September 22, 2014 |
When Donald Johnson checked out of Hahnemann University Hospital on June 27, he and his family thought he was coming home to die. Johnson, 63, a Warminster resident and director of a municipal authority, had end-stage fatty liver disease and his kidneys had failed. He needed two organ transplants and had even considered going to Florida to increase his chances of getting help. He had good reason to be afraid. At the time, he was one of nearly 2,500 patients on liver transplant waiting lists in federal Region 2, which includes Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
April 1, 2014
A story Sunday incorrectly described veterans' financial responsibility when seeking evaluation for a liver transplant at a VA transplant center. The VA covers the costs of travel to the center. An obituary Monday for the actress Kate O'Mara incorrectly described her role on the TV show Absolutely Fabulous . She was a recurring character but was not one of the billed stars. A "Suburbs&State" brief Friday incorrectly described the late historian Howard Zinn. He was white.
December 20, 2013 |
COATESVILLE Rick Ortega doesn't hide the fact that he's made some mistakes in his 63 years. He abused alcohol, and in May, 25 years after going to rehab, he received his liver-cancer diagnosis. He's always known he had to deal with the consequences of his choices and didn't make excuses, a lesson he passed on to his two children, his son Matt said. "That's how he led his life," Matt Ortega, 39, said, "and I respect him for that. " The lessons he learned from his father, he said, made the choice to donate part of his liver to him easy.
December 19, 2013 |
COATESVILLE Matt Ortega spent the last few months worrying, but the next football game wasn't what kept the Coatesville head football coach up at night. He found out this summer that his father, Rick, needed a liver transplant. "He spent many sleepless nights thinking he may not be a match," said Corrie Ortega. "My husband was very adamant he wanted to be the one to do it. He's very, very close to his dad. " After months of trips to the hospital and many blood tests, screenings, consultations, and a biopsy, Matt Ortega, 39, found out in November that he was a match.
December 6, 2013 |
Pegram A. Johnson, 62, of Wayne, a biochemist and life-sciences product manager, died Monday, Nov. 25, of liver failure at her home. Dr. Johnson worked for FMC Corp.'s BioProducts divisions in Philadelphia and Rockland, Maine, for 12 years ending in 1999. She managed product and sales development for specialty gelling polymer products that are made using a substance in seaweed. She was most recently employed as a senior product manager for Cambrex Bio Science of Walkersville, Md., specializing in commercial and business development of gelling polymers.
October 31, 2013 |
Cheryl Grover Mack, 61, of Delran, a computer systems analyst for the former Moorestown packaging and distribution center of Tyco Toys Inc., died of kidney failure Friday, Oct. 25, at her home. Mrs. Mack received a liver transplant "about 13 years ago," her husband, Barry, said. "She lived longer than most transplants, but it started giving out. " Born in Riverside, Mrs. Mack graduated from Riverside High School in 1969 and from the IBM Educational Center in Center City in 1975, he said.
October 28, 2013 |
As he reached the end of a grueling 20-hour drive that took him halfway across the country, Bob was dreaming of what he would do when he reached home. He wanted to stretch his legs, visit his elderly mom, buy himself a dozen fresh crabs, steam them, and sit down to watch the Eagles. Not necessarily in that order. For years, Bob had been what doctors might categorize as a train wreck. A recovering alcoholic, he had been used to consuming a liter of vodka every few days. He smoked heavily too, and by the time he had reached his 40s, his body showed signs of all that hard living.
June 19, 2013 |
The newest patient for a former Philadelphia surgeon is the City of Rome. Last week, Ignazio Marino won 64 percent of the votes in the Italian capital's mayoral race. He resectioned Rome's ties to incumbent Mayor Gianni Alemanno, promising to suture the Eternal City with a more transparent government. Marino, 58, worked extensively in Philadelphia before his foray into politics. From 2002 to 2006, he did nearly 200 organ transplants at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In his last year, he headed the transplant division.
June 29, 2012 |
After winning a biggest-loser contest at her church, Myra Garcia of Trenton was dismayed when her stomach started growing for no reason this year. A "prophetess" who visited the church urged Garcia, who felt just fine, to seek help. The next week, she started feeling tired and nauseated, and went to a doctor. A series of medical tests came up with an unusual explanation: a type of "benign" tumor that rarely grows beyond a couple inches wide had engulfed the right side of her liver.
June 15, 2012 |
LONDON - For the first time, doctors have successfully transplanted a vein grown with a patient's own stem cells, another example of scientists producing human body parts in the lab. In this case, the patient was a 10-year-old girl in Sweden who was suffering from a severe vein blockage to her liver. In March 2011, the girl's doctors decided to make her a new blood vessel to bypass the blocked vein instead of using one of her own or considering a liver transplant. They took a 31/2-inch section of vein from a deceased donor, which was stripped of all its cells, leaving just a hollow tube.