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2009-01-15 09:58:00

1,152 gifts of life were transplanted because of the generosity of donors and their families PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paulie Penkala might have been the toughest kid on the football field, but he spent his life helping others and had aspirations of continuing that after he graduated high school. For a 16-year-old from Hazleton, Pa. to be contemplating missionary work or the Peace Corps is certainly unique. But as his father Paul Sr. talked about it, his son's...

2008-12-17 12:00:00

CLEVELAND, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Background: LifeBanc, the nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization for Northeast Ohio, participated with the Cleveland Clinic in today's historic news conference announcing the first near total face transplant in the United States. The following statement is from LifeBanc Chief Executive Officer Gordon Bowen. "In keeping with LifeBanc's mission of helping to improve and save the lives of others, we worked closely with the Cleveland...

2008-09-20 21:00:32

A father who travelled to the Philippines in a bid to buy a kidney transplant has given his support to a system of presumed consent. But Mark Schofield said the debate over opting out has failed to fully explain to the public how they would be affected by any future change in the law. And the 44-year-old from Porthcawl said any moves towards "soft" presumed consent must be accompanied by more transplant co- ordinators who can ask grieving families about organ donation. Mr Schofield...

2008-09-09 00:00:26

Today, more than 9,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant that could save or dramatically improve their life. Most are waiting for a kidney, others for a heart, lung or liver transplant. But less than 3,000 transplants are carried out each year. Transplants depend entirely on the generosity of donors and their families who are willing to make this life-saving gift to others. There is a desperate need for donors. Last year, more than 400 people died while waiting for a transplant....

2008-08-25 12:01:19

By Kate Foster PLANS to change Britain's organ donor laws were last night in doubt after it emerged Government experts are to rule out introducing presumed consent in the immediate future. Scotland on Sunday has learned that he Organ Donation Taskforce hope increases in the number of organ donation coordinators and better organisation of the current system will tackle the nation's transplant crisis. The Taskforce will report later this year, but sources have told this newspaper it is...

2008-08-13 12:00:56

The Canadian government has approved $35 million in funding for a national organ donation registry through the national blood donor agency. Canadian Blood Services will develop a system and database to coordinate organ donations in all territories and provinces except Quebec, which has its own agency and might join later on, the Globe and Mail reported. Graham Sher, the chief executive officer of the blood agency told the newspaper the system will mean increased availability of organs...

2008-07-31 21:00:36

By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell Lois Utley has spent the past three weeks at the bedside of her son, praying a liver that will save his life arrives in time. The experience has led the Missouri mother to recognize the importance of organ donations, not just for sake of her middle-aged son, but to also save the lives of others. "There are so many in need of organ donation, including little children and infants," said Utley as she prepared to spend another day with her son, whom she did not...

2008-07-10 03:00:30

John Forsythe, a surgeon and chairman of the Scottish Transplant Group, explains why it's important to register to become a donor because one day it could be you. MORE than 7000 people are currently waiting for a transplant that could improve or even save their life. In Scotland there are over 700 people needing a vital organ. During those long weeks waiting and wondering, around 50 of them die every year. One day, it could be you, or it could be one of your friends or family. That's...

2008-07-05 00:00:23

By Liz Perkins Patients are throwing their support behind a life-saving plan to shake-up the Welsh organ donor system. New Assembly research shows half of people back a presumed consent system, where people would have to opt out if they did not want to donate their organs. More than 150 Welsh patients have died before a donor could be found in the past five years, and the Assembly's health and well- being committee is looking at whether a change to the system would make a difference by...

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2007-07-28 03:00:00

By Kaserman, David L ABSTRACT: More than fifty years have now passed since the first successful human organ transplant. During that time, substantial progress has been made in both surgical techniques and immunosuppressive drug therapy. As a result, transplant success rates have improved dramatically, and thousands of recipients of kidneys, hearts, livers, and lungs have been granted both longer and healthier lives. At the same time, however, many more thousands of patients have died while...