March 1, 2012
DEAR ABBY: For years, I suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes. I never had a clue that they are the two leading causes of kidney failure. After reading in your column about National Kidney Month, I decided to take your suggestion and go to the National Kidney Foundation website at kidney.org. When I attended their free screening through the Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP), I found out that high blood pressure can damage the kidney, and that diabetes is the No. 1 risk factor for kidney disease.
October 14, 1994 |
Blair Lee Thompson, 42, managing director of Start Technology Partnership and the recipient of three kidney transplants, died Wednesday of heart failure at his home in Strafford. Mr. Thompson's medical problems were uncovered when he entered Harvard University in the fall of 1971. In spite of the difficulties he encountered, Mr. Thompson persevered and graduated both from Harvard in 1975 and later from the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia in 1979. Since 1971, he endured extended kidney dialysis and a series of kidney transplants.
March 5, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I always knew high blood pressure ran in my family, but I never realized that it could cause kidney disease. Because I felt healthy, I hadn't worried about my "borderline" hypertension. Turns out, my kidneys were silently being damaged. I have since made lifestyle changes to control my blood pressure and prevent further damage. These include daily exercise and cutting back on salt, sweets and fast food. March is National Kidney Month, and March 14 is World Kidney Day. The National Kidney Foundation is urging Americans to learn their risk factors for kidney disease and to get their kidneys checked with a simple urine and blood test.
June 14, 2014 |
Harry Baker, 87, former owner of Franklin Unit Exchange at Second Street and Susquehanna Avenue, died of kidney failure Wednesday, June 11, at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill. Mr. Baker, a 60-year resident of Cherry Hill, was president of a philanthropic organization there, Brith Shalom Lodge, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, his son, Brian, said. Most recently, Mr. Baker was a member of Congregation M'Kor Shalom in Cherry Hill. Mr. Baker was the second generation to run the exchange, which "dealt with rebuilding of starters and generators and alternators" for cars and trucks, his son said.
July 2, 2000 |
Ask Joelle Atkinson what she likes best about herself and, in between giggles and cartwheels, the 10-year-old will immediately say: "That I'm alive. " That's because Joelle, a sixth grader at the Notre Dame Regional School in Landisville, was born with infantile polycystic kidney disease, a rare disorder that causes renal and liver failure. In April, she underwent double-transplant surgery at Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Two months later, she won medals in two events at the 2000 U.S. Transplant Games in Orlando, Fla. "She's just taken it all in stride," said her mother, Donna.
October 18, 2011 |
Gayle Levick Goldglantz, 62, of Elkins Park, a medical-practice manager who endured four kidney transplants in a history-making fight for life, died of cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse on Sunday, Oct. 16, the day before her 40th wedding anniversary. Mrs. Goldglantz discovered she had kidney disease after a blood test for her marriage license in 1971. "The doctors told us we would have a very bleak future," her husband, Harvey, later told The Inquirer. In 1976 and 1977, Mrs. Goldglantz had two kidney transplants from cadavers; the organs were rejected after one month and one week.
August 29, 2014 |
Two men connected to a Bucks County church were doing well after kidney transplant surgery at a Camden hospital Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rob Chifokoyo, 30, and Michael Wortell, 22, were in good condition Wednesday, said Carol Lynn Daley, director of marketing at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Wortell, a member of Doylestown's Covenant Church, donated a kidney to Chifokoyo, a Zimbabwean mission partner of the church. A CaringBridge web page maintained by Chifokoyo's wife was updated Wednesday afternoon, saying that Wortell was able to walk and eat a meal during the day and that Chifokoyo would hopefully move from the intensive care unit into a regular room overnight.
January 18, 2015 |
Karen Theressa Murphy, 61, of Lansdowne, a medical administrator, died at home Thursday, Jan. 8, after a long battle with frontotemporal degeneration, a form of dementia. In 2011, Ms. Murphy donated a kidney to her son-in-law James Rowan, whose previous transplant had been rejected. The kidney was successfully transplanted, creating a special bond between the two. "It was one of the proudest, most gratifying moments of her life," said daughter Theressa Creighton. Ms. Murphy was born at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The oldest of six children, she grew up throughout the United States and in Japan.
November 14, 2000 |
This is one time Alonzo Mourning can't help himself with his massive defensive ability. He can't block this shot. He can't intimidate kidney disease. He can't simply send it back where it came from. But cooler, more patient heads can dispel Shaquille O'Neal's recent, emotion-driven theory that Mourning's case of focal glomerulosclerosis was necessarily brought on by chronic use of anti-inflammatories. Mourning, the Miami Heat center and the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons, has been declared out for the season after the kidney condition was detected in a routine preseason physical examination.
February 21, 1996 |
Barney B. Welsh, 52, of Haverford, a senior member in the Philadelphia law firm of Ominsky, Welsh, Messa, Tanner & Giles, died of kidney failure Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Mr. Welsh, who specialized in civil litigation, practiced law in Philadelphia for 24 years before going into semiretirement in 1992 because of kidney disease. He had joined the law firm about 20 years ago, and eventually became a shareholder in the practice. A 1968 graduate of Villanova Law School, he clerked for a year for U.S. District Judge Charles Weiner in Philadelphia and then joined the law firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman.