October 4, 1990 |
Even before Sister Kathleenjoy Cooper grips her paddle in a table tennis match at this weekend's U.S. Transplant Games in Indianapolis, she knows she has already won a lifelong prize - a kidney. Sister Cooper of Haverford is one of 50 Delaware Valley contestants who will compete with about 450 other athletes - all transplant recipients - in Olympic-style games organized by the National Kidney Foundation Inc. and Sandoz Pharmaceutical Corp. The event is the first nationally organized counterpart to the International Transplant Games, slated for Budapest, Hungary, next year.
May 31, 2002 |
Officials at Mercy Suburban Hospital said the accused double murderer who hanged himself in a Montgomery County prison is brain dead. However, Chang Qi - charged with fatally stabbing the wife and 8-year old son of a former employer on May 9 - remains on life support. "He is brain dead. He's in grave condition," said Sonya Evans-Johnson, spokeswoman for the East Norriton hospital. She declined comment on whether he was being kept on life support for purposes of organ donation. Prison guards found Qi hanging from a shower rod in his cell in the prison's medical wing at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday.
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 5, 2013 |
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.
March 24, 1992 |
Innovative methods that would increase the number of human organs available for transplants in the future were the center of discussion yesterday at the regional conference of the National Kidney Foundation at the Sheraton Society Hill. Financial incentives for organ donors and the routine "harvesting" of organs from dead people unless survivors specifically object were among the controversial topics aired. The conference was called to examine innovative approaches to a problem that worsens daily.
February 14, 2005 |
It's Valentine's Day, a perfect time to think about love and hearts. Not to mention kidneys, lungs, corneas and all the other precious organs you could possibly donate after death. Polls show 83 percent of Americans are in favor of organ donation and transplantation, yet most do not sign organ donor cards. That's true even in Pennsylvania, where passage of a law a decade ago promoting donation has made it a national model. Pennsylvanians can become designated organ donors through a simple checkoff on their driver's licenses or state identification cards, yet only 42 percent, or about 3.8 million, have done so. In Philadelphia, 29 percent are designated donors, the lowest county rate in the state.
April 27, 1988 |
When the group of organ transplant experts approached Dr. Clive Callender, a senior black transplant surgeon in the U.S., the Howard University Hospital specialist was perplexed by their question. Why is it, they asked him, that 70 percent of the patients undergoing kidney dialysis treatment are black, but fewer than 10 percent of the kidneys donated for transplants come from black donors? "I didn't know the answer, so I said I'd get back to them," Callender said. That was six years ago. Today, he's found answers - and raised many new questions.
March 16, 2010 |
Hey, buddy, can you spare a kidney? What if you got $10,000 for your trouble? $100,000? Or more? With 106,131 Americans now on waiting lists for an organ - 83,754 of them for kidneys - researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center sought to find out whether financial incentives would increase living organ donation. Their findings - that payments would draw more participants without relying disproportionately on poor people - are highly controversial.
August 15, 1991 |
Dialing Shirley Sinclair's number was harder than I thought it would be. Sure, she had agreed to talk about the New Year's Eve death of her son, but asking the questions was an uneasy, intrusive process. Delbert Sinclair went out at 8 that night. The call came at 1 a.m. At Einstein Medical Center, they told Sinclair and her husband their 29-year-old son had been beaten wih a bat -so brutally he would never wake up. Through a wall of shock and grief, the Sinclair family made a courageous choice.
March 29, 2011 |
Through the 1990s and into the 2000s, as public awareness about the need for organ transplants grew, the number of people who became donors - living and deceased - increased by several hundred each year. In the last four years, however, that number has leveled off. Last year, total donors were down slightly nationwide. Locally, there was a bigger drop. Pennsylvania saw a 6.6 percent decline in the number of people who were organ donors last year, while New Jersey's number fell 7.9 percent, according to data collected by the United Network for Organ Sharing, a federal contractor that manages the U.S. transplant system.