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.
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.