June 7, 2013 |
I pulled into the muddy lot between the train tracks and the old sandwich shack, and John Bucci Jr. was waiting. It was after hours at John's Roast Pork in South Philadelphia, but his clean white apron was pulled taut around his waist. And as the garlicky smell of roasting picnic hams rubbed in rosemary wafted from the luncheonette to greet me, Bucci pumped his fists skyward and broke into a victory dance. "You're back!" he said. But the shocker here was that John Bucci Jr. was back - and glowing healthy against tall odds.
June 6, 2013 |
Saying that three other children at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are just as sick, Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she would not personally intervene to help a local 10-year-old whose desperate family wants organ-allocation rules changed to give her a better shot at a lung transplant. A spokesman for the secretary of Health and Human Services said Sebelius was at a budget hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill when Pennsylvania lawmakers asked about Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square.
June 4, 2013 |
RELATIVES OF A 10-year-old girl, who they say has been denied a life-saving lung transplant because of her age, are appealing to the public in hopes of finding a donor to save their child. "There's unfortunately no options left," said Sharon Ruddock, the aunt of Sarah Murnaghan, who has end-stage cystic fibrosis and has been unable to leave Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for three months, needing a ventilator to breathe. The child is a top candidate for an organ from a pediatric donor but few are available, and family members say that under existing policy, a lung from an adult donor would be offered first to all adults in the region, even those more stable and with less severe conditions.
April 12, 2013 |
A gunshot victim whose kidneys, pancreas, heart and liver were transplanted into four recipients transmitted an uncommon parasite to several of them, health officials reported Thursday, suggesting that new screening guidelines may be needed. The infection apparently involved patients at Temple University Hospital and Geisinger Medical Center in central Pennsylvania. The parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis , is found mainly in and around the tropics, and no national guidelines recommend screening donors, according to the investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
February 22, 2013 |
IT WAS 1985, Ernie Schiff had just gotten a new heart - his was the fifth such transplant in Philadelphia - and his wife wanted to know what was next. "The coordinator handed me a big book," said Anne Schiff, now 82. "I didn't understand anything about the book. I said, 'You know, I think we should start a group.' And I said, 'Let's call it Second Chance.' Because that's exactly what it was. " Twenty-eight years and nearly 2,500 heart transplants later, Second Chance quietly continues its same dual mission: support for patients who want to know what will happen to them and fundraising to help them afford it. It has expanded from Temple University Hospital, then the local pioneer, to the three other general hospitals in Philly that now do heart transplants - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Hospital.
February 6, 2013 |
WHILE IT never came to kicking and screaming, Tony Nayan did not go quietly. The last thing a shy, reserved kid wants to hear from his mother is that he'll have to switch high schools, especially when a change in cities is also part of the unappreciated package. Though Nayan, a 5-10, 145-pound senior wing guard for Northeast's basketball team, sports no accent, he spent his childhood in Bahston and still misses former friends and coaches. He's still kinda quiet, too. Guess what?
January 29, 2013 |
A former soldier who became a quadruple amputee after surviving an explosion in Iraq three years ago has undergone a rare double arm transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Brendan Marrocco, 26, of Staten Island, N.Y., who underwent the marathon surgery last month, was the first service member from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive the loss of four limbs, officials have said. He lost both legs above the knee, his left arm below the elbow, and his right arm above the elbow when the military vehicle he was driving was blown up by a powerful roadside bomb on Easter 2009.
January 7, 2013 |
More than any other vital organ offered for transplant, the lung is susceptible to injury that is difficult to prevent, detect, and predict. To err on the side of caution, 80 percent of organ donors' lungs are rejected as unsuitable, a waste lamented by doctors and patients alike. Now, the University of Pennsylvania and five other medical centers are testing technology aimed at improving the situation. It involves cleaning and refurbishing donor lungs while the organ "breathes" in a specially designed machine.
December 11, 2012 |
A year after a young amputee left the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with transplanted hands and forearms, the lead surgeon calls her progress "nothing less than spectacular. " Yet Penn has no waiting list for hand transplants. The distinguished medical center is part of an ironic trend: Availability of the complex reconstructive surgery has been growing faster than demand for it. Of perhaps two dozen hand transplant programs worldwide, 10 are in the United States.
November 29, 2012
Joseph E. Murray, 93, the surgeon at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School who performed the first human organ transplant almost six decades ago, died Monday. The cause was a stroke, said his son Richard Murray. Dr. Murray shared a 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine for his work. In 1954, he led a team of Brigham doctors that gave Richard Herrick, 23, a kidney from his identical twin, Ronald. Since then, more than 600,000 people have received organs through transplantation techniques pioneered by Dr. Murray and his collaborators.