Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Organ, eye, tissue donors to be honored in parade

KRIS TV


CORPUS CHRISTI - Organ donors literally help save lives and Driscoll Children's Hospital is focusing on that today.

The hospital is showing its support for organ donation by signing a rose vial that will be added to a float for the annual Rose Bowl Parade on January 1st.

The entry will feature sixty floragraphs of organ, eye, and tissue donors from across the country. A Team of 24 organ, eye, and tissue transplant recipients will be propelling the float at the parade.

We will tell you all about the event during tonight's KRIS 6 Newscast. Story source
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Giving Tuesday Brings Attention to Organ Donations in Short Supply

KEZI | Rosie Nguyen


EUGENE, Ore. - Today is Giving Tuesday and the best gift that anyone can give...is the gift of life.

Approximately 835 Oregonians are on the organ transplant list and waiting for a donor. Every ten minutes, a new person is added to that list and because of that growing statistic, the executive director of Donate Life Northwest says there's a dire shortage to keep up.

Every day, 22 people die while waiting for an organ transplant. What most people don't know is that one organ donor can save eight lives and one eye or tissue donor can heal more than 50 people.

The state of Oregon is more giving when you compare it to the national average - 75 percent of Oregon residents are donors, compared to the 52 percent national average. Continue reading

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Saskatchewan premier looks to bring in presumed consent for organ donation

CTV NEWS | HEALTH

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaks at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina on Friday, July 24, 2015. (Mark Taylor /THE CANADIAN PRESS)

REGINA - Premier Brad Wall says he would like to make everyone in Saskatchewan an automatic organ donor unless they opt out.

Wall said he wants to bring in a system of presumed consent for organ donation and the government is looking at what steps could be taken to protect such legislation from being legally challenged.

"My personal view is, if it's possible to have presumed consent that's consistent with the rights of Canadians and the Constitution, I think that would be a great thing to lead the country in," Wall said Tuesday at the legislature in Regina.

The Canadian Transplant Society said no other province has presumed consent.

Society president James Breckenridge said if Saskatchewan makes the decision, its policy must be carefully worded. Breckenridge said currently when someone dies, the person's spouse has the legal power to override an organ donation consent agreement.

"Right now we don't have any presumed consent in Canada," he said from Toronto. Continue reading
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How Your Name Can Save Lives

EIN NEWS | MARKETWIRED

Donate Life America aims to increase donor registrations in new "Your Name Saves" integrated campaign


RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwired - November 29, 2016) - When someone registers as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, they can save and heal many lives. That's why this Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Black Friday, Donate Life America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is urging people to give something unique -- their name. Together with advertising agency Leo Burnett Chicago, the organization is launching "Your Name Saves," an integrated campaign that highlights the names hidden within a person's name as a metaphor for all of the lives one organ, eye, and tissue donor can save and heal. Individuals can see how many names are in their name at YourNameSaves.org, and then easily register to be a donor, turning the metaphor into a reality.

The facts are surprising: one person can save up to eight lives through organ donation, restore sight to two people through cornea donation, and heal up to 75 people through tissue donation. Yet despite the effect that one donor can have on so many lives, and the fact that 95% of Americans support organ donation, only 53% of Americans (18 years and older) are registered donors. Sadly, this means almost every hour, someone on the waiting list dies because an organ was not available in time.

"The opportunity to give is most powerful when it's personal," said David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. "Using an individual's own name personalizes the appeal to save lives, and creatively illustrates that one person has the power to save and heal the lives of many." Continue reading
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Survey: Most non-organ donors in Pennsylvania would accept transplant if needed

THE TIMES ONLINE | Kate Malongowski

Most Pennsylvanians who are not registered as an organ donor would be willing to accept an organ donation if they needed it, according to a recent survey by Donate Life Pennsylvania.

About 400 non-organ donors were surveyed statewide -- including those from Beaver County -- and 82 percent said they would accept a transplant if they were sick or injured.

“We know from past polls that over 90 percent of Pennsylvanians say they support organ and tissue donation, but the latest numbers show that only 46 percent of Pennsylvanians are registered. Those numbers don’t add up, and we wanted to understand why,” Susan Stuart, president and CEO of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) in Pittsburgh, said in a prepared statement.

The survey also asked respondents about why they did not want to be an organ donor, where many common misconceptions emerged. Continue reading
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Nanuet woman's story of survival wins award

LOHUD | Michael D'onofrio 

Roxanne Watson of Nanuet is a culinary arts student at Rockland Community College Nov. 28, 2016. She is a heart transplant recipient, and is active in getting people signed up as organ donors.(Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News)
When Roxanne Watson writes, it has the potential to save lives.

As a heart-transplant recipient, the Nanuet resident is an unflagging evangelist for heart health and organ donation. She has shared her story at schools, businesses and anywhere people will listen in Rockland, and has become a familiar face around the county in the process.

During an interview between her classes at Rockland Community College on Monday — where the energetic 62-year-old is a full-time student studying hospitality management and culinary arts — Watson revealed how she is spreading her message to a larger audience.

A blog about her heart transplant that she had accepted for publication in the spring edition of Heart Insight, the American Heart Association’s digital magazine that focuses on prevention and management of cardiovascular disease and related conditions, won a first place award at the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards, a magazine competition that recognizes excellence. The awards ceremony in October handed out more than 250 awards in 33 categories, according to the company’s website. Continue reading




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Why a Heartbroken Mother Decided to Donate Her Late Son’s Face to a Burn Victim: ‘I Have to Make Sure He Lives on Forever’

PEOPLE | Jeff Nelson


On Aug. 14, 2015, Patrick Hardison underwent the first extensive face transplant in the world 14 years after suffering severe burns that claimed most of his visage in a fire.

Fifteen months after the surgery, “everything has changed,” Hardison, a volunteer firefighter who lost his face during a 2001 rescue mission, tells PEOPLE. “I’m able to drive, go swimming with my kids — little things like that I haven’t been able to do for 15 years.”

On Nov. 7, Hardison got the chance to meet the woman responsible for his second chance at life: Nancy Millar, the mother of his donor, David Rodebaugh, who died of brain trauma sustained in a cycling accident.

“Without her it wouldn’t have been possible,” says Hardison, 42, who went through the risky procedure led by Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. “It’s like she’s family. We connected that easily. I’m just very grateful.”

PEOPLE sat down with Millar, who opened up about her son, why she had “no hesitation at all” to donate his organs and face — and how it felt coming face to face with the man who received her son’s face.

“I have to make sure he lives on forever,” Millar, 55, says.  VIDEO, Continue reading
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MacArthur Student Honored for Volunteerism and Advocacy

LEVITTOWN PATCH | Alex Castro

A kidney recipient, Michael Reed has advocated for organ donations and has spent years helping other kids like him.


Michael Reed -- a MacArthur High School student who received a new purpose in life when he received a kidney transplant -- was recently invited to speak at Stony Brook University Medical Center about the importance of being an organ donor in recognition of National Organ Donor Appreciation Day. In addition, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his community service efforts with the medical center.

“I wanted to feel accomplished in life,” Reed said. “And working with the hospital and participating in more speaking engagements makes me feel like I have acquired that goal.” Continue reading
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Family of Girl, 3, Left Brain Damaged After Getting Tangled in Blind Cords Will Donate Her Organs

INSIDE EDITION | Maya Chung



The 3-year-old daughter of Brigham Young University running backs coach Reno Mahe is on a mechanical ventilator, but the family is using the tragedy to give the gift of life to someone else.

Elsie Mahe was playing with a friend in her Utah home last week when a mini-blind cord became tangled around her neck, causing her to stop breathing, according to reports.

Her mother, Sunny, found the little girl and began CPR on her before she was rushed to a Salt Lake City hospital.

Doctors aren’t sure how long she was without oxygen, according to reports, but she suffered severe brain damage.

Elsie's condition has continued to deteriorate since the accident and her family has made the brave decision to donate her organs.

“We met this morning with a representative from the hospital organ donation team and feel confident that this is the Lord’s will for Elsie – to be a life-saving miracle for others,” Sunny wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page.

The family’s football community has been rallying around them since the accident, with some BYU players wearing pink at Saturday night’s game against Utah State, Elsie’s favorite color, and also presenting her father with the game ball. Continue reading

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Man Found Lying in Gutter in Lake Murray on Ventilator to Donate Organs

NBC 4 NEWS | Dave Summers




A Lake Murray family is asking for the public's help to find a hit-and-run driver who they say struck their father and left him for dead.

Ronald Barrios, 51, was found lying in a gutter just two days after Thanksgiving with head injuries that left him brain dead.

Police say Barrios, a father of four, had been out walking just after 6 a.m. when he hit near the intersection of Jackson and Blue Lake drives on Saturday.

The Barrios family told NBC 7, Barrios remains on mechanical ventilator so that he could perform a final act of kindness--donating his organs so that others might live. Continue reading

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Organ-donor families celebrate 25 years of life

SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE | Sara Stirech


When she was 13 years old, Danielle MacKinzie, of Sonoma, decided she wanted to be an organ donor.

Danielle spotted the organ donor symbol on her mother’s driver’s license. After a brief explanation about what the symbol was, Danielle decided that she, too, would check the organ donation box when she received her license at age 16.

However, Danielle’s wish to save the lives of others happened sooner than expected. The 14-year-old Sonoma Valley High School student died suddenly in 1991 of complications from a tonsillectomy and, within 24 hours, her heart and liver were transplanted into two women.

Barbara Young, of Sacramento, was the recipient of young Danielle’s liver, and has lived a life of gratitude ever since.

Young, now 76, was diagnosed with end-stage liver disease in 1989 – and by 1991 medicine was the only thing keeping her alive. After the successful transplant, Young devoted her life to giving back, by speaking about the importance of organ donations to the public, as well as to nurses, who are often set with the task of educating families about organ donation at hospitals.

“All through my journey of the illness the nurses that helped me were absolutely wonderful, so kind,” said Young, “I made a promise to myself that I would thank every nurse I came across.” Since receiving Danielle’s liver, Young has spoken to thousands of nurses and community members about the life-saving nature of transplants. Continue reading
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Parade float honors organ donor's gift of life

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Float will participate in Tournament of Roses Parade


WESTWOOD, Kan. — Work is underway in Westwood on a float that will be featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

The Midwest Transplant Network is sponsoring the Donate Life float.

It’s represented this year by Heather Reed-Flynn, a donor who gave the gift of life after an unexpected stroke in August 2015.

The float features a portrait of Reed-Flynn, made entirely of organic materials like flowers and seeds.

“For me, it’s an opportunity for me to show the world, ‘This is who my wife is and was,’” said her husband, David Flynn. “That makes me really proud to be able to do that.”

Reed-Flynn’s family got to put the finishing touches on the portrait. They’ll go to Pasadena to finish the float next month before it participates in the parade on Jan. 2. Continue reading

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What families should know about organ donation

WRAL | Jennifer Graham, Deseret News


When the surgeon took her only daughter's heart out, Lacey Erickson was lying in her bed at home, four blocks away.

It was 2:30 in the morning on a Sunday in August, 11 days after the worst phone call the single mom in Idaho Falls, Idaho, had ever received. The words of the caller sent her racing to the hospital, so fast that she beat the ambulance there.

Although Erickson’s daughter, Makayla, lived long enough to tell her mother that she loved her, she could not recover from the injuries she sustained when she was thrown from a moving ATV six weeks before her 18th birthday.

And now, with Erickson’s permission, surgeons were removing her daughter's organs in the middle of the night — without anesthesia, because even though Makayla was still breathing with the help of a ventilator, she was officially dead. She was, in the cold, clinical language of medicine, a beating-heart cadaver.

In her bed, Erickson heard the whine of the helicopter coming to pick up pieces of her daughter that would be flushed with preservative and packed in ice, its pilot a participant in the multi-layered dance of precision that enables organ donation, the only good thing about the calamity that had befallen Makayla and her family.

For Makayla Erickson died perfectly in one way — under conditions that allow the donation of a heart: in a hospital, while on a ventilator, from a brain injury. Continue reading
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Monday, November 28, 2016

Giving back even in death; Collin Rose was an organ donor

THE MACOMB DAILY | Mitch Hotts

Collin Rose and his fiancee Nikki Salgot. FACEBOOK PHOTO
In between two young men chatting at the bar and a handful of couples enjoying their growlers, there was a noticeable absence Sunday evening at Baffin Brewing Company in St. Clair Shores.

Missing from the brewery on Jefferson Avenue were Collin Rose and his law enforcement buddies, who normally would be relaxing inside over a couple of beers and a game of Quizzo trivia.

“Just about every Sunday, they’d be hanging out in here and talking,” said Baffin Brewing Company co-owner Joe VanderMarliere.

But this past Sunday, family, friends and colleagues of Rose were preparing to bid farewell to him. Continue reading
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Organ Donor Gives Veazie Man a Second Chance at Life

WABI | Zachary Warren

“Hiking and canoeing being active in the outdoors that he would very quickly become out of breath and we just wrote that off for a long time off he’s not in good shape.”

Pat and Kim Donovan have lived in Veazie for nearly 30 years. After some concerning health issues, Pat received news that would change their lives forever.

“In May of 2010 I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
that’s scar tissue in the lungs that prevents the oxygen you breathe in to reach the blood vessels.”

The only effective treatment for IPF is a double lung transplant, something Pat fought for years to receive. Meanwhile, the symptoms hindered his ability to live a normal life.

“I would be out of breath and coughing just going from the living room into the kitchen or into the bathroom.” Continue reading
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Prayers for Māori King ahead of kidney transplant

RADIO NEW ZEALAND |  Mihingarangi Forbes

The Kāhui Wairua, a group of the Māori King's spirtual advisors, has performed prayers over the Māori monarch and his son Korotangi before the pair are admitted to a private hospital for a kidney transplant.

Kiingi Tuheitia making his annual speech at Turangawaewae Photo: RNZ / Shannon Haunui-Thompson

Kiingi Tuheitia Paki will receive his son Korotangi's kidney in coming days after three years of preparation for the life-changing operation.

His personal advisor and spokesperson for the Office of the King Rangi Whakaruru said there had been a lot of preparation ahead of the surgery for the seventh Māori monarch and one of his successors.

Mr Whakaruru said for the past year Korotangi had been committed and at the ready to do whatever he can for his father.

"There has been numerous testing around his compatibility, the organ compatibility. They've got a unique blood type so that was a positive tick. Korotangi in that sense parked his life up for the last eight months and stood in readiness."Continue reading 
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Louisville man celebrates anniversary of liver transplant on Thanksgiving Day

WRRB 41 Louisville | Kate Spinger


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In the season of giving thanks, one Louisville man is particularly thankful. John Sparks was given a second chance at life on Thanksgiving Day 2015 due to an organ donation.

Now he's on a mission to recruit more organ donors to give the gift of life. "Someone had to die for me to live," said Sparks.

In 2007, doctors told Sparks he had a fatty liver due to complications from diabetes. "He kept saying that 'You know you need to do something about it' and I kept ignoring it," he said.

Neglecting his health finally caught up with him when he was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. Doctors tried to slow down the decay, but eventually a transplant was the only solution. Continue reading
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Organ donation joins hearts for Thanksgiving

TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH | Jacque Hilburn-Simmons

David Shawgo, 56, of Wills Point received got a new shot at after receiving the gift of a heart transplant.
MINEOLA - Former strangers bound by heartache are planning to share Thanksgiving as friends embracing the gift of life.

Michelle and Leon Williams, of Mineola, lost their 22-year-old son, Todd, in a 2014 accident.

They donated his organs hoping to help others, but never expected the gesture would be so helpful in their own healing.

“My son had signed up to be an organ donor, and my first reaction was I didn’t want to do it,” Mrs. Williams said. “But we decided to abide by his wishes, and we are so glad we did.”

A grateful David Shawgo, 56, of Wills Point, received Todd’s heart and a new shot at life.

He reached out after the transplant to say thanks and found a family waiting with open arms to greet him. Continue reading
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Running with heart

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA | Amy Albin

Credit: UCLA. Tony Flores makes a victory sign as he stands at the finish of the half-marathon with his daughter, doctor and heart-failure researchers from UCLA, who ran to support Flores' efforts.
Running 13.1 miles may seem like a daunting task to many people. But for heart transplant recipient Tony Flores, it was pure joy to finish the Revel Canyon City Half Marathon in Azusa on Nov.12.

It was a happy occasion that he shared with his physician, Dr. Martin Cadeiras, an assistant professor of cardiology at UCLA, and four UCLA heart-failure researchers, all of whom completed the race with Flores.

Following two heart attacks and a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy in 2013, Flores underwent a heart transplant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in August 2014.

Since he had completed five Los Angeles marathons before he got sick, the 60-year-old Glendora resident started running again after his recovery as a way to exercise his new heart. Continue reading
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‘Hero’ Matty’s final act saved lives of four

THE GAZETTE

Emma Woodcock has spoken of her pride in her late fiance Matty Bialasek, who has saved four lives after donating his organs.
A heartbroken woman whose fiancé died suddenly has taken comfort in her husband-to-be’s final act of heroism.

Matty Bialasek, 30, of Marton, died on October 4 after suffering a sudden, unexplained build-up of fluid in his brain.

But his death has saved the lives of four complete strangers – including one who had just 24 hours to live – after he signed up as an organ donor.

The electrician, who was due to get married on December 17, complained of a headache on the night of September 30, and began slurring his speech, vomiting and feeling dizzy.

A CT scan at Blackpool Victoria Hospital showed severe hydrocephalus – water on the brain – and he was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital, where he fell into a coma.

His fiancée Emma Woodcock, 23, said: “He just said ‘I can’t do this any more’ and closed his eyes and went to sleep. What breaks my heart the most is knowing he never had the chance to be a dad. Continue reading
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Celebrations: Windsor woman saves stranger’s life through kidney donation

PRESS DEMOCRAT |  Susie Rodriguez

Lorene Romero donated one of her kidneys to a complete stranger after failing to match the intended recipient, a friend's husband. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
Since human beings possess two kidneys but can lead a completely normal life with only one, it’s possible and maybe even likely that you might donate one of your kidneys to save a loved one or a friend. But would you do so for a complete stranger?

That’s what Windsor resident Lorene Romero did nearly two years ago. On the day before Christmas 2014, her kidney was removed in a surgical procedure at UCSF Medical Center for transplant into the body of someone she had never met and knew nothing about.

“My kidney was part of a chain,” she said. “It was flown to Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Maryland, where it was transplanted into a recipient who remains unknown to me. That person, whoever it is, had a friend who donated a kidney in their name; it went to a recipient at UCLA Hospital. There were more recipients and donors in the chain, but that’s all I’m allowed to know.

“I never had any hesitation about doing this. It just felt like the right thing to do. And it was,” she said. Continue reading
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First kidney donation to travel over an ocean goes to Colorado man

9 NEWS | Christine Noel


KUSA - It’s a way of paying it forward that far outreaches any small act of kindness: Donating an organ to a stranger.

It all began with a Good Samaritan kidney donor who set off a chain of organ donations.

The Paired Kidney exchange program, also known as a "kidney swap", happens when a living kidney donor is not compatible with their recipient (i.e. two best friends wanting to be a donor/recipient pair but not being compatible), so kidney exchanges will occur with another donor/recipient pair that is a correct match.

In turn, each donor will donate a kidney and each recipient will match with a donor somewhere who has signed up for the program.

It’s a win-win that doctors believe increases the chances of those needing a kidney of receiving one.

Last week, Good Samaritan donor Jim Frederick from Colorado Springs donated one of his kidneys simply because he wanted to help someone else. Continue reading
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Organ donor honored during ceremony at Memorial Hospital

KIIITV | Jeff Chavez


CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - The parents of a young man chose to donate his organs -- a decision that was recognized Tuesday during a flag raising ceremony at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital.

Daniel Trevino was only 24 when he lost his life on Nov. 21. His family said the death is hard to take, but they are trying to make something positive out of the loss by donating his organs.

According to the Southwest Transplant Alliance, about 24 people die per day who are waiting on a life saving organ. Trevino's donation was of great benefit.

Police said Trevino was involved in a disturbance on North Beach and was taken to a hospital where he later died. His death is still being investigated. Continue reading
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One more mountain: Mount Joy man hopes multi-organ transplant will be last big climb

PENN LIVE | David Wenner

Joe Gotowski, 21, of Mount Joy, is awaiting a four-organ transplant, Thursday, November 17, 2016. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.com
Life has taught Joe Gotowski one thing above all else: "You do not give up. You absolutely do not give up."

He's been learning that, literally, since day one. Gotowski had major surgery 72 hours after birth. He endured about 30 operations by age 11. But none could provide a cure.

Now 21, Gotowski once spent 207 consecutive days in the hospital. He never made it through a school year without being hospitalized at least once. All through childhood he faced needles, tubes, scalpels and pain. A recent series of medical issues forced him to withdraw from classes at Elizabethtown College.

The end may be in sight. Or maybe not. Gotowski has no way of knowing when he'll get the rare, multi-organ transplant he hopes will mark the beginning of a better life. He's been waiting more than a year. It might come tomorrow. Or it might take many more months.

Despite all this, there's one thing Gotowski doesn't seem to feel: sorry for himself. Continue reading
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Sam Wyche: A Thankful Heart

MMQB | Peter King

In September, the former NFL coach nearly died from heart failure. This Thanksgiving, Wyche will say a prayer for a man he’s never met—the man whose heart now beats inside his chest


PICKENS, S.C. — Sam Wyche looks good for 71. Darn good. He stands in the garage on his 28-acre property 122 miles southwest of Charlotte, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A couple of days earlier, he got on his bike and rode 19 miles on a path in and around Pickens and nearby Easley. “Man, that felt great,” he said. Not a lot of 71-year-olds ride 19 miles—and he rides his bike about five days a week.

They especially don’t do that nine weeks after receiving a heart transplant.

“This Thanksgiving,” Wyche said, misting up, “means a lot more than any Thanksgiving I can remember because I, by all right … I am about to lose it here…” And it looks like he will lose it. Continue reading
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Ferndale judge says he owes his life to co-worker’s kidney donation

OAKLAND PRESS NEWS | Mike McConnell

Ferndale 43rd District Judge Joseph Longo says he owes his life to Court Administrator Linda Carroll, who stepped forward to donate one of her kidneys to the judge. Longo was on dialysis and says he had a small chance of living long enough to get a kidney through a donor program. Liz Carnegie photo for the Daily Tribune
Ferndale Judge Joseph Longo was in his office after another exhausting kidney dialysis session when his court administrator Linda Carroll walked in and changed his life.

She wanted to donate a kidney to the judge, she said. 

Carroll had researched the transplant procedure on her own. She understood Longo’s chances of surviving long enough on dialysis to get a cadaver kidney through a donor program were nearly hopeless.

Her selfless offer stunned the 43rd District judge.

“I could have fallen out of my chair,” Longo said. “It was completely out of the blue ... I can’t describe how you feel when someone offers you life.”

He told his efficient court administrator she needed first to talk to her family, but she had already taken care of that.

Carroll was determined and knew she and the judge shared the same blood type. She told Longo she was ready to take the next step with medical tests on their tissue compatibility before transplant surgery. Continue reading
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Heart Transplant Recipient Tries To Find And Thank Organ Donors

CBS SAN FRANCISCO


PALO ALTO (KPIX 5) — For one San Francisco Bay Area mother and daughter, the Thanksgiving season has been extra special for the past 29 years.

Carlis and Corie Crowe said they have former KPIX 5 reporter Barbara Rodgers to thank for that. It all began with Rodgers knocking on their door on a November morning in 1987.

Because of that 1987 encounter, this year’s holiday season the Crowe family asked Rodgers to meet with them, and she agreed. The location: Stanford Medical Center.

When Rodgers arrived, she was greeted by a young lady who ran up to her with a huge smile and presented her with a bouquet of flowers. Rodgers was overcome with emotion.

“Oh, oh, you’re gonna make me cry,” exclaimed Rodgers as the young lady hugged her tightly.

“It was the tightest and longest hug I’ve had in a very long time,” Rodgers said.

The last time Rodgers saw Corie, she was just a few weeks away from her 3rd birthday. Continue reading
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#GIVINGTUESDAY is Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Donor Network West

ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION

#GIVINGTUESDAY is Tuesday, November 29, 2016. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

One of the best ways to get involved is in your own community.

VOLUNTEERING: Please consider volunteering as an Ambassador at Donor Network West, in Northern California. For more information: http://www.donornetworkwest.org/volunteers/

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS : Charitable contributions help us continue our lifesaving work.

Through the generous financial gifts of individuals, corporations, and foundations, Donor Network West is able to provide programs that reach children, adults, those on the transplant waiting list, health care professionals, and donor families.

Donor Network West is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and all financial contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by IRS regulations. To make a financial contribution: http://www.donornetworkwest.org/contributions/ 
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'I won't do anything to jeopardize this gift'

SHELBYVIILLE  NEWS | Nichole Scott

Nichole Scott / The Shelbyville News. LuAnn Mason enjoys playing with her dog, Coach Ditka, at her Shelbyville home. With her new heart, she can do anything she wants, she said.
Shelbyville resident LuAnn Mason has a new appreciation for life.

Mason received a heart transplant Feb. 4, after enduring three years of declining health.

“I was always healthy. I got the flu and other normal things,” she said. “But I was shocked. I yelled at the cardiologist at the ER at St. Francis when I got the diagnosis of congestive heart failure. I shouted, ‘Why would you say such a thing to me?’”

CHF is a weakness of the heart that leads to a buildup of fluid in the lungs and surrounding body tissues. The enlargement of the heart and excess fluid make breathing difficult. Mason said her doctors don’t know why she became ill with CHF, but they suspect a virus attacked her heart
Now, almost a year after her transplant, Mason said she can do anything. Continue reading
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One in five willing organ donors in Ontario have their wishes vetoed by family — and doctors don’t argue

NATIONAL POST | Blair Bingham

No transplant doctor in Canada has ever gone against a family's wishes despite a signed organ donor card.
Toronto — When Heather Talbot saw a police cruiser park outside her home, she braced herself for terrible news. After explaining her 22-year-old son Jonathan was involved in a car crash, police officers rushed Talbot to the intensive care unit at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital, where doctors told her he was brain dead.

“I remember wondering if they would ask about organ donation,” recalls Talbot, who was against the idea.

It wasn’t until a nurse asked about Jonathan’s own wishes that his sister Emily spoke up. The two had gotten their drivers licences together, and she recalled Jonathan signing the organ donor card that came with it.

“I wanted to respect his decision,” says Talbot.

Talbot came to accept her son’s wishes, but often, families feud over whether to respect previously declared wishes around organ donation. Continue reading
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