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Bid to speed transplants with hepatitis C-infected kidneys


Pittsville toddler thriving two years after liver transplants

WAOW | Brianna Hollis

It's been two years since Bella Peterson underwent two liver transplants in two weeks. Her parents said she's thriving.

"Things are more normal now," said the Pittsville toddler's father, Chris Peterson.

A deadly virus attacked Bella's liver when she was four months old.

She took well to her first transplant, but days later doctors found a clot in the new organ, so she needed another one.

"It's a high-risk surgery," said Kari Peterson, Bella's mother.

The second surgery was a success, leaving Bella virus free. Continue reading
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Kingston man killed in wreck helps others as organ donor


PHOTO: COURTESY OF FACEBOOK Casey Michalek was a passenger in a car that crashed into a building Sunday in Edwardsville.

EDWARDSVILLE — After suffering mortal head trauma in a car crash early Sunday, Casey Michalek remained on life support for more than two days.

He had lives to save.

An organ donor with a rare blood type of AB positive, Michalek, 21, was kept alive while operations were scheduled around the country for people on transplant lists waiting for vital body parts, his mother, Christa, said Wednesday.

“His blood type is so rare that the people who he saved thought their lives were over,” Christa Michalek said, noting her son’s heart went to someone in New York. “This miracle came upon them because of my son.”

The Kingston man was pronounced dead Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, where he was taken after the wreck that occurred in the early morning hours Sunday. Continue reading_____________________…

Manitoba teen killed in weekend crash gifts organs to 45 people in need

CTV | Eman Anahi
The death of 16-year-old Tyler Klassen, killed in a weekend crash in Steinbach, is gifting life to dozens of people he didn't know.

"His mom is just full of mixed emotions right now,” said Doreen Dueck , a close friend of the Klassen’s family.

Dueck explained what Tyler’s mother Lisa has been telling her constantly via text message, “I'm losing my child, I’m devastated, I’m broken, but my child is going to be saving 45 lives at the same time so my heart is full of joy."

Klassen died in hospital Wednesday morning.

He and one other teen were involved in a roll over crash Saturday on Hanover Road West, south of Steinbach.

Klassen, who was the driver of the car, had only gotten his license two days prior to the crash and on that same day he had also signed up to become an organ donor. Continue reading
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Astellas and Donate Life America Attempt to Achieve GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title for Organ Donor Registrations

3bl MEDIA Social Shares of #OrganDonor Support $5 Contribution from Astellas to World Transplant Games Federation, up to $175,000 USD
NORTHBROOK, Ill. and RICHMOND, Va. – October 27 2016 /3BL Media/ -- At any given moment in America, there are more than 120,000 men, women and children awaiting lifesaving organ transplant(1). To bring greater focus to the critical importance of organ donation, Astellas and Donate Life America will attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for online organ donor registrations in an eight-hour period from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT) on Saturday, Nov. 5. The record-breaking attempt will take place during the Astellas-sponsored New Zealand All Blacks and Irish Rugby Football Union match at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

“2016 marks the third year in a row that Astellas has used international rugby as a global platform for educating and engaging people around the world on important health issues,” said Jim Robinson, president, Astellas Amer…

OneLegacy Hosts Nation’s Largest Donation and Transplantation Symposium


Nearly 1,100 Healthcare Professionals Gather in Pomona to Explore Best Practices and Look for Ways to Increase Donor Awareness and Participation
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The nation’s largest organ donation and transplantation symposium was held in Pomona this week when professionals gathered to share best practices and learn how to enhance the donor management process. In all, nearly 1,100 physicians, nurses, transplant center staff, pastoral care professionals, palliative care professionals and social workers took part in this landmark event.

“In California alone more than 22,000 residents are waiting to receive lifesaving hearts, livers, lungs, kidneys and other organs; but there are simply not enough donors to meet the growing need,” says Kathy Vasilopulos, vice president of organ operations for OneLegacy, which sponsored the event. “This symposium helps call attention to this seminal issue and was designed expressly to provide attendees the tools and encouragement …

Memorial honors fallen soldiers who save lives through organ, tissue donation

WAAY TV | The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct 27, 2016--Corporal Benjamin S. Kopp, a member of the 75th Army Ranger Regiment, saved six of his comrades when his unit came under small arms attack by insurgents in Afghanistan.

Although mortally wounded, he saved four more lives back in the United States through his selfless gift of organ donation.

To honor Corporal Kopp and all other brave soldiers who became organ, tissue and eye donors, a Fallen Soldier Donor Memorial is being dedicated in the National Donor Memorial at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). It honors members of our military, both present and past, who have made organ and tissue donation their last courageous act of service so that others may live long and healthy lives in a free and safe world.

The memorial has been nearly four years in the making. It was the idea of Gary Foxen, a lung recipient. Foxen met Corporal Kopp’s mother, Jill Stephenson, in 2011, when Kopp was honored as part of the an…

Penryn organ donor posthumously honoured for saving lives


The widow of Penryn man Christopher Cobb whose kidneys were used to help save the lives of others following his death earlier this year, has been presented with an award on his behalf.

Wendy Cobb, of West Street, was accompanied by two of her daughters, Christine Mitchell and Donna Cobb, when she collected the Order of St John Award for Organ Donation. The award, which is run in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant, was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Col Edward Bolitho.

Mr Cobb was 69 when he died quite unexpectedly in March, but had left strict instructions that his organs should be donated. "It is something we both wanted to do," said Mrs Cobb. "I personally think that it is something that should be made law. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Donate LIFE California | Don…

After kidney transplant, Landon Skaggs is ready to make his comeback


In 2015, it didn’t look like Landon Skaggs’ final year of college baseball was meant to be. In fact, Skaggs was in a much deeper predicament than that. What had started out as a mysterious bout of weakness and fatigue eventually revealed itself to be much more sinister. An infection morphed into an autoimmune disorder that was soon attacking his leg before moving up to his kidneys. His body was fighting itself and the odds were against him.

After a sophomore season that saw him hit .284 from the plate, Skaggs looked set to step up and continue his growth for the 2015-16 season. But that’s when things started to go wrong. “I slowly started to feel tired and weak,” he said, describing his first realizations that something was wrong. ”I couldn’t catch my breath, and anything would make me tired. I would sleep for hours.”

After being diagnosed as anemic and given rest for two months, he returned in the spring for the start of the season and played around 2…

Morris County Organ Transplant Group is sponsoring a “Dine for Dollars”

PARSIPPANY — The members of the Morris County Organ Transplant Group are sponsoring a “Dine for Dollars” to benefit New Jersey Sharing Network on Tuesday, November 15 at Kafe Mozart, 2900 Route 10 West, Parsippany.

A percentage of sales to patrons presenting the event flyer go to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation whose mission is to increase the number of lives saved through research, donor family support, education and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

To get a copy of the flyer either e-mail by clicking here, call Nick at (973) 984-6966 or click here to download. You can also visit Kafe Mozart website under “Dine for Dollars” tab at 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:Org…

Gold star family raising money for trip to Rose Bowl parade

KWQC NEWS | Gabriella Rusk
LE CLAIRE, Iowa (KWQC) – Sgt. Leevon Ritter is one of sixty organ donors being honored at the 2017 Tournament of Roses parade. The Pleasant Valley High School graduate passed away on May 22, 2012.

His organs went to save the lives of four others and his eye and tissue donations improved the overall health of many.

His mother, Barb Ritter, says her son was an amazing young man.

“You know Leevon signed two papers, he’s one of those one percent of Americans who sign the dotted line to serve their country,” she says. “Then, he made that decision to be an organ donor.”

The Donate Life float in the Rose Bowl parade features flora-graphs of the honorees. The week leading up to the parade features meetings between other organ donor families, organ donor recipients, and living donors.

Part of the trip will be keeping Sgt. Ritter’s legacy alive. Barb Ritter says she eventually wants to create a foundation or scholarship in memory of her son. Continue reading________________…

Emotional ad spreads organ donation message for UNOS

NBC 12 - Richmond |  Ray Daudani

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -An emotional ad campaign is making people stop, watch, and take action that could save lives.

The ad by UNOS has been seen more than 10 million times by tens of thousands. It shows a man named Josh completing a bucket list, only to revel that it's the bucket list of the donor who gave his heart to Josh.

The ad is incredibly powerful and has been shared nearly 200,000 times and is getting a lot of publicity in the trade publications. Better than that, it's spreading the need for people to sign up to donate organs. Continue reading
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Attempt to relax mom in waiting room with virtual roller coaster ride backfires


A Chicago-area mother nearly fell out of her chair while watching a virtual reality roller coaster video her children gave her during a recent trip to a hospital waiting room.

The woman’s daughter, Megan Kelley, uploaded the video to YouTube Tuesday, and it’s quickly circulating online.

Kelley wrote in the video’s description:

“After a month in the Intensive Care Unit, we finally got a call that our dad would be getting a double organ transplant. In the intense early morning hours prior to our dad being brought into surgery, we decided to help pass time and try to relax our mom….so we decided to put her on a rollercoaster ride.”

At the start of the cell phone video, all is well as the roller coaster starts to move.

“Holy cow, this is awesome,” her mother says as the car slowly climbs the virtual underground tunnel. Continue reading
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Crozer-Keystone Health System Earns Top Distinction for Organ Donor Awareness Efforts

Crozer-Keystone Health System earned a platinum-level award - the highest level - in the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) 2016 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge. This statewide challenge was designed to inspire and increase donor awareness and designations within participating hospital families and health systems from Apr. 1 to Aug. 31, 2016.

In addition to receiving Platinum status as a health system, Crozer-Keystone’s hospitals were also recognized: Crozer-Chester Medical Center earned Platinum level recognition, while Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Springfield Hospital each earned Gold level awards. 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 ensure donation happens, plea…

Family of young liver transplant recipient helps a family in need

WKRN NEWS | Nick Caloway

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) – The second annual Maddie’s Dash, a 5K and fun run named after a Mt. Juliet toddler, will be held Saturday in Lebanon.

The first event was held last October for the family of Maddie Whitlock, who received a life-saving liver transplant a year ago.

With a goal of $50,000, expectations were surpassed and more than $70,000 was raised.

This year, Maddie’s family is giving back.

The event is still named after Maddie Whitlock, but the proceeds will benefit another local patient awaiting an organ transplant.

“It was such a huge blessing for us when people helped us. The last thing you want to think about when you have a sick child is money,” said Maddie’s mother, Michelle Whitlock. “We wanted to do the same for another family.” 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…

Nampa teen with Cystic Fibrosis in battle for life and lungs

KIVI TV | Grendel Levy
NAMPA, ID - It's not a disease that necessarily gets a lot of attention, but there are more than 30,000 people in the United States living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

Fourteen year old Gauge Edwards of Nampa is one of those.

To the outside world Gauge appears a typical teenager. Gauge said, “I like to play video games. I like to hang out with family. I love gatherings, parties."

Gauge’s parents, Frank and Trish Edwards were thrilled to welcome their first and only child into this world, but shortly after birth, it became very obvious that something was wrong.

“He was so sick from the very beginning,” Trish recalled. Doctors diagnosed Gauge with CF before his parents even brought him home from the hospital. Trish admitted she knew nothing about the disease, and she was warned against researching in on the internet, but dad did not take that advice.

“I research things that I shouldn’t and find out. It was hard… kind of dark spots,” Frank admitted. Continu…

Sherwood students rally for teacher to get kidney

KOIN 5 | Amy Fraser

SHERWOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — For the past 10 years, Sarah Holtz has been teaching English as a second language to both high school and middle school students in Sherwood.

Every day she strives to be a good role model for her students.

“When you’re going through something harsh you don’t have to be down on yourself, that you can deal with it positively,” the 31-year-old Holtz told KOIN 6 News.

In September 2015, she found out she had Stage 5 kidney disease. She’s now in end-stage renal disease.

Together, her kidneys are working at just 5% functionality. She began dialysis in February 2016, and made a conscious decision on how so she could keep teaching.

She could have done hemodialysis, which would require her to be in a center for 3 or 4 days a week. That would keep her from teaching. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:Dona…

UW transplant study uses livers preserved at body temperature, not in cold solution


A liver transplant patient at UW Hospital is the first in the country to receive a liver preserved at body temperature instead of in a cold solution, in a study comparing the two methods.

For decades, surgeons around the country have kept donor organs healthy while transporting them to recipients by storing them in a cold solution, called “UW Solution” because it was developed at UW-Madison.

In recent years, doctors have studied an alternative called warm perfusion — pumping organs with blood and nutrition at or just below body temperature. The technique can keep hearts beating and lungs “breathing” while allowing doctors to assess and treat organs to make them last longer, studies suggest.

UW Hospital has joined 14 transplant centers in the U.S. in a study comparing warm, or normothermic, perfusion and cold storage of livers used in transplants. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the pow…

Family continues breast cancer awareness mission

WCBD News 2 | Octavia Mitchell

Back in August, I received a phone call from a former teacher asking me to be the Mistress of Ceremony at a breast cancer awareness breakfast fundraiser she was organizing in honor of her mom this month. I said yes. Weeks went by but I never heard back from her. I found out the day before her funeral, Delores Sanders passed away. During our conversation, she never told me she was sick. She only focused on raising money for breast cancer patients and encouraging others. Now her sisters are picking up the torch and are turning their mourning into a mission.

Family gatherings are usually a joyful time for the Drayton family, but this one is different. Delores Sanders, a beloved educator and oldest sister, lost her battle with uterine cancer in September. Her sister Velma Ray says, “Delores was diagnosed in 2014 with stage four cancer. It recurred the month of May and it was very aggressive at that time.”

Despite her illness and pain, Delores remained…

This Organ Donor Married The Woman He Gave His Liver To

In March 2014, Illinois woman Heather Krueger was diagnosed with stage 4 liver disease. Doctors told her she would live just a few more months unless she found a donor. "I was told I had less than a 50 percent chance of living more than two months," Krueger told ABC about her experience. "It was traumatic."

Finding an organ donor on such short notice can be incredibly tough. Twenty-two people die every day in the U.S. waiting for a transplant, and someone else is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. Initially, the odds weren't looking good for Krueger. Fortunately, a complete stranger overheard her story and decided he'd do whatever it took to help her.

Chris Dempsey, a former Marine, was at work in Frankfort, Illinois, when he heard a coworker discussing Krueger's case in the office break room. That coworker was Krueger's cousin, who explained that Krueger would likely pass away if she didn't find a liver donor soon. Upon hearing the s…

Plainfield teen's plea: 'My dad needs a kidney'

Tens of thousands of people around the country are desperate for organ transplants, at least 1,000 of them in Indiana alone.

Johnny Parker can be forgiven for caring about just one of them.

"My dad needs a kidney."

That's how his email plea to me began. Those five words were enough to grab my attention. So I called him.

Johnny is 14 and an eighth-grader at St. Susanna Catholic School in Plainfield. He loves wrestling and football — a lot, he says.

He loves his father more.

John Parker Sr. is 45 and desperately ill. Born with kidney disease, he had his first transplant 14 years ago. Now, that kidney is rapidly failing, and Parker is one year into lifesaving, but also life-changing, dialysis treatment. Three days a week, he rises at 4 a.m. and heads to the hospital in Danville for the four-hour blood-cleansing procedure. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlea…

Janesville man awaits heart transplant while wife nears end of pregnancy


Jordan Dyer of Janesville, right, is waiting on a heart transplant while his wife, Heather, left, is pregnant with their first child. Dr. Esther Vorovich is pictured in the center.
CHICAGO--Having a husband hospitalized for two months waiting for a heart transplant would be difficult for any newlywed couple.

Add a wife who is eight months pregnant with her first child, and it's clear the Dyer family is going through quite an emotional and physical challenge.

But Jordan and Heather Dyer, Janesville residents married in June, remain optimistic and upbeat despite being more than an hour apart amid their own medical situations. Jordan has been hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago since mid-August. Heather temporarily lives with her parents in Hampshire, Illinois.

“We just stay positive and keep thinking about the future ahead of us. We're going to have a great family,” Heather said. “You got to stay positive and just be there for each other.” Cont…

Disability No Reason To Deny Organ Transplants, Lawmakers Say

DISABILITY SCOOP | Michelle Diamant
Members of Congress are pressing the Obama administration to issue guidance clarifying that life-saving organ transplants should not be denied because of a person’s developmental disability.

In a letter sent this month to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urged the agency to address what they called “persistent” organ transplant discrimination.

“Unfortunately, many transplant centers and surgeons continue to refuse to provide access to transplant registries and transplantation surgery to qualified people with disabilities,” reads the correspondence to Jocelyn Samuels, director of the Office for Civil Rights.

“No one should be denied their right to life simply because of their intellectual and/or development disabilities,” the lawmakers wrote. Continue reading_______________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE LivesPlease…

Be a Hero at the Big House this Sunday at University of Michigan donor drive

Event kicks off 35th Blood Battle with Ohio State, highlights importance of organ donation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan will kick off its 35th annual Blood Battle against Ohio State this Sunday at “Be a Hero at the Big House,” its biggest blood donation and organ donor drive held at Michigan Stadium.

The public is invited to attend the free event, which includes a blood drive, opportunities to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and the Be The Match national bone marrow registry – along with games, prizes, a children’s Halloween costume contest, musical performances, autograph signing and a VIP view of the Big House – from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jack Roth Stadium Club of Michigan Stadium.

Parking will be free at the stadium near the club-level doors on the Crisler Arena side.

For thousands of critically ill people, their cure is provided by a stranger -- those who sign up for bone marrow and organ registries. Mark J. Bernstein,…

First female double hand transplant procedure successful

KREM | Bethanni Williams

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Sixty-nine-year-old Louella Aker is the first female hand transplant recipient in Kentucky and the 10th patient to receive the procedure in Louisville.

Aker, of Jeffersonville, Ind., had the 17-hour surgery on Oct.17.

She lost her hands back in 2012.

Aker got an infection during cleanup efforts after a tornado swept through Henryville, Ind. It destroyed much of the town.

She was later diagnosed with Septicemia and had to have her legs amputated below the knees, her forearm amputated, and part of her right hand amputated.

Aker was added to the organ donor registry on Sept. 18, 2015. On Oct.17 her wish was answered.

Twenty surgeons from Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand & Microsurgery and University of Louisville performed the procedure.

Fourteen staff members from Jewish Hospital and six anesthesiologists also assisted with the surgery. Continue reading

Astellas engages with organ transplant patients to better address their needs at patient-focused FDA meeting


Astellas’ commitment to improving patient lives was exemplified at the 20th Patient-Focused Drug Development initiative meeting hosted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 29, 2016, which focused on organ transplantation.

Held over the course of three years, from 2013 to 2015, each of the 20 meetings centered on a different disease area and were required for the fifth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V) as part of the regulatory agency’s new initiative to gather patient perspectives on their condition, its impact on daily life and treatment approaches.

The aim has been to develop a greater understanding of disease severity and to identify the state of the current treatment armamentarium, providing the FDA with the opportunity to hear directly from patients and caregivers about their experiences with specific conditions and their treatments.

Patients or patient representatives actively participated in the meeting, …

Student’s appeal after giving half his liver to save father’s life


The Disheartening Experience of Waiting for a Kidney

THE ATLANTIC | Shearwater Films

Day after day, Tim McCabe sits on dialysis standing by for a kidney transplant. It’s incredibly discouraging for McCabe, whose health is deteriorating and who is a self-described pessimist. Every time the phone rings, he’s met with disappointment when it’s not the call saying that an organ is available. “If it wasn’t for my wife and my kids, I probably wouldn’t be here, I probably would have gave up,” he says in this documentary, Waiting List, which follows McCabe and his wife through the entire process of waiting and receiving a transplant. “I want to lead a normal father life, and I’m afraid that I’m not going to and that scares me a lot.”

Waiting List was filmed by the production company ShearWater Films; to see more of their work, visit
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Mother Donates A Piece Of Her Liver To Save Her Baby

Newswise — Patricia Alva knew, even before her baby girl was born, that something was wrong. When she was pregnant, doctors detected a cyst on the baby’s stomach during an ultrasound.

“It was heartbreaking,” said Alva.

After she was born, doctors diagnosed baby Olivia with biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver. It occurs when a baby’s bile ducts do not form normally. It occurs in about 1 in every 15,000 babies.

At only 2 weeks old, Olivia underwent surgery to remove the cyst. Unfortunately, it was only a temporary solution. Doctors knew she’d need a new liver one day.

“It’s a condition we knew would progress,” said Dr. Patrick Healey, division chief of Transplantation at Seattle Children’s. “Biliary atresia is the most common reason for liver transplants in children and accounts for nearly half of the transplants we perform.”

The first year of life for Olivia was hard. She wasn’t gaining weight and her liver was failing slowly.

“I just wanted her to have a norma…