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Worcester Polytechnic Institute Grew Heart Tissue on a Spinach Leaf

A team of researchers used the veins of a spinach leaf to grow heart tissue.
Spinach isn’t merely a heart-healthy veggie. A team of researchers just demonstrated that the green may even be able to grow a heart.

In a paper published Wednesday, researchers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Arkansas State University-Jonesboro detail how they used spinach leaves to grow heart tissue.

Believe it or not, spinach leaves have a vascular system similar to humans’. So to start, researchers pushed a detergent solution through the spinach’s veins, stripping it of its plant cells and leaving behind the structure that keeps those cells in place. They also filled the spinach veins with human cells that line blood vessels.

When human cardiomyocytes—heart muscle cells derived from pluripotent stem cells—were implanted onto the spinach leaf, capillaries carried all the necessary blood and nutrients to the cardiomyocytes. After…

Kiwi bride weds ahead of high-risk double organ transplant


Former Winthrop student sets sights on future after getting life-saving gift

Charlotte resident Tamisha Martin is looking forward to traveling and enjoying all of what life has to offer. It’s a future Martin didn’t know if she would have.

“My brain is hyper,” she said. “I can’t stop thinking about everything I can do and everything I want to do.”

Diagnosed with Lupus, an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks the organs, Martin has been fighting kidney failure for a decade. She has been on dialysis for nearly four years.

On March 2, Martin got a new kidney and a new shot at life, thanks to Columbia resident Megan Rogers. Rogers, 31, and Martin, 30, both attended Airport High School in Columbia. Rogers volunteered to donate her kidney to Martin, who she hadn’t seen in nearly 10 years.

“I just want to give her her life back,” Rogers said before the surgery. “I want her to experience those things that she wouldn’t be able to without this. God put this on my heart to do.” VIDEO Continue reading_______________________________________________…

Organ donation from Nashville man's son saves Davidson County deputy

WZTV | Nikki Junewicz
A Nashville man loses his son unexpectedly but, in dealing with that pain, gains a new one.

Lee Luster's son Adam suffered a brain hemorrhage almost five years ago.

When the family learned he could not survive it, they made the decision to donate Adam's kidneys.

One kidney went to a local hero in in blue, Deputy Darrell Knight of the Davidson County Sheriff's Office.

Knight suffers from kidney disease, and was receiving dialysis daily to stay alive.

The donor transplant process has bonded the Luster family and Darrell ever since.

“He calls me pop, I think he's super grateful,” explains Lee, “There's just a closeness there, you really can't describe. We love each other, even though we didn’t know each other before, we love each other now.” Video, Continue reading
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Teen organ donor saves nearly 100-lives

MONMOUTH COUNTY, Nj.– A New jersey teenager, who died last year, is helping others even after his death. The 15-year old’s organs and tissues were donated, helping save almost 100-hundred lives. His family met the woman who received his pancreas, on Sunday.

Missy Masse walked through the door of the New Jersey Sharing Network and into the open arms of the Bautista family. Masse’s six-hour drive from Williamsport, Pa. to Monmouth County, New Jersey may not have happened at all, if it wasn’t for the life-saving donation from their 15-year-old son.

Last May, Luke Bautista died in an accident at their home. The heart-wrenching decision was made by older brother C.J. to donate Luke’s organs.

“It’s pretty crazy you can take parts of him and put them in someone else. There’s living on now and improved Missy’s life and it’s pretty cool,” said CJ Bautista, Luke’s brother.

Missy needed a pancreas. The call came, the organ arrived, and after an 8-hour surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical…

Kidney-donation pals celebrate transplant op success

A man who was given a kidney by his best friend says he feels "100% better" and is considering a charity skydive.

Andy Clewes had the transplant in Manchester after his friend Helen Crowther agreed to become a donor.

The 46-year-old suffered chronic kidney disease since birth and was on the verge of needing dialysis treatment.

Mr Clewes and Ms Crowther, 45, are now planning "a curry and a few beers" to celebrate the successful procedure, which was carried out in January.

"I've just got so much more energy now," Mr Clewes, a radio DJ from Crewe, Cheshire, said.

"There was a time when I could sleep 23-hour days, but now I struggle to get myself off to bed.

"It's hard to describe how it feels. Every now and then you remember how lucky you are to have your mate's kidney." Continue reading
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April marks National Donate Life Month

April 1st marks federally sanctioned Donate Life Month. Throughout the month, LifeLink of Florida honors the spirit of those individuals who make transplants possible—organ, tissue and eye donors.

We celebrate the lives of recipients fortunate enough to have received their second chance at life thanks to the generosity of an organ donor, remember the heroes of organ and tissue donation whose legacies live on in the lives of those they helped save – and call attention to the more than 118,000 men, women and children who still wait; more than 5,600 patients waiting in Florida alone. Today, we encourage everyone to take action to save lives.

One organ donor can potentially save the lives of eight people, and improve the lives of 70 more through tissue donation. Donation, with the primary exception of living kidney donation, occurs after death and deciding to register as a donor does not impact your medical care should you become ill or injured in an accident. People …

Gift of life; heart transplant saves Alaskan

KTUU | Mike Ross
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Jennie Lawrence was greeted last Friday with a happy homecoming by family and friends, who just a few months ago, were not sure if she would live or die.

Lawrence's aunt, Ann Lawrence, said, "God has blessed us many times over, by giving her a second chance to come home and be part of our family."

Lawrence said her long ordeal began about 13 years ago.

"I went for a walk and couldn't take more than five, ten steps, and I was completely out of breath," she said.

Doctors at the Alaska Native Medical Center diagnosed her with a serious heart condition called dilated cardiomyopathy.

"The cardiologist said my heart was working at three percent," Lawrence said.

Lawrence took medication for several years to try to control it, but she reached a turning point last year, during a dip netting trip with her parents to Kenai.

"I could barely breath and was trying to walk through the sand down there." Lawrence said. &quo…

The gift of life: Living with new lungs

SCOPE BLOG | Stanford Medicine
When I mention to people that I had a double lung transplant, they usually react in one of two ways. They’re likely to say, “Wow, I’ve never met someone who’s had a lung transplant — that’s awesome,” or “Oh, I’m sorry.” The latter used to confuse me. Sorry, for what, I wondered — the fact that I have a second chance at life? Now I get a chuckle when I hear that and take the opportunity at sharing how amazing organ donation can be for both the recipient and the donor family.

I had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a progressive lung disease that presented as an uncontrolled scarring of the lungs. There is no cure, and at the time no approved treatment options. I was left with the choice of visiting a transplant center and being screened for a very invasive and scary procedure, or letting the disease take its course. This was a much more difficult decision than those not facing it might think, but that’s a topic for another day.

My disease began with a re…

Saints super-fan ‘JJ’ gets his own trading cards

NEW ORLEANS – Fourteen-year-old Jarrius “Little JJ” Robertson – in need of a life-saving liver transplant – has already taken the world of sports by storm as he keeps attending big events and encouraging people to become organ donors.

And now he is getting a new tool to help spread his message: his own football cards designed to promote organ donation.

The first of two card designs – featuring Jarrius in the purple and gold of the LSU Tigers – will be released on Tuesday, March 21, during a reception at the Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar on Burbank Drive in Baton Rouge.

The event will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It will be hosted by Baton Rouge author Jeffrey Marx, a longtime organ donation advocate who produced the cards in collaboration with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA).

Jarrius will receive the ceremonial card #1 at the event, with former LSU football stars Corey Webster (two-time Super Bowl champion) and Marcus Randall (now head coach of state champion Southern Lab) j…

Santa Clarita Valley Family To Take Part In ‘Donate Life Run’ In Memory Of Son, Cory Tarrant

KHTS 1220 | Cody Como
In 2012 the Tarrant family lost their 17-year-old son, Cory Tarrant, in a fatal dirt bike crash, and have used the incident to raise money for and awareness about organ donation.Once again the Tarrant family is participating in the annual Donate Life Run/Walk Family Festival.  The event is “a non-competitive 5K/1K run/walk to educate and inspire the community about organ and tissue donation while benefiting the OneLegacy Foundation,” according to event officials.The walk takes on a personal meaning for the Tarrant family after their son elected to be an organ donor before his death. Cory Tarrant was honored in the 2015 Rose Parade with a portrait on the Donate Life Rose Parade float for his donation and the work of his family after his death to raise awareness on the importance of organ donation. Nearly 18 people die each day waiting for a lifesaving organ to be donated, according to organizers. The Donate Life Run looks to help reduce that number by inspiring ot…

Young SJ transplant patient defies the odds

COURIER-POST | Kim Mulford
In 2012, while 3-year-old Riley O'Brien was on the waiting list for a heart/lung transplant, a Courier-Post videographer spent a day documenting his experiences. Courier-Post
MAGNOLIA - Four years after receiving a new heart and lungs from a child donor, 8-year-old Riley O'Brien is facing a whole different set of challenges.
Despite a round of invasive tests impending this week, the nine medications he takes daily, and the worries of contracting a life-threatening infection, Riley had a more pressing aggravation during a recent visit.
A pile of homework for a possible snow day.
The second-grader groaned about the task, appearing like any other kid beleaguered by the demands of school. Then he set to work mugging for a photojournalist's camera, twisting his grin sideways and swinging his arms as if to run.
"I'm Flash," he explained, before rearranging his pose.
In truth, his mother said, he's a miracle child. Continue reading  __…

Hope's gift of life: Gainesville teen waits on transplant list

An emotional phone call came a day too late for Hope Kienle.

Hope, a 14-year-old at North Hall Middle School, has been on a pre-transplant waiting list for months. She’s set for a multivisceral operation that will give her a new liver, stomach, colon, pancreas and small bowel.

On a Tuesday in January, a call came in to Hope’s mother Amy Kienle about a potential donor match.

But the day before, Hope had been diagnosed with pneumonia, meaning they would have to decline the match.

“That one call changes your life,” she said. “This is the year that my life is going to be on hold.”

At 64 days old, Hope was diagnosed with biliary atresia and portal hypertension in 2003. The liver creates bile, a liquid that breaks down fats and carries waste through the rest of the body for excretion.

Amy Kienle, who is CEO of the Georgia Mountains YMCA, said Hope seemed fine at birth before she was examined at a baby wellness checkup. Hope underwent a liver transplant the next yea…

Eye Donor Family Meets Recipient For First Time

KDLT | Jack Eble
Families Come Together To Celebrate National Eye Donor Month

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Chris Jones anxiously awaits a meeting. With family around her, she prepares to see a piece of her husband again. Her husband, Lawrence Pete Jones, passed away in October 2015. They made the decision to donate his corneas. Cal Fickbohm received one of those corneas. Jones said she was nervous to finally meet the person who carries a piece of her loved one. “I was anxious because Pete had blue eyes and so that’s just what kept sticking in my head the whole time was oh, if he has blue eyes, I’m going to start crying. I’m going to lose it. He has blue eyes,” said Jones. Fickbohm said the anxious nerves were in him, as well. Continue reading  ___________________________________________________________________You have the power to SAVE Lives Register as an organ, eye and tissue donor today.In California:   Donate LIFE California | Done VIDA CaliforniaNationwide:     Organ Donor | Donate Life Ameri…

Mill Valley couple donates baby’s tissue for research, giving hope to others

On a Tamalpais Valley hilltop with a breathtaking view of the Marin shoreline and the bay, there’s a little wooden bench in memory of a special baby girl who did enormous good for medical research in the scant three weeks she was on the earth. 
Carter Virginia Copp died of a rare genetic condition that almost no one ever gets, but she lives on in the tissue and organs from her tiny body that her parents, Aline and Josh Copp, a 32-year-old Mill Valley couple, donated to grateful researchers studying autism, brain development and other neurological disorders in children.
“It gives us some strength and hope and peace to know that her life is making an impact on research and on science that has the ability to help other lives,” Aline said. 
“It was pretty clear to us that we wouldn’t get to have our daughter with us for very long, so we better make the most of it and find a way that she continues to be a part of our life beyond her short physical…

'Evening Of Wellness' Lecture Series Tackles Organ Donation In Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The seventh lecture in a nine-part series called “Evenings of Wellness” is scheduled for April 5 at The Norma Pfriem Breast Center on Beach Road. Sponsored by The Center and the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, the lecture, “Saving Lives through Organ Donation,” is to be given by Dr. David Mulligan at 6 p.m. on April 5, according to organizers.

Mulligan serves as the director of Yale-New Haven Transplantation and is an acclaimed organ transplant surgeon, according to organizers, who said he is a fervent supporter of organ donation.

In his nearly hour-long talk, Mulligan will cover a variety of topics surrounding organ donation, including the process of donation and transplantation, organ procurement and distribution and how to qualify, organizers said, adding that the event is to coincide with National Donate Life Month (celebrated in April). Continue reading ___________________________________________________________________…

NHS boss hails ‘gift’ of donated kidney after less than a year on transplant list

A hospital boss who underwent a kidney transplant after less than a year on the waiting list spoke today of the “amazing gift”.

Matthew Hopkins, 50, chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS trust, was selected for a “pre-emptive” operation months before he faced being placed on daily dialysis. A friend had volunteered to donate a kidney but another kidney, for which Mr Hopkins was a good match, became available after the death of a donor.

He had the procedure at St George’s hospital in Tooting this month, hours after receiving an early-morning phone call telling him an organ was available.

Kidney patients normally wait two and a half years for a transplant due to the shortage of donors. Last year 256 NHS patients died waiting for a kidney. Mr Hopkins said: “It’s an amazing gift. I just feel very, very lucky — and lucky from the point that it came so quickly. The normal waiting time is a minimum of two years.

“In other communities, such …

It Takes Guts

Patient and Family Reunited With Liver Transplant TeamFive years ago, Monica Rossi Perackis’ vacation to the United States took an unexpected and fateful turn. On the eve of a visit to Disneyland with her family, Monica’s liver suddenly, completely failed.

Fortunately, the next stop for the mother of three from Italy was UC San Diego Health and the liver transplant team.
“The first day that Monica opened her eyes after surgery, she asked me to kiss her. I will never forget that day,” said husband Michail.

Monica and Michail recently reunited with the transplant team to express their gratitude for the life-saving health care and hospitality they received.

“We found a great team with a great capacity for kindness. I wish we could name everyone, from Cindy Cruz to Cindy Collins, to Drs. Anderson, Napoles and Loomba. There was also Donovan, John, Maribel, Vito, Ernie, Vanessa and many others,” said Michail. “And, of course, Dr. Hemming, who ph…

OneLegacy/Donate Life California teams up with Joey Gase

FacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestprintcommentJoey Gase and Jimmy Means Racing are excited to announce their partnership with OneLegacy and Donate Life California. Both OneLegacy and Donate Life California's logos will adorn the hood of the #52 Chevy driven by Gase for this weekend in Fontana to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Joey's mother, Mary, passed away suddenly of a brain aneurysm in April 2011. Joey was just 18 at the time, and he and his family made the courageous decision to donate her organs. Mary's organs and tissue were able to save and improve the lives of 66 individuals. The experience sparked a fire in Joey to spread awareness and the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation each week while on the track.

In Memoriam: Aaron D. Bannett, M.D., MBA

Thank you for visiting Gift of Life Donor Program in celebration of the memory of Dr. Aaron Bannet, co-founder of our organization. If you would like to make a memorial contribution in honor of Dr. Bannett, please click here.

"Dr. Bannett was a true innovator in donation and transplantation with a passion for advancing medicine and science. He was dearly loved by his patients and colleagues not only for his surgical skill and expertise but his care and compassion. He was a true mentor to many. Dr. Bannett's family requested to have the service at Gift of Life Donor Program." - Howard M. Nathan, President & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program Aaron D. Bannett, M.D., MBA, was a pioneer in organ transplant and vascular surgery. In the early days of vascular surgery, he trained with Drs. DeBakey and Cooley in Houston and then began a vascular graft program at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Once the technique of sewing blood vessels …

Double lung transplant gives Que. woman new lease on life

A Montreal woman who is recovering from a double lung transplant is hoping to raise awareness about the disease that nearly killed her and the need to sign organ donor cards.

Three years ago, after Linda Paradis began to experience pain while taking deep breaths, she knew something was wrong.

Doctors tested her for several conditions for close to a year before finally diagnosing her with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis -- a condition that doctors still don’t understand well.

IPF causes scar tissue, or fibrosis, to build up in the lungs, shrinking their oxygen-intake abilities. Doctors don’t know what causes it, which is why it’s called idiopathic, says respirologist Dr. Julie Morisset, who specializes in IPF.

“Right now, the hypothesis that we have is that it's related to aging of the cells in the lungs. Because those cells are aging they can die out and all those cells create scarring in the lung and the lung gets really stiff,” she says.

It took a year for doctors to finally…

After donating kidney, Cordasco encourages others to become donors

DAILY PRESS | Travis Fain
There was never any doubt, Heather Cordasco said, about giving up a kidney.

Without it, her friend would have to depend on dialysis, sitting for hours to have a machine to clean her blood. The yellow pallor would remain, along with all the health risks. Mary Stokes would have to hope it wouldn't take years to move up the transplant waiting list.

"She said, 'I can't ask you to do that,'" said Cordasco, now nearly four weeks removed from a successful transplant surgery. "I said, 'You didn't ask me.'"

Cordasco and Stokes have known each other about 8 years. Cordasco is a former Williamsburg-James City County School Board member and Stokes is a special education assistant for the system. Stokes has three kidneys now: her two and the one from Cordasco's left side, which Stokes calls "super kidney."

"I can never thank her enough," she said. Continue reading

UWA to celebrate National Organ Donor Month with Alabama Organ Center

LIVINGSTON, Ala. – The University of West Alabama will help kick off National Organ Donor Month in April with a guest speaker from the Alabama Organ Center (AOC). The event is set for April 5 at 3:30 p.m. at the Tutwiler Conference Center in Lyon Hall and is open to the public.

Amy Woodward will represent the education team of the AOC. Amy works in hospital development and as a community liaison for the center, traveling across Alabama to share the organization’s mission of instilling hope within the people of Alabama by providing education and confidence to take action to become an organ and tissue donor.

According to Woodward, more than 3,000 Alabamians are waiting for a transplant as of early February. Of these, 2,909 are waiting for a kidney. The liver is the second-most needed transplant organ in Alabama, with 86 on the waiting list. Six people need a pancreas, 14 need both a kidney and pancreas, 38 need a heart, 18 need a lung, and two await a heart and lung. Cont…

Jason Ray, UNC mascot and organ donor, left behind a legacy of life

A card arrived less than two weeks ago at the home of Charlotte and Emmitt Ray, and when they opened the envelope there was David Erving, a wide smile, wearing “little green glasses,” as Charlotte described them. A homemade St. Patrick’s Day card. Erving never misses a holiday.

He never goes more than a couple of weeks or so without calling, either, just to check in, to hear the voices of the people whose son saved his life. Ten years ago, Erving, 49, was ready to die.

He’d been on dialysis for a decade. Diabetes had ravaged his body, cost him an eye, caused his leg to break. He needed a new liver and a new pancreas. He’d been on a transplant list for four years. He’d decided to stop dialysis, and prepared himself for the end.

Now he’s alive because Jason Ray, the only child Charlotte and Emmitt had together, died 10 years ago on Sunday. Jason was a senior at North Carolina, where before home football and basketball games he transformed into Rameses…

Allexis Siebrecht, liver transplant recipient, hoping to raise money to go to international transplant games

Almost two years after receiving a life-saving liver transplant, 13-year-old Allexis Siebrecht is hoping to represent Manitoba at an international athletic competition for kids who have received organ transplants.

Allexis was born with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease that meant she needed a new liver at age 11.

Before the transplant, the condition meant even things as simple as breathing were difficult for her, but not anymore, Allexis says.

"Before I had my transplant I felt, like, really tired, and I felt like I couldn't walk up any stairs. I was getting sick a lot," she said. "And now I'm just active and hyper and running and doing all these sports."

Last year, she competed in the Canadian Transplant Games and brought home some serious hardware — nine medals in swimming, badminton, tennis and track and field. The wins also meant she qualified for this year's World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain, where she would be …