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May 7, 2012 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Facebook is the biggest online social medium in the world. People love it, are uneasy with it, even a little suspicious. It just may have done something inarguably good, with immediate, measurable impact. So far, that seems to be the case with Facebook's new organ-donation push. On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced that users can now choose to indicate to their Facebook world that they wish to be organ donors. And, if you choose, a link can whisk you right to your state's donor registry, where you can register online.
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February 19, 2008
RICK SELVIN, the ex-Daily News staffer who died recently, was very lucky to get a heart transplant and 10 more years of life. More than half of the 98,000 Americans on the national waiting list will die before they get a transplant, most needlessly. Americans bury or cremate about 20,000 transplantable organs every year. More than 6,000 of their neighbors die every year as a result. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage - give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their organs when they die. Giving organs first to organ donors will persuade more people to register as organ donors.
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July 14, 2010 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert J. Rehrmann is such a believer in organ donation that he ran a full-page ad in Tuesday's Inquirer urging people to follow his example and register as a donor. "Think of the incredible relief of human suffering you will have helped bring about," the 84-year-old retired aeronautical engineer wrote in the $3,700 advertisement, published in Pennsylvania editions. Alas, his altruistic promotion contained some misinformation about how to register. And it turns out that he actually signed up to give his body for medical education, not organ donation.
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April 24, 1999 | By Nancy Ehrlich
This is National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week. It's easy, though, to get through the week and still avoid thinking about whether you'd want your family to donate your organs to someone else after you're dead. The issue is distasteful. Any scenario in which you get to donate organs involves either your being dead or someone you love being dead. But every day, people bury livers, kidneys, hearts and lungs in the ground, where they'll rot and decay, instead of giving the gift of life to others like themselves and their loved ones - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, children, grandparents - all longing to return to rich, active lives.
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May 15, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Monica Forte sat in a House hearing room Tuesday, her son Tony wired to an IV in a backpack beside her, and tearfully begged lawmakers to pass a bill to update Pennsylvania's organ-donation law. "There are not enough kids as pediatric donors," Forte told a legislative panel. Tony, who turns 9 next month, was born with an intestinal disease and is on the waiting list for a stomach, liver, and small intestine transplant. He is one of 200 children on the state's waiting list for organ transplants.
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January 11, 2002 | By James M. DuBois
Last month, the American Medical Association entertained changes to the way we understand organ donation. Whereas organ donation has always been viewed as a gift, the AMA suggested that we investigate offering financial incentives to encourage organ donation. The proposal was inspired in part by a questionable statistic: that only about a third of all eligible donors agree to donate their organs. In fact, donation rates are most reliably assessed at a regional level, and in some regions considerable majorities consent to donation.
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April 16, 1995 | By Mary Otto, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
On her dead son's birthday and at Christmastime, Judy Carr inquires about his organs, to see how they are doing in their new lives. When she learned a few weeks ago that one of his kidneys had failed, she grieved anew for her Tim, lost in a car wreck at age 18. Yet Carr, of Mary Esther, Fla., has found in organ donation a source of redemptive power. And so it has been for Pat Bell of Tampa. She believes her Jonathan has continued to help people since a gunshot claimed him. "His heart valves, his strong, young, healthy, 17-year-old male bones.
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April 18, 1996 | By Stacey Burling, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A week ago, Barbara March climbed into a crib at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and curled against her 2-year-old son, Matthew, for one last hug. For 45 days, Matthew had been waiting for a double-lung transplant. The lungs did not come in time and he had slipped into a coma. Instead, he would become a donor. After that final hug, Barbara March, a 32-year-old Coatesville teacher, and her husband, Benjamin, a 44-year-old businessman, let a surgeon take Matthew's kidneys for another deathly ill child.
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February 24, 2004 | By Patrick Guinan
I thought I was dreaming. When I renewed my driver's license recently, I walked into an empty photo center and strolled right up to a smiling clerk. There was no waiting in line, no sitting patiently listening for my name to be called. In fact, I didn't even have time to take off my jacket as I handed over my old license and was asked to answer some routine questions that popped up on a computer screen next to me. I answered the first few in a daze, still a little stunned by the prompt, courteous service.
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April 18, 1999
Many newly bereaved families face the issue of organ donation full of questions and doubts - but with little time to resolve them. As the need increases for hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys, the challenge is how to boost participation in organ donation and get people talking about the choice before a tragedy occurs. Nationwide, only about 14,000 people who die each year are suitable candidates for donation. Last year, only 5,700 out of those 14,000 were donors. In Pennsylvania last year, only 394 donors provided lungs, kidneys, hearts - while 800 people on the 4,500-person waiting list died awaiting transplants.
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May 15, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Monica Forte sat in a House hearing room Tuesday, her son Tony wired to an IV in a backpack beside her, and tearfully begged lawmakers to pass a bill to update Pennsylvania's organ-donation law. "There are not enough kids as pediatric donors," Forte told a legislative panel. Tony, who turns 9 next month, was born with an intestinal disease and is on the waiting list for a stomach, liver, and small intestine transplant. He is one of 200 children on the state's waiting list for organ transplants.
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July 10, 2013 | BY JESSICA GLAZER, Daily News Staff Writer glazerj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5915
AFTER A DOUBLE lung transplant last month, Sarah Murnaghan is fighting pneumonia in her new right lung, her mother said yesterday. Doctors believe the girl developed pneumonia by breathing in contents from her stomach, her mother said. "Yesterday was tough. Today she is more stable, but this is definitely a large set back," Janet Murnaghan posted on Facebook about noon. Last month, Sarah, 10, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, received two adult lungs after her parents challenged a rule that prevented children younger than 12 years old from receiving adult lungs.
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July 7, 2013
By Katheryne Lawrence, a third-year law student at Drexel University, writing for the Field Clinic on philly.com and Inquirer.com.   No matter how organs are distributed, organ donation in the United States is a win-lose proposition. When someone on a waiting list receives a lung, another person loses out. About 76,000 people in the United States are on active waiting lists for organs. America has been rooting for Sarah Murnaghan, 10, to receive a transplant. The spotlight has been on the appropriateness of the rules for organ allocation.
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July 1, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 100 million Americans have signed up to be organ donors. For medical and social reasons, that's still not enough, as the family of Sarah Murnaghan, 10, of Newtown Square, can attest. A transplant of adult lungs on June 11 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia saved her from dying of cystic fibrosis, but only because her parents successfully challenged lung-allocation rules in court. Now, a study has found that Facebook, the social-media network, can help increase organ-donor registrations and awareness.
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June 19, 2013 | By Leila Haghighat, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 17, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
Godspeed to Sarah Murnaghan and Javier Acosta, both of whom are at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia suffering from the debilitating effects of cystic fibrosis. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson granted them relief recently by allowing each to join the waiting list for an adult lung. This prompted the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to create a special appeal and review system to hear cases such as theirs in which children need access to adult organs. While Javier is still waiting, Sarah received a transplanted lung from an adult donor just days ago. But if we really want to swell the number of available hearts, lungs, livers, and corneas, there is a more obvious and expansive solution.
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June 14, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Newtown Square girl dying of cystic fibrosis, survived six hours of surgery Wednesday to receive lungs from an adult donor - a transplant made possible by her family's fight to change lung-allocation rules. "We are thrilled to share that Sarah is out of surgery," her mother, Janet Ruddock Murnaghan, posted on Facebook. "Her doctors are very pleased with both her progress during the procedure and her prognosis for recovery. " Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Sarah has been in intensive care for weeks, told the family at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday viable adult lungs were available, according to Sarah's aunt, Sharon Ruddock.
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June 5, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
The parents of a 10-year-old Newtown Square girl who is in dire need of a lung transplant have made a public appeal for a lung donation from any family that loses a loved one. Janet and Fran Murnaghan said such a directed organ donation is the "only hope" for daughter Sarah, who has cystic fibrosis and has been on the lung transplant waiting list for 18 months. She has been in Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since February, where she is on a pressurized oxygen machine. Her case illustrates how relatively few pediatric lungs become available for transplant while adult lungs - which could be cut down to fit her - must first be offered to all wait-listed adults in the region.
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June 4, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
RELATIVES OF A 10-year-old girl, who they say has been denied a life-saving lung transplant because of her age, are appealing to the public in hopes of finding a donor to save their child. "There's unfortunately no options left," said Sharon Ruddock, the aunt of Sarah Murnaghan, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis and has been unable to leave Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for three months, needing a ventilator to breathe. The child is a top candidate for an organ from a pediatric donor but few are available, and family members say that under existing policy, a lung from an adult donor would be offered first to all adults in the region, even those more stable and with less severe conditions.
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June 2, 2013 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following what she called "intense interest" in the case of a 10-year-old girl who is waiting for a lung transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asked Friday for a review of the nation's lung allocation policy. She also is seeking "new approaches for promoting pediatric and adolescent organ donation. " HHS oversees the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, which sets organ allocation rules.
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