May 9, 2016 |
For six years, 42-year-old Lawrence Valenzano of Shamong couldn't do the simplest things he had once taken for granted: He couldn't run around with his children, or ride his mountain bike. He couldn't even bend down to tie his own shoes. It all started after he had a serious complication from kidney stone surgery, a large area of scar tissue that blocked urine from passing through the ureter from his left kidney to his bladder. The recommended fix: major open surgery, with a significant risk of losing his kidney or developing additional complications.
April 3, 2016
Peering through the scope, the surgeon could see that Kayley's problems went beyond a misformed vulva. Rather than emptying into the bladder, Kayley's ureters passed through the balloon-like organ and terminated in the urethra, the passage to the outside. The condition is known as ectopic ureter. Without the bladder's pressure and muscle control, urine trickled out. Kayley's frequent infections, likely the result of urine buildup in several spots, intensified the incontinence. Plus, the opening at the end of the left ureter was minuscule.
March 22, 2016 |
Like most of us, Kathleen Barrowclough, 70, was born with only two kidneys. So, she couldn't save both her brother and her sister, who each needed a kidney transplant to stay alive. "My brother said, 'I won't take your kidney, because Nancy is going to need it,' " Barrowclough recalled, and although the story is 20 years old, the retired nurse from Hockessin, Del., can't say it without a catch in the throat. "He refused," she said, and then bravely made a stab at a joke about needing Kleenex.
March 20, 2016
More than 300 supporters of the National Kidney Foundation came out March 10 for the Kidney Ball, held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia. Honored for their dedication to combating kidney disease were Joseph Cosgrove, president and CEO of Pentec Health, with the Leadership in Business Award; nephrologist Robert Benz of Lankenau Medical Center, with the Excellence in Care Award; volunteer Tina Wilson, with the Community Leadership Award; and Philadelphia native and rapper Freeway, with the Patient Advocacy Award.
January 16, 2016 |
Anna Okropiribce, 16, drinks from the water fountains at Northeast High School only when she's "desperate. " The water is warm and metallic-tasting. "It's pretty gross," she said. "Once, I filled up my water bottle, and the water wasn't clear. It was gray. I got scared. I was like, I don't know if I should drink this. " That's cause for concern, given that poor water intake is a likely factor in a startling phenomenon outlined in research published Thursday by a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia doctor.
November 18, 2015
ISSUE | MEDICARE Help kidney patients Harold Brubaker's article on Medicare Advantage open enrollment ("Seniors shopping for private Medicare have many new choices," Nov. 10) might have noted that some 4,700 beneficiaries in the Philadelphia area are not permitted to choose private plans because they have kidney failure, also known as end-stage renal disease. This prohibition may have made sense three decades ago, when private Medicare plans were created, but today it constitutes discrimination, preventing kidney patients from enjoying the maximum out-of-pocket limits that apply in private plans but not in traditional fee-for-service Medicare.
November 17, 2015 |
VINCENT MARGERA, of Chester County, the often-incomprehensible Uncle Don Vito from the MTV series "Viva La Bam" and "Jackass," died yesterday of liver and kidney failure, his sister-in-law said. He was 59. Margera, who was born in Chester and had been living in West Chester, had been in and out of Chester County Hospital since falling into a coma last month, April Margera told the Daily News . She is the mother of the series' star, Bam Margera. "He had emergency dialysis and he came out of it and was actually able to go home.
September 29, 2015 |
In more than four years on the waiting list for a kidney, Deborah Husmann had eight phone calls about a possible organ match. Each time, the kidney was a better fit for someone else, until - of all the weekends - Pope Francis was in town. And Husmann was close to an hour and a half away, camping in the middle of the Jersey Pinelands. No matter. She made it by ambulance with an escort from New Jersey and Pennsylvania state police, and was in good spirits Sunday, the day after her four-hour operation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
July 30, 2015 |
TODAY, I WILL NOT need to stop at the cemetery to visit the grave of my little girl. Nor will I have to escort her to dialysis appointments, emotionally draining visits to the ER, or endure any long hospital stays. It was not long ago, however, when I feared those excursions would become a routine and I was terrified I'd eventually be spending a good deal of my time grieving for my daughter in a cemetery. But today, instead of walking into a quiet, lifeless house after work, I will enter a home full of love and be greeted by my precious child who was never supposed to live.
June 15, 2015 |
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.