races in Belfast — has spoken out about the importance of organ donation.

Mrs Andrews said: "Simon knew the risks, he loved the sport but he made provision in case something tragic happened. Simon felt passionately about organ donation and had carried an Organ Donor Card for many years.

"Following the crash, Simon donated a kidney to a man in his forties who had been on the transplant list since 2009. Continue reading

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Former FHS computer leader seeks kidney donor

Foxboro Reporter | Jack Authelet
Poster features Barbara Selvitella at the Beth Israel Medical Center Transplant Institute.
Developing the Computers in the Classroom program when joining the Foxboro school system in 1976, Barbara Selvitella could have been hailed as the Poster Girl of Educational Advances.
Instead, her smiling countenance looks down from a poster in the lobby of the Beth Israel Medical Center Transplant Institute to promote the success of its transplant theory program through which she received a kidney and replacement pancreas which fully restored her health.
But 10 years later, that kidney failed, and her name has been returned to the list of those waiting for a kidney donation from a deceased donor.
It is a long process that could take up to five years, and waiting is no longer an option. She is looking for a Good Samaritan willing to be a live donor. Continue reading

Man gets new kidney after 30-year wait


David Dawson waited 30-years for a transplant Credit: © Newsteam / SWNS Group

A transplant patient who waited 30-years for a new kidney has urged people in a similar situation not to give up hope.

David Dawson, 52, from Stoke-on-Trent, said people should "never say never" after receiving his new organ last month after being stuck on the waiting list since a failed transplant in 1984.

He said: "You see other people getting transplants after a matter of months, and you get to a point where you think its not going to happen.

"But the message I would give to people in the same position now is to never give up hope, never say never. It can happen, no matter how long you've been waiting." Continue reading



British Transplant Games begin on Tyneside


More than 600 transplant recipients will take part in the event Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The British Transplant Games are due to begin on Tyneside today.

More than 600 transplant recipients will take part in the four-day event which will see more than 20 sporting events taking place at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

The opening ceremony will be held in Newcastle City Centre this evening. The event, which runs until Sunday, was last held on Tyneside in 2000.

"The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families. They also seek to thank and celebrate donor families and the gift of life." Story source



Farmington Hills man shares heart transplant journey

Farmington Voice | Joni Hubred-Golden

Gid Tinn visits Starbucks in downtown Farmington a little over a month after receiving a new heart.

The message appeared on Farmington Hills resident Gideon Tinn’s Facebook page mid-afternoon on June 18:

“OK, folks, it’s go time.”

Admitted to Henry Ford Hospital early that morning, Tinn had been waiting for surgeons to replace his failing heart. As he got settled and signed reams of documents, doctors tested, harvested, and transported the donated organ.

He doesn’t – and may never – know the donor’s identity. But a day after surgery, Tinn woke up with a strong, new heart beating inside his chest.

‘The heart kept getting weaker’

Tinn’s journey to his “second birthday” started about 30 years ago, when doctors discovered that myotonic dystrophy, a form of muscular dystrophy, had damaged the left ventricle of his heart.

“It’s slow moving, but it’s still destructive,” said Tinn, who grew up in Farmington Hills and is a Farmington Public Schools graduate. “Over time, the heart kept getting weaker.”

Symptoms began in his 20s; his heart would beat “irregularly and extremely fast,” causing dizziness. Tests showed his left ventricle was moving blood about half as well as it should have been. Continue reading


Neenah baby improves after transplant

The Post Crescent | Rory Linnane

Mindi and Mark Piasecki relax with their daughter, Tess, who recently received a thymus transplant that strengthened her immune system. (Photo: Photo courtesy Mindi Piasecki)

When Neenah residents Mark and Mindi Piasecki met their adopted daughter Tess as an infant last year, they were told she might not survive a year due to an immune deficiency. Now they are preparing to celebrate her first birthday with a purple butterfly cake Aug. 5.

The Post-Crescent featured the Piasecki family in January, when the family was hoping a thymus transplant would boost Tess’ immune system. Since then, Tess had a successful thymus transplant at Duke University Hospital in North Carolina and is waiting near there in isolation with Mindi for permission to enter the outside world and head back home to Neenah.

As Mindi spoke on the phone from the condo in North Carolina where she and Tess have been sequestered for months, the baby babbled incessantly in the background.

"Do you hear that?" Mindi laughed. "She’s a little talkative. She has made so much progress. The doctors said she may not live out a year. They were wrong. She’s doing tremendously."

A successful transplant

Although Tess’ transplant May 22 was fairly routine, the road to get there was anything but routine. It was the result of an anomalous collision of three families. Continue reading



Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gift of life is very personal for Panthers’ Tillman Organ donation saved daughter

The Charlotte Post | Ashley Mahoney

Organ donation saves lives.

August 1-7 is National Minority Donor Awareness Week, but as Carolina Panthers cornerback Charles Tillman points out, awareness should serve as a constant reminder.

“Not to take anything away from cancer,” said Tillman, whose daughter Tiana received a donated heart in 2008, “because it is a big problem. Various types of cancer kill numerous people every year. I think whether we’re talking about cancer, whether we’re talking about organ donation — I think it should be a lifestyle.”

Seven years ago, a heart transplant saved Tiana Tillman’s life. She was three months old and had dilated cardiomyopathy, which her caused heart rate to soar to 220 beats a minute.

“The process—it’s a little surreal,” said Charles Tillman. “When a doctor comes in and tells you that your child needs an organ—so many thoughts race through your mind. It’s just kind of like ‘Wow, I can’t believe this is happening. I’m having a meeting about my child needing someone else’s organ – I want her to have her own organ.’” Continue reading


'Save my mom's life!': 13-year-old boy tries to find a new kidney for his mom

TODAY | A. Palowski

Addison Wunsch, 13, posted this photo on Facebook last week in a quest to find a kidney for his mom. It has already generated dozens of responses.

At 13, Addison Wunsch already knows what it's like to watch a loved one struggle against illness, so the boy is looking for a hero.

Addison's mom is suffering from end-stage kidney disease and waiting for an organ transplant. The family rejoiced when they recently found a potential kidney donor who appeared to be a perfect match, but a final test uncovered a medical problem that meant the donation could not go forward.

Hopes dashed, Addison turned to social media this month to help find a new donor for his mom, and kind strangers are already responding.

It's hard for her to go through all of this and go through dialysis every night, not doing fun things we used to do," Addison, who lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, told TODAY. "I want my mom to get a new kidney so she'll feel better."

"He's just an amazing kid," his mom Mandi Sticka said. "I do want to be there for him. Obviously, like any mother I want to be there to watch him grow up." Continue reading.


FOX medical reporter starts kidney donation chain

Fox 10 Phoenix

ATLANTA (WAGA) - FOX Medical Team journalist Beth Galvin has taken a step away from the camera to offer an incredible gift to someone she has never met. Beth elected to undergo kidney surgery and donate through the Paired Kidney Donor program.

She completed a successful donation at Emory University Hospital and returned home two days later.

"I will be the beginning of a kidney transplant chain that will stretch across the country. I do not know who will receive my kidney, except that it is someone in LA who needs it" Galvin told her Facebook friends.

"Post transplant and I feel great" Beth indicated Wednesday morning. "Much better than I thought I would. Someone stuck (a) note under my hospital room door last night. It one of many kind gestures I've received from strangers. I feel overwhelmed and grateful. I was the beginning of a kidney transplant chain that will crisscross the US, helping 5 to 6 patients. I felt led to do this, knowing about 100,000 people are waiting for kidney. But I never expected the support and love and kindness I've experienced in the last few days. Thank you!" Continue reading

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Lexington mom's plea for organ donors is personal

WTVQ | Christine Winter

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Lexington mom's plea for organ donors is very personal. Sarah Gilbert says a heart transplant could have saved her little boy's life.

Back in 1998, 16-month-old Jacob Gilbert was diagnosed with an incurable heart condition. His mom says he was on the transplant list for almost a year and a half. But the heart Jacob so desperately needed never came.

"It's agonizing just knowing that there is a cure out there. It's kind of dangling out in front of you, but there's absolutely no way to get to it. The only way these families will get any help is through the goodness of other people's hearts to donate," says Gilbert. Continue reading


Connecticut woman diagnosed with liver failure days after honeymoon

WFSB | Rob Polansky & Nicole Nalepa

NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - A local newlywed couple received an unexpected diagnosis just days after returning from their honeymoon.

Doctors said they’ve been working around the clock for David Apuzzo and Becky Houle.

Becky was diagnosed with acute liver failure.

Twelve years ago, Apuzzo said he met the love of his life. Last May, he popped the question.

The two were married on May 24.

"The wedding was perfect," Apuzzo said. "I mean, you couldn't have scripted it any better."

Looking back through, Apuzzo said he remembered how fatigue his 31-year-old wife was leading up to the wedding. Continue reading



Connecticut woman diagnosed with liver failure days after honeymoon

WFSB | Rob Polansky & Nicole Nalepa

NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - A local newlywed couple received an unexpected diagnosis just days after returning from their honeymoon.

Doctors said they’ve been working around the clock for David Apuzzo and Becky Houle.

Becky was diagnosed with acute liver failure.

Twelve years ago, Apuzzo said he met the love of his life. Last May, he popped the question.

The two were married on May 24.

"The wedding was perfect," Apuzzo said. "I mean, you couldn't have scripted it any better."

Looking back through, Apuzzo said he remembered how fatigue his 31-year-old wife was leading up to the wedding. Continue reading



Heart/lungs transplant survivor marks 1 year

San Diego Union Tribune | Pam Kragen

Haylee Lindsey, center, and her mom, Lori Hiatt, check out the heart and lung themed cake that was there at the surprise one-year anniversary party on Wednesday for Haylee, 23, who a year ago received a new heart and lungs in a rare transplant surgery. About thirty members of her family and friends were on hand for the party. Photo by Don Boomer

Haylee Lindsey, 23, of Escondido spent half her life struggling to breathe; now she has full and active life

Escondido — On Wednesday morning, Escondido resident Haylee Lindsey rewarded herself with a “re-birthday” gift, a small black tattoo that starts with the spiky line of an erratic heartbeat, then a flatline adorned with a bow, followed by a smaller and “beautifully regular” heartbeat.

The tattoo was inked on Lindsey’s forearm at the same moment one year ago that she underwent a rare heart and double-lung transplant at UCLA Medical Center. Lindsey, who is 23, spent 143 days in the hospital awaiting donor organs for a surgery so rare that only about 25 are performed in the country each year. Of the 123,000 Americans on organ donor waiting lists, more than 7,600 die each year without getting the call.

At a surprise “transplantiversary” party Wednesday night at her family’s home, Lindsey said reaching the milestone is not just a celebration of her survival — it also marks the time doctors said she is now free to live a full life. The tattoo, which doctors made her wait for because it can carry a risk of infection, was the first item on her bucket list. Continue reading

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Donated Tissue Heals Burns, Bones and Blindness

The Hour News | Alisa Gaudiosi

The summer season is filled with many fun activities that unfortunately, can turn deadly in an instant. Burns from fireworks or injuries from a sports or motorcycle accident can require life-saving skin grafts or bone replacement. LifeChoice Donor Services wants to educate Connecticut residents about the lesser known, but vital role that donated tissue plays in healing these types of injuries.

“Donated tissues can be used to heal an incredible variety of injuries,” said Caitlyn Bernabucci, Public Education Specialist for LifeChoice Donor Services in Bloomfield. “From corneas used to restore sight, to bone for joint replacement and tendons to reconstruct torn ACLs and repair Achilles ruptures, the list is practically endless.”

Bernabucci understands that many people associate organ donation with major organs such as the heart and kidney, and few are aware that tissue donations actually help more people. Over 1.5 million people rely on donated tissue each year in the U.S. LifeChoice works with the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, LifeNet Health, Tissue Banks International and the Connecticut Eye Bank. Continue reading

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Women Who Have Abortions Should Donate Fetal Tissue to Science

Newsweek Opinion | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Planned Parenthood says it donates fetal tissue to scientific research, but only at the consent of patients. REUTERS/DOMINICK REUTER

On July 14, a video produced by undercover anti-abortion advocates was released showing Planned Parenthood's director of medical services, Deborah Nucatola, discussing the donation of tissue from aborted fetuses to medical researchers.

As you might imagine, outrage followed swiftly. For many in the pro-life camp, this was evidence of “the inhumanity of the entire abortion enterprise." Even some people with both pro-choice and libertarian views condemned the "ghoulishness" of the whole operation. The Washington Post reported that "a House committee and at least two states have opened investigations into Planned Parenthood" following the video's release.

Maybe my mindless-moral-revulsion factor just isn't finely tuned enough, but I can't understand why anyone who is (1) not against abortion per se, (2) not against research using human stem cells, and (3) not against organ and tissue donation should suddenly be moved to indignation by the combining of these things.

If tissue from fetuses that are going to be aborted anyway might help bring about future medical progress, and the women having abortions fully consent, what's the problem?

Related: Is Fetal Tissue Essential to Science?

Perhaps now is a good time to clear up a few of the untrue statements that are going around about this: No, Planned Parenthood doctors are not doing this without women's consent. (See the consent form Planned Parenthood uses here.) No, Planned Parenthood affiliates are not profiting off aborted fetal tissue—the $30 to $100 Nucatola mentions in the video is what research firms typically reimburse clinics for the cost of storing, shipping and transporting it. No, Planned Parenthood is not breaking federal law against selling human body parts (which would require, you know, actually selling them) Continue reading

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Jersey City teen who was fatally shot saves 6 lives with organ donations | Caitlin Mota, The Jersey Journal
The family of 16-year-old Ronald Witherspoon Jr. mourns his death at their home on Belmont Avenue on Saturday, July 25, 2015. They remember him as being a well liked, always smiling boy. (Ben Shapiro | The Jersey Journal)

In death, Ronald Witherspoon Jr. is a hero.

The 16-year-old Jersey City boy who was fatally shot last week donated his organs through the New Jersey Sharing Network and helped to save six lives, his mother said this morning.

The six organ recipients are a 13-year-old girl, a 31-year-old woman and four men, Dawn Williams said as she and her family worked on funeral arrangements.

Witherspoon, who attended Lincoln High School will be buried on Tuesday, Williams said. The viewing is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church and the funeral service will be held at the church immediatly afterward. The church is located at 400 Arlington Ave. in Jersey City. Continue reading

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8-year-old Zion Harvey just became the first kid in the world to get a double hand transplant

Business Insider | Tanya Lewis
Zion Harvey became the first child to receive a double hand transplant.

Eight-year-old Zion Harvey can't wait to pick up his little sister with his new hands.

Both of Zion's hands were amputated when he was a toddler. But the 8-year-old Baltimore native just became the world's first child to receive a double hand transplant.

The 10-hour operation took place earlier this month at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.

Zion still has a lot of physical therapy to go, but he's already looking forward to showing off his new limbs to his sister. "My favorite thing [will be to] wait for her to run into my hands as I pick her up and spin her around," he told NBC News.

When Zion was 2 years old, he developed a life-threatening bacterial infection that required both his hands and feet to be amputated. He also had a kidney transplant. (His mother donated the organ.) Since Zion already has to take drugs to suppress his immune system from attacking the kidney, he was the ideal candidate for the hand transplant, doctors said. Continue reading

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Organs from NC teen killed in horse accident to help six people in need

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GASTONIA, N.C. – The organs of a North Carolina teenager who died after being thrown off a horse will help six people in need of medical attention.

Kelly Stafford told WBTV earlier this week that she knew her 15-year-old daughter Destiny Stafford would have wanted to help other people.

“God didn’t answer my prayers, but he answered the prayers of six other families,” Kelly said. “I don’t know why he didn’t answer mine. But I know Destiny would want it this way. It’s a blessing in itself. Without a doubt she’d want to donate and let herself live on in others.”

Destiny Stafford suffered a brain injury after riding her late father’s horse at her aunt’s house over the weekend. She was thrown off the horse and kicked in the head. Continue reading

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mild hypothermia in deceased organ donors improves organ function in kidney transplant

EurekAlert | University of California San Francisco

Finding by UCSF researchers could increase overall organ availability

Mild hypothermia in deceased organ donors significantly reduces delayed graft function in kidney transplant recipients when compared to normal body temperature, according to UC San Francisco researchers and collaborators, a finding that could lead to an increase in the availability of kidneys for transplant.

Their study appears in the July 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

By passively cooling deceased organ donor body temperature by approximately two degrees from normal body temperature, researchers saw an overall nearly 40 percent increase in the successful function of donated kidneys after surgery. In particular, kidneys especially at risk of poor post-surgical functional were protected.

"This is a free intervention that can be done at any hospital in the world, and tens of thousands of patients worldwide can benefit from it," said lead author Claus Niemann, MD, professor of anesthesia and surgery at UCSF.

"It could have a major impact on global health, especially in resource-limited countries, and provide significant cost savings in the United States through less dialysis, shorter hospital stays and potentially less need for expensive interventions," Niemann continued. "In addition, it may allow us to consider organs we may otherwise reject, especially at the extremes of age, which would result in more patients benefiting from kidney transplantation. This is of critical importance given we have a complete mismatch of transplant need and organ supply in the United States." Continue reading


Expert explains first pediatric hand transplant

WMAR ABC 2 Baltimore

He said he wants to play with his little sister Zoe, swing on the monkey bars and throw a football. Eight year old Zion Harvey is ready to explore his new life with two hands.

He had a message for his family at a press conference on Tuesday. "I want to say to you guys thank you for helping me through this bumpy road," he said.

It was bumpy road that started when he was two years old. Doctors amputated both of Zion's hands and feet after a life-threatening infection caused organ failure. Doctors said medication he was on from his kidney transplant was just one reason he was such a great candidate for the procedure.

"While there are few patients who are considering the operation, there's even fewer that are good candidates for it,' Dr. James Higgins, Chief at the Curtis National Hand Center at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, said. Continue reading

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bartow child dies waiting for multi-organ transplant

WSB TV, Atlanta

A Bartow County 13-year-old has died after battling a rare genetic disorder.

Dalton Robinson’s case was so rare, only 88 of these transplants had been done in the last 20 years. He was only one of a handful of people in the country who needed a multi-organ transplant.

Dalton lived with his grandmother, Zandra Williford. She said he was born with this rare disorder and without a transplant; his chance of survival was slim.

The list of organs he needed just to live is quite long.

“He’s got to have a pancreas, intestine, a small bowel, kidneys, liver,” she said. "I can't even name the number of surgeries he's had, how many times he's been in ICU."

Robinson's family told Channel 2 Action News that they are very proud of his strength and courage as he waited for a rare, multi-organ transplant. Continue reading


Monday, July 27, 2015

Common Celebrates Life Of Organ Recipient

HipHopDx | Cherise Johnson

At a recent concert in Washington, D.C., Common helped a disabled fan celebrate the anniversary of her organ transplant.

Writer and activist Ola Ojewumi writes in VIBE that she attended Common's concert in order to celebrate what she calls her "second birthday," the day she received her transplant.

"During the show, Common saw me sitting in my wheelchair," Ola writes. "He hopped off of the stage to take a selfie with me and then asked me my name. Then, he used my name and did a freestyle for me."

"Ola, girl so beautiful," Common rapped. "I came to face it / She looking so fly and she rockin’ them braces / I’m telling you girl, Ola you gone be the Black man’s wife / Because you are the light."

The act performed by the Golden Globe Award-winning actor was unexpected and Ola expressed her gratitude. "Common’s random act of kindness shows that he’s more than a rapper but an amazing human being," she wrote. Continue reading


Luke makes medical history as he gets life-saving transplant

Independent ie | Eilish O'Regan
A young Irish boy who had a life-saving liver transplant in the UK has made it into the medical record books.
Luke Martindale (11) of Dromahaire, Co Leitrim, needed an urgent liver transplant in King's College Hospital in London - but he became so unwell that doctors, who had a suitable organ to give him, could not operate because he would not survive.
However, medics experimented by hooking him up to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine which supports the heart and lungs when a patient's own organs start to fail.
It proved a miracle for Luke, who was able to buy time and within two hours he was strong enough to have the transplant.
It was the first time that the powerful technology was used in this way and doctors now hope it will also help other patients who might otherwise die on the waiting list before getting a liver. Continue reading