SALT LAKE CITY — Heart transplants have become so successful, that it is easy to forget how remarkable it is to be able to save a life through transplant. This year marks the 50th year since the first transplant on Dec. 3, 1967. At that time Dr. Christiaan Barnard transplanted the heart of a 25 year old woman who was fatally injured in an automobile accident into the chest of a 53 year old man who was suffering from heart failure. Although the recipient died of pneumonia 18 days later, the transplant was considered a success as the heart was functioning normally in its new home. The next big hurdle would be to develop more effective anti-rejection medication. At the time this transplant was performed, it was considered experimental and the world was watching. Since it was successful, other heart transplants followed. Thanks to that first transplant, thousands have benefitted from the gift of a new heart. Utah transplanted their 1,000th heart in 2008. The recipient was a man who expressed gratitude that he was able to hold his first grandchild. The Utah Cardiac Program celebrated their 30 year anniversary in 2015. More information about organ, eye and tissue donation
INDIANAPOLIS — After seven years of waiting, a Lawrence teen is preparing to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Darrell Collins has severe aplastic anemia. The rare disease affects his bone marrow and immune system. “Some days I have a hard time getting out of bed. I would feel weak. A lof of things normal kids do, I don’t feel up to,” said Collins. Two years ago, his mother made a plea for members of the community to become bone marrow donors. People stepped up to organize their own marrow drives and fundraisers. Then, Collins got the call. “I’m excited, I mean I’m overjoyed, I mean I can’t really express it. This person is essentially saving my life,” said Collins. Now that there’s a bone marrow donor, Chaklan Lacy says she’s cautiously optimistic. There’s a chance her son’s body will reject the transplant and he could spend up to a year in the hospital. He’ll travel to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on Sunday to receive the transplant. And his mother has a message for the donor, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. And thank you again. For saving my son’s life,” said Lacy.
A teenage boy who received a heart transplant could end up saving another child as a valve from his own heart could be used as tissue to help a young baby. Teenager Sahin Yasar tells how he will be forever thankful to the heart donor who gave him a second chance at life on the moving RTE series Ministry of Hope. The observational series, which follows three Irish chaplains for a year, captures the emotional journey of Dublin lad Sahin as he is kept alive by a machine in hospital while waiting for the life-saving transplant. His mother Tina told how she wept tears of joys when he went into surgery after he was finally matched with a suitable organ. Previously, suitable hearts were available on seven occasions, but would not be a medical fit following tests. At one stage, the exhausted 16-year-old was prepped and ready for theatre when his parents had to wake him to tell him there was yet another setback. Sahin, who was born with cardiomyopathy, a cardiac condition which rapidly deteriorated at the end of last year, spent nearly eight months in hospital before this summer’s life-saving operation in the Mater Hospital. He said on
By Associated Press, WILMINGTON, Del. — Gov. John Carney is signing legislation aimed at ensuring that individuals with mental and physical disabilities are not denied access to organ transplant procedures based solely on their disability. The bill being signed Wednesday prohibits health care providers from deeming a person ineligible to receive an anatomical gift or organ transplant, related medical services, or referrals based solely on a physical or mental disability. The new law will allow a health care provider to take an individual’s disability into account when making treatment or coverage recommendations or decisions, but only to the extent that the physical or mental disability has been found to be medically significant for an organ transplant. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Here’s What Every Organ in the Body Would Cost to Transplant
Consulting firm Milliman tallies the average costs of different organ transplants in the U.S. And while most are expensive—some are very expensive. A kidney transplant runs just over $400,000. The cost for the average heart transplant, on the other …
Local boy getting heart transplant he’s needed for years
A child who was born with a rare heart defect is finally getting the heart he always needed. Back in 2014 News 8’s Jenna Morton introduced us to Will Kohn, a kid who had multiple open heart surgeries starting when he was just six days old. At this …
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Heart transplant Leeds teenager tackling rugby training
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Connor’s father Jevan, 37, of Castleford, said his son was only on the organ donor register for 27 days before he underwent the transplant at Newcastle’s Freeman’s Hospital. Mr Laws, said: “Connor wants to play rugby again, he cant wait to get stuck in.
Hundreds of patients missing life-saving transplants because 177 families of suitable donors not sure of consent …The Sun
Shortage of organ donations led to 457 deaths last year, says NHS …The Guardian
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Cary rallies around Georgia teen who needs double lung transplant
The Cary community is rallying around a sick teenager from Georgia battling end stage cystic fibrosis. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App. Toby Stacy, 15, was diagnosed with the disease when he was just 2 months old.
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5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before My Transplant
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Knowing that transplant was my plan when all else failed, I lacked the curiosity to gather information before making a decision. I focused on survival: More information only increased my anxiety. During my training class, I scribbled in a sketchbook …
Anya LeFrancis (Photo courtesy of the LeFrancis family) CHESTER TOWNSHIP – In March, we brought you the story of young Anya LeFrancis, who has been battling leukemia for the better part of five years. An all-out push for bone marrow donors landed what her donation center refers to as a 10 out of 10 match, but Anya is not yet in the clear. Since undergoing a transplant in mid-June, Anya has been recovering at home, letting her body adjust. According to family friend Carolina Rodriguez, the 9-year-old is about halfway through a crucial, 100-day post-transplant period, and is still having trouble drinking, eating and fighting off nausea. So Rodriguez and others in the community are joining forces with the donation center, DKMS, to raise money and help not only Anya’s family, but also those out there who are still desperate for donors. One of those fundraising efforts is centered at Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor, which is giving July proceeds from the sale of vanilla and strawberry ice creams (renamed Anya Victorious Vanilla and Anya Strong Strawberry) to the cause. July is National Ice Cream Month, which DKMS community engagement manager Melanie Freeman said is an appropriate tie-in.