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Lombard boy first heart transplant recipient at Lurie Hospital

Transplant News for June 22nd from 21:49:

  • Lombard boy first heart transplant recipient at Lurie Hospital – A 5-year-old Lombard boy is said to be doing well as he recovers from heart transplant surgery — the first such operation to take place at the new Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.

    Tim Grobart, born with a rare heart defect that was diagnosed when he was 4 months old, had been on a waiting list for a new heart until 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, when his family got word that a donor organ was available, and Tim was a match. He had moved up on the priority list after suffering a heart attack at home May 30 and subsequently was admitted to the old Children's Memorial Hospital — just days before the hospital's move to its new facility.

    Tim has endured seven heart surgeries since birth — perhaps none more invasive than the transplant operation that took place overnight Tuesday, or a “double switch” of his old heart's blood vessels in 2010.

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Canadian organ plan aims to boost donations

Transplant News for June 21st from 16:11:

  • National organ plan aims to boost donations – Health – CBC News – Strategy aims to more than double the number of organ donors in 5 years
    The Canadian PressCanada must do better to help its citizens receive life-saving and life-enhancing transplants, says Canadian Blood Services, which released a blueprint Wednesday for boosting organ and tissue donations across the country.

    The blueprint includes 25 recommendations on how provinces and territories can work together to create a national strategy to improve Canada’s transplantation rate.

    If implemented, the plan “would result in a 50 per cent increase in the number of organ transplants in Canada and a doubling of the number of tissue donors — saving and improving the lives of thousands of Canadians,” said Dr. Graham Sher, CEO of Canadian Blood Services (CBS).

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Kids who face multiple kidney transplants like Facebook

Transplant News for June 21st from 00:16:

  • Kids who face multiple kidney transplants like Facebook- by Jean EnersenLiving life to extremes is what it’s all about for eighteen year old Casey James.”In the summer I go longboarding, ride BMX, and wakeboard a lot,” James said.

    In winter he’s a wildman on a snowboard. But he always wears protection for his kidney with a kidney belt.
    “In here it’s a hard plastic piece. That just protects my kidney up front,” he said.

    In the front, instead of in the back, is where his mother’s adult size kidney fit. It saved Casey’s life when he was just three.

    “You think…that you’ve got this great match, but it’s a double edged sword,” said Jo James, Casey’s mother.

    That’s because the medications that keep Casey’s body from rejecting her kidney, will eventually wear the kidney out. More than risky sports, the specter of future transplants worries his mother.

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Transplant News for June 19th

Transplant News for June 19th from 04:06:

  • Paragonix Technologies Inc., Announces Formation of a Clinical Advisory Board for the Paragonix Sherpa(TM) Cardiac Transport System – MarketWatch- This article highlights the new “Paragonix Sherpa(TM) Cardiac Transport System””Currently, the availability of cardiac transplantation is governed by the “ischemic time”, that being, the elapsed time from heart donation to recipient implantation. According to The International Society Of Heart and Lung Transplantation (“ISHLT”) guidelines(3) for the care of heart transplant recipients, the projected ischemic time should not exceed 4 hours(4),(5), limiting the distance available to transport a donor heart. The Paragonix Sherpa(TM) combines innovative oxygenated perfusion of organs and safe organ storage with the goal of extending ischemic time to 12 hours, significantly altering the transportation range of donor hearts. Paragonix Sherpa(TM) is designed be used in conjunction with any of the currently available organ preservation solutions. Paragonix Sherpa(TM) is fully disposable, eliminating problems associated with maintenance, device transport and contamination.”
  • Twelve-year-old heart transplant recipient looks ahead — Port Angeles Port Townsend Sequim Forks Jefferson County Clallam County Olympic Peninsula Daily news– When the sixth-grade class at Dry Creek Elementary school graduates Wednesday, heart transplant survivor Haille Alley Jackson won’t be with them.Her absence is, in a way, a victory.

    “She will be in surgery,” said her grandmother, Kathleen Anding, but it will not be heart surgery.

    “It’s normal kid stuff,” she said.

    For some time, her granddaughter was on the verge of death and was not expected to survive massive heart ailments.

    Now, she is going to Children’s Hospital in Seattle for a routine out-patient procedure to alleviate sinus allergy problems.

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Key step made in child organ transplants in Japan

Transplant News for June 17th from 04:20:

  • Key step made in child organ transplants- Toyama University Hospital, where a boy under 6 years old was confirmed brain-dead, in Toyama on ThursdayTwo years after the revised Organ Transplant Law went into effect, organ donation from brain-dead children has taken a major but cautious step forward.The nation’s first organ transplants from a brain-dead donor under the age of 6 were conducted Friday after a boy was confirmed brain-dead at Toyama University Hospital.

    The revised law enabled transplants from brain-dead donors under 15 years old.

New Transplant Procedure Known As Laparoscopic Surgery Helps Farmingdale Dad Adam Bruzzese Save Son’s Life

Transplant News for June 16th from 22:44:

  • New Transplant Procedure Known As Laparoscopic Surgery Helps Farmingdale Dad Adam Bruzzese Save Son’s Life « CBS New York– One dad is celebrating the gift of his son this Father’s Day.Adam Bruzzese recently underwent transplant surgery to donate part of his liver to his son, Charlie, CBS 2′s Dick Brennan reported Friday.

    When it became clear that Charlie, who was born with liver disease, would need a transplant, Bruzzese tested himself to see if he would be a compatible match.

    When tests indicated that he was a perfect candidate, Bruzzese volunteered to be his son’s donor.

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Transplant News for June 14th

These are my links for June 14th:

  • Lab-Grown Vein Transplanted in 10-Year-Old Girl – ABC News– Scientists in Sweden are reporting a medical first: a vein grown in a lab for a 10-year-old girl using her body’s own cells.Doctors are hailing the step as a milestone in tissue engineering, a field in which doctors grow windpipes, bladders, lungs and other organs to replace faulty ones while avoiding the dangerous, lifelong complications of organ transplants.While a handful of doctors around the world have had success growing blood vessels and other organs and transplanting them into patients, doctors said this is the first time a vein has been lab-grown and successfully transplanted using cells and parts taken entirely from the human body.

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  • Student Recovering From Kidney Transplant Graduates– Salma Alhinn had a kidney failure when she was a freshman at Mount Carmel High School. She was one of about 25 patients on the waiting list. It usually takes about a year to be called, but because of Alhinn’s rare blood type, her wait dragged on for four years.Days before her graduation on Thursday, her number was up and she had a transplant at Rady Children’s Hospital.Read more… (

The Waiting List

Love, love, love this idea.  A group of amazing people has put together a website called “The Waiting List”.  In the about section they describe themselves as:

“By sharing the stories of the people whose lives have been impacted by organ donation, our goal is to inspire the 65% of Americans not registered as organ donors to make the commitment for this final act of kindness.”

They inspire in the form of a written and video blog.  This blog gives a very unique window into the lives of many different would be transplant recipients.

Even through it is a mix of adult and pediatric recipients.  This website is a must see.

Warm Welcomes For Heart Transplant Recipient

Transplant News for June 11th from 06:36:

  • Warm Welcomes For Heart Transplant Recipient– Salerno was diagnosed at age 12 with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and has spent the past six months at Hartford Hospital waiting for a heart transplant, which he received May 30. Salerno has shared his experience in the hospital with others through his blog, “Tales from the 10 th Floor.”Although he is now home, a lengthy recovery is expected. It will include frequent medical testing and lots of medication.

Transplant News for June 9th

Transplant News for June 9th from 16:34:

  • Lab-made organ raises hope for liver transplant – The Times of India – Japanese researchers have created a functioning human liver from stemcells, a report said on Friday, raising hopes for the manufacture of artificial organs for those in need of transplants.

    A team of scientists transplanted induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into the body of a mouse, where it grew into a small, but working, human liver, the Yomiuri Shimbun said.

    Stemcells are frequently harvested from embryos, which are then discarded, a practice some people find morally objectionable. But iPS cells – which have the potential to develop into any body tissue – can be taken from adults.

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  • Transplant breakthrough leading to cures – News, Weather & Sports – LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Research from the University of Louisville is getting top honors this week at the American Transplant Conference in Boston. Using a transplant protocol pioneered by Dr. Suzanne Ildstad, kidney transplant patients are living life without harmful anti-rejection medications.

    "It's wonderful, I feel better than I've felt for years. I really feel like I've gotten some kind of fountain of youth" said Rob Waddell.

    He's among the first in the country to receive an unmatched kidney using the breakthrough protocol.

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