April 6, 2011 |
In our region, 6,500 critically ill residents wait for organs, kidneys, livers, hearts. After a notable 8.6 percent decline last year, local organ donations have increased - March was a banner month - but not enough if you ask anyone who has been waiting and waiting, an average of five years for a healthy kidney. In 1994, Pennsylvania became one of the first states to list organ donation on driver's licenses. The region is a mecca with eight surgical centers performing transplants.
July 10, 2013 |
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.
June 17, 2013 |
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.
November 12, 2000 |
Anthony Yeni has a new liver and a new purpose. "Before, I didn't know why I had been given a second chance," the Cherry Hill resident said. "Now, I know it's to go out to speak and educate. " Yeni's drive is common among organ recipients, and many of them are out this weekend - Donor Sabbath Weekend - speaking for what they call "the gift of life. " The message is going out in hundreds of sanctuaries across the country in an effort to raise awareness of organ donation and reassure worshipers that they don't need their organs to make it to heaven.
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.