September 28, 2014 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
As you enter Gene and Bonnie Schwartz's 28th-floor condominium at the Murano, first impressions that the building's entrance and halls seem sparse and bare fade away - as intended by developer Peter Shaw, who wanted individual units to outshine the common areas. Instantly, a visitor to the Schwartz home is swept away by a 20-foot span of windows. In one corner, a large brass-and-wood telescope peers out on a view embracing Philadelphia International Airport and Citizens Bank Park and 30th Street Station, and everything between.
September 22, 2014 | By Gale Scott, For The Inquirer
When Donald Johnson checked out of Hahnemann University Hospital on June 27, he and his family thought he was coming home to die. Johnson, 63, a Warminster resident and director of a municipal authority, had end-stage fatty liver disease and his kidneys had failed. He needed two organ transplants and had even considered going to Florida to increase his chances of getting help. He had good reason to be afraid. At the time, he was one of nearly 2,500 patients on liver transplant waiting lists in federal Region 2, which includes Pennsylvania and South Jersey.
August 29, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two men connected to a Bucks County church were doing well after kidney transplant surgery at a Camden hospital Tuesday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Rob Chifokoyo, 30, and Michael Wortell, 22, were in good condition Wednesday, said Carol Lynn Daley, director of marketing at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. Wortell, a member of Doylestown's Covenant Church, donated a kidney to Chifokoyo, a Zimbabwean mission partner of the church. A CaringBridge web page maintained by Chifokoyo's wife was updated Wednesday afternoon, saying that Wortell was able to walk and eat a meal during the day and that Chifokoyo would hopefully move from the intensive care unit into a regular room overnight.
July 22, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
THE LIFE of a reporter can be pretty tough sometimes. For example, you try taking notes while participating in a swim meet. KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert knows how hard it is firsthand. Last week, with a little help from the Gift of Life program, Melwert was in Houston reporting on and participating in the Transplant Games of America, an Olympics-style event for people who have donated or received an organ. In 2006, Melwert stepped in to give his aunt Jean DelMuto , who had polycystic kidney disease, one of his kidneys.
June 25, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
As expected, the organizations that set national organ allocation policy on Monday permanently adopted the temporary rule change that enabled then-10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan of Newtown Square to receive adult lungs a year ago. In a statement, the board of directors of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing said the change would expand access only "for a very limited group of young lung transplant candidates....
June 17, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - All one needs to know about Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, could be found Sunday by his play on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open after Martin Kaymer already had cemented the victory. "I hit the world's worst shot in to the green and got up and down" for par, Compton said after tying for second place with Rickie Fowler in only his second Open appearance. "You can't ever give up. We all have adversity in our lives. Some are different than others, some are more major.
April 21, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mason Shaffer was seven months old when doctors treated him for a fatal genetic bone disorder by destroying his blood and immune systems and rebuilding them with donated blood stem cells. That's when his parents, Sarah and Marc Shaffer of Lansdowne, learned about a fairly unsung medical trend: public, nonprofit facilities that collect, store, and distribute blood from donated umbilical cords. The stem cells that saved Mason, now a healthy 5-year-old, were in cord blood. Nonprofit cord-blood banking is a complicated, costly network, but it has been growing steadily, thanks to federal support, stem-cell research - and families like the Shaffers.
April 3, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A panel of transplant experts is recommending permanent adoption of the temporary rule change that enabled a 10-year-old from Newtown Square to receive adult lungs in a transplant nine months ago. When Sarah Murnaghan's parents fought to improve their dying daughter's access to adult lungs, their tactics - including a media campaign and a federal lawsuit - set off an ethics storm. But now, the consensus seems to be that Janet and Francis Murnaghan raised legitimate concerns, and that the impact of expanding access is small because so few children need lung transplants.
March 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Robert Goodman says a new heart hasn't made him a new man. Not yet, anyway. "I haven't quite gotten to the point of waking up every day and saying, 'I'm glad I'm alive,' although I do think about that," says the Westampton resident, 62. "I'm more amazed that I was almost dead, and nobody really knew it. Not even me. " Goodman, who's married and has a daughter in college, is a longtime runner and fitness buff. He wanted to avoid the fate of his dad, who died of a heart attack, at 50, "five months before my bar mitzvah.
March 9, 2014 | By Dr. John Stern, For The Inquirer
Starting at age 15, Katrina battled kidney disease. She could not hold her urine and had to seek out a bathroom every two hours. Her friends noticed and teased her about her small bladder. After months of worrying in silence, she finally found the courage to tell her mother. "Something is wrong," she said. They made an appointment to see the family doctor, who listened carefully to Katrina's story, took a urine sample, and ordered a few routine studies. It turned out that Katrina had early renal failure due to Alport syndrome, a rare disease also known as IgA nephropathy.
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