September 23, 2000 |
He was young and full of energy, yet Philadelphia Police Officer Jose M. Ortiz had faced his own mortality. When he renewed his driver's license, he checked the organ-donation box. And he told his wife, Theresa, a nurse, that if he died, she was to see that his organs were made available. His wishes have been followed. Ortiz, 29, died Thursday night, three days after being hit by a police cruiser that was rushing to assist him as he chased a suspect in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia.
September 22, 2000 |
His body was too broken, too bruised beyond repair to continue to live on in this world. But Philadelphia Police Officer Jose Ortiz will live on as a "guardian angel," as an example to other police officers - and in those he saves through organ donation. Last night, just hours after his wife made the heartbreaking decision to take Ortiz off life support, a painstaking, hourslong organ-harvesting process began at Temple University Hospital, in the hopes the young officer's death would not be in vain.
November 22, 1999 |
Spurred by the relentless encouragement of one of his constituents, Rep. James C. Greenwood has introduced legislation to create a five-year, $125 million pilot program to increase organ donation, including a federally funded life-insurance program for people who agree to donate their organs when they die. The bill means at least a partial victory for Eugene Epstein, a retired Bucks County businessman who has spent nearly three years and more...
June 12, 1999
End organ waiting list Pennsylvania's recent effort to pass legislation to become the first state to provide a financial reward for organ donation underscores an unavoidable reality in America: Each day, 10 people on the national waiting list die because they do not receive the organs they need. Rather than try to solve the organ shortage through monetary funds, we should turn our attention toward the real root of the problem. Many of the patients who die awaiting a transplant would live if the families of most medically eligible donors would say yes to donation.
May 13, 1999 |
I recently helped a family friend in his quest for a liver transplant. He suffered from long-standing hepatitis and would die without a new organ. I directed him to an outstanding transplant center in New York. Like all transplant candidates, my friend entered a race against death where the finish line keeps changing. No one knows when a liver will become available because of the scarcity of organs. For three months, my friend steadily deteriorated. On the brink of coma, he received the organ.
May 7, 1999 |
NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue urged area business leaders to purchase high-end seats and suites in order to help the New England Patriots build a new stadium. "Everybody knows it's going to be difficult," Tagliabue told about 500 people yesterday at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and dinner. "There will be suites that need to be purchased. There will be premium seats that need to be purchased. " Tagliabue said a partnership between the NFL, state government and private investors is needed to make the stadium work.
May 5, 1999 |
Christine Vavrina wanted to believe that some good comes of everything - even death. That's why she decided to donate her body to a medical school. The question of final arrangements arose when she entered a nursing home at age 82. She talked with her only child, Tom, an electronics professor at Montgomery County College. At first, Christine signed up as an organ donor because she wanted to help others extend their lives. But a few years later, when she suffered a stroke and the possibility of death drew nearer, Tom learned that organ donation was not an option for people over 75. A switchboard operator at the Gift of Life Donor Program told him about the Humanity Gifts Registry.
April 30, 1999 |
If your driver's license doesn't say "organ donor" on it, it probably will soon after you see "The Kindness of Strangers. " There is no narration to this 1998 documentary, only the voices and images of the slowly dying who are waiting for an organ or of those who have had to make a decision about donating the organs of a deceased loved one. "I went without narration because I wanted people to tell their own stories," said Maro Chermayeff, 36,...
April 24, 1999 |
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.
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.