Hospitals sue over new national liver transplant policy
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...
Woman spending ‘life-changing’ wait on transplant list
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.
Crash victim’s mother, man who received her son’s heart meet
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.
Bill would aid marijuana users who need organ transplants
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.
New hearts forge new friendship for transplant recipients
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.
Hockey fan’s sign leads to kidney donation
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.
Heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths
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.
Albany teen seeks second liver transplant
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.
Lung transplant survivor races back to recovery
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.
A Rochester resident who didn’t expect to see another year is showing his gratitude with — what else? — a huge party.
Ed Nelson, 65, will celebrate his “first birthday” post-organ transplant with friends, family, and much of the staff of Mayo Clinic’s Eisenberg and Charlton 10.
Roger Ziegler and his wife, Paula, were living one of every parent's worst fears when their nine-year-old son fell desperately ill in 2002.
Over the next two years they would grapple with the terror of losing him as he awaited a three-organ transplant at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. In the years following the 15-hour operation, the family would relocate permanently from California to Wexford, and then Gibsonia, as Noah received ongoing treatment at Children's.
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.
2020 Donate Life Transplant Games coming to New Jersey
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.
In Richmond, volunteers are raising funds for the Children's Organ Transplant Association in honor of transplant patients like toddler Ashton Guerra.
Ashton is the son of Shayna Barker and Johnny Guerra. Born in 2016, Ashton was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia. The doctors at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, have recommended a life-saving liver transplant. An estimated $75,000 is being raised by Richmond volunteers.
Ashton's family has asked for assistance from the COTA.
- The Journal GazetteKidney need seen in Donate Life MonthApril 25, 2019
- Houston ChronicleMom anxious, hopeful for daughter, 13, who needs heart transplantMarch 26, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalUW surgeon's book reveals history, missteps, successes of organ transplantsJanuary 7, 2019
- Houston ChronicleScout builds mini golf course to help transplant patientsDecember 18, 2018
- Post-BulletinOverheard conversation leads to nurse donating kidney to woman she’d never metNovember 29, 2018
Utah hospital breaks its record with 52 liver transplants
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.
Organ transplant rate increases with high overdose deaths
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 .
These pilots are the unsung heroes in organ transplants
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.
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UPMC to spend $2B on 3 new specialty hospitals in Pittsburgh
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.
Family of boy killed by gator helps kids getting transplants
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.
DERBY — Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby, recently received the Health and Human Services Work Place for Life Silver Recognition Award from New England Donor Services for raising awareness about organ donation.
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.
OSMOND — Every aspect of life in Danny Anderson’s family is up in the air right now.
The soon-to-be fifth-grader at Osmond Public School is on the transplant list at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha — for the second time — awaiting the availability of four organs that will match his body.
At any moment, his mom Mary’s phone could ring with the call delivering news that could change everything — hopefully for the better.
- Globe NewswireCareDx Agrees to Acquire OTTR Complete Transplant ManagementApril 25, 2019
- Business WireTalaris Therapeutics, Inc. Announces Promising Phase 2 Data of Novel, Allogeneic Cell Therapy in Living Donor Kidney Transplant RecipientsApril 18, 2019
- Business WireTalaris Therapeutics, Inc. Announces $100M Series A Financing to Advance Its Novel, Allogeneic Cell Therapy Through Late-Stage Clinical DevelopmentApril 18, 2019
- Globe NewswireCareDx Accuses Natera of False Advertising Claims That Mislead Medical Personnel and Transplant PatientsApril 10, 2019
Morgan Yoney has received another life-saving organ donation, and this time there was no waiting, because her mother, Tammy Yoney, was her donor."It was a big deal to see her risking her life for mine," Morgan said Friday morning, three days after her kidney transplant surgery.Morgan, 23, of Spraggs, needed a kidney after waiting more than two years for a double-lung transplant. She finally received her lung transplant in December, but knew she would need a kidney transplant next.While Morgan...
Nora's Home, a haven for organ failure and transplant patients receiving care in the Texas Medical Center, is doubling the existing lodging capacity as part of a planned expansion.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Nora's Home at 8300 El Rio St., Houston, to celebrate the expansion, which will allow the home to provide an additional 10,800 lodging nights per year to organ transplant patients and their families.
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.
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.
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, only about 2,600 donor hearts become available each year. At any given time, about 4,000 people are on a waiting list for a heart transplant.
In the past, people with religious objections to blood transfusions refused this and other lifesaving procedures. But for many, the surgery is now possible without conflicting with faith.
As Wesley Woods lay on his hospital bed, hooked up to machines that kept him alive, he thought about dying.
For nearly 20 years he battled heart disease. He’d had nine heart attacks, multiple surgeries and one heart transplant.
But that heart, after one year, was failing him.
He was tired of hospitals. He was tired of chest pain. He was tired of feeling tired.
Woods, 51, glanced across the room at his longtime girlfriend, Lesa Allen, and thought again.
Are face transplants still research, or regular care?
Is replacing a severely disfigured person's face with one from a dead donor ready to be called regular care, something insurers should cover? Mayo Clinic has raised that question by doing the first U.S. face transplant that's not part of research.
Faces, hands, wombs and even a penis have been transplanted in recent years. Unlike liver or heart transplants, these novel procedures are not life-saving but life-enhancing.
China seeks to show pope, world its organ program reforms
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.
UPMC mold transplant lawsuits now targeting linen firm, too
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.
Woman who sought kidney on Craigslist gets it from mother
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.
U.S. organ transplants rise for 4th straight year, helped by opioid death toll
Organ transplants in the U.S. reached a record high in 2016 — an unexpected consequence of the national opioid epidemic’s rising death toll.
The Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing — or UNOS — reported that 33,606 transplants took place last year, marking an 8.5 percent increase over 2015 and a 19.8 percent increase over 2012.
Lawyers take Chinese organ-harvesting claims to Australia
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.
Ex-judge’s regrets could help cut sentence of drug kingpin
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.
Fourth suit claims mold-related death at Pittsburgh hospital
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.
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In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors
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...