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.
November 14, 2012
IT NEVER HAS been like this. We've all had our problems with Andy Reid's coaching over the years, have all wailed about his aversion to running the football and the time-management blunders and the red-zone stagnation and the smarter-than-you playcalling that too often blew up in his face. We've seen his teams start slow before, stumble in midseason, fall apart in the fourth quarter the way this group did in Sunday's 38-23 loss to Dallas. But there was always an adjustment, always a recoil and a second strike, always a December that looked so different from September it seemed that he, his coaches and his players had all undergone brain transplants.
November 10, 2012 |
Francis Barnes got the call on his cellphone - power was already out - at 10:16 p.m., with Hurricane Sandy at its peak. His 16-month wait for a new liver was over. All he had to do was get to the hospital in West Philadelphia from his home on a gravel cul-de-sac in rural Upper Bucks County. "I said, sure," he said. "My adrenaline was pumping. " Barnes soon got stopped by a tree too big to move, and turned around. Another tree; he backed up. A third, then a fourth. He dialed transplant coordinator Nicole Platt.
November 9, 2012 |
IF GOD IS in prayer-answering mode, 6-year-old Weston Keeton will soon be sleeping in something other than a hospital bed. It won't be his own bed, since home is in Tennessee. But it will be a welcome change from the one at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he has lived for 17 months. Back in June 2011, Weston's parents, Julie and Adam, had no idea that CHOP would be Weston's home for so long. All they knew was that their then-4-year-old, who'd undergone many surgeries to address multiple heart defects, had gotten very sick and needed to be seen by specialists at CHOP.
October 22, 2012
E. Donnall Thomas, a physician who pioneered the use of bone-marrow transplants in leukemia patients and later won the 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine, has died in Seattle at age 92. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced the death Saturday. A spokesman said the cause was heart disease. Thomas' work is among the greatest success stories in the treatment of cancer. Bone marrow transplantation and its sister therapy, blood stem cell transplantation, have improved the survival rates for some blood cancers to upward of 90 percent from almost zero.