May 23, 2016 |
Two years ago, James Luongo was thrilled to hear about the first new drugs that could rid his body of hepatitis C. The virus had been silently circulating in his blood for years and would likely cause liver disease, perhaps cancer. But he still felt fine. The drugs seemed like a good thing until his Medicaid insurer denied coverage of the treatment. Twice. "They said, 'You're not sick enough,' " said Luongo, who is staying with his ailing mother in Northeast Philadelphia. "How do they tell somebody you've got a disease that's deadly, that's going to kill you, but you're not sick enough for the cure?"
February 26, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have just separated from my wife. I don't plan on dating anytime soon, but I will eventually. I have a disease that caused my immune system to destroy my liver cells. There is no way to predict whether my liver will fail in five days or five years. Would it be wrong to date knowing I have this disease? There is no cure, just a liver transplant if my liver fails completely. Also, if it's OK to date, when should I tell someone about my illness? I have no friends because at some point they will see me jaundiced and sick, and I would have to burden them with my health issues or lie. - Newly Separated In Montana DEAR NEWLY SEPARATED: You are allowing your illness to rule your life, and that's not a prescription that's healthy for anyone.
February 26, 2016 |
THIS IS ABOUT Bobby Rydell and a little girl, and the liver that binds them. And a lesson we too often forget. Let this be a small reminder. Assiah Phinisee has her eyes fixed on her video game and her ears on the conversation I'm having with her mom - you know, in case the pint-size cutie needs to clarify an important point or two. "I'm 7 1/2," she soon interjects, pausing for dramatic effect. "And I take my half really seriously. " Her mom, Rasheena, is sitting next to her and talking about the children's book she and Assiah have written, called I Am a Flower Pot Made for a Plant.
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.