Arizona 10-month-old home, happy and healthy after successful liver transplant – KPNX 12 News TV

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TEMPE, Ariz. – After a whirlwind and life-saving few months in San Francisco, 10-month-old Elijah Vazquez, is happy, healthy and home in Arizona. Elijah had a successful liver transplant back in the middle of February and just got back to Tempe with  

Heart transplant unites families after Elkhart girl’s death – South Bend Tribune

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SOUTH BEND — Valerie Matthews has taken a painful stroll down County Road 108 in Elkhart every year on May 16 to the spot where her daughter was hit by a pickup truck.
It may be time to stop. For five years, she says, it’s as if she’s been calling out to her 12-year-old daughter, Da’jeianna Smith: “I’m waiting for your heart to walk with me.”
They took that walk this week. Da’jeianna’s transplanted heart now beats inside of 20-year-old Dalton Igoe of Altoona, Pa., who came to visit.
Not only that. On Wednesday, Valerie and Dalton paddled kayaks for the first time in their lives on a pond at St. Patrick’s County Park. And Dalton scaled halfway up a climbing wall at the Family Passport to Play event at the park, then descended, saying, “I guess I’m still not a height person.”
“I can’t believe you did that,” said his mom, Dawn Igoe, as she watched another first-ever event.
“Me neither,” he replied.
None of that would have been possible without Da’jeianna’s heart.
Dalton was born with six congenital heart defects. He lost one lung because of blood clots. He wore a pacemaker to control his heart rate. But the ultimate reason for his transplant was from a condition that his bad heart had triggered: protein-losing enteropathy, where fluids swell in the stomach and, among other things, keep a youth from taking in food, leading to starvation.
He was in desperate shape, swollen and unable to walk. He needed a child’s heart.
After school on May 16, 2012, Valerie drove Da’jeianna back to her Elkhart school, Woodland Elementary, because the girl wanted to play with friends at the playground. Da’jeianna didn’t see her friends, so she began the almost 1-mile hike home along County Road 108. Just over halfway back, at about 5 p.m., a pickup truck hit Da’jeianna. The driver told police that he didn’t see her and that he didn’t realize he’d hit a child until people started shouting at him, according to an initial news report.
Da’jeianna, the second oldest out of four children, died the next day in the hospital. Valerie immediately agreed to donate her daughter’s organs. When Dawn Igoe got word that a transplant was available, she alerted friends, and that afternoon 40 to 50 of them gathered at their house. They prayed for Dalton’s success and for the family, unknown to them, who’d lost a girl.
Valerie knows that one of Da’jeianna’s eyes went to a woman in Elkhart and another to a woman in Chicago. Her kidneys went to two people, and her pancreas to yet another person. But she’s never met them.
The Pennsylvania organization that helped with the transplant, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, also had brought these two families together for the first time two years ago in Pittsburgh.
That moment, Dalton says, was “surreal.”
“Not much was said in the first 20 minutes,” he recalls.
The families were in separate quarters of a Sheraton Hotel until — with six TV news crews tagging along — they met in a conference room overlooking the Monongahela River.
“A bunch of hugs and emotions running,” Dalton describes. “Just putting a face to the other side for both families.” And saying the words “thank you” and “sorry.”
Each family eventually shared the sagas that had brought them to that moment. But the visit, as part of a conference on organ transplants, was a brief 24 hours.
The next time they saw each other was when Dalton and his mom, Dawn, arrived Monday in Elkhart, starting a three days of emotions.
Monday’s rendezvous at a South Bend Cubs game, where Dalton threw out the first pitch, was joy and excitement “for the fact that we were all together again,” he says.
Tuesday was somber and deep as the families gathered at the site of the accident, where Valerie takes a memorial walk each year on the date of the crash.
“I really hate doing it,” Valerie says, because of what it recalls. She’s since moved to Goshen.
Leading up to it, Dalton was excited, nervous and curious because, until then, all he knew was that “she (Da’jeianna) was hit by a car walking on a road.”
This time, with both families around for support, Valerie walked and shared those accident details that Dalton and his mom didn’t know. And Dalton placed his hand on a memorial cross near the crash site as Valerie covered it with green spray paint to leave his silhouetted mark.
Dawn called her husband that night and couldn’t describe the feeling.
“It finished out what we wanted to realize,” Dalton says. “We experienced what she’s been doing.”
Valerie, who last week added Dalton’s name to the tattoos on her left arm, just over the shoulder from a tattoo of Da’jeianna’s face, says the best part is seeing how Dalton has grown.
“It gives me a sense of peace,” she says. “I can touch her.”
Wednesday began with picnic at the Elkhart cemetery where the girl is buried, a visit to an escape room in Mishawaka and then to St. Pat’s park and later bowling. It was a testament to Dalton’s physical capabilities, which wouldn’t have been possible “if not for the amazing gift.”
As a volunteer firefighter, Dalton also dons up to 120 pounds of gear for 20 or 30 minutes at a time to battle fires. With just one lung, he says, he can handle short periods of physical activity. Hot days make it a challenge, too, which he manages by resting and staying hydrated. Still, he’s joined his family on hikes, including five miles in Acadia National Park in Maine. He couldn’t qualify for sports, but he took up playing the drums, bowling and dancing to jazz and hip hop.
He recently gained certification as an emergency medical technician, or EMT, and began work full time as an ambulance driver, doing medical transports. His early life in and out of hospitals led him to being an EMT, he says, adding, “It’s my way of giving back to everyone who took care of me.”
He also gives 15 to 20 talks a year in Pennsylvania to advocate for organ transplants.
Da’jeianna’s heart does an “amazing” job, says Dalton, who takes the typical series of drugs to keep his body from rejecting it.
But the events of this week, he says, “strengthened both of us; it made us one big family.”

WFBMC researchers say intellectual disability should not prevent kidney transplants in children –

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Transplants for people with intellectual disabilities are a controversial issue. Many centers exclude such patients from consideration for transplants for a variety of reasons, including a decreased life expectancy, a belief that patients with  

Link found between donor, infection in heart, lung transplant recipients – Science Daily

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The way in which heart and lung transplant recipients acquired a specific species of bacteria, Mycoplasma hominis, had been previously undefined, and the bacterium was difficult to test. Originally, this bacterium was considered to reside exclusively in, and be a potential pathogen of, the area of the reproductive and urinary organs — the genitourinary tract.

“This finding could affect how we approach the evaluation of organ donors,” says Mark Wylam, M.D., who led the team of Mayo Clinic researchers on this study. “If potential transmission of these harmful bacteria can be identified and addressed, the recipient will face a decreased risk of infection and its serious complications. This study shows us that surveillance of both donor and recipient are important in recognizing M. hominis and the infection it can cause.”

Heart and lung transplant recipient infection caused by M. hominis may present with pleurisy (inflammation of membrane in chest cavity and lungs), surgical site infection and mediastinitis (inflammation of tissue in mid-chest). M. hominis resists most antibiotics, and the three antibiotic treatment recommendations for these infections are neither standard for post-transplant recipient care nor are they standard in therapy regimens for surgical site infections.

The study, published recently in EBioMedicine, investigates Mayo Clinic lung and heart-lung transplants between 1998 and July 2015. Seven previously unreported cases of transplant recipients with M. hominis infection were discovered. In each case, pre-transplant sputum cultures had tested negative for M. hominis. Also, a literature review since 1950 found 15 cases of M. hominis infection in lung, heart or heart-lung transplant recipients. The way the germ spread remained uncertain. Given its normal residence in the genitourinary tract, some speculated that infection arose from urinary catheter placement during the transplant surgery.

Mayo investigators noted two particular cases of M. hominis infection that each had received a single lung transplant from the same donor, and no other patients in the hospital were infected by M. hominis. The samples of the M. hominis taken from each infected individual were genetically indistinguishable, suggesting the infections had the same source. This finding, in addition to two other observations, supported the likelihood that M. hominis could be passed from transplant donor to recipient.

Common testing methods have proven insufficient in identifying the bacteria, but the use of polymerase chain reaction detection developed by Robin Patel, M.D., director of Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, offers a more time-sensitive and specific test for the bacteria. With this method, researchers zoom in on a certain portion of DNA and then create multiple copies to amplify the segment. Polymerase chain reaction detection reduces the time to detect M. hominis to a few hours, compared to the two to five days needed for a culture media test.

“The true rate of M. hominis infection may actually be higher than what we’ve seen reported,” says Dr. Wylam. “Better detection methods like PCR tests have given us more insight into how common this bacterium is in the airway, which is especially important in heart or lung transplant recipients. More research is needed to learn about these bacteria when it’s found far from its natural home in the genitourinary tract, and especially when it is transmitted to cardiothoracic transplant recipients.”

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A Night at the Opera: a goodwill concert celebrating organ transplant –

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – About 3,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ in Michigan today. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, about 20 people die waiting each day, because the number in need greatly …
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New Discovery Could Soon Replace The Painful Bone Marrow … – Wall Street Pit

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New Discovery Could Soon Replace The Painful Bone Marrow …
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New implant could treat immune and blood disorders without the critical side effects of a traditional bone marrow transplant. May 16, 2017 WSP. human body.

Judge Backs Heart Transplant Program – WUSF News

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Jackson Memorial Hospital, which is approved to perform pediatric heart transplants, also weighed in against the Nicklaus proposal. But Watkins wrote, in part, that approving a certificate of need for Nicklaus wouldn’t harm Jackson Memorial or Joe and more »

Everolimus Reduces Weight Gain in Liver Transplant Recipients – Drug Discovery & Development

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Drug Discovery & Development
Researchers from the Intermountain Medical Center Transplant Program found that liver transplant patients taking everolimus (Afinitor) gained less weight – and kept it off at one and two years after starting the drug—than patients taking tacrolimus, … 

John Oliver takes on dialysis, a procedure that’s exhausting, deadly, and very profitable – Vox

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It would be far better for DaVita and Fresenius’s patients to get kidney transplants, which extends your lifespan by about 10 years on average, relative to remaining on dialysis, while avoiding exhausting, time-consuming treatment that makes holding

New pill spares women trauma of liver transplant – Daily Mail

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‘The 30 to 40 per cent of PBC patients who need Ocaliva are mostly those who have had an early presentation of the disease, and by default from suffering longer they are more likely to need a liver transplant. ‘This drug will make a difference to these  

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