September 26, 2015 |
Hey Philadelphia, the mayor of Rome - a former Philadelphian himself - has a message for you: Don't sweat the security this weekend around Pope Francis' historic visit. Ignazio R. Marino, an accomplished liver transplant surgeon, told a large audience at Temple University on Thursday night that his city last year hosted an event that drew five million - the canonization of two previous popes, John XXIII and John Paul II - and came through it just fine. That's more than twice the size of the crowd expected here this weekend for Francis' visit.
July 6, 2015 |
Hello there On New Year's Day 2012, Cliff waited for Richard by the Christmas tree at 30th Street Station. They had "e-met" in an Internet chat room six months prior, and had spent a good part of every day since talking - even when the Martell Group, Cliff's production, marketing, and sales company, took him time zones away. Richard, who is now 68, lives where he grew up: Norwalk, Conn. The three-hour train ride to Philadelphia was nerve-racking. He had only started dating men about two years prior, and here he was going to meet one who lived hundreds of miles away!
May 23, 2015 |
Mary Gillin Williams, 62, of Warrington, who fought back from a series of illnesses beginning in 1972 to live an active life as a social worker, teacher and mother, died Friday, May 15, at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications after a liver transplant. Born in Mayfair, Mrs. Williams grew up in Upper Darby and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1971. While attending Villanova University in 1972, she was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. After treatment, she went into remission in 1976.
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.