Sunday, January 31, 2016

Paramedic who saved hundreds of lives continues to save them following tragic death

Gazette Live UK | Dave Robson

A paramedic who saved hundreds of lives in a 30-year ambulance service career is still saving them after his tragic death.

For Chris Allen, who has died after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage, was signed up to the organ donor register - and his family already know several of his organs, including his heart, pancreas and kidneys, have been matched to give others the chance of life.

Chris, a North East Ambulance Service paramedic based at Redcar, collapsed while on a call at Tees Dock to a patient with a leg injury.

Sadly, doctors couldn’t operate on him due to the size of the haemorrhage and he died on Thursday at 5.55pm in James Cook University Hospital.

Chris’ brother Mike said: “He had a massive brain haemorrhage, it seems, and the doctors couldn’t operate on him due to the size shown in the scans. Continue reading


Cole Miller's gift of life to six others

Sunshine Coast Daily

The late Cole Miller.

COLE Miller's mum was always onto her children about ensuring they were registered for organ donation.

Now national media outlets report six people owe their new lives to the former Sunshine Coast teenager who was tragically killed in a coward-punch attack.

Cole's heart is beating in a young boy's chest while his lungs have helped another boy and a young girl to breathe.

His kidneys and liver are providing new life for another three adults, News Corp reports.

Cole's brother Billy said the family smiled when they were asked about organ donation, given their mum's often-stated wishes.

"She was always on our backs, telling us to make sure we had it on our licence," Billy was quoted as saying. Continue reading


She Adopts A Boy That Nobody Wants. 27 Years Later He Does THIS Behind Her Back.


Ingeborg McIntosh’s adoption of her son didn’t come easily.

Jordan was a newborn when he was placed in foster care and Ingeborg struggled for four years to convince his birth mother, who had her heart set on placing the boy in a Black family, to let her adopt him.

But from the very first time Ingeborg and Jordan met it was clear that two shared a special bond. And when no one else showed any interest in the child, Ingeborg was finally allowed to adopt him.

“They placed him in my arms and it was love at first sight,” she says.

But 20 years later, everything takes a dramatic turn…

The McIntosh family had cared for 125 foster kids over the years, but no one stole their heart like Jordan.

Jordan was raised in Ingeborg’s home, but his biological mother didn’t want the family to adopt him. She preferred that her child be adopted by Black parents.

But it was impossible to find a home for Jordan, so when the boy was 4, he was adopted by Ingeborg.

“He was a part of the family, no matter what.” Continue reading


Bride donates kidney to new husband

FOX 25

Florida newlyweds Savannah and Cameron Mullis are a match in more ways than one: The couple were a match for organ donation.

After Cameron popped the question, planning for their big day was put on hold when he was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy.

"(The doctor) told me I had a little less than 20 percent of total function of all my kidneys," Cameron said.

Cameron was in need of a kidney transplant.

The couple didn't want to put their life on hold, so they were married last June.

Savannah was tested to see if she was a match.

"It wouldn't be hard to find a donor to do all of that, if it was me," Savannah said. Continue reading


Transplant Centers Often Reject Potential Donor Livers For Sickest Patients In Need

Science 20

Some patients are in desperate need of a liver transplant, so why do many livers go unused by centers across the nation?

Patients on the liver transplant wait list are ranked according to their Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score, an objective measure used to predict the risk of death on the wait list and used to prioritize patients and allocate organs. Even with the MELD system in place, there remains geographic differences in the number of patients who die waiting for a transplant, thought to be associated with variations in organ supply by region.

A team led by David Goldberg, MD, MSCE, an assistant professor of Medicine at Penn, set out to examine if there could be more impacting these disparities than geography alone. They analyzed 23,000 unique organ offers to 13,255 unique patients across the nation's 11 Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) regions between May 2007 and June 2013 to examine the role that the transplant center itself may play in these inequities. The new findings are published in the Journal of Hepatology. Continue reading


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Drug improves survival rate for kidney transplant patients

UPI | Stephen Feller

Belatacept has been shown to reduce risk of organ rejection and death in kidney transplant recipients compared to standard treatment. While the standard post-transplant treatment is effective at preventing rejection of the new organ, over time it can degrade the function of the new kidney. Photo by hywards/Shutterstock

FRANCISCO (UPI) -- The drug belatacept, sold as Nulojix, showed better organ survival in kidney transplant recipients than the current standard of care, according to a multi-year, worldwide study.

Researchers at Emory University and the University of California San Francisco found the drug slashed the risk of death or organ rejection nearly in half of transplant patients over the course of the seven-year study.

Belatacept, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011, was better at preserving kidney function over the long term and more effectively suppressed antibodies against the transplanted organs than the standard calcineurin inhibitor drugs. The FDA approval was based on the first three years of data from the new study, researchers said. Continue reading


One kind word can change someone's whole day. One kind kidney donor can change someone's entire future.



Leon County Family Hopes To Inspire Others To Donate Life After Tragedy

WTXL | Alison Posey

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - On Saturday, the Florida State men's basketball team looks for a victory against Clemson. They're also hoping for another victory for those that need it more, as the came has been dubbed "Donate Life Night," and the hope is fans will be encouraged to learn more about organ, tissue, and eye donation.

It's a cause that hits close to home for one Leon County family, as they look to keep their son's legacy alive.

"When he was in marching band, Senior night, he swapped band uniforms with one of his friends that played at Rickards, so he showed up with the Rickards marching band uniform for Senior pictures."

Demetrius Branca laughs when remembering his son Anthony. Anthony always had a joke, a smile, and a laugh. He was always there for his friends and his family, until November 7th, 2014, when everything changed. Continue reading


NHS programme set to fund hand transplants

Lancaster Evening Post

The NHS is to fund hand transplants for patients in desperate need following injury or serious infection.

A team in Leeds has been given the go-ahead to run the NHS programme and recruit patients who have suffered injury, an accident or sepsis.

Four people are currently in line to receive a hand from a donor, with the first operation as part of the programme expected this year.

The UK's first hand transplant was performed in 2012 on former pub landlord Mark Cahill, who now has major use of his hand and can pick up his grandchildren.

NHS England has spent three years examining the potential for hand transplants and has agreed that Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will be the UK base.

Consultant plastic surgeon Professor Simon Kay, who operated on Mr Cahill, will run the programme.

He said: "There have been lots of hand transplants around the world but this is the first time a national funding organisation has closely examined the issue, come up with the conclusion that it's worth pursuing and is now going to fund it nationally in one centre." Continue reading


Parent offers Cambridge educator a gift like no other

Boston Globe | Eric Moskowitz

Julia Kanno (right) quietly had some tests done before surprising Christine Tierney with her offer.

CAMBRIDGE — “My kidneys are rock stars!” Julia Kanno called out, just as Christine Tierney was pulling away from the red-brick elementary school where she runs a popular after-school program. “Do you want one?”

Tierney heard, but it didn’t register. There was no preamble, just a loud and unconventional greeting — “Halt!” — that was unmistakably Kanno, a free-spirited artist and writer who lives next door to the school. And then that offer, so matter of fact, as if it was a stick of gum and not a vital organ.

A private person, Tierney, 48, had confided to Kanno and two other Cambridgeport School parents with medical experience that she had a serious kidney disorder and would eventually need a transplant. But that was many months ago, and they hadn’t discussed it since. Continue reading


A novel way to say thanks

New Zealand Herald | Regan Shoultz

Lung recipient plans a book to encourage people to become organ donors.

Teresa Burt has a new lease on life after a bilateral lung transplant. Photo / Nick Reed

Just over two years ago, 47-year-old Teresa Burt was lying in Middlemore Hospital on life support, her family fearing she would never wake up.

Now, she has a new set of lungs and is on a mission to raise awareness about organ donation.

The Counties Manukau clerk's brush with death came after contracting respiratory syncytial virus, a common virus that leads to cold-like symptoms in adults.

"The virus hit me hard. I had a history as an asthmatic and then an underlying lung condition I didn't know about," she said.

After a week, her family were advised by doctors to turn off life support. They were told she would likely die within half an hour.

But Burt began breathing by herself and opened her eyes. "After a week in ICU we were getting tired and she was tired," said her husband Andrew. Continue reading


Facebook Fate: Bedford Co. man receives life-saving organ donor

WJAC TV | Sara Small

BEDFORD, Pa. -- A Bedford County man will soon be receiving a life-saving organ transplant, thanks to the power of social media.

6 News first brought you this story back in September. A New Paris woman donated her kidney to a woman she didn't even know. They met through a simple Facebook post.

The man who shared that post, Mark Nave, was in need of a liver himself. In fact, during our September broadcast, he was inside Mount Nittany Medical Center due to complications.

Now, Mark is preparing for the surgery that will save his life.

"You're saving a life. I mean, what greater honor is there than that to be able to watch someone's life change?" asks donor, Shanda Goodrich of Bedford County. Continue reading VIDEO.


Families meet for first time after little girl receives heart donation from baby boy

ABC 15 Arizona | Ashley Loose

Photo: Donate Life Arizona

PHOENIX - One tiny heart might not seem like much, but it has connected two families forever.

Jordan Drake is thriving today, but just a short time ago, she was fighting for her life and in need of a heart transplant.

Around the same time, Lukas Clark, just months old, passed away. His organs were donated and Jordan was chosen as the recipient for his heart.

On Friday, Jordan and her mother Esther met with little Lukas's mother, Heather, for the first time in Phoenix. Both families have been communicating through presents and drawings by Jordan, but had never met in person.

"I've run out of words at this point now," Esther said. It was bittersweet for her to know that her daughter got a second chance, but at the price of another child's life. Continue reading


Liver transplant goes ‘perfect’ for Rik Cassidy

Lake Placid News | Antonio Olivero

Rik Cassidy, top left, poses with three of his four sons: from left, Dereck, Wyatt and Seann.(Photo provided by Rik Cassidy)

LAKE PLACID - Rik Cassidy received a liver transplant Friday, Jan. 29 after a nine-day stay at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Speaking on behalf of the Cassidy family Friday evening, Rik's son Seann, 45, said the procedure was a "perfect" success. He received a text from his mother about the completion of the transplant around 2:30 p.m.

"They had to correct some of his adhesions from old surgeries, but he got a new (liver) around noon," said Seann Cassidy, a Lake Placid resident. "It went in great. The liver was perfect; the surgery was perfect."

Rik, a Ray Brook resident who grew up in Lake Placid, is a familiar face and voice in the region. He is the host of "Coffee at the Horse Show," a television program that runs during the Lake Placid Horse Shows in which he and others interview sponsors, owners, trainers and top riders of the event. He served as a Lake Placid village trustee from 1991 to 1997. He has also been an owner of the Waterhole in Saranac Lake, worked for his dad's beer distribution business, worked at a radio station and was the box office manager for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority for 15 years. He also has been a fixture in the area's hockey and baseball communities. Continue reading


Sirolimus chemoprevention supported in organ transplant recipients

News Medical | Shreeya Nanda

In solid-organ transplant recipients (OTRs) diagnosed with cancer post-transplant, treatment with sirolimus reduces the risk of developing a subsequent skin cancer, US investigators report in JAMA Dermatology.

They reviewed the electronic medical records of 329 patients who developed cancer a median of 42 months after undergoing solid-organ transplantation. Of these, 29.5% received the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor after diagnosis of the index cancer, while the remaining 70.5% did not.

Overall, 39.5% of study participants were diagnosed with a second post-transplant malignancy, at a median of 14 months after the index cancer, with the majority (88.5%) developing skin cancer, a known risk for OTRs.

A significantly smaller proportion of sirolimus-treated patients than those not treated developed a second post-transplant cancer, at 30.9% versus 43.1%, equating to a 12.2% decrease in the risk of a subsequent cancer of any type. Continue reading


Friday, January 29, 2016

One child who died in Sheboygan Falls fire donating organs, doctors weigh in

FOX 11 NEWS | Alexa Santos

GREEN BAY — One of the children who died in Tuesday night's fire in Sheboygan Falls is helping save other lives.

A post this morning online indicated that 10-year-old Benjamin Martin who was declared dead yesterday, had five of his organs donated to save others.

Experts on organ donation say that donating those 5 organs is crucial.

As you can expect, the need for organ transplants is very high.

For David Lee, organ donation proved to be a miracle.

He received a kidney and liver transplant in December.

Lee said, "It was either the transplant or other bad news. Transplants to me became very personal, I'm very grateful."

After his surgery, Lee's doctors told him that he wouldn't have survived much longer without the transplant. Continue reading VIDEO.


When A Stranger’s Heart Beats Inside You: A Heart Transplant Patient Gains Perspective After His Surgery

Up Voted | Michelle Woo

In Reddit’s Videos community, a redditor named Aaron details his own experience receiving a heart transplant a little over a year ago, and how that experience shaped him.

Aaron was 20 years old when he experienced end-stage heart failure and was rushed to a hospital in Utah, where doctors implanted a mechanical pump called a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) into his chest.

He shares the journey that came after with Upvoted.

After 9 months of waiting with his LVAD, Aaron got the call. A heart was waiting for him

I remember getting the call, I was so excited and scared at the same time. There was no turning back and the only path forward could decide whether I live another day or die.

You get to the hospital, everyone is so happy and excited for you, the day is unreal. Everything looks brighter and it feels like time is going in slow motion. You have no care in the world because you know that whatever happens next will happen and you can’t do anything about it. There’s still several hours left before your heart is verified to make sure it has no defects so you have enough time to call, text, and email friends. You even have enough time to have a conversation with people on Facebook wishing you well. Continue reading


Double-lung recipient Tara Bourque appearing at Sunday fundraiser

The Observer | Tyler Kula

Sarnia's Tara Bourque is celebrating the fourth "lungaversary" of her double-lung transplant with a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Canada Sunday at Boston Pizza. The 22-year old is preparing to go back on the list for a second transplant surgery. (Handout)

Nearly four years ago, as Tara Bourque lay recuperating from a double-lung transplant in Toronto hospital, Sarnia was celebrating.

The Sarnia teen, then 18, had just received the surprise surgery, giving her a new lease on life after cystic fibrosis had crippled her ability to breath.

A crowd was at Boston Pizza, at a family-friend-organized fundraiser to support Bourque's parents as they shouldered the cost of her medication and expensive stay away from home.

Bourque, just 11 days after the operation, made an appearance via Skype.

“I will admit I do not recall anything I said, so I'm not held accountable for that,” said the 22-year old, with a chuckle, Friday.


Four years from that turning point in her life, the motivational speaker, organ and tissue donation advocate, recreational volleyball player, and business marketing student at Lambton College is looking forward to a second chance to say thanks. Continue reading


Parents pay emotional tribute to tragic 23-day-old organ donor


The parents of one of the UK's youngest ever organ donors have spoken to Calendar about their decision to donate the organs of their baby daughter Minnie.

Minnie Duggleby lost her battle for life at just 23 days old. She had been diagnosed with a rare heart defect, together with a condition that affected her breathing.

When doctors could do no more, her parents Ami and Liam, from Driffield in East Yorkshire, asked whether Minnie would be able to donate her organs. Their wish was granted.

"We were devastated anyway because obviously we knew she was going to die and we just wanted something positive to come out of it, so when they said she could we were actually pleased that she would be doing something really worthwhile so we were really proud of her when the time actually came because we knew she off to do something really special." – AMI DUGGLEBY. Continue reading


Sisters rejoice in successful liver transplant; need great for donors

Rome Sentinel
THE GANG’S ALL HERE — Rome resident Tiffany Seoane, in bed, celebrates the beginning of her recovery of a partial liver transplant from her sister, Tara Salerno, to her right. Joining them are Tara’s husband Jacob, far right, and a family friend. The transplant will keep Tiffany alive while doctors research a cure for the bile duct disease which has afflicted her liver. (Photos submitted)

NEW YORK CITY — Rome resident Tiffany Seoane and her sister, Tara Salerno, are waiting to head home after a successful liver transplant at NY Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Salerno donated the right lobe of her liver to help Seoane in her battle with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), an auto-immune disorder that scars the liver’s bile ducts and leads to liver disorders including liver failure and liver cancer.

Salerno was in surgery for six-and-a-half hours while Seoane, who started an hour after her, was under the knife for nine hours.

Seoane will have to wait in New York for about a month while doctors keep her under observation. Salerno is already back resting at her home in Kingston.

“They want us both up and moving around,” Salerno said. “But no lifting or heavy exercise for me, and they want to be sure Tiffany’s body is not rejecting the liver.”

The goal of the procedure was to replace part of Seoane’s liver that had been damaged by bile fluid build up. Bile is normally secreted into the small intestine from the liver and is used to break down fats and fat-based vitamins for digestion.

Scarring on the bile ducts prevents bile from reaching the small intestine and its buildup in the liver causes the complications associated with PSC. Continue reading
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Woman Receives Rare Living-Donor Small Bowel Transplant From Dad

Newswise | University of Illinos of Chicago

Newswise — Brianna Lugo, a 20-year-old woman from Lake Villa, Illinois, received a rare living-donor small bowel transplant from her father Dec. 3 at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.

Both patients are now home and doing well.

UI Health surgeons removed about six feet of small intestine from 59-year-old Bruce Lugo and transplanted the segment into his daughter.

UI Health has performed more than two-thirds of all living-donor small bowel transplants in the U.S., and is the only hospital in the country to offer the procedure.

Living-donor small intestine transplants — in which a portion of the organ is taken from a compatible donor, usually a close family member — have outcomes comparable to cadaveric transplants. However, receiving an organ from a relative bypasses the wait on a list for a cadaveric organ that is a good match.

Lugo was a sophomore in high school and just 16 years old when she experienced ongoing severe pain in her abdomen that brought her to a local hospital. Continue reading


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Proposed heart allocation rule aims to cut deaths among people on transplant wait list

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Luis Fábregas

Transplant policymakers want to change the way donor hearts are allocated for transplantation, saying new distribution rules could reduce the number of people who die on the waiting list.

A proposal made public this week by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and United Network for Organ Sharing would broaden the geographic regions where candidates get offers for hearts and expand the listing categories that a patient can fall into when listed.

“The goals of our proposal were really to reduce the wait list mortality rates and particularly among the most urgent adult heart transplant candidates,” Dr. Joseph Rogers, chair of the OPTN/UNOS thoracic organ transplantation committee, said Wednesday. The committee is overseeing the proposed rule.

Rogers said the committee was motivated by the desire to identify people at the highest need “for this scarce resource.” More than 4,200 people nationwide are on the heart transplant wait list, according to UNOS data. In 2015, 350 people died while waiting for a heart, data show. Continue reading


Paul Terasaki, 86, transplant medicine pioneer, philanthropist, UCLA faculty member and alumnus

UC LOS ANGELES | Jean-Paul Renaud and Stuart Wolpert

Paul Terasaki, in 2010, in front of the Terasaki Life Sciences Building, which was funded by his generous donation.

Paul Ichiro Terasaki, who spent three years with his family in a Japanese–American internment camp during World War II before becoming a three-time UCLA graduate, a pioneer in organ transplant medicine and a long-time supporter of the campus, died January 25. He was 86.

Terasaki, professor emeritus of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, developed the test that became the international standard method for tissue typing. The procedure, which assesses the compatibility of organ donors and recipients, has been used for all kidney, heart, liver, pancreas, lung and bone marrow donors and recipients for the past 40 years.

In 1984, he founded One Lambda with eight of his former students; the company, which he sold in 2012, now has more than 270 employees and continues to play a central role in the advancement of tissue typing.

“The campus mourns the passing of one of UCLA’s most accomplished scientists and most generous benefactors,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. “Paul brought great prestige to our university as a distinguished member of our faculty and through his legendary accomplishments in transplant medicine. Continue reading


Warrior Lincoln: 6-month-old Anchorage boy needs a new heart

KTVA | Sierra Stark

ANCHORAGE – A day in the life of 6-month-old Lincoln Seay is far from that of a typical infant. Lincoln’s mornings begin with a bedside report at Seattle Children’s Hospital and morning medication, followed by a number of breathing treatments and more medication throughout the day.

Lincoln’s parents, Rob and Mindy Seay, admit they are days filled with a number of stresses for the family, but they say the hours spent in the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) are often interrupted by little spurts of joyful moments.

“When he’s awake, I mean, you would not even know that he had any issues at all,” said Rob, of his son. “He smiles — he’s like the darling of the unit.”

Since November, Lincoln has been on a waiting list for a heart transplant after the infant went into heart failure in Anchorage, where the family calls home.

“They medevaced us up to Seattle,” said Mindy. “A bunch of specialists saw him, and they decided that his heart was not reparable.” Continue reading


15-year-old recounts the double lung transplant that saved his life

The Journal i.e

Dean O'Connor and his father Brian with Ray D'Arcy

A 15-YEAR-old boy who had a double lung transplant spoke about his operation and recovery today and made a call for people to become organ donors.

Dean O’Connor returned home from Newcastle on Monday after he was flown there for the operation on Christmas Eve.

He has suffered from cystic fibrosis his whole life, and his lung capacity was at 29% and declining before he received his new lungs, which were provided by an anonymous donor in England.

Speaking on RTÉ’s the Ray D’Arcy Show , Dean talked about his life before and after the transplant. He said that throughout his entire life he was always able to do less than others:

“Say if I was was getting IV antibiotics,” said Dean. Continue reading


Putnam: Yantee Slobert seeks critical transplant

Democrat and Chronicle | Caurie Putman

Yankee Slobert

There is something critically important the Slobert family of Henrietta wants you to know: Checking the little box on your driver’s license to become an organ donor is one of the biggest things you can do.

On any given day, an average of 79 Americans receive an organ transplant and, sadly, 22 die waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.

Yantee Slobert, like about 123,000 other people in the U.S., is currently on the waiting list.

On Sept. 23, 2014, a biopsy confirmed that Yantee, the director of St. John Fisher College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs, has end-stage (stage 5) renal failure and needs a kidney transplant as soon as possible.

“It was a huge, huge shock,” said Yantee’s wife, Rachel Slobert. “The air just got completely sucked out of the room.” Continue reading


Toddler gets world first adult kidney transplant using 3D printing

The Telegraph | Madhumita Murgia

3-year-old Lucy (right) is the world's first child to survive an adult kidney transplant, using 3D printing

A three-year-old girl from Northern Ireland has become the first to have a life-saving adult kidney transplant, using 3D printing.

At four months old, Lucy Boucher suffered heart failure which starved her kidneys of oxygen. She was told she would need to have kidney dialysis for life, until surgeons at London's Guy's and St Thomas' and Great Ormond Street Hospital performed the transplant.

My first reaction when I saw the 3D printout of my kidney was surprise at how big it was and I wondered how it could possibly fit into Lucy. Chris Boucher, Lucy's father

To conduct the transplant, for which Lucy's father Chris, 35, donated his kidney, the surgeons made detailed models of Mr Boucher's kidney and Lucy's abdomen with a 3D printer, so they could map out the procedure with precision, hence minimising risks