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Organs still needed despite willingness to donate

Arizona Sonora News At age 15, Nick Korte came home with his driving learner’s permit, nagging his parents for consent to become an organ donor at the first opportunity.Five years years later, on Nov. 9, 2012, he was brain dead in the hospital with a gunshot wound to his head. His persistence to donate became his legacy.“We knew that [organ donation] was something that he wanted,” Caitlin Korte said, recounting the day her family decided to donate Nick’s organs. His death would ultimately go on to help 75 other people through organ and tissue donations.According to Donate Life AZ which handles the organ donor registry for Arizona, about 54 percent of citizens (2.6 million) in the state are registered organ donors, a rate that nearly doubles the national average. Yet life-saving organ donation is still at a premium in the state and nationwide. There are currently 2,342 candidates on the waiting list for complete-organ transplants in the state, the vast majority (1,957) needing kidneys…

Hoffman, advocates welcome live-saving law improving tissue and organ donation

Riverbender EDWARDSVILLE – A new law backed by state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, facilitating local organ donation is receiving acclaim from local advocates. Hoffman and state Sen. William Haine, D-Alton, joined representatives from Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) and local organ donation advocates last week to applaud the passage of the law.“Organ and tissue donations save lives, and this legislation will improve the donation process in the Metro East area by allowing donations to occur at a state-of-the-art facility in St. Louis,” Hoffman said. “When people choose to donate organs and tissue, they are truly giving the gift of life, and it’s up to us to make sure that gift goes as long way." Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLIFE.net. | In Caifornia, visit www.DonateLIFECalifornia.org | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

Local man gives gift of life

The Porterville Recorder | Kelli BallardWill be honored at Rose ParadeWhen Sisto Fuentes told his family he wanted to be an organ and tissue donor, he probably didn’t realize one of the lives he would save would be his older brother’s friend. But that is exactly what happened, and Sisto, along with others will be honored on the 2016 Donate Life Tournament of Roses Parade float in Pasadena.Sisto, of Porterville, passed away on Feb. 25, 2014 at the young age of 31. Although his driver’s license did not indicate he was an organ donor, he had talked with his family before and said he wanted to be a donor.“We had the conversation when he was 16 years old,” Freddie Fuentes, Sisto’s older brother said.Sisto donated six of his vital organs and his corneas. In an amazing twist of fate, Sisto’s heart and right kidney saved the life of Freddie’s friend, George, who received the organ donation.“It’s incredible. It fills my heart with joy and fills my family’s heart with joy,” Freddie said. Conti…

Air pollution and traffic linked to deaths and organ rejection in lung transplant patients

Medical XpressResearchers have shown for the first time that lung transplant patients in Europe who live on or near busy roads with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die or to experience chronic organ rejection, than those living in less polluted areas.Dr David Ruttens, from the University of Leuven (Belgium) told the European Respiratory Society's International Congress today (29 September, 2015) that the risk of dying increased by 10% for patients living in an area where air pollution was above World Health Organization (WHO) recommended maximum levels, compared with patients living in areas with lower levels of pollution. However, this increased risk was not seen in lung transplant patients who were taking a class of antibiotics called macrolides, which include azithromycin and clarithromycin.WHO estimates that 3.7 million people worldwide die prematurely every year as a result of exposure to small particulate matter measuring between 2.5-10 micrometers in diamet…

The surgeon who gave Zion a pair of hands

Times of Israel | BY AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN An Israeli child runs to pick up a seemingly abandoned toy from the street. In a tragic flash, he discovers it is a bomb and with the loss of both his hands, child’s play is over.Until now that boy would have never again been able to grasp his mother’s hand in his. But with a new groundbreaking procedure performed by a team led by Dr. L. Scott Levin in Philadelphia this July, there is renewed hope.And the hope springs forth from Zion.Today a bubbly, active and precocious eight year old, at age two Zion Harvey was struck by a sepsis infection that led to the amputation of his hands and feet. Barely hanging on two years later, he also underwent a kidney transplant through a donation from his mother, Pattie Ray.This July, he underwent a further organ transplant — a pair of hands — made possible by an unknown boy of similar size and pigmentation whose life was severed too early. This groundbreaking bilateral pediatric hand transplant opens up a wor…

Local Organ Donation Network Hopes Meteorologist's Heart Transplant Inspires Future Donors

WXXI News | Beth AdamsThe head of the local organization that coordinates organ donations believes that WROC-TV meteorologist Scott Hetsko’s recent heart transplant will bring awareness to the need for more organ donors."Scott is loved by all of us in Rochester,” said Bob Kochik, executive director of the Finger Lakes Organ Recovery Network. “I think that speaks to his personality and quest for life. I think what it points out is that when we know someone who is waiting or has received a transplant, it increases our awareness."Hetsko has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. The popular meteorologist has been on leave from his job since June, but had asked viewers to give him and his family some privacy while he received treatment for his failing heart. It wasn't until Sunday night's 11 p.m. broadcast that viewers learned that Hetsko was a heart transplant recipient. Kochik says the wait for a heart transplant locally is anywhere from a few mont…

Incredible friendship between mother of Jewish teenager killed by bomber and the family of Palestinian girl whose life his organs helped save

Daily Mail | Mark DuelThe mother of a Jewish teenager killed by a suicide bomber in Israel has revealed her remarkable friendship with the Palestinian girl whose life his organs helped save.Marsha Gladstone, 60, was devastated when her son, Yoni Jesner, 19, was killed on a bus in Tel Aviv in 2002 while taking a break from voluntary work in the West Bank area.Ms Gladstone, a teacher from Giffnock, near Glasgow, allowed medical student Mr Jesner’s organs to be donated - and they helped save the life of Yasmin Rumeileh, a seven-year-old girl who was dying of a genetic kidney disease.The mother, who has two other sons and two daughters, has since built a friendship with the family of Ms Rumeileh - and went to Jerusalem last week to catch up on her progress.She said: ‘Her family welcomed me into their home and I was delighted to see Yasmin had turned into a lovely young woman not much older than Yoni was when he was killed. It just makes us feel a little bit closer to Yoni. Continue readi…

Hospitals Prepared For All Emergencies During Papal Visit

CBS Philadelphia | Stephanie StahlPHILADELPHIA (CBS) — During the Papal visit hospitals in the no traffic zone had to overcome many difficult challenges, but they managed to pull off some impressive feats – including taking care of special deliveries and organ transplants.Just hours after a lifesaving kidney transplant, Debbie Husmann is exhausted and grateful. After 5 years of waiting, she got the call Saturday to get to Philly fast but the city was shut down because of the Pope. “I was thinking we were going to have to pass up getting this kidney,” Debbie explains.The New Jersey state police stepped in to escort the JeffSTAT ambulance from Berlin, New Jersey Jefferson University Hospital over the closed Ben Franklin Bridge. Chuck Husmann, Debbie’s husband says, “Riding over that closed bridge, it was neat, different.”Guy Barber the director of JeffSTAT who helped get Debbie to the hospital says, “This is business as usual for us, we help people especially in times of need, times…

Stem Cell Therapy Uses the Body’s Own Building Blocks to Provide Healing

Press Release RocketStem cell therapy involves using stem cells to treat a specific disorder or condition. So far, bone marrow transplant is the most widely used form of stem cell therapy for cancer. This also includes treatments using umbilical cord blood . Presently, adult bone marrow stem cells are now used to treat heart diseases such as heart attack and heart failure. In addition, research continues to find new therapies using various types of adult stem cells to treat conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, neurodegenerative disorders, and orthopedic problems.In the near future the hope of stem cell therapy to replace organ transplant is promising. The concept is that stem cells will be grown in a laboratory by researchers, which are then controlled to specialize in distinct kinds of cells such as blood cells, muscle cells, or nerve cells. The cells can then be transplanted directly into the individual in order to repair the damaged organ. For example, a person can be inject…

South Bay Teen Fatally Struck by Car Remembered as Compassionate and Perseverant

NBC Bay Area | Rhea MahbubaniThe South Bay teen who succumbed to injuries sustained when he was hit by a car was remembered Sunday for his love of sports and wildly colorful socks.Robert Spears, an eighth grade math teacher at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, wrote a speech about Loukas Angelo when he graduated from middle school last year."Loukas is a young man of few words and beautiful socks," he said. "Pink socks, purple socks, socks with pictures of fireworks, socks with sunsets, and socks with floral patterns. With his height, his deadpan facial expressions, and his athletic stance, it’s easy to miss the art gallery on his ankles."The speech, which was shared with Hillbrook families alongside news of Loukas’ death, also described the 14-year-old as "confident," "determined" and "earnest." Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLIFE.net. | In Caifornia, visit www.DonateLIFECalifornia.org | I…

'Unprecedented surge in organ donors is magnificent tribute to parents of UK's youngest life-giver Teddy''

Mirror UK Baby Teddy’ s tragically brief life was never in vain when the UK’s youngest organ donor will save so many lives in the future.The unprecedented surge in donors on the organ register is a magnificent tribute to the parents of a child who lasted only 100 minutes but bequeathed the gift of life to others.Teddy’s mother and father have every right to be proud of his legacy and people he’ll never know will be owe him their gratitude for ever.The Figures526,712 number of people who signed up to NHS Organ Donor Register for the first time between April and August 2015.414,426 number who signed up between April and August 2014.112,286 increase in the number of people signing up over five months year on year.Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLIFE.net. | In Caifornia, visit www.DonateLIFECalifornia.org | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

Teddy's parents on their Pride of Britain nomination: 'Our baby boy lived and died a hero'

Mirror UK | Laura MillarWhen Jess Evans was told that one of her unborn twins would die within days of his birth, she and her partner Mike made a heart-breaking decision to help the lives of others, making him the youngest organ donor ever…As presenter Carol Vorderman takes to the stage for this week’s glittering Pride of Britain Awards ceremony, one couple in particular will be reliving the moments that led to them being nominated for a Special Recognition Award.In among the emotionally charged atmosphere, Jess Evans and her partner Mike Houlston will be flooded with bittersweet memories of their little boy, Teddy , who lived for little more than an hour, but who has since had a huge impact on the lives of others and saved one man’s life…Now, his memory lives on, and Jess, Mike and their two children Billie, four, and Noah, one, are in no doubt that Teddy both lived, and died, a hero.When Jess, 29, was just 12 weeks pregnant with twin boys, the couple were given the devastating news…

Delaware woman’s faith strengthened through receiving transplant

Cape GazetteMany Delawareans are alive today because of the generosity of others saying yes to organ donation. Susan Comegy is a kidney and pancreas recipient. Since the age of 15, Comegy had been a type 1 diabetic.Throughout most of her life, she worked hard to remain healthy and keep her diabetes under control. Then after 40 years, she began experiencing serious health issues. She was underweight, weak and could barely walk. Her doctor said her diabetes had caused her kidneys to decline, resulting in end-stage kidney failure. After extensive testing, she was listed on the organ transplant waitlist and was advised by her doctor to begin dialysis.“I was so anemic from my kidney function being so low that I could barely walk across a room. I was very sick and was barely able to move.” said Comegy. After nearly nine months of sickness and waiting, she received the call of a lifetime letting her know that a donor was available and there was a match. Within a few days of receiving a tran…

Lung transplant has Grayslake woman walking for awareness, funds

Chicago Tribune | Lauren ZumbachBefore her lung transplant about 10 months ago, Catherine Horine struggled to walk around the house.On Sept. 20, the Grayslake resident's new lung powered her on a three-mile walk through Chicago's Lincoln Park with her parents, brothers and other family members as part of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago's Hike for Lung Health."I feel like I accomplished something that a year ago seemed completely out of reach," said Horine, 60, walking in a white cap adorned with two pins — one promoting organ donation, the other a silver pair of lungs. "It was great to have the whole family supporting me and walking with me."About 500 people had registered for the annual walk, which in prior years has raised roughly $85,000, said association spokeswoman Emily Farns.Horine said the lung disease she was diagnosed with, idiopathic bronchiolitis obliterans, seemed to arrive overnight. She woke up with a cough one…

UPMC will resume transplant operations

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteUPMC will resume transplant operations at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore effective immediately, the hospital system released in a statement on Sunday.The tranplant centers at the two sites had voluntarily suspended activities since last Monday over concerns about mold.Four patients are thought to have picked up fungal infections over the past year in transplant units at Presby and Montefiore, and three of them died. It isn’t clear whether the infections contributed to the fatalities."This decision was made based upon our extensive internal and external review of procedures and treatments," said Steven D. Shapiro, UPMC's chief medical and scientific officer, in a statement. "All parties, including UPMC, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the invitation of the state DOH, have determined it prudent to lift our voluntary suspension of the organ transplant program at UPMC …

Transplant patient: 'Pope blessed everyone'

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Tom Avirl In more than four years on the waiting list for a kidney, Deborah Husmann had eight phone calls about a possible organ match.Each time the kidney was a better fit for someone else, until - of all the weekends - Pope Francis was in town. And Husmann was a good hour-and-a-half away, camping in the middle of the Jersey Pinelands.No matter. She made it by ambulance with an escort from New Jersey and Pennsylvania state police, and was in good spirits Sunday, the day after her four-hour operation at Jefferson University Hospital."Maybe the pope blessed everybody," said Husmann, 62, who is Catholic and lives in Berlin Borough, in Camden County.Her husband, Chuck, 58, is not Catholic, but was happy to give credit."He blessed us, that's for sure," he said.The two had parked their trailer at Wading Pines Camping Resort in Chatsworth Friday, and were relaxing with cousins when the phone rang.A kidney was available from a middle-aged …

Calgary production enjoys film festival premiere

Calgary Sun | Louis HobsonOne of the great things about the Calgary International Film Festival is that there are so many local films and artists in the mix.Last year one of the best received short films was local filmmaker Spencer Estabrooks’ sci-fi spoof Sharkasaurus, which he filmed in the Badlands.He’s excited to report that Sharkasaurus has “become a real hit on the festival circuit.“I keep getting updates from festivals.”Estabrooks is back this year with Legend of the Lich Lord, his first feature length film and a spin-off of his popular Internet web series, One Hit Die.“Legend of the Lich Lord has more characters, more action, more magic and more comedy than One Hit Die.“We’ve really gone weird with this one,” promised Estabrooks.He describes Lich Lord as “Lord of the Rings shot like The Office with a heavy dose of Monty Python style humour.” Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLIFE.net. | In Caifornia, visit www.DonateLIFECalifornia.…

Medical Workers Work Around Travel Restrictions Related To Papal Visit

CBS Philadelphia | Stephanie StahlPHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pope’s visit created some special challenges today for the medical community involved in life saving organ transplants. The challenges were related to working around all the travel restrictions.Two members of the Hahnemann University Hospital transplant team emerged after an eight hour liver transplant, for a patient who’s been waiting for over a year. “He received that transplant while the Pope was leading services just down the block,” explained Dr. David Reich, the chief of Transplantation at Hahnemann.During the Popes first day in Philadelphia, the Gift on Life program coordinated seven donations, that could result in dozens of transplants which are still being allocated. Jan Weinstock a Vice President at Gift of Life says it was busier than usual. “I believe this is a giving community whether that’s tied to the Pope, I hope he will continue to inspire people,” Weinstock said.With extensive traffic restrictions, drivi…

EFamilies honor organ donors in Saturday ceremony in Huntley

KTVQ | David JayHUNTLEY- Fifteen years ago, a 37-year-old woman died from a brain aneurysm.As an organ donor, Mary Ropp helped save and make life better for several people.LifeCenter Northwest and Sight Life honored the memory of Ropp and others, in a celebration to highlight heroes of organ donation at Chancey's Event Center on Saturday.The group included families whose loved ones donated and the recipients of those organs.Organ donations can help a grieving family and save a life or make life better for others.Ten years ago, Susan Harpster received the first of two cornea transplants. VIDEO Continue reading To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLIFE.net. | In Caifornia, visit www.DonateLIFECalifornia.org | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

Organ donations change lives

Fort Meyers Beach Observer | Meghan McCoyAn 8-year-old's insecurities about her mother came to an end when given the opportunity to listen to her mother's heartbeat. That moment completely changed the young girl's life.Hannah Bogue-Grey lost her mother when she was 4 months old to a car accident."Our daughter Danielle Bogue, she was 22 when she was coming back from a bone specialist in (Fort) Lauderdale . . . a tire blew . . . vehicle rolled . . . she had a 4-month-old baby with her," Bogue's mother, Dana Grey said. "She didn't make it."Although the news is something no parent wants to hear, the Grey's instantly recalled one of their daughters requests - organ donation."She was 16 years old standing right there in the kitchen," Grey said while pointing to the room. "She said, 'When I die, I want to donate my organs. I want everybody to celebrate my life. I want everyone to remember me happy and smiling,' so that is wh…

Couple celebrates 10th anniversary of transplant

Fremont Tribune | Tammy Real-McKeighanGordon and Gloria Breithaupt celebrated a unique anniversary earlier this week.It wasn’t their wedding anniversary. That’s coming in November.But this was an anniversary that depicts the life-giving love and commitment between a husband and wife.Sept. 21 marked the 10th anniversary of the day when Gloria donated a kidney to her husband at the University of Nebraska Lied Transplant Center in Omaha.Gloria said she was happy to donate a kidney to the man she married in 1973.The two met at Fremont High School in 1969."We were in the same study hall," she recalled. "He said he noticed my long, blonde hair and I joked that he just thought I had a nice kidney." At the time, she was also the band librarian."We had a new band director who wanted every sheet of music in the band library stamped, ‘Fremont Varsity Band,’ and as the librarian I had to see that was done," she said. Continue readingTo register as an organ, eye and …

Kidney Transplant Patient Escorted Over Closed Ben Franklin Bridge

West Deptford Patch | Kara Seymour A New Jersey woman was blessed with a miracle Saturday morning in Philadelphia, just as the Pope arrived to the city for his historic visit.The woman finally got the news she had been waiting to hear: she was matched with a kidney donor. But there was one issue—she needed to get from her home in Berlin, N.J. to Philadelphia and the Ben Franklin Bridge is closed due to the Pope’s visit.But New Jersey State Police did not let that stop the woman from getting the long-awaited transplant. They provided a special escort of the patient from her home, over the bridge, to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Continue reading.To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLIFE.net. | In Caifornia, visit www.DonateLIFECalifornia.org | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

Thousands turn out for Strides for life 5k run and walk

KENS 5, San AntonioThousands of people participated in the 2015 Strides for Life 5k Run/Walk and Family Fest. It was held at the Nelson Wolff Stadium early Saturday morning.The event focuses on the importance of organ donation and raises awareness of kidney disease.One in seven Bexar County residents will be diagnosed with kidney disease. In San Antonio, more than half of the people on dialysis are as a result of uncontrolled diabetes.Organizers of the event hope more people will sign up to be a donor. VIDEO continue reading.To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLIFE.net. | In Caifornia, visit www.DonateLIFECalifornia.org | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

COMMENT: Why I decided to join the organ donor list

Daily Echo UK FOR them getting one more person onto the organ donor register is something they cherish.Over the past few weeks I have contacted the families of those who have undergone transplants and asking them to back a Daily Echo campaign getting more people onto the organ donor register.Thankfully the majority of people have shared their happy stories where their loved one was given another chance of life.However, there have been those moments when someone hasn’t been lucky.All of those parents, especially Sebastian’s parents, Laura and Joe, were only too happy to back our Seven Days To Say I Donate campaign – a bid to get 2,000 people to make the life-saving promise. Continue reading To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, visit www.DonateLIFE.net. | In Caifornia, visit www.DonateLIFECalifornia.org | It is important to share your decision with loved-ones.

Woodridge Woman Honors Brother who gave Gift of Sight

Chicago Daily Herald | Brittany WrightWoodridge – When asked to describe her brother and share memories from their childhood, the love that Amanda Rohlf feels for her younger sibling is clear. The smile never left Amanda's face as she flipped through pictures of Doug on her phone, and recounted story after story of his life."I could talk about him for hours," Amanda said. "He was just the perfect little brother, there is no other way to describe it."Growing up in Woodridge, Amanda and Doug were very close. Though five years apart in age, the pair was inseparable early on and never tired of each other's company. Even as they got older, Amanda fondly remembers her brother always being there for her. Despite any distance between them Doug always took the time to support his sister – and vice versa."He would do anything for me," Amanda recalled. "I could always turn to him, and so could any of his friends or other family members. He was just ther…