Friday, September 30, 2016

Drug overdose deaths drive increase in number of organ donations: one family’s story of hope from despair

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(ABC) -- Laurie Clemens described her son, Brandon Morris, as an outgoing, all-American boy who loved to play football and go fishing.

"He was always there for me," Clemens said, "a typical mama’s boy."

On a spring day in 2015, Morris died after a heroin overdose caused him to stop breathing. Clemens said she was crushed to find her son brain dead in a hospital bed.

“I never expected Brandon would stick a needle in his arm,” Clemens said. "We don’t want this to happen to anyone else’s family. The heartache is just unbearable.”

At the hospital, Clemens was surprised to find out her son could be considered for organ donation, even though he was an intravenous drug user and died from an overdose. Doctors were able to match Morris' liver to a 57-year-old grandfather named George Henderson.

Within a year of Morris' death, Clemens met the man saved by her son's donated organ. After losing her son, Clemens said she has found a bit of hope in her friendship with Henderson, who was previously a stranger but has since become “family.” Continue reading
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LSU grad student searching for organ donor's family who saved grandmother's life

WBRZ | Kevin Dupuy



CHATTANOOGA – For over a year, LSU grad student Danielle Kelley has been looking for the family who saved her grandmother’s life nearly 30 years ago.

Before Kelley was born, her grandmother, Debbie Newman received a double lung and heart transplant at a Houston hospital. The only information Kelley’s family received about the donor was that he was a young man living in the Chattanooga area who died around Sept. 21, 1987.

For the past year, Kelley told WRCB news that she has been looking for that man’s family to thank them in person. Continue reading

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Donor groups, coroners at odds on organ donation bill

YORK DISPATCH | Margareta Cambest
Lisa Benkert shows a photo of her son, Jordan, who committed suicide in 2011. The boy's organs went on to save four people's lives across the country.(Photo: Katherine Ranzenberger)
The last time Pennsylvania updated its organ recovery procedures, most people still had Blockbuster memberships.

In 1994, legislators enacted Act 102 mandating that Pennsylvania residents be educated and encouraged to become organ-and-tissue donors. Under the act, hospitals were required to notify organ-procurement organizations, such as the Center for Organ Recovery and Education and the Gift of Life Donor Program, about potential donors so that families could make the decision to donate.

More than two decades later, state legislators are looking to update Act 102 to bring it in line with acts passed by 47 other states. However, the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association is wary of its consequences.

Through HB 30 and its counterpart in the Senate, legislators look to make the process of turning over organs easier for organ-procurement organizations — hours matter when it comes to matching a donor with a recipient — but in a letter to the editor submitted by the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association, representatives say the legislation would drastically impact the ability to gather sufficient evidence after a homicide or wrongful death, especially in the case of drug deaths. Continue reading
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Businesswoman's Groupon Leads To Life-Saving Kidney Donor For Her Husband

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A simple Groupon offer led a Bay Area businesswoman to a life-saving kidney donor for her husband. Cate Cauguiran explains what the kindness of strangers can do.




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In a heartbeat, boy gets transplant

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL | Jim Stingl
Bailey Venet (center) walks with his family, mother Heidi (left), father Eric (second from right) and his brother, Rayden, 2, who gets a ride in Bailey's wheelchair during Bailey's discharge from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin on Wednesday after heart transplant surgery.(Photo: Pat A. Robinson / for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Bailey Venet's doctor says fate smiled on the boy. Bailey's mom and dad praise God for saving their child.

The teen's name rose to the top of a transplant list a mere three hours after signup — speed never before seen at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin — and he received a heart.

Adding to his good fortune, Bailey left the hospital and went home Wednesday, his 15th birthday.

"I'm very grateful, and I think it's really amazing how fast it happened," he said.

Bailey went into cardiac arrest twice, in December 2014 and again this month. He was at school both times and lucky that someone who knew CPR and how to operate a defibrillator was nearby. It became clear that he would need a new heart.

Pediatric heart transplants began happening as recently as the 1980s. Children's Hospital performs about 12 to 15 a year on average, with more than 600 a year done worldwide. It's not unusual for a child to wait weeks or months for a new heart to become available. Continue reading
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Child awaits a liver transplant at Stanford

CALAVEERAS ENTERPRISE | Charity Maness

Sunday event at Copello Park will raise funds for 6-month-old Charli Jo


Charli Jo Zumbach was born on April 1. At 2 months old she was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that blocks the bile ducts. That causes the bile to remain in the liver and destroy the liver cells. Soon after her diagnosis she underwent a six hour surgery, which was unsuccessful.

Now baby Charli is at Lucille Packard Hospital awaiting a liver for a transplant, and area softball players will help raise funds for her care during a tournament that starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Copello Park in Angels Camp.

Time is running out, however, to wait for a liver donated as the result of a donor’s death. So doctors are considering another possibility – using a small portion of an adult liver. When this is done, the remaining part of the donor’s liver regrows to the size the body needs in weeks. Continue reading
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Shelby Klug at Pipeline to a Cure

Shelby Klug presented the keynote speech at Pipeline to a Cure, a cystic fibrosis fundraiser held Saturday July 16th in California at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Shelby, who has CF, is the daughter of California grocery industry executives Todd and Sue Klug.

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To My Donor

ROSE COLORED MASK - Kathleen Sheffer


I took your heart and lungs to Half Moon Bay and I walked through the sand like there was nothing to it. My body remained unfazed as I sunk my feet into uneven mounds of heavy sediment. Lacy white layers of foam flowed across my path and eventually flooded my sneakers when I was caught trying to photograph the hundreds of pelicans that were attacking the surface of the water. The sky was that deep blue color you only get on perfectly clear days and the breeze was strong enough that I didn’t mind the warm weather that greeted my fog-hunting hiking companions and me. I took deep breaths, letting the fresh air fill your lungs and then I began to cry. This will sound platitudinous, but in that moment I realized I would not be standing there without your gift. The realization of how close I came to death hit me again with new power. Because of your generosity, I stood in my soggy running shoes, the sun warming my tear-stained face as I stroked one of several vaguely heart-shaped rocks I hoarded in what became a very heavy purse in the short time it took to walk along the tide pools.

Your heart and lungs and I have spent a lot of time irritable and in pain. I have felt ungrateful and unworthy. Transplant inherently comes with tremendous loss, but it seems that every day now I discover something beautiful made possible only by our surgical merge. Continue reading 


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Generations of hope sheds light on organ donation

THE WINCHESTER SUN | Whitney Leggett 


With high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure, African-Americans have an increased risk of organ failure, making them the largest group of minorities in need of an organ transplant.

The Clark County Circuit Clerk’s Trust For Life, the Winchester Black History and Heritage Committee and First Baptist Church sponsored Generations of Hope Saturday evening to spread awareness of organ donation among Winchester’s minority communities.

Along with entertainment from the First Baptist Church choir and youth dancers, the evening offered participants an opportunity to ask questions about organ donation and end-of-life decisions.

Pastors, attorneys, funeral directors and medical professionals were present to answer questions and debunk myths about organ donation.

Rebekah Grimm shared the story of her grandmother, a proud organ donor.

Debra Hampton, a kidney transplant recipient, shared information about kidney disease signs and symptoms. Hampton received her kidney transplant 10 years ago, and encouraged others to register as organ donors. Continue reading
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Sam Wyche posts thank you video, encourages everyone to become organ donors

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GREENVILLE, S.C. —Former NFL coach Sam Wyche posted a video Sunday on Facebook, thanking everyone for the support during his recent heart transplant.

Former NFL coach Sam Wyche is out of surgery and in recovery, according to his friend Dr. Ronald Wade.MORE

Wyche underwent the transplant earlier this month at Carolinas Medical Center's Dickson Heart Unit in Charlotte.

Wyche said in the video that he got more than 100 cards from people saying that they were praying for or thinking about him. He said he got more than 700 emails and texts from friends and followers.

"I want to thank everyone for being with me in a time of total uncertainty and also of a miracle. I also want to thank someone I will never know because he gave up his heart that I might live," Wyche said. VIDEO, continue reading
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Life-saving surgery allowed Ena to meet her grandson

SUNDAY POST | Tracy Bryce
Ena Mitchell and her grandson Charlie (Rob Gray)

IT was one of the most important years of Ena Mitchell’s life.

In 2013, within months of undergoing life-saving surgery, she became a grandmother for the first time to little Charlie, now three.

“It was certainly an emotional rollercoaster, and I feel incredibly lucky to be here,” the 51-year-old said. “And to be able to spend time with my grandson.

“Without the transplant, I might not have been here to meet him.”

Ena, from Yarrow Valley in the Borders, discovered she needed a liver transplant six years after being diagnosed with Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC).

The condition is caused when the immune system mistakenly attacks and damages the bile ducts in the liver.

Ena’s late father Bill had the same disease but, as it’s not hereditary, she never thought she would get it too.

Symptoms included extreme tiredness and weight loss and Ena’s skin became jaundiced.

The mum-of-three spent 50 long days on the transplant list, waiting for a suitable donor to be found.

“Every time the phone went, I thought, ‘This might be it!’ Continue reading
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Hollywood portrayals of brain death don't match real life

REUTERS | Andrew M. Seaman
(Reuters Health) - Portrayals of brain death in film and television are as fictional as the characters, researchers say.

After reviewing films and TV shows featuring a storyline about brain death, they found that while 19 characters were declared brain dead, no portrayals showed a proper examination that would allow doctors to reach that conclusion.

"In most cases it was inaccurate and misleading," said lead author Dr. Ariane Lewis, a neurologist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.

The inaccurate and unprofessional portrayals could be a problem for real people faced, for example, with deciding when to donate a loved one's organs, or in understanding legislation on the topic, write Lewis and her coauthors - an ethicist and a fellow neurologist - in the American Journal of Transplantation.

Unlike living people in comas or in a persistent vegetative state, someone pronounced brain dead is legally dead. Brain death occurs when brain function ends and the body can only be kept functioning by machines.

Declaring a person brain dead requires an extensive examination set by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) that looks for - among other things - the patient being comatose, lacking brainstem reflexes and not being able to breathe on their own. Continue reading
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19-Year-Old New Milford Teen Saves Others After His Sudden Death

NEW MILFORD PATCH | Wendy Ann Mitchell

A 19-year-old New Milford teen who died suddenly is giving others the gift of life after his tragic death.


NEW MILFORD, CT — A 19-year-old New Milford teen who passed away suddenly is giving others the gift of life even after his death. Dylan Pancoast had a massive aneurysm on Sept. 23, 2016. His family said that he planned on attending college for a degree in finance and worked in material handling at Kimberly Clark.

Dylan Pancoast was born July 15, 1997 at New Milford Hospital and graduated from New Milford High School in 2015.

The family is requesting donations in his honor to be made on their GoFundMe page to help cover the expense of his prolonged hospital stay in order for others to receive his organs that he donated upon his death. Continue reading
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

National liver transplant proposal gets thumbs down in region

THE KANSAS CITY STAR |  Judy L. Thomas

Proposed changes to liver allocation rules could take some donor livers away from the Kansas City area.

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 A proposal to change the way livers from deceased donors are allocated nationwide got a thumbs down Friday from doctors and those in the transplant community attending a regional meeting in Kansas City of the national organ-sharing network.

 


After several attendees spoke in strong opposition, the proposed changes were voted down 22-0, with two abstaining.

The vote, which was nonbinding, was taken during the Region 8 business meeting of the United Network for Organ Sharing. The region encompasses Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa.

“I think this policy proposal is seriously flawed,” said William Chapman, a St. Louis transplant surgeon. “The idea that we have a problem is one that is generally recognized and generally accepted, and I think all in the transplant community want to help fix it. But the significant, vast majority of regions do not think that this is a good idea.” Continue reading

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Japanese law impedes a U.S. family’s plan to donate newborn’s organs should she die

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER | Deepa Bharath

Photo: Little Zephy's Mission
Fabian Gosin watched eagerly as his daughter Zephaniah – Zephy – was born.

Named after a prophet in the Old Testament, Zephaniah, which means “the Lord is my secret,” was born without sound, movement or breath.

All her dad, an Orange County native who served in the Air Force, can remember is this: “She was gray, like a raincloud.”

Doctors at the hospital in Okinawa, Japan, where Gosin lives with his wife, Lynsey, put Zephy on a table. She was born with the umbilical cord wrapped twice around her neck. She wasn’t breathing.

They frantically pumped her chest and whisked her away in an ambulance to another hospital. For 24 days, that’s where she has remained, on life support.

Doctors said Zephy had suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, which means her brain has been permanently and irreversibly damaged because she didn’t have enough oxygen to breathe. But her brain is still hanging by a thread, sending out feeble waves. Zephy hasn’t been declared brain dead – not yet. Continue reading

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For more information and updates about Zephy's condition, visit the Gosins' blog: littlezephy.wordpress.com. To find out how to help, visit youcaring.com/lynsey-and-fabian-gosin-644379
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Local kidney, pancreas recipient speaking out to raise awareness

WOODSTOCK SENTINEL REVIEW |  Steve Rice
More than 100 turned out for the Stratford Kidney Walk, which went from Upper Queen's Park and around Lake Victoria on Saturday, helping raise about $10,000. STEVE RICE/ The Beacon Herald
Meat loaf, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies.

"That's a meal I'm never going to forget," said Jay Moon.

It came in late October of last year at London's University Hospital just a few days after the 43-year-old Stratford man received a new kidney and pancreas.

It was notable for being his first meal in 26 years without the need for insulin.

"Even something simple like getting a hospital tray with a tea on it with a real sugar packet beside the sweetener packet. I have the option," he said as he prepared for Saturday's Kidney Walk starting and finishing in Upper Queen's Park.

Moon shared some of his story with the record turnout of more than 100 before the walk began. It's something he's done more than a dozen times since his transplant surgery.

"Just trying to raise awareness about the transplant program, about the beadonor.com website and how easy it is to register to become a donor," he said. "And the importance of understanding that there are thousands of people across Ontario and Canada who could potentially benefit from someone taking five minutes to register. Many years down the road, that could become the miracle someone has been waiting a lifetime for. Continue reading
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Former SSMS teacher donates kidney to former student

STEAMBOAT PILOT & TODAY | Teresa Ristow
Recently retired Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher Tracy Bye, right, donated a kidney to former student Henry Howard, 29, on Sept. 1.
Steamboat Springs — When Steamboat Springs Middle School Principal Jerry Buelter forwarded an email to staff seeking a kidney donor for former student Henry Howard, Howard didn’t expect much.
I sent it out thinking nothing was going to happen,” said Howard, who had struggled with poor kidney function for many years, having suffered from gout since the age of 20 and being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease three years ago.
Howard, now 29, had learned from his doctor in the past year that a transplant was needed, and his mother, a former middle school teacher, and wife, drafted a letter to school staff as one of many avenues seeking help for Howard, a son, husband and new father.

About eight months ago, we were sort of seeing that I was going to need a kidney pretty soon,” Howard said. Continue reading 
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Alabama Organ Center encourages AU and LSU fans to 'Donate Life'

WSFA | Rossana Smith


AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - This weekend the game between Auburn and LSU brought awareness about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.

Both the AU Tigers and LSU Tigers are being encouraged at this game to donate life by becoming organ donors. It's a cause that has brought together these rivals beyond their performance on the field.

On November 30, 2015, a six-month-old LSU fan, John Clarke Perry, died from a vessel malformation in his brain. His parents generously donated his organs.

Davis Boswell, a five-month-old, from Auburn received Perry's heart. With the need for organ donors more critical than ever fans are getting a chance to do their part. Continue reading


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When Someone Gives You The Gift Of Life, Don't Waste It

THE HUFFINGTON POST AUSTRALIA | Bryan J. Rollins
GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO.  “Your kidney just finished an Ironman!”
It was New Year's Eve, and I had just stepped out of the shower. My 'party' clothes were all ready, and my friend's rooftop deck party awaited. I was 30, single, and life was as good as it gets.

Then the phone rang.

A doctor, who I'd never met before, told me to drive immediately to the hospital and give them my name, and he'd meet me there as soon as he could. For the next three minutes as he explained why, I barely heard a word.

Still in shock, waiting in a hospital room, the doctor came in and explained that the kidney biopsy results from my tests two days previous had revealed that I had MPGN-1, a rare autoimmune disorder where your immune system decides it doesn't like your kidneys and it's going to wipe them out. Normally, the disease takes a decade to impact your kidney function. Normally it occurs in kids or people with severe autoimmune disorders such as lupus or HIV. My case was even more rare -- I wasn't a kid, I had no such disorder. And instead of a decade, it had destroyed two thirds of my kidney function in three months. Continue reading
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He could tackle Jim Brown, not son's illness

GREENBAY PRESS-GAZETTE |  Nathan Phelps
Former Green Bay Packers Dave Robinson and John Brockington talk about the need for living organ donors. Nathan Phelps/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Dave Robinson’s story isn’t unusual.

The former Green Bay Packers linebacker lost his son, Robert, fifteen years ago while on a waiting list for a kidney transplant. About 4,500 Americans die every year waiting for a kidney.

Robinson and other former Packers, like John Brockington, are working to increase the number of living and deceased organ donors. Both were in Green Bay Sunday as part of an annual Packers alumni reunion — and to celebrate an Oakfield teacher and student who gained national attention for their living donation story.

“I felt I could stop Jim Brown, I could stop Gale Sayers, but I couldn’t stop my son’s renal failure,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t even give him my kidney because they couldn’t take it. It was a hopeless feeling.” Continue reading
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Stephenville Driver License employees help Donate Life Texas

THE FLASH TODAY |  Brad Keith
Stephenville resident and kidney donation recipient David Swearingen, employees of the Stephenville Driver License Office, Lydia Stoner of Donate Life Texas, xxx donation recipient Donnie Speers and Texas Department of Public Safety senior public information officer Dub Gillum show their hearts for donors. || TheFlashTodya.com photo by BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (Septemeber 25, 2016) — Stephenville resident David Swearingen and Hurst man Donnie Speers are walking among us today because someone gave a piece of themselves to give them a second chance at life.

The men are among those helping the Texas Department of Public Safety and its Donate Life Texas program, telling others how they can save lives like theirs.

Swearingen, Speers, Lydia Stoner of Donate Life Texas and DPS senior public information officer Dub Gillum were at the Stephenville DPS and Driver License Office Wednesday to promote their cause and recognize employees of the drivers license office for their efforts in registering Texans for the Donate Life Texas organ, eye and tissue donor registry.

In 2015, Texas Driver Licesne office staff state wide helped 1,888,334 customers join or renew their commitment to the registry, but Stoner and others say there can never be too many donors. Continue reading
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Mother uncovers lasting impact of baby son's organ donation

US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT | By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Critical medical research depends on scientists' ability to work with human cells and organs, but families who donate a loved one's tissue for science seldom learn much about what happens next.
In this frame grab from video, taken Sept. 14, 2016, Sarah Gray with her son Callum, 6, and infant daughter Jocelyn in their Washington home. Callum’s identical twin Thomas died of a birth defect when he was just 6 days old, and the family donated Thomas’ eyes, liver and umbilical cord blood for medical research. Now Gray has written a book about her unusual journey to find out if that donation really made a difference, revealing a side of science laymen seldom glimpse. (AP Photo/Rick Gentilo) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray's unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas' tissue for scientific research — his eyes, his liver, his umbilical cord blood.

Only no one could tell the Washington mother if that precious donation really made a difference. So Gray embarked on an unusual journey to find out, revealing a side of science laymen seldom glimpse.

"Infant eyes are like gold," a Harvard scientist told her.

"I don't think people understand how valuable these donations are," said Gray, who hadn't either until her years-long quest brought her face-to-face with startled scientists. They had never met a relative of the donors so crucial to their work either. Continue reading

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Long lap for Transplant Games swimmer and Olympics beckon

THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD |  Harriet Alexander
Natalie Hazlewood training at Blacktown Aquatic Centre for the "Transplant Games". Photo: James Alcock
Natalie Hazlewood has come a long way since she turned to her mother in the car and acknowledged she would have to stop competitive swimming.

And if she gets her way, she has a long way to go yet.

When the 20-year-old dives into the pool at the Australian Transplant Games, it will mark the end of her debilitation and the beginning of her 2020 Olympic campaign, just one year after a liver donation saved her life.

Hazlewood was 12 when inflammatory bowel disease interrupted her promising swimming career, although she was initially determined not to let it do so.

She was swimming at competitions where stars such as her hero, Emily Seebohm, were also cutting their teeth, and the international stage beckoned.

In one sense the diagnosis was a relief, as it solved the mystery of why her times were not improving despite nine three-hour training sessions a week, but it soon became a burden.
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She became one of the unlucky patients for whom the disease travelled into the lower liver, and each time she returned to the pool, she inevitably returned to hospital soon after. Continue reading
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David Foster Foundation partners with ORGANIZE to introduce social declarations in Canada

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Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life is Canada’s first provincial organ donor organization to welcome this online tool.

The David Foster Foundation has collaborated with ORGANIZE and Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life to help introduce a new concept of declaring and sharing one’s intent to be an organ donor.

ORGANIZE, a non-profit working to reduce the organ donor waiting list in the US and around the world, has developed technology that captures social declarations regarding a person’s organ donation wishes. Individuals can declare their intent via social media and, should they die in a way that allows for organ donation, healthcare professionals can access the platform to provide families with the opportunity to see the social declarations their loved ones publically posted regarding end-of-life wishes and organ donation decisions.



The company has entered into an agreement with Transplant Manitoba, the first province in Canada to introduce the service to specially trained donor coordinators who work with families facing the death of a loved one and deciding if organ donation is an option. Currently, Manitoba has the lowest rate of registered organ donors in Canada with 1.1% per cent of the population officially registered. Transplant Manitoba hopes to increase that number, and hopefully start a social declaration movement across Canada. 
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Canfield couple takes part in kidney transplant program to save 2 lives

WKBN | Abbie Schrader

Last year, John Nicastro underwent a life saving surgery, all thanks to a choice made by his wife, Sharon Nicastro

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Thousands of people across the country, many right here in the Mahoning Valley, are waiting for an organ donor match to be found for them.

A couple from Canfield has been married 48 years. Last year, John Nicastro underwent a life saving surgery, all thanks to a choice made by his wife, Sharon Nicastro.

“I casually asked, ‘Could I donate?’ And they said, ‘Sure,'” Sharon said.

Sharon asked that question after her husband was already going to dialysis three times a week for a year. But John wasn’t living his fullest quality of life that way, until the couple learned about the “living donor program” at the Cleveland Clinic. Continue reading

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Teen's kidney goes to woman

HAMMOND STAR NEWS | Emily Enfinger
GIFT OF LIFE -- Lachelle Morgan, 51, of Albany, is the recipient of a kidney from 17-year-old Chad "CJ" Stewart Jr. of Ponchatoula. He died early last week following a single-vehicle accident in Ponchatoula.

Three times a week for the past 21 months and 13 days, Lachelle Morgan of Albany underwent dialysis treatment. She had lost both her kidneys.

That routine ended last week when she received a kidney from 17-year-old Chad "CJ" Stewart Jr., of Ponchatoula, who died after a single-vehicle accident.

On Sept. 15, Morgan was confirmed as a complete match for Stewart's kidney and received the transplant the same day at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. Seventy staples and a week later, she is at home recovering and doing well.

"I am as thankful and blessed as I am very emotional and I would give them their son back in a minute, but it's just not the way it works. It hurts for me because the way I got the kidney, but I'm proud to have it," Morgan said. "There's no way ever to put into words how thankful I am for what they've done."

She is one of at least three known beneficiaries of Stewart's organs. Dawn Wolf, Stewart's mother, said a man in Kentwood received a kidney and a woman in Florida may be getting his liver
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Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Wash U celebrate 1500 lung transplants



KSDK | Christina Coleman

ST. LOUIS - Thursday night, doctors, researchers and patients celebrated a huge accomplishment for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University.

The staff celebrated their 1,500 adult lung transplant. A grandmother named Tracy Conway was the patient. She credits the program for keeping her alive.

Conway was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. She prayed she would live to see her grandkids grow up as she waited for a lung transplant. She got two new lungs last month. Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University's Lung Transplant Program is the 8th largest in the world and one of the oldest lung transplant programs in the country.

There are only three other hospitals in the country that have performed at least 1,500 lung transplants. Doctors say more organ donations are critically needed worldwide. They strongly encourage people to consider becoming an organ donor to help save lives. Continue reading

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