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.
June 4, 2015 |
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.
May 11, 2015 |
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.
January 17, 2015 |
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.
January 16, 2015 |
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.
January 14, 2015 |
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.
October 12, 2014 |
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.
September 19, 2014 |
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.
August 29, 2014 |
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.
August 26, 2014 |
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.