Minneapolis Star Tribune, Oct. 16
Too many Americans die while waiting for 'gift of life'
Innovation, oversight is needed to make more organs available for critically ill patients.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Doctors and others involved in the care of Arkansans with kidney disease are eager to learn how a recently announced federal initiative will address renal disease in the...
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado hospital will restart its organ transplant program after voluntarily stopping operations.
The Denver Post reported that Porter Adventist Hospital officials announced...
ATLANTA (AP) — Organ transplant officials are rolling back a new nationwide policy over how to allocate scarce livers amid a legal fight in federal court, an attorney for the nonprofit that...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two-time liver transplant recipient Dave Hanson, of Mandan, says it's hard to describe what the days and months felt like leading up to his receiving "the call," which he...
ATLANTA (AP) — Hospitals and patients have sued to block a new nationwide liver transplant policy that they say will waste viable livers, lead to fewer transplants and likely cause...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what's thought to be the world's first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for people with the AIDS virus — and one...
KEYPORT, N.J. (AP) — It started with a cough that would not go away.
"I was ignoring it," Dawn Burke said.
Then came two bouts of pneumonia, one month apart. Tests led to a stunning diagnosis: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a disease that scars the lungs for unknown reasons.
Burke, a longtime Keyport resident, never smoked or had prolonged exposure to dangerous chemicals. Now she faced an irreversible, worsening condition. In September 2017, she joined the waiting list for a lung transplant.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Zack Kelly always had a strong heart_and 13 months after the young man died in a horrific car accident, his mother desperately wanted to hear his powerful heart beating inside another person's body.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers may tighten restrictions on the state's organ transplant centers to ensure they don't discriminate against patients based on marijuana use.
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Detroit woman and South Side Chicago man are recovering in a Chicago hospital following rare triple transplant surgeries that gave them the healthy heart, liver and kidney each needed — and a new friendship they never expected.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One lucky Pittsburgh Penguins fan has a new kidney thanks to the help of social media.
The Tribune-Review reports Kelly Sowatsky had been on the organ transplant waiting list since 2015. Desperate for a new kidney, she attended the team's hockey game in March with a sign telling potential donors to give her a call.
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive after a series of media reports on an unusual number of patient deaths.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Chrystee Houser is hoping for a second miracle. Fifteen years ago, Houser's son Rhyson was just 10 months old when his failing liver was replaced with a healthy one from a donor.
Now, that liver is failing, and Rhyson and his family are hoping for another.
"I'm very proud of him. He's still going to school full time, and he's not falling behind in school," Chrystee Houser said.
HOUMA, La. (AP) — After receiving his second double lung transplant last year, just getting out of a chair took a lot out of Paul Thibodeaux.
His weight fell to 108 pounds and he was on oxygen 24 hours a day with 12-percent lung function.
Not only did the Thibodaux Police narcotics agent make a full recovery and return to duty in April he participated in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, which were held in Salt Lake City, Utah, last month.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana University scientist is getting a $9 million boost from a biotech company to further his research into ways to use animal organs in humans.
The IU School of Medicine says Dr. Burcin Ekser's four-year grant comes from Silver Springs, Maryland-based Lung Biotechnology PBC.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Elizabeth Barton's kidneys have failed her.
The Hillsboro mother has end-stage renal disease, and in order to survive she's on dialysis 18 hours a day. Fluid pumped into her veins through a tube in her stomach cleans her blood as a kidney should.
Barton, 38, is among the roughly 1,000 St. Louis-area residents who are waiting for a kidney transplant, a wait that can last years.
ROME (AP) — Chinese health authorities told a Vatican trafficking conference that Beijing's efforts to crack down on illegal "underground" organ transplants have resulted in 220 arrests and 100 victims being rescued over the past 10 years.
Dr. Haibo Wang, deputy chief of China's organ donation and transplant foundation, provided the data as part of China's yearslong effort to convince the international medical community that it no longer harvests organs from executed prisoners.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will host the 2020 Donate Life Transplant Games, a multisport festival for people who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries.
Officials made the announcement Tuesday.
The six-day event will be staged in the Meadowlands sports complex area and will include more than 20 competitions. It's open to living donors, organ transplant recipients and bone marrow, corneal and tissue transplant recipients.
MURRAY, Utah (AP) — Surgeons at a hospital in a Salt Lake City suburb performed 172 organ transplants last year, including a record number of liver transplants.
The Deseret News reports the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray celebrated the milestone on Tuesday with a gathering of families of donors, recipients and medical staff.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of organ transplants rose in central Ohio and the nation last year as more organs became available because of the increase in fatal drug overdoses.
The nonprofit group Lifeline Ohio saw a record number of donors and recipients in 2017, The Columbus Dispatch has reported .
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Todd Ratzlaff's Sunday evening was winding down.
He had picked up his three children, ages 11, 14 and 15, from swim practice. They'd eaten dinner and were settling in at their Trafalgar home. It was 7 or 8 p.m.
That's when his iPhone rang.
A few hours later, Ratzlaff was off to help save lives. He is a pilot for TxJet, a subsidiary of the Indiana Donor Network that transports life-saving organs to recipients in Indiana.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's already booming health care sector is getting a $2 billion shot in the arm.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced Friday it's building three new specialty hospitals over the next few years, doubling the number of specialty hospitals it already operates in the city.
The advanced new facilities will focus on cancer, cardiac care and organ transplantation, and vision.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The family of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World last year has created a foundation to help families with children receiving organ transplants.
Matt Graves said Wednesday that after their son Lane's death, they wanted to help other families fighting for their children's lives. Melissa Graves dried tears from her eyes while her husband spoke.
BEIJING (AP) — China is on track to lead the world in organ transplant surgeries by 2020 following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from executed prisoners, the architect of the country's transplant program said Wednesday.
Chairman of the China Organ Donation and Transplantation Committee Huang Jiefu told The Associated Press that voluntary civilian organ donations had risen from just 30 in 2010, the first year of a pilot program, to more than 5,500 this year.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey lawmaker wants to offer tax credits to organ donors, but his no-strings approach is meeting opposition from groups who believe the practice runs afoul of federal law.
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State lawmakers in Maine are weighing a proposal that would prevent hospitals from removing people from organ transplant wait lists for using medical marijuana.
Garry Godfrey, who suffers from a hereditary disease that causes kidney failure, was taken off the kidney transplant registry in 2012 for using medical marijuana as a pain reliever.
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ROME (AP) — China is stepping up its efforts to persuade the international medical community that it has stopped using executed prisoners as organ donors, sending a high-level delegation to a Vatican conference amid continued skepticism that the practice has ended.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Families of two organ transplant patients who are blaming their deaths on a mold outbreak at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals are now also targeting the hospital's linen vendor.
Paris Healthcare Linen Service, which is part of Paris Companies, of DuBois, didn't immediately respond to calls for comment from The Associated Press on Friday.
BARRINGTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman who found a kidney donor on Craigslist in 2015 but later was told the organ transplant couldn't happen because of complications has now received a kidney.
Egg Harbor City resident Nina Saria, 34, said Tuesday she got a kidney last month from her mother, who lives in the Republic of Georgia. She said Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez intervened with federal officials to grant her mother permission to travel to the United States.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two Canadian lawyers came to Australia's Parliament House on Monday to persuade lawmakers to pass a motion urging China to immediately end the practice of what they say is organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former judge's regret could lead to the early release of a drug kingpin whose case became well-known because of its connection to an organ transplant that saved Pennsylvania's ailing governor in 1993.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A fourth lawsuit has been filed blaming the death of an organ transplant patient on a mold outbreak at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals.
The latest was filed by the family of Daniel Krieg, 56, of St. Marys, Elk County, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review first reported Wednesday. Krieg died July 9 at UPMC Montefiore hospital.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The whirling hum of a dialysis machine could have been the soundtrack to the rest of Zahra Hajikarimi's life but for an unusual program in Iran that allows people to buy a kidney from a living donor.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brenda Hudson recalls weeks spent in a glass-enclosed isolation room after her first kidney transplant, her family allowed to visit only when suited up against germs.
That transplant lasted a remarkable four decades — and now Hudson's recovery from a second one, this time faster and surrounded by germy visitors, showcases how far organ transplants have come and the hurdles that still await.
"I'm ready to be well again," Hudson exclaimed before...