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2010-01-12 14:39:00

Coordinating Highest Number of Donors Continues Organization's Role of Leading OPO in U.S. PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ron Boris Jr. waited over four years for one phone call - a call that would save his life. After years of serious cardiac issues, Boris was placed on the heart transplant waiting list in late 2004 in the hopes of receiving his gift of life. That second chance arrived on April 25, 2009, thanks to the generosity of a donor and donor family. "I have...

2009-11-24 19:11:00

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, November 20, junior featherweight boxer Francisco "Paco" Rodriguez received a fatal blow to the head during a title bout in Philadelphia. He was rushed to Hahnemann Hospital, and after all efforts to save his life were conducted, he was declared brain dead on Sunday. Gift of Life Donor Program -- the nonprofit organ procurement organization (OPO) serving eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware -- was contacted by...

2009-07-30 11:29:39

A UK hospital that combined its bereavement and donation services saw a forty-fold increase in tissue donations, such as corneas, in just five years, according to research in the August issue of Anesthesia."We decided to address the problem of low organ and tissue donation rates by amalgamating the two services and introducing a trigger to automatically refer all potential organ donors to the regional transplant donor co-ordinators" explains Bereavement and Donor Co-ordinator Fiona Murphy...

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...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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