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November 6, 2003
ON SEPT. 9, 1997, I received a life saving kidney transplant at Thomas Jefferson Hospital from my brother Joe, saving my life. When I was first told I would need a transplant, I presented the situation to him. Without a blink of an eye, he agreed. The exams building up to the transplant are torture in themselves, and the donor goes through much pain in extracting the kidney. They had to remove two of Joe's ribs to get the kidney out. There was a three-month recovery before he was able to go back to work.
SPORTS
November 10, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter was hospitalized yesterday with what was initially diagnosed as a kidney abnormality, ESPN.com reported yesterday. Carter will not play in tonight's game against the New York Jets and is out indefinitely, the Web site said. Doctors won't know the cause of Carter's symptoms until tests are complete. Carter, who began his career with the Eagles, ended a brief retirement and joined the Dolphins in October, signing a one-year contract.
SPORTS
April 24, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Seahawks safety Kenny Easley saw a physician in Seattle yesterday for a previously undetected kidney condition that is keeping him from joining the Phoenix Cardinals, but Easley's attorney said more tests and exams by specialists are needed before a diagnosis and treatment can be announced. "His mood is upbeat," said Leigh Steinberg, Easley's attorney, in Berkeley, Calif. Easley was examined Friday by Cardinals team physician Russell Chick, an orthopedic surgeon, and Morton Dubnow, an internist.
NEWS
April 18, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Jane Smith, who teaches eighth-grade science, is about as "giving" as a person can be. Yesterday she said that, as soon as she saw him smile after the four-hour transplant surgery they shared, she felt great about donating a kidney to one of her students. The 43-year-old teacher and the student, Michaelo Carter, 15, are recovering at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. Since she announced in August that she would donate the kidney, she had avoided publicity. But yesterday she appeared with the attending surgeon to urge others to become organ donors.
NEWS
April 27, 2001
Gloria Harris (cover story, April 17): I know what it is to need a transplant to live. I am a transplant recipient myself. Your brother, Barry Howell, is a lifetime criminal who belongs in jail for many years. Transplants follow the law, social and moral rules and regulations - and a waiting list. This transplant would be a travesty of justice. What about the people he victimized? Has he made restitutions? Many things need to be considered before a decision can be rendered.
NEWS
August 16, 2011 | By Helen H. Shen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Anne Peniazek decided to donate a kidney at age 65, the Narberth woman had bigger hopes than helping just one person. She and her surgeon James Lim of Lankenau Medical Center wanted to start a movement. Instead of arranging a typical kidney donation, Lim helped her start an open-ended kidney-donation chain, one of a small number in the United States. In December, Peniazek's kidney was given to Geoff Bowman of Philadelphia, who at age 32 had already had three transplants.
NEWS
June 7, 2012 | Ronnie Polaneczky
HOW MANY billboard owners does it take to snag a kidney?   Ten — if one of them is an obedient son. Luckily for Aretha Swift, Thaddeus Bartkowski is a very obedient son. A few months ago, Bartkowski's mom was listening to KYW radio while driving and heard a story about Swift. Swift's kidneys had failed, but no one among her family and friends was a suitable match to donate a kidney to her. So she was placed on a waiting list to receive one from a cadaver or living donor.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Theresa Welsh, a Haddonfield pediatrician, agreed to donate her kidney to a stranger, to start a chain of kidney donations, she had one requirement: get the operation done with before her first grandchild arrived. The surgery was Oct. 22. She was back to work part time in two weeks, seeing her own patients. And she will spend Christmas Day with her new grandson, Evan, born Dec. 5. "I do feel perfectly fine," she said. Her right kidney has stepped up its performance beautifully, making up for the loss of her left.
NEWS
June 18, 2012 | By Kathy Boccella and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Many a son would give his right arm to have a relationship with his dad like 33-year-old Joe Berardoni Jr. has with his. After his wife died and he was left a single father, the elder Berardoni would skip out of work to catch his son's soccer and basketball games. They forged such a special bond that "young Joe" — who shares a quirky sense of humor with his father, if not his diminutive stature — didn't hesitate when his dad asked him more than a decade ago to work side by side, day after day, at Pun's Toys, his whimsical shop on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr.
NEWS
February 16, 1998 | by Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer
You're a healthy young business traveler who finds himself at a party where an attractive woman takes an interest. She feeds you booze and drugs nonstop. Finally, you pass out. You awaken naked in a bathtub filled with ice. On your chest, a message is written in lipstick: "Call 911 or you will die!" The 911 operator tells you to check your back. In the mirror, you see two nine-inch slits near the base of the spine. The operator tells you to get back in the tub immediately.
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June 15, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carrie Pappas was going to get married last weekend, but got a kidney instead. She was at BJ's that Friday buying rolls - she'd spent the last month cooking all the food herself - when the call came from the transplant team: Come! Now! She was actually a little sad. Tears welled in her eyes as she went home to tell Dan Hallock, the man she was supposed to marry the next day, that the wedding was off. This would be the second marriage for both. Pappas, 42, had her first child as a senior in high school and got married the first time in her brother's kitchen.
SPORTS
June 4, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Even after he noticed the blood in his urine, Miles Austin didn't consider that he might have played the last football game of his life. This was Nov. 30 in Orchard Park, N.Y., against the Buffalo Bills. Austin was playing for the Cleveland Browns, and he had caught a pass from Johnny Manziel - the first completion of Manziel's career - and turned up the field toward the left sideline. He tried to hurdle a defensive player, and when Austin landed on the ground, another Bills player landed on top of him. He didn't sense much pain in that instant, but after the Browns' 26-10 loss, his abdomen began to ache, as if he were having an episode of agita.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | By Jane Miloradovich, For The Inquirer
Three state health departments recently issued warnings about a rise in emergency room visits when people fell seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or Spice. The substances are sold as "synthetic marijuana. " A typical urine drug screening cannot detect them. Chemically, they're called THC homologs. Poison centers across the country have been receiving more calls related to these substances. From Jan. 1 through April 29, poison centers received 2,365 calls from people seeking help for adverse reactions to these drugs.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clarence L. Watts, 82, a probation administrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, died Friday, Jan. 9, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Watts had undergone a kidney transplant 17 years ago. Last year, he developed lymphoma, which could have been related to the transplant or the immunotherapy necessary to keep the transplanted kidney functioning well over time. Doctors are not sure. "He had a really long run," said his wife, Rosalyn Jones Watts.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Hollinger's latest play chronicles the tense family dynamics that arise when a man asks his estranged daughter for a kidney that she'd just as soon not part with. Naturally, it's a comedy. Under the Skin , which will begin previews Thursday and run through March 15 at the Arden Theatre, is the result of Hollinger's deep dive into the world of organ donation - a months-long process of interviewing local donors and recipients and examining the fraught interactions that arise when a person is asked to hand over a chunk of her own precious tissue.
NEWS
January 14, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
One hundred thousand Americans are waiting for kidney transplants. Wesley Adams is but one of them. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the 26-year-old Blackwood man rises at 3:30 a.m. By 4:10, he's on the Access Link van. By 4:45, he's at DaVita Dialysis in Pennsauken. By 5 a.m., he's ready for the first shift in the dialysis chair, where he will sit for four hours. Adams is the youngest of 120 dialysis patients at DaVita, and among the youngest in America. If he does not receive a kidney transplant by August, he will have completed four years of dialysis.
NEWS
October 12, 2014 | By Janani Rangaswami, M.D., For The Inquirer
Evan's family looked on distraughtly as he lay in the intensive care unit, connected to a ventilator with a sea of tubes enveloping him. This was the third time the previously healthy sophomore had had to be hospitalized for sudden difficulty with breathing. Active on his college's basketball team, Evan began having problems three months earlier, when he lost consciousness and had a seizure on the basketball court. When he was rushed to the hospital, his lungs were found to be full of fluid, and his blood pressure was sky-high: 230/130.
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September 19, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
MA'AKE KEMOEATU is the oldest of four football-playing, Tongo-born brothers. Chris and Ma'ake, who both played at the University of Utah, were fortunate enough to make it to the NFL. Chris played offensive guard for seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ma'ake, a nose tackle, had a 9-year career during which he played for the Ravens (twice), Panthers and Redskins. As the older brother, Ma'ake has always been there for his younger siblings. Chris, who is 31, had his career cut short in 2012 after learning that he would need a kidney transplant.
NEWS
August 29, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men connected to a Bucks County church were doing well after kidney transplant surgery at a Camden hospital Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rob Chifokoyo, 30, and Michael Wortell, 22, were in good condition Wednesday, said Carol Lynn Daley, director of marketing at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Wortell, a member of Doylestown's Covenant Church, donated a kidney to Chifokoyo, a Zimbabwean mission partner of the church. A CaringBridge web page maintained by Chifokoyo's wife was updated Wednesday afternoon, saying that Wortell was able to walk and eat a meal during the day and that Chifokoyo would hopefully move from the intensive care unit into a regular room overnight.
NEWS
August 26, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rob Chifokoyo didn't know what to say. The seconds dragged on for what felt like minutes. Sitting in his living room, the only sound was his wife, Lisa, weeping next to him. Eight months ago, Chifokoyo, 30, was facing almost certain death. His kidneys were failing, and treatment in his native Zimbabwe was prohibitively expensive. But he'd been flown to Bucks County at the expense of Doylestown's Covenant Church, then kept alive through dialysis at a local hospital. Eventually, he'd need a kidney transplant.
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