February 24, 2004 |
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.
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.
May 27, 2002 |
After a nearly eight-year delay, Pennsylvania has started a controversial program that provides financial rewards to those who donate organs. The state is offering a $300 benefit to pay for food and lodging costs incurred by a donor or a donor's family. The program, the first of its kind in the nation, is paid for through donations to the state's Organ Donation Awareness Trust Fund. "This provides real help to real people going through a challenging time right now," said Stephen H. Suroviec, the deputy secretary of the state Health Department.
January 11, 2002 |
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.
May 1, 2001
Protection for fetuses? Congress's concern for life would be funny if it weren't so hypocritical. These protectors of the "unborn," these champions of life, voted against national health care for children, Head Start and school lunch programs. Save those fetuses, but once they're born, let them starve! These are the same people who voted to cut back welfare benefits to women with children (although corporate welfare is fine) but have nothing to say about making deadbeat dads pay for the children they helped create.
April 20, 2001
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson has launched a nationwide effort to increase the supply of human organs available for transplantation. Although the number of organs donated last year was nearly 23,000 - up 5.3 percent over 1999 - the number of people on the national waiting list has been growing even faster. It was about 76,000 in 2000, up more than 10 percent over the previous year. The HHS plan calls on companies, unions and other organizations to stimulate donations of organs from their members.
January 22, 2001 |
When the Rev. Dayle Malloy discovered that it would be possible for her to donate a kidney to her husband, Dick, the decision took no time at all. "It seemed like the most natural thing in the world to me," she said. But because donating an organ is not so natural for others, Pastor Malloy, 53, an associate at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, also will donate her experience to try to persuade them. "It is such a blessing and gift that we can give," she said of the opportunity to educate her 5,700-member congregation.
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.
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.