August 26, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My friend "Virginia" and I have known each other for 11 years. Five years ago, she went into renal failure and was on dialysis for three years. It was hard on her, and she needed a kidney transplant. Her three healthy siblings refused to be tested as a possible match. Virginia is on the young side, and she was in such a bad way I agreed to be tested. After several procedures, it was determined I was a "close-enough" match, so we decided to go for it. She was scared to death right before the surgery.
July 3, 2016 |
Joe Tarrant's family had plenty of reasons to worry about him. Complications during his birth left him developmentally disabled. By the time he was 5, doctors discovered that only one of his kidneys was fully functional. Decades of wear on his healthy kidney ultimately destroyed that organ. By age 40, he required a kidney transplant. Still, Joe led a full life, including lots of outdoor activities. "His kidney was fine. His heart was fine," big brother Patrick Tarrant, who lives in Newtown, recalled recently.
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.
January 4, 2016
NEW YORK Cities get orders on sheltering homeless New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's ordering cities statewide to take homeless people from the street to shelters when temperatures freeze. Cuomo said Sunday he signed an executive order to protect the homeless. It takes effect Tuesday. The order came as temperatures in parts of the state were dipping below 32 degrees. It calls for police departments and social service agencies to move people into shelters, including those reluctant to go. The governor says the order is necessary to protect people from hypothermia and potential death.
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.
April 1, 2015
Steve Friedman, was a local radio/TV personality known as "Mr. Movie" to film buffs throughout a large part of North America. The Harrisburg native had a lifelong passion for motion pictures and an encyclopedic memory that made him a one-man IMDB.com decades before the Internet existed. His ability to retain minute details of virtually every film he ever watched bordered on the supernatural. Friedman, who died while awaiting a kidney transplant at age 62, in 2009, spent several decades as the region's go-to guy about all things movies, primarily as the host of a late-night Saturday program on WPHT-AM (1210)
March 13, 2015 |
MARY PITTS-DEVINE is a survivor. She beat breast cancer and had a kidney transplant, all through God's grace, her LinkedIn profile says. Now, Pitts-Devine, 46, is fighting for her life once more. She remained in critical condition last night at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where she was taken Sunday after her neighbor ambushed her with a gun before turning the weapon on himself, police sources said. Just before 11 a.m., Steven Outlaw confronted Pitts-Devine inside the first-floor stairwell of their apartment building on Spruce Street near 45th in Spruce Hill, a normally quiet section of West Philly.
February 25, 2015
ISSUE | OVERSIGHT Another mystery for the faithful Once again, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has released as little information as possible regarding a priest, the Rev. Louis J. Kolenkiewicz, who was put on leave over allegations ("Priest in Bucks is put on leave," Feb. 16). We are at least assured that the allegations did not involve illegal or inappropriate contact with a minor, but what allegations against Kolenkiewicz is the archdiocese reviewing? This sounds like Chaput's definition of the accountability and transparency promised by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002.
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 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.