Yale’s Center for Living Organ Donors brings donors together, provides lifelong health monitoring

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The last few times Connecticut had snowstorms, Matt Ragaini worked marathon hours plowing and dispatching plows for the city of Bristol. His wife, Jen, marveled at his stamina. Just two years before, the couple were lying in adjoining operating rooms so that doctors could give Matt a section of Jen’s liver. The hope was that this would cure a chronic liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis that had stolen Matt’s energy and could have killed him. Before the ...

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Baby is Michigan’s First to Receive Thymus Transplant

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It’s a time of joy, adding another child to your family, but that joy didn’t last long for the Elenbaas’s. At one week old, their newborn’s screen came back abnormal. Mike and Amanda’s daughter Jada was diagnosed with complete DiGeorge Syndrome. It is an immune deficiency so rare, only 15 children a year are born with it in United States. Jada was the first child in west Michigan ever to have the complete syndrome.

“This is a prime case of the ...

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Education Corner – April is National Donate Life Month!

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April is National Donate Life Month!

What is National Donate LIfe Month?

Observed each April, National Donate Life Month (NDLM) features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved and enhanced lives through the gift of donation. Organ procurement organizations, hospital and community partners team up for special events and initiatives to communicate the life-saving and healing power of donation, and the importance ...

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Could Spinach Help The Organ Transplant Crisis

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A group of scientists was able to convert a spinach leaf into a piece of working human heart tissue. They decellularized a spinach leaf and dyed it to observe if it could function as the human heart at the time of transporting blood, oxygen, and all the essential nutrients needed for life.

The experimentation conducted by this team of scientists from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute could lead to incredible improvements in the transplant field. In the recent years, many medical organizations ...

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8-Month Pregnant Widow Donates Husband’s Face

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There could hardly be a more All-American teenage love story: Lillian and Rudy Ross met in a Minnesota high school shop class, and their first kiss was in a Hardee’s parking lot. They were high school sweethearts destined to become the parents of an adorable, chubby-cheeked infant – but no one could have guessed, when their romance commenced, that they would also give the gift of life to half a dozen other people, including the recipient of an incredibly rare ...

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Duke Makes Organ Transplants Possible for Jehovah’s Witnesses

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According to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, only about 2,600 donor hearts become available each year. At any given time, about 4,000 people are on a waiting list for a heart transplant.

In the past, people with religious objections to blood transfusions refused this and other lifesaving procedures. But for many, the surgery is now possible without conflicting with faith.

Raoul Gibson, 35, received a donor’s heart at Duke Hospital last Valentine’s Day. Normally, he would have had to refuse the ...

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HCV drugs may slash wait times for transplants

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Imagine this: You’re treating a patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who has been on the kidney transplant list for almost a year. That’s not a surprising delay; more than 100,000 people are on the waiting list nationwide, and the median wait time is now over 3.5 years. So your patient probably has at least two more years to wait—years of dialysis in which he might become too sick to receive that transplant or die before it becomes available. (More ...

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Education Corner – Organ Allocation Process

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How is it decided who receives the organs from an organ-donor?

Matching & Allocating Organs

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) maintains a centralized computer network (UNetSM), which links all organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and transplant centers, in a secure, real-time environment. UNOS is under contract with Health Services & Resources Administrations (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to administer this process. Their computer network is accessible 24 hours / day, seven days / week.

When ...

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New method rescues donor organs to save lives

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Researchers have — for the first time — maintained a fully functional lung outside the body for several days. They designed the cross-circulation platform that maintained the viability and function of the donor lung and the stability of the recipient over 36-56 hours, used the advanced support system to fully recover the functionality of lungs injured by ischemia and made them suitable for transplant.

Read more at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170306114242.htm

 

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Virtual Journal Club: Current State of Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion

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INTRODUCTION

Lung transplantation is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage lung disease. Worldwide, the number of lung transplants performed annually has steadily increased, with approximately 4000 lung transplants performed in 2013. Despite this growth, the number of lungs available for transplantation fails to meet the needs of those patients on the waiting list. In the United States alone, 2394 patients were newly listed in 2013 with a waitlist mortality rate of 15.1 per 100 patient years. The supply and demand ...

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