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Liver transplant survivor connects with donor’s family

KOIN NEWS | Lisa Balik
Apple software update will let people sign up to be organ donors with 1-click

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Thousands of people across the Northwest are waiting for organ transplants at any given time. While 75% of Oregonians are registered organ donors, the national average isn’t quite as high.

A new effort by Apple and Donate Life America aims to make the sign-up process for potential organ donors as easy as the click of a button.

It’s something Portlander Mark Williams thinks will end up saving lives.

For more than a year, Williams was on a liver transplant waiting list with hundreds of other people. One day he got a call to his hospital room that changed his life forever.

“I was close to running out of time,” Williams told KOIN 6 News. “I started to cry… I was amazed. Nothing short of a miracle.” Continue reading _______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.…

Donate Life California-DMV 10-Year Partnership Has Saved & Healed More Than 600,000 Lives

MARKET WIRED | Donate Life California

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - July 26, 2016) - Registered organ, eye and tissue donors in California have saved nearly 7,000 lives and helped heal an estimated 600,000 more people since Donate Life California and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) became official partners 10 years ago.

The DMV began asking driver license and ID card customers if they wanted to join the state's official Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry on July 1, 2006. By the end of that year, one million people had signed up on the secure and confidential database. Today, more than 13.2 million Californians have registered their decision to be a life-saving donor -- 95 percent through the DMV. The DMV adds about 20,000 new registrations each week.

"We do everything we can to honor the wishes of registered organ, eye and tissue donors," said Monica Johnson, Donate Life California board president and executive director of Sierra Do…

Inspirational Witney teenager who underwent kidney transplant at age 12 wins three medals at European sporting championships

OXFORD MAIL | Megan Archer

HAVING required a kidney transplant at 12, it would have been very easy for Joshua Norris to let life get him down.

But seven years later, he is a returning to his home-town of Witney a champion having picked up three medals at the European Transplant Sport Championships.

The former Henry Box School pupil was born with a liver disease but last week overcame the odds to pick up gold, silver and bronze medals at the Helsinki event.

Now 19, Joshua, who lives in Deer Park, says he previously had little confidence in himself and is overwhelmed at his success.

He said: "I didn't really expect to come home with anything. It was unbelievable.

"I got to stand on the podium and hold up the Great Britain flag. My smile was beaming. Continue reading
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Organization raises awareness of organ donations

THE PHILDELPHIA TRIBUNE | Anaya Jones

The Gift of Life Donor Program is gearing up to mark National Minority Donor Awareness Week.

The week of awareness, observed Aug. 1-7, serves to honor the generosity of multicultural donors and their families and underscore the need for minority communities to register as organ and tissue donors.

The Gift of Life Donor Program serves as the region’s organ and tissue transplant network. In Gift of Life’s region, more than 50 percent of those waiting for a kidney transplant are minorities. Nationally African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans represent 58 percent of those waiting for a life-saving transplant.

Lisa McIntosh-Harris, a resident of Pine Hill, N.J., knows the importance of organ donation firsthand. She was diagnosed with kidney failure when she was 18 years old.

In just a few short years, McIntosh-Harris’ kidneys completely failed and she was put on dialysis. Continue reading______________________________________________________________…

MAN SURPRISES FRIEND WITH KIDNEY

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 A Texas man may win the best friend ever award after revealing himself as a matching donor for his friend who is in need of a kidney transplant.

The touching gesture went viral in a video showing Graham McMillan surprising his friend Danny Kolzow at work with a sign reading: I heard urine need of a kidney, want mine?

The surgery is set for later this week. Continue reading 
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Pittsburgh school board member becomes kidney donor for boy, 7|

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE | Molly Born

It was 11 p.m. on May 17, and Ghadah Makoshi was awake and working when a message arrived from an acquaintance.

Moira Kaleida, a Pittsburgh Public Schools board member, asked if it was a good time to talk. She said she had news that couldn’t wait: She had seen Ms. Makoshi’s plea on Facebook seeking a kidney for her son, and she was a potential match.

A suitable donor for 7-year-old Laith Dougherty had yet to emerge before Ms. Kaleida revealed she been privately pursuing the process to determine if she was one. By June 2, the school director and 7-year-old were preparing for surgery. A week later, they met and compared scars.

“I thought if it were my kid, I’d want to know someone was out there trying,” Ms. Kaleida said.

“It’s shocking to me because I had only met her once or twice,” Ms. Makoshi, of Squirrel Hill, said. “It’s sacrifice to say, ‘I’m going to go through surgery and pain to make sure your kid survives.’ Most people wouldn’t do that.” Continu…

Mother’s incredible weight loss to save sick son

Rita Germanos didn’t have to search for motivation to get herself into shape.

The North Rocks mother was driven to get her kidneys in the best condition possible before she donated one to son Daniel.

Seven months later, Daniel is healthy and looking forward to getting back on the football pitch and Rita is fitter than she has been in years.

“Not many mothers get to test their unconditional love like this. If he needed a kidney I was going to give him mine,” she said.

In 2014 the then 17-year-old was diagnosed with kidney disease.

After months of taking various medications and steroids, Daniel’s condition had deteriorated, with the only option left to go on dialysis, before undergoing a kidney transplant.

Unfortunately the waiting list was between five to 10 years.

“My husband and I knew we couldn’t let him wait that long so we started looking into live donations in the hopes one of us would be a suitable match,” Mrs Germanos said. Continue reading____________________________________________…

A Dying Man’s Last Wish Ends In A Fight To Donate His Organs

WXXI NEWS | | Karen Shakerdge

44-years-old Dave Adox was facing the end of his two year battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He needed a ventilator to breathe and couldn’t move any part of his body, except his eyes. Once he started to struggle with his eyes – his only way to communicate – Adox decided it was time to die.

He wanted to donate his organs, to give other people a chance for a longer life. To do this, he’d need to go off his breathing support in a hospital.

“I was always interested in organ donation and had checked the box on my license,” Adox said at his home in South Orange, New Jersey, through a machine that speaks for him. He laboriously spelled out these words, letter by letter, by focusing his eyes on a tablet. “When I got diagnosed with ALS at 42 and the disease paralyzed my entire body in six months, I definitely developed a greater appreciation of the value of the working human body.”

Adox and his husband, Danni Michaeli, made a plan. They would go t…

Touching moment a father heard his dead daughter's heart again beating inside a boy, 14, who nearly died waiting for a lifesaving transplant

DAILY MAIL | Pedro Oliveria

Shawn Zimmerman thought he had heard his little girl's final heartbeat in March when 14-year-old Katelyn died after being struck by a drunk driver in Florida.

But on Monday, the father-of-three, who also lost his son Dylan, put on a stethoscope and heard, once again, Katelyn's heart pumping strongly in the chest of a bright 14-year-old boy, Alj Jefferies.

'It put us at peace knowing that Katelyn's heart is still beating, even though it's not in her,' Shawn Zimmerman told Alj's family in a touching moment at a North Carolina hospital when the families met for the first time, as reported Monday by FOX8.

Alj got a new life in March when, after struggling since infancy with heart disease, he received a lifesaving transplant from Katelyn.

'Thank you for the gift of being able to see more in life,'Alj told the Zimmermans, his voice shaking as he tried to hold back tears. 'Thank you for letting me have a second chance. Continue r…

Surgeon Says Apps May Turn Organ Donation Support Into ‘Concrete Action’

KAISER HEALTH NEWS | Zhai Yun Tan

Users of Tinder, the popular online dating app, usually swipe right on their mobile screens to gain a potential match. Come September, the same action might allow them to save lives by registering to be an organ donor.

The donor registration drive is the culmination of the partnership between Tinder and a nonprofit group called Organize, which aims to end the organ donor shortage. A similar campaign between Tinder and the National Health Service was carried out in Britain last year. Organize is also partnering with the comedy video website Funny or Die, Facebook, various universities and hospitals to launch apps and social media campaigns to boost registrations for organ donations.

These partnerships were mentioned as part of a White House push last month to increase organ donations. That effort called for a more streamlined process for organ donations and an increase in research on fields such as tissue preservation and cell-replacement – that may event…

Double organ transplant saves man's life

KING 5

Jeffery Edwards was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1999, but early last year his diabetes began to threaten his life.

He was put on dialysis three days a week, four hours each visit. The treatment was exhausting for the 53-year-old.

"Just before February 2015, I was getting tired, wasn’t feeling well, so I’d go see my doctor," said Edwards.

After he had learned the wait for a kidney would be up to 6 years, he was depressed and anxious. But then he got a life-changing phone call.

“It was two days before Christmas, and I got a phone call from Georgetown Transplant asking if I was interested in getting a pancreas in addition to my kidney,” said Edwards.

Only about 1,100 pancreatic transplants are performed each year in America, and they're usually only done on patients who have run out of options.

"On a scale of one to ten he was a nine or a ten in terms of the severity of the complications of diabetes. And that's really where they need to be in order to…

Muslim families warm to organ and tissue donation ahead of Donate Life Week

DAILY TELEGRAPH | James Taylor, Canterbury-Bankstown Express“The Muslim faith places saving a life very highly”.
These are the words of Australia’s Grand Mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, in a message of support for organ donation.

“Islam accepts organ donation and it is seen as an act of merit,” he said.

Dr Ibrahim’s fatwa to Muslims has resonated with a community suspicious of organ and tissue harvesting.

For years, doctors have struggled to broach the lifesaving practice with grieving Muslim families.

But the work of religious leaders, specialised nurses and community workers could be reversing the problem.

South West Sydney Local Health District organ and tissue clinical nurse consultant Michelle Dowd said in just a few years the tide had turned. Continue reading_________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE Lives We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA CaliforniaNationwide:Org…

Liver transplant transforms Graeme Borrill's life

CAMDEN HAVEN COURIER | Peter Daniels

“I’ve gone from an existence to having a life.”

That’s the simple response Port Macquarie’s Graeme Borrill has to supporting organ donations through DonateLife week.

Mr Borrill received a new liver in January 2015 after being diagnosed with a chronic liver disease.

“I’m incredibly lucky,” he said.

“I would encourage everyone to have the conversation with their families.

“I cannot emphasise how important it is to talk about this and make sure your personal decision is carried out.

“It is not simply a matter of ticking the box on your licence. Your family has to carry out those wishes at the appropriate time."

Originally from Mudgee, Mr Borrill was forced to stop work in 2009 because of his illness. He eventually moved to Port Macquarie in 2010.

“I suffered from severe insomnia, my illness included a rotten itch and I had absolutely no energy,” he said. Continue reading _________________________________________________________
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Local family welcomes home baby after two open heart surgeries, 104 days

KWTX | Kathleen Serie

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) After three months, two open heart surgeries, and countless other procedures, a Harker Heights family welcomes home their five month old son. His life was saved by organ donation.

Brayden McCann was born on February 14th, and when he was six weeks old, his mother, Alyssa, noticed health complications with her son. He was vomiting, breathing heavily, and she noticed that he was not gaining weight.

Following several trips to the hospital, doctors diagnosed Brayden with several heart defects. They said there was a hole in his heart, it was not pumping properly, and the left heart chamber was enlarged.

The doctors said Brayden would need a heart transplant.

On April 6th, he was life-lighted to the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston where he was placed at the top of the transplant list. Continue reading
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Half of organ transplants from deemed consent after new law

NEWSLON

More than half of organs transplanted since a new system came into effect were from people whose consent was deemed.

Since December 2015, unless somebody in Wales registers to opt out, their organs are donated after they die.

Figures show that in six months to 31 May, a total of 60 organs were transplanted – 32 organs from people whose consent was deemed.

Of the 31 people donating organs, 10 were because of the new system.

The “landmark” system has saved dozens of lives since its implementation, cabinet secretary Vaughan Gething will tell assembly members on Tuesday.

Under what is known as soft opt out or deemed consent, people who are 18 or over, have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and die in Wales, will be regarded as having consented unless they register otherwise. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Donate LIFE Califor…

Two judges, friends, bonded by gift of life

THE POST-CRESCENT | Bill Glauber

City and suburb. Black and white. A 45-year-old man built like an offensive lineman and a 58-year-old woman who is lean like a dancer.

Best friends.

These are the two judges who meet on a Tuesday morning in a courtroom in Milwaukee. They don their robes. They pose for photos. And embrace.

In September 2014, Municipal Court Judge Derek Mosley of Milwaukee was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. His kidneys were failing. Every night since, he has connected himself to a dialysis machine for 10 hours, the cleansing fluid removing waste products from his kidneys, sustaining him yet stealing away precious time.

And, yet, there is hope. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday. Mosley will receive a kidney from Municipal Court Judge JoAnn Eiring of the Town of Brookfield. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Donate L…

Kidney donor cycles across Canada raising awareness

CTV NEWS OTTAWA

The woman cycling across Canada to raise awareness for organ donation, after giving her own kidney to her mother one year ago, is making a stop in Ottawa.

Eileen Fheng says her mother was suffering from polycystic kidney disease and was in desperate need of a new kidney.

Zheng donated her kidney to her mother in February 2015.

“Her health was deteriorating and it was deteriorating very quickly, and if I didn’t give it to her at around the time that I did, I don’t think she would be here right now,” said Zheng.

Now she wants to encourage others to sign up for organ donation. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA CaliforniaNationwide:Organ Donor | Donate Life America
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The 8ft sculpture paying tribute to organ donors who have given the gift of life

BOURNEMOUTH DAILY ECHO |Tara RussellA SCULPTURE has been unveiled to pay tribute to people who have given the gift of life through organ donation.

The 8ft Portland stone creation celebrating the role of donors and their families in helping patients in need was opened in the gardens of Poole Hospital.

A poem written by children from Lytchett Minster School is inscribed on one face while a butterfly, oak leaf and open hand motifs symbolise new life, growth and giving.

The artwork was the brainchild of Dr Spike Briggs, consultant intensivist and the hospital's organ donation lead. Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust were commissioned by the Trust's organ donation committee to supply the sculpture, which was paid for by charitable funds. It part of a national initiative aimed at recognising the contribution made by donors and their families as well as raising the profile of organ donation. Continue reading _______________________________________________________________________You hav…

Boxing champ makes calls for people to sign organ donor register

ITV NEWS

Boxing champion Tommy Coyle is calling for more people to sign the organ donor register.

Tommy, who will take on Tyrone Nurse next weekend, is fronting the 'Be a Hero' campaign in the hope that it will encourage people in his hometown of Hull, and across Yorkshire, to consider donating their organs.

Around 800 people across the region are on the transplant waiting list. Story source_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA CaliforniaNationwide:Organ Donor | Donate Life America
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LOCAL RESIDENT HONORED FOR ORGAN DONATION EFFORTS

WCBI | Robert Davidson

FLOWOOD, MS (WCBI) – A Nettleton mother turns tragedy into triumph and is honored for her work today. Julie Dickerson is the 2016 winner of the Spero Award for Volunteer of the Year. The Spero Award is handed out by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.

Dickerson lost her daughter Amy in a 2007 car accident . Amy was an organ donor and her gift of life has helped over 100 people. Since then Dickerson is a tireless crusader to have others sign up to be organ donors. She travels across the state and region hosting awareness events with a focus on speaking with students. Story source_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA CaliforniaNationwide:Organ Donor | Donate Life America
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Kidney transplant breakthrough: Genes identified by Australian and US researchers may predict organ failure risk

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES | Ritwik Roy

A new study by Australian and US researchers has revealed that it is possible to predict organ failure risk post kidney transplant. In what has been defined as a landmark breakthrough in medical research, the scientists identified several genes holding the key to determining the future outcome of a kidney transplant.

According to the ABC, the discovery of the genes mean people will be able to get treatment much before any irreversible damage occurs. Lead author of the study, professor Philip O’Connell, and other experts at New York's Mount Sinai Medical School and Sydney's Westmead Institute identified the 13 genes that may predict if patients are at a risk of organ damage after a kidney transplant. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA CaliforniaNationwi…

Gift of Life renames house for founders

POST BULLETIN

As the founders, Ed and Jayne Pompeian's names have been closely associated with the Gift of Life Transplant House for years.

Now their names officially are out in front of the guest houses. On Wednesday, the Gift of Life nonprofit organization officially changed the name of its house at 705 Second St. SW to the Edward and Jayne Pompeian Home.

As the original Gift of Life property on Second Street, this 102-year-old house previously was known as the Founders House. It offers three guest rooms with two shared bathrooms.

The other Gift of Life house, which has 36 rooms, opened at 724 Second St. SW in 2009. Continue reading
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Mom discovers deceased son's heart was given to family member

WDAM TV | Amanda LaBrot

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Months after she lost her son and found out he was an organ donor, a Hattiesburg mom wanted to know who received his heart as her Mother's Day gift.

But she soon found she did not need to look further than her own family.

Adrian Murry lost her son, Kendrick, on a Saturday in September 2015 after he had an accident at work.

After his death, she found out he was an organ donor. She was able to donate his kidney to the worship pastor, Michael Minor, at her church, but wanted know who had her son's heart.


I said ‘I want to know where his heart is,’" Murry said. "I designated the kidney. That was fine. But I wanted to know where his heart is, and I would be OK.”

Clintoria Johnson, Murry's cousin, said her heart was only functioning at 10 percent and had been waiting on a transplant for almost two years. Continue reading
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Liver transplant recipient doing well as calls increase for more organ donors

DAILY TELEGRAPH | Bruce McDougall
WEIGHING just 2.4kg in his first two months of life, Aidan Neale was the smallest and youngest Australian to receive a liver transplant.

In terms of gestation, Aidan was really just five days old when liver unit surgeons at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead gave the little boy the most precious gift — a future.

Aidan was born at 32 weeks with an extremely rare auto-immune disease.

He was only able to undergo­ the life-giving operation­ when another family made the heartbreaking decision to donate­ their young child’s organs.

Until then, Aidan’s dad Rob had been preparing to donate part of his own liver to save his son.

“I was two or three days away from the carving table when the donor organ became available,” Mr Neale told The Saturday Telegraph.

Aidan received his new lemon-sized liver in a pioneering­ 12-hour “hyper-reduction” procedure conducted by Westmead surgeons Albert Shun and Gordon Thomas. Continue reading

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Britain's first double-hand transplant patient says he feels 'whole again'

THE INDEPENDENT | Dave Higgens

"I get to enjoy sports, high school and being a hoosier teenager"

DONATE LIFE INDIANA

This #FlashbackFriday, we want to give a shout out to an incredible young man. Thirteen years ago today, David Peck became the first person in Indiana to receive a small bowel transplant. Today, we'd like to take a moment to wish him all of the best on his transplant journey!

Next time you visit the BMV, be sure to look for our new poster. David, who is getting ready to receive his permit, is the new face on our posters! _________________________________________________________
You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
In California:
Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA California
Nationwide:
Organ Donor | Donate Life America
To ensure donation happens, please share your decision with your family. At stake is the legacy you wish to leave.

Georgia teen battling Lupus in search of kidney donor

FOX NEWS 
A Georgia teen is forced to spend her summer indoors rather than outside with friends as she waits for a kidney and takes upwards of 20 pills per day. Mychel Cunningham Armour, 16, was diagnosed with Lupus at age 9, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.

The teen suffers from high blood pressure, seizures, kidney and heart issues, and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

“She won’t stop,” Jacqueline Armour, Mychel’s mother, told Fox 5 Atlanta.“We’re like, ‘Lay down, you just had chemo,’ she won’t stop. She wants to move, she wants to go.”

The family has had some experience with the autoimmune disorder as older sister Elantra Cunningham was diagnosed with a milder form of it in 2014. She told Fox 5 Atlanta she helps push her sister through her illness to make sure she keeps up with school. Continue reading
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Miracle For Madison: N.J. Infant Needs Heart Transplant

MONTCLAIR NJ PATCH | Eric Keifer

HOBOKEN, NJ — New Jersey infant Madison Cohen needs a miracle.

Diagnosed with a serious heart condition shortly after an ultrasound, the one-month-old child is now in dire need of an organ transplant, according to her parents.

It’s a precarious position for a newborn. But luckily, the infant has already proven herself to be a fighter.

“Our 20-week ultrasound was supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives,” Hoboken resident Stephanie Cohen wrote. “Unfortunately, after finding out the gender, the doctor also had some devastating news to tell us… We were informed that something was wrong with our sweet baby girl’s heart.”

Madison was soon diagnosed with a congenital heart disease known as Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome. But despite this devastating news, her parents knew that she was given to them for a reason, Cohen stated. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPleas…

Inside the Story: One woman's tragedy turns to life-changing surgery for another

KUTV | Dan Rascon

(KUTV) A life-changing surgery for one woman means tragedy for another. But now, new life is born as these women share a common bond.

Levi Johnson was just 11 years old when he lost his life, along with his father, Todd, in December 2014. The two were hit and killed by a drunk driver while walking near 7800 South and 6300 West.

His mother, Rhonda, made the decision to donate Levi's organs. A young woman in Lehi, Maddy Richardson, received one of his corneas and it changed her life.

Richardson was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease in elementary school and was legally blind by the time she was in high school. Continue reading
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You have the power to SAVE Lives
We are asking you to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.
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