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  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    “Potentially unethical.” That’s how one expert described an Italian scientist’s plan to perform a “head transplant” by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‘recipient’ head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is “POTENTIALLY unethical?” Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only “potentially” unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it’s possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person’s head onto another person’s spine. The...
  • Heart Transplant Breakthrough

    An amazing video of a way to keep transplant hearts alive for much longer. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=644095252280513
  • I gave my husband a kidney, then he dumped me...

    01/26/2014 8:19:52 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 1-26-14 | Emily Davies
    A wife who saved her dying husbands life by giving him one of her kidneys wants it back after he walked out on her. Andy Lamb was suffering from renal failure and was only being kept alive by dialysis sessions, until his wife Samantha persuaded him to take one of her kidneys. Mrs Lamb, 41, lost more than 3st in weight to make sure that she would be healthy enough for the transplant operation in October 2009. The couple were even filmed for a BBC show which documented the story of her gift of love. But they did not live...
  • UMN surgeons perform region's first 'breathing lung' transplant

    11/21/2013 4:54:16 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-20-13 | Chris Snowbeck
    In most lung transplants, organs from a cadaver donor are placed on ice and thawed at the site of the transplantation surgery. But with the new technology, doctors use a device that pumps blood and oxygen through the lungs during transportation to simulate conditions of the human body. "It seemed in this case that it did" make a difference, Loor said. "The oxygen levels that we got back from our recipient when we were done with the procedure were the best that I'd ever seen." The device -- called the TransMedics Organ Care System -- is being studied as part...
  • Need a new liver? Just print one: 3D printer makes working human liver

    11/09/2013 7:21:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Metro ^ | November 9, 2013
    A group of US scientists have created the worlds smallest human liver which can survive for forty days and works like the real thing using a 3D printer. The mini-livers, made by California-based medical research company Organvo, are just half a millimetre deep and four millimetres wide but can perform most of the functions that a real liver can. The printer builds up 20 layers of hepatocytes cells, which carry out liver functions, along with two major types of liver cell. It also adds cells from the lining of a blood vessel. This allows the liver cells to receive...
  • Compelling Gif Of A Donor Heart Sustained By Machine Prior To Being Transplanted

    10/08/2013 8:05:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Imgur ^ | October 8, 2013 | Staff
    This is a clip of a donor heart being sustained in preparation to being transplanted. It's rather an amazing sight that makes you appreciate the very existence, the consciousness in which you are currently viewing this. Looking at this particular heart, it seems a bit large from what I've otherwise seen.
  • Dying teen put at top of list for new heart after initial denial

    08/15/2013 9:28:55 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 30 replies
    WSBRADIO ^ | 8/13/13 | Tom Jones
    ATLANTA A dying teen initially told he wouldn't get a new heart has learned he's not only on the transplant list, but he's at the top of it. Anthony Stokes' mother, Melencia Hamilton, told Channel 2's Tom Jones she is relieved and her heartache is gone now that her son is getting a new heart. "They just had a change of heart,' Hamilton said. That change of heart has given Hamilton's 15-year-old son, Anthony, a chance at a new heart. Stokes has been moved to 1-A status for a new heart. That means "his heart is critical where he'll...
  • Hunger strikers seek transplants for undocumented immigrants

    08/05/2013 1:59:57 PM PDT · by Thebaddog · 38 replies
    Demanding access to organ transplant procedures for undocumented immigrants, a group of hunger strikers set up camp outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Sunday. They said they would stay until hospital CEO Dean Harrison agreed to a meeting, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The group of about 40 picketers included 14 people who were in the sixth day of a hunger strike. Were asking for help, said Blanca Gomez, 23, who needs a kidney transplant. I go to dialysis three times a week. Im not going off the hunger strike until I get on the transplant list. Gomez said she had lost...
  • Possibility Of First Head Transplant Fraught With Ethical And Medical Dilemmas

    08/01/2013 7:56:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.medicalnewstoday.com ^ | 05 July 2013 | Written by Honor Whiteman
    A leading neurosurgeon has revealed a project to carry out the first human head transplantation with spinal linkage within the next two years. The project is code-named HEAVEN/GEMINI. Published in the June issue of Surgical Neurology International, the project has been outlined by Italian neuroscientist and functional neurosurgeon, Dr. Sergio Canavero. He says the procedure would take 100 surgeons 36 hours to complete, and would cost around 8.5 million ($12.6 million). In 1970, US neurosurgeon Robert Joseph White performed an operation to transplant a monkey's head onto another monkey's body. However, the inability to repair the severed spinal cord due...
  • What is the latest on Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old lung transplant recipient?

    07/29/2013 1:57:33 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 12 replies
    self | 7/29/2013 | self
    Cannot find any recent news on Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Philadelphia girl who fought a legal battle to be included on the adult lung transplant list. Does anyone know how she is doing?
  • Could an Italian Scientist Pave the Way for Human Head Transplants?

    07/02/2013 11:40:26 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    USNews ^ | 2 Jul 2013 | ALLIE BIDWELL
    In what sounds like a science-fiction novel come to life, one scientist says he is close to being able to affix one person's head to another human body. Italian scientist Sergio Canavero believes he has come up with an outline to successfully complete the first human head transplant in history, which could lead to solutions for those suffering from muscular dystrophy or tetraplegics with widespread organ failure. Head transplants have been attempted since the 1950s, when Russian scientist Vladimir Demikhov experimented with dogs. Twenty years later, American neurosurgeon Robert White conducted a successful head transplant by moving the head of...
  • Will girl's transplant hurt the system?

    06/13/2013 5:23:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/13/2013 | Brett Norman
    The campaign to move a dying 10-year-old onto the waiting list for adult lungs has succeeded: Wednesday afternoon Sarah Murnaghan underwent transplant surgery in Philadelphia and she has a good chance at a longer life. What may never be known is who may have suffered in her stead. When one person moves up an organ transplant waiting list, another person may move down If all goes well, the young cystic fibrosis patient will get a fresh start on childhood, able to spend time with friends, play sports and do other normal kid things, Samuel Goldfarb, her doctor at Childrens Hospital...
  • Girl dying of cystic fibrosis receives lung transplant

    06/12/2013 11:45:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/12/2013
    <p>Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl dying of cystic fibrosis, is receiving her long-awaited lung transplant.</p> <p>According to a Facebook post from Sarahs mother, Janet, the family received word this morning of new lungs that had been made available, and Sarah is currently in surgery. The operation could take anywhere from six to 12 hours.</p>
  • Dying Girl to Receive Lung Transplant After Sebelius Denied It

    06/12/2013 9:50:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 100 replies
    A dying girl who needs a lung transplant and only has weeks to live has will receive the long-awaited lung transplant she so desperately needs. Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl dying of cystic fibrosis, received national attention after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refused to help.
  • Girl dying of cystic fibrosis to receive lung transplant (Update at 74, Successful)

    06/12/2013 8:47:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2013
    Sarah Murgnahan, the 10-year-old girl dying of cystic fibrosis, is getting a brand new pair of lungs.
  • Unnecessary Tragedy

    06/12/2013 4:24:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Last week, a federal judge ordered Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. That gives her a better chance of receiving a potentially lifesaving transplant. Sarah Murnaghan's fate should force us to examine our organ transplant policy. There are more than 88,000 Americans on the organ transplant waiting list. Roughly 10 percent of them will die before receiving an organ. These lost lives are not so much an act of God as they are an act of Congress because of...
  • Sebelius: Health Care Waivers Are For Union Pals, Not a Dying Child

    06/06/2013 4:12:33 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/06/2013 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Kathleen Sebelius' claim she can't waive a rule to save a 10-year-old's life is rich, given she was last seen doling out ObamaCare waivers like candy to union groups. Welcome to the world of politicized health care. This week, lawmakers pressed Sebelius, who heads the Health and Human Services Department, to step in to help a Pennsylvania girl suffering cystic fibrosis in urgent need of a lung transplant. Because she's only 10, Sarah Murnaghan can't access lungs from adult donors, only those from children, of which there are none currently available. [snip] Whether Sebelius should have intervened in...
  • Policy Makes Lung Transplant Out of Reach for 10-Year-Old

    05/29/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT · by Wanderer99 · 24 replies
    ABC news ^ | May 29, 2013 | Sydney Lupkin
    If Sarah Murnaghan were 12 years old, she would be at the top of the adult lung transplant list because she only has weeks to live and a lung transplant would as-good-as cure her of cystic fibrosis. But she's not 12, and if she doesn't get new lungs, she might not even make it to 11. "We are not asking for preference for Sarah, we are asking for equality," Sarah's mother, Janet Murnaghan, said in a press release. "We strongly believe Sarah should be triaged based on the severity of her illness, not her age." Organ Donation: Should Younger Patients...
  • Study: Feces Transplant More Effective For Diarrhea Than Antibiotics

    01/17/2013 12:52:05 PM PST · by knife6375 · 47 replies
    CBS CONNECTICUT ^ | January 17, 2013 12:24 PM | CBS CONNECTICUT
    A procedure that inserts fecal matter from a healthy person into the intestines of someone with diarrhea has been found to be a better treatment than antibiotics.
  • Undocumented immigrants fight for lifesaving liver transplants

    06/11/2012 8:46:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2012 | Jeff Danna
    Brothers Elfego and Lorenzo Arroyo each suffers from a deadly liver disease. But despite the urgency of their situation, the Chicago residents have struggled to receive organ transplants. The Arroyo brothers are undocumented immigrants and lack insurance, friends and relatives say. Like others in their situation, they have been denied care that could increase their chances of survival due to their residency status. "We know there are thousands of Latinos and (non-)Latinos with no documents who are facing the same situation," Rev. Jose Landaverde said Monday during a news conference at Our Lady of Guadalupe Angelican Catholic Mission in Chicago's...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Transplanting Tomatoes) Vol. 10, March 9, 2012

    03/09/2012 10:51:08 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 244 replies
    Friday, March 9, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Good afternoon gardeners! After a high of 81 degrees yesterday, we are at 50 degrees today after experiencing high winds and 3 inches of rain last night. Radar would indicate that there is more rain to come, as I see it in Texas right now. I hope that all of our Texas gardeners are catching up on much needed rain! PTL!We have so many new gardeners in our group, in addition to folks with the desire to begin gardening, that I thought a primer on transplanting might be useful. Please feel free to add to the discussion with...
  • Woman gets world's first 3D printed jaw transplant (Titanium jaw)

    02/06/2012 10:54:14 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/6/12 | Monica DyBuncio
    (CBS) Doctors and engineers have joined forces to bring the world its first lower jaw transplant, using a prosthetic jaw made by a 3D printer. An 83-year-old Belgian woman underwent the operation last June, after suffering from an infection that rapidly ate away her jaw. In order to keep breathing, chewing, talking and feeling in her jaw, the patient had no option other than the complete removal of her mandible (lower jaw). Scientists at the University of Hasselt BIOMED Research Institute in Belgium developed a custom made implant using 3D printing of titanium powder. The design, processing and production of...
  • Patient with heart dropped by Mexican medics leaves hospital

    01/25/2012 12:10:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies · 1+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 25 Jan 2012 | Haroon Saddique
    Two Mexican medics ridiculed for dropping a human heart while it was being transported to a hospital for a transplant can breathe a little more easily after the recipient, Erika Hernandez, was discharged from hospital. The men were widely lampooned after they spilled the contents of a cooler box containing the organ while rushing to the La Raza hospital in Mexico City two weeks ago. But the operation went ahead as planned and proved successful. "I cannot believe that I'm still here and well," Hernandez said. "It is thanks to the person who donated the heart I can be here."...
  • Heart transport mishap leaves Mexico ridiculing red-faced medics

    01/12/2012 1:12:37 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | 1/12/12 | Haroon Siddique
    Paramedics drop organ in front of photographers after it was rushed to hospital by police helicopter for transplantIt was a heart-stopping moment or nearly so: rushing from a helicopter, two Mexican medics dropped a human heart being ferried to hospital for a transplant. And to compound their embarrassment, press photographers were there to capture the mishap. Thankfully, the transplant was carried out successfully, although that has not stopped the medics being widely ridiculed online. The heart was being transported by a police helicopter to a hospital in Mexico City on Wednesday, in what police described as "a rapid,...
  • 'Stimulated' stem cells stop donor organ rejection

    10/18/2011 3:03:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    MedicalXpress ^ | 10/18/11
    (Medical Xpress) -- Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to stimulate a rats stem cells after a liver transplant as a means of preventing rejection of the new organ without the need for lifelong immunosuppressant drugs. The need for anti-rejection medicines, which carry serious side effects, is a major obstacle to successful long-term transplant survival in people. With a combination of a very low, short-term dose of an immunosuppressive drug to prevent immediate rejection and four doses of a medication that frees the recipients stem cells from the bone marrow to seek out and populate the donor organ, the...
  • First Fully Lab-Grown Organ Successfully Transplanted

    07/08/2011 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 7/8/2011 | Atlantic Wire
    A man who developed cancer in his windpipe has gotten a new trachea, grown entirely from his own stem cells over two days in a laboratory in Sweden. The operation is remarkable because it's the first time a completely synthetically grown organ has been transplanted into a patient, The Guardian reported. "The synthetic trachea was created by growing the patient's own stem cells on an artificial 'scaffold', which British scientists helped design.
  • Surgery silences Venezuela's Chavez, controversy grows

    06/22/2011 6:04:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    Yahoo.com/Reuters ^ | 6/22/11 | Andrew Cawthorne/Reuters
    CARACAS (Reuters) The most verbose president on the planet is strangely silent. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, an avid tweeter whose speeches routinely go on for hours, has barely communicated in public since a June 10 operation in Cuba that has become increasingly shrouded in mystery and speculation as the days have gone by. Usually on TV several times a day, Chavez has also been invisible except for a photo session with Cuba's President Raul Castro and its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, where Chavez was smiling and upright but notably frailer.
  • Mother to Give Daughter Uterus in Transplant to Give Birth

    06/14/2011 9:08:22 AM PDT · by julieee · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | June 14, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Mother to Give Daughter Uterus in Transplant to Give Birth Stockholm, Sweden -- A mother has decided to give her daughter her uterus in what may become the first-ever transplant, according to a medical team in Sweden that recently made the announcement. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/14/mother-to-give-daughter-uterus-in-transplant-to-give-birth/
  • First Full Face Transplant in US: Gratitude, Transformation, Future [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

    05/10/2011 3:27:23 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5-7-11 | IBD staff
    Dallas Wiens, 26, of Texas, who had previously come to terms with a vastly deformative injury which virtually erased his face, expressed gratitude to the family of his new face's donor and doctors remarked on his transformation as he made his first public appearance after becoming the first recipient of a full facial transplant in the United States. Most of Wiens' face was burned off during an electrical accident in 2008 in Fort Worth. He was working on a cherry picker, finishing a painting job at Ridglea Baptist Church, when the machine hit a power line. He awoke from a...
  • Inmate gets organ transplant evaluation (child rapist, and you're picking up the tab)

    04/23/2011 9:18:18 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 34 replies
    Auburn (NY) Citizen ^ | 4/23/11 | Nate Robson
    A former Cayuga County resident serving an 18-to-40-year state prison sentence for rape and sodomy is on a heart donor list and is undergoing a heart transplant evaluation at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Coxsackie Correctional Facility inmate Kenneth L. Pike was flown from Albany to Rochester Monday, and hospital officials confirmed that a Kenneth Pike is at the hospital and is listed in guarded condition. Pike is being evaluated for a heart transplant, is on the donor list and will most likely die without the procedure. the average first-year cost of a heart transplant comes in at $787,700. In...
  • Transplant patient got AIDS from new kidney (Gay kidney doner - Outrage!)

    03/20/2011 8:42:35 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 101 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3-20-11 | AP via Yahoo! News
    A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s. It turns out the donor had unprotected gay sex in the 11 weeks between the time he tested negative and the time the surgery took place in 2009. In a report Thursday on the New York City case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that organ donors have repeat HIV tests a week before surgery. "The most sensitive test needs to be done as close as possible...
  • Under kidney transplant proposal, younger patients would get the best organs

    02/25/2011 2:26:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2011 | Rob Stein
    The nation's organ-transplant network is considering giving younger, healthier people preference over older, sicker patients for the best kidneys. Instead of giving priority primarily to patients who have been on the waiting list longest, the new rules would match recipients and organs to a greater extent based on factors such as age and health to try to maximize the number of years provided by each kidney - the most sought-after organ for transplants. "We're trying to best utilize the gift of the donated organ," said Kenneth Andreoni, an associate professor of surgery at Ohio State University who chairs the committee...
  • Vice President Dick Cheney: In Need of Heart Transplant?

    01/04/2011 8:38:52 PM PST · by STARWISE · 88 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1-4-11 | Karen Travers
    Cheney Back in Public, Thinner, With Heart Pump *snip* The LVAD is implanted next to the heart to help its main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, pump blood through the body. Such devices are used mainly for short periods, to buy potential transplant candidates time as they await a donor organ. Cardiologists said that in Cheney's case, the pump is likely a "bridge" that will keep him alive until he can receive a heart transplant. Many cardiac experts said at the time of his surgery that Cheney may be only one step away from a transplant but could find himself...
  • Brother's transplant gift carries unbearable cost (The brother died)

    11/14/2010 1:58:41 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 12 replies
    MSN,com ^ | November 14, 2010 | Pauline Arrillaga/AP
    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. He knows all about the stages of grief. Denial and isolation top the list. But how can he possibly deny all that's happened? In the mirror, he sees the 14-inch scar across his abdomen. Beneath the scar, lodged below his heart, is a piece of Ryan, his brother. Journal entry, Aug. 22: "I missed you today Ryan. It hurt so much I felt like my heart had blisters on it. God, why do we need death to reawaken what we should already know?" The grief comes in waves, sometimes gently washing over him, sometimes crashing down...
  • Livers grown in the laboratory could eventually solve organ transplant shortage

    10/31/2010 11:19:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 10/31/10 | Richard Alleyne
    The researchers created "working livers" the size of a walnut which functioned normally in laboratory conditions. They believe that in around five years they will be able to upscale the process and transfer the procedure from laboratory to hospital. The development could eventually solve the transplant shortage and also remove the need for powerful drugs to prevent the body rejecting the organ. "We are excited about the possibilities this research represents, but must stress that we're at an early stage and many technical hurdles must be overcome before it could benefit patients," said the project director, Associate Professor Shay Soker
  • Hand Transplant Program Initiated at Mayo Clinic

    09/24/2010 8:44:19 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    Source: Business Wire ^ | 9-24-10 | Business Wire
    Sep. 24, 2010 (Business Wire) -- Mayo Clinic has initiated the first clinical Hand Transplant Program in the United States and is now enrolling patients. This program offers hand transplantation as a clinically available option for patients with bilateral hand injuries or amputations. This allows patients to embark on this option of reconstructive surgery without being required to enroll in experimental trials.
  • Re-thinking-organ-donation.

    ...lately, I have discovered that I, like the public at large, have been completely misinformed as to what really goes on when organs are donated.
  • Man dies of uterine cancer linked to transplant

    05/27/2010 2:42:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 31 replies · 733+ views
    msnbc ^ | 5-27-10 | JJennifer Peltz
    Vincent Liew waited five years for the kidney that was supposed to change his life. Instead, the organ ended it. The kidney came from a woman who had uterine cancer, but she and doctors didn't know it. Once her disease was discovered after the transplant, Liew's doctors highly doubted it could spread to him. But in seven months, Liew was killed by cancer that his autopsy linked to the transplant. His death, the subject of a medical malpractice trial in which closing arguments were scheduled for Thursday, is believed to be the only reported instance of uterine cancer apparently being...
  • Beyond liver transplants: Acutely damaged livers may be repaired via transplanted hepatocytes

    02/01/2010 10:52:12 AM PST · by decimon · 5 replies · 367+ views
    Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 01, 2010) A research team from the National Taiwan University Hospital has evaluated the efficiency of transplanted hepatocyte (liver) cells in animal models severely damaged by two kinds of chemical toxicity to see whether and how transplanted hepatocytes were able to efficiently repopulate the toxin-induced, severely damaged livers. The results of this study are published in the current double issue of Cell Transplantation (18:10/11) and are freely available on-line at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cog/ct/ . The study was carried out in the on-going effort to evaluate hepatocyte transplantation as an alternative to liver transplantation, not only because of the...
  • Man with donated liver hits 0.39 BAC

    12/09/2009 3:20:49 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 22 replies · 782+ views
    lacross tribune ^ | 12-9-09 | Tribune staff
    A liver transplant recipient was given a public intoxication warning Monday afternoon after he registered a 0.39 percent blood-alcohol level, according to La Crosse police reports. The 34-year-old man was found on a curb at Springbrook Way and Cliffside Drive about 3 p.m., reports stated. He could not stand or walk unassisted when a family member took him home, police noted. He was taken to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center for detoxification.
  • 'I Wouldn't Want to Wish This Upon Anybody'

    03/25/2010 1:10:55 PM PDT · by BobMcCartyWrites · 1 replies · 272+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 3-25-10 | Bob McCarty
    Cynthia Rice told me she wouldnt want to wish this upon anybody. She was talking about her husband Jim's illness, but could have been talking about ObamaCare.
  • Stoughton man to receive kidney transplant

    02/10/2010 11:32:03 AM PST · by Radix · 2 replies · 118+ views
    Brockton Enterprise ^ | 10 February, 2010 | Maureen Mccarthy
    STOUGHTON Jordana Bryan traveled over 2,500 miles from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Massachusetts for one, selfless purpose: to donate her kidney to someone she met via the Internet. Bryan, 56, met Charles Chickie Hoffman, a 69-year-old electrical contractor from Stoughton, on the Canton-based Web site MatchingDonors.com, a nonprofit organization that connects organ donors with patients in need of transplants. Several months since their initial Internet meeting and dozens of invasive tests later, Thursday morning, Bryan and Hoffman will undergo a kidney transplant at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Bryan, a professional caregiver by trade, is no stranger to the...
  • Doctors Perform Groundbreaking Surgery at Walter Reed

    12/17/2009 5:46:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 38 replies · 1,850+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2009 Doctors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center here and the University of Miami collaborated to perform the first pancreas islet cell transplant Thanksgiving Day on an airman whose pancreas was injured so severely in Afghanistan that it had to be removed. Army Col. (Dr.) Craig D. Shriver, chief of general surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., describes groundbreaking pancreas islet cell transplant surgery performed Nov. 26, 2009, to reporters during a Dec. 15, 2009, news conference. Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, dean of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami,...
  • 13 patients receive kidney transplants in historic 26-operation swap [Never happen under Obamacare]

    12/15/2009 7:00:35 PM PST · by delacoert · 10 replies · 451+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | December 14, 2009 | Rosemary Black
    Thirteen extremely sick patients. Highly skilled surgeons who performed 26 operations, a quick-thinking organ transplant expert and big-hearted donors. They were all part of a recent record-setting kidney swap in the nation's capital that was part of a major push to get transplants to patients who might not usually qualify. And when it was over, all 13 people had received lifesaving kidneys, the Associated Press reports. So Georgetown University Hospital's kidney transplant director, Dr. Keith Melancon, came up with an unusual option: If both Williams and Irene Otten could get a near- perfect donor kidney (a kidney that just a...
  • Marrow transplant cures adult sickle cell disease

    12/10/2009 5:18:58 AM PST · by decimon · 1 replies · 104+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 9, 2009 | Gene Emery
    BOSTON (Reuters) Bone marrow transplants, already used to treat some children with sickle cell disease, also may cure some adults with this deadly genetic defect that causes red blood cells to contort, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday. > Destroying a patient's bone marrow and replacing it with healthy marrow from a donor, often a sibling, is considered too risky for adults. > This approach leaves enough space inside the patient's bones for the donated marrow to find a home and produce enough healthy red blood cells to compensate for the defective ones. >
  • Double hand transplant patient out of hospital

    09/30/2009 8:09:58 PM PDT · by underthestreetlite · 6 replies · 440+ views
    LANCASTER, Pa. The mother of the nation's first double hand transplant patient says he's out of the hospital and looking forward to returning to his wife and daughter in Georgia. Doris Schafer told the Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era that her son, Jeff Kepner, visited her over the weekend in Lancaster. She says he plans to return to Augusta, Ga., at the end of this week. Schafer says Kepner is considerably happier than when she saw him in June at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, about a month after the transplant. She says her son still has no feeling...
  • Roe V Wade : The right to choose ........ Organ Sales?

    08/23/2009 1:59:03 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 8 replies · 534+ views
    Now, I did a little bit of digging, and here's what I came up with. According to our president: Obama Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision =========="Thirty-five years after the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, it's never been more important to protect a woman's right to choose. Last year, the Supreme Court decided by a vote of 5-4 to uphold the Federal Abortion Ban, and in doing so undermined an important principle of Roe v. Wade: that we must always protect women's health. With one more vacancy on the Supreme Court, we could be looking at...
  • Nigerian Infant, Indian in Swap Liver Transplants

    08/19/2009 2:01:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 272+ views
    Times of India ^ | 20 August 2009 | Kounteya Sinha
    They were strangers living in different parts of the world till about three months ago, when terminal liver failure brought them together in Delhi. Now, 18-month-old Nigerian boy Dike and 44-year-old Mumbai resident Priya have become India's first patients to successfully undergo a swap liver transplant surgery. Unable to find suitable donors with a matching blood group for either Dike or Priya, doctors from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital decided to try out a liver swap, much on the lines of a swap kidney transplant, which has now become common. Five months after his birth, doctors diagnosed Dike with Billiary Atresia...
  • Please Pray

    08/05/2009 2:36:20 PM PDT · by AKA Elena · 64 replies · 1,111+ views
    Self | self
    Many may remember that my son's daughter and only child at that time -- was a victim of Acute Myleogenous Leukemia (adult form), diagnosed when she was nine years old. I have been a strong proponent of bone marrow transplants, because Jennifer is living proof of the success of that procedure. This started just over 11 years ago and the transplant did not take place for about three years -- Jennifer had about a 50/50 chance of survival -- which rose and fell over that time. Jennifer is now engaged, an incredibly beautiful young lady and she is pregnant. This...
  • Fallen Rosemount (MN) Soldier's Heart Saves Woman

    08/03/2009 5:06:28 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies · 936+ views
    KSTP.com ^ | 8/3/09 | Nicole Muehlhausen
    The story of Corp. Benjamin Kopp's life is one about completely dedicating yourself to your country and others. Kopp, of Rosemount, gave his life serving his country. The 21-year-old died July 18 from injuries he suffered after being shot in the leg in Afghanistan while saving the lives of six of his fellow soldiers on July 10. If giving his life wasn't the ultimate sacrifice, even after his death, Kopp kept on giving. Judy Meikle, of Chicago, says she has been long awaiting a heart transplant. Two weeks ago the 57-year-old got a call from her close friend Maria Burud,...