September 8, 2008 |
Howard Nathan set out to be a doctor. Rejected from medical school, he hoped that networking with some prominent local transplant surgeons might give him another shot at admission. Instead, Nathan, who runs Philadelphia's Gift of Life Donor Program, wound up a world traveler and a prominent leader in the world of organ transplantation. Now in his 31st year at the organ program, he is president of the International Society of Organ Donation and Procurement. In 1978, Nathan became the third employee of what was then the Delaware Valley Transplant Program.
July 29, 2008 |
In New Jersey, summer doesn't just bring the dog days. In June, July and August there's also Delaware Bay Day, National Airborne Day and Toms River East Little League World Champions Day (Aug. 29, if you're planning ahead). Those are just some of the 80-plus honorary days, months and weeks New Jersey lawmakers have put on the books to raise awareness, commemorate acts and honor causes, including the patriotic (Liberty Day), the obscure (Credit Union Day) and the redundant (New Jersey Day)
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.
February 14, 2008 |
Police hunting for madman who butchered N.Y. therapist NEW YORK - Police were hunting last night for a man who entered a psychologist's office with a bag of knives and a meat cleaver and hacked her to death. A colleague who responded to the victim's screams was badly wounded, and investigators were trying to determine whether the attacker was a patient at the clinic. Three knives were recovered at the scene, including the cleaver, which was apparently bent from the attack, police said.
February 13, 2008
After you breathe your last breath, you may help another person live - if you have signed an organ and tissue donor card. Remember that tomorrow, which in addition to being Valentine's Day is National Donor Day. What a way to show your love? Anyone can become a potential donor, regardless of age, race or medical history. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you can sign up where you get your driver's license or nondriver ID. Online, go to www.organdonor.gov There are 98,000 people in the United States awaiting a donation.
August 4, 2006 |
Pennsylvanians with a valid driver's license or photo identification card can now register online to become an organ donor on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Driver and Vehicle Services Web site. Previously, Pennsylvanians could become registered organ donors when obtaining or renewing a driver's license or photo identification card - a process that, for most people, occurs every four years. Currently, 43 percent of licensed drivers and photo identification holders in Pennsylvania are registered organ donors, according to state officials.
March 15, 2006 |
Claude Lewis is a longtime Philadelphia journalist On any given day in America, at least 94,000 anxious and often demoralized citizens live with diminishing hope. They are literally running out of time as the search for life-saving organs goes forward without immediate success. These citizens face a desperate battle to obtain a healthy heart, kidney, lung, liver or other life-sustaining tissue. Modern technology has made it possible through transplantation to save lives that would otherwise be lost.
January 19, 2006 |
Walking through the "Body Worlds" exhibition at the Franklin Institute, taking in the diaphragms and slices of human cadavers and fully erect circulatory systems on display, one wonders: Who were these people who donated their bodies to Gunther von Hagens, the German P.T. Barnum of anatomy who authored the traveling show? Shawn Petri can answer that one: Him. Well, not him yet. Maybe not him soon. But Petri, a 31-year-old chief financial officer for a Blue Bell pharmaceutical consulting firm, has signed the paperwork that will turn over his body to von Hagens after death, allowing him to do with it what he will.
October 4, 2005 |
Despite endless appeals by organ procurement organizations to increase the supply of transplantable organs, low donation rates persist. The latest plea in Pennsylvania is an advertising campaign - "Ordinary People . . . Extraordinary Power" - to increase the number of donors among licensed drivers. If history is a guide, this public-awareness crusade will have frustratingly little effect. For decades, well-meaning groups have argued for more donor organs, and yet still more than 50 percent of patients who need transplants die before receiving one. A likely explanation is that most people are already well-aware of the nation's dire need for organs and yet choose, for whatever reasons, not to donate.
September 22, 2005 |
I've always been leery of loud voices bantering around the word hero. It has been my experience that true heroes are quiet. They remain in the shadows, often thinking they only did what anyone else would do in similar circumstances. But in reality, they are not the ones who say, "How can I do that?" Instead, they're the ones who say, "How can I not do that?" I recently met a brave young woman from Deptford who calls her two heroes her angels. One angel gave her life back to her, and the other brought her a new life.