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.
December 1, 2010 |
Timeline for transplants SUNDAY, Nov. 22 11:30 p.m. After discussion with family, Sonia signs the consent form for Paco to be an organ donor and directs kidney to Paco's uncle, Ramon Tejeda, if compatible. Midnight Information relayed to the Chicago organ donor program, Gift of Hope, regarding directed kidney donation to Paco's uncle. MONDAY, Nov. 23 1 a.m. Medical testing to determine organ suitability begins at Hahnemann University Hospital. 4 a.m. Donor blood sent to Chicago for kidney compatibility testing for Paco's uncle.
September 6, 2010 |
Richard J. Leighton, 57, of Broomall, founder of Office Basics, died of cancer Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Bryn Mawr Hospital. In 1981, Mr. Leighton opened an office-supply store in a retail storefront in Springfield, Delaware County. In the next six years the business moved twice to bigger quarters. In 1999, Office Basics moved to a new, fully automated, 100,000-square-foot warehouse and office building in Boothwyn. Mr. Leighton later opened branch facilities in Allentown and Lancaster.
June 8, 2010 |
Kathleen P. Falkenstein, a nurse practitioner and pediatric liver transplantation expert, loved her patients. While commuting several times each week to New York University to get her doctorate in nursing, Dr. Falkenstein continued to work in pediatrics. When one of her patients on a transplant list did not have a phone, Dr. Falkenstein drove to the child's home to tell the parents a liver was ready. And she made sure that children who were coming in from other countries for a transplant had a host family.
April 8, 2010 |
Juleus J. Sullivan Jr., 79, of Blue Bell, a retired distillery-company executive and commercial real estate broker, died of heart failure Tuesday, March 30, at his winter home in Belmont Village in San Diego. The James J. Sullivan School in Frankford is named for one of Mr. Sullivan's grandfathers, a hosiery manufacturer who served on the Philadelphia Board of Education. Mr. Sullivan grew up in Chestnut Hill and graduated from La Salle College High School. During the Korean War, he served in the Navy aboard the aircraft carrier Leyte.
January 10, 2009 |
Joseph J. Bolduc Jr., 56, of Port Richmond, a neighborhood activist and a former Philadelphia firefighter and paramedic, died of complications from liver cancer Wednesday at Northeast Hospital. Mr. Bolduc believed he contracted hepatitis C while serving in the Fire Department from 1984 to 1988, his son Christopher said. The disease led to liver cancer, which was diagnosed in 2005. He had a liver transplant in 2006, but the cancer returned the following year. Mr. Bolduc was active in the Philadelphia firefighters' union's effort to seek improved health benefits and testing for members exposed to hepatitis C, his son said.
December 20, 2008 |
Dock Ellis, the former pitcher best remembered for his flamboyance and social activism as a member of the great Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the 1970s, died yesterday of a liver ailment in California, according to a report on ESPN.com. Ellis' former agent, Tom Reich, confirmed his death. Ellis was 63. Ellis spent 12 years in the majors with Pittsburgh, the New York Yankees, Oakland, Texas and the New York Mets. He retired in 1979 with a record of 138-119, but was best known for several colorful incidents on and off the field.
September 8, 2008 |
Howard Nathan set out to be a doctor. Rejected from medical school, he hoped that networking with some prominent local transplant surgeons might give him another shot at admission. Instead, Nathan, who runs Philadelphia's Gift of Life Donor Program, wound up a world traveler and a prominent leader in the world of organ transplantation. Now in his 31st year at the organ program, he is president of the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement. In 1978, Nathan became the third employee of what was then the Delaware Valley Transplant Program.
May 13, 2008 |
James T. Whitaker Jr., 56, of Lawnside, chief press officer for SEPTA, died of complications from a liver transplant on May 6 at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Mr. Whitaker joined SEPTA as a press relations officer in 1982. Before that he had worked in commuter relations for Conrail for five years. Whenever there were breakdowns or delays, he was SEPTA's spokesman, his son Cord said. When there was a blizzard and most people stayed home, he went to work to update the public and media about train, trolley, and bus service, his son said.