Posts Tagged 'living donor'

Donate Life America and the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation Announce Groundbreaking National, Universal Living Donor Kidney Registry

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PRNewswire: Donate Life America and the Fresenius Medical Care Foundation announced a unique partnership this week, launching a groundbreaking national, universal living donor kidney registry and at-home testing kit to improve access to living donation for the 95,000 people on the national transplant wait list currently waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.

The Foundation, a separately operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit of Fresenius Medical Care North ...

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US begins organ transplants from living donors with HIV

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the virus who need a new organ — and one that could free up space on the transplant waiting list for everyone.

Nina Martinez of Atlanta traveled to Johns Hopkins University to donate a kidney to [another patient living with HIV], saying she “wanted to make a difference in somebody else’s life” and ...

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PBS News Explores Controversy of Compensation for Kidney Donors

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From PBS News Hour: In the U.S., Medicare spending on dialysis accounts for nearly 1 percent of the entire federal budget, and the cost is growing. On the other hand, kidney transplants are actually less expensive and offer the possibility of getting back to work and off disability, but there are not enough for every patient in need. Economics correspondent Paul Solman looks at ...

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How first “kidney vouchers” led to 25 lifesaving transplants

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In 2014 a former judge from San Diego County approached the UCLA Kidney Transplant Program with an unusual request: If the judge donated a kidney to a stranger now, could his then 4-year-old grandson, who suffered from chronic kidney disease, receive priority for a future kidney transplant if needed later in life?

The suggestion from Howard Broadman, then 64 years old, initiated the kidney “voucher” program, an innovative system allowing living donors to donate a kidney now, or at some time in the ...

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Twin aids wounded brother in rare living donor intestinal transplant

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CHICAGO — A selfless sacrifice brings identical twin brothers closer than ever.

“My cousin said, ‘Oh, that’s why there are two of y’all — you all can swap parts,’” Patrick Noel recalls.

Those words were more than an innocent joke for Patrick and his identical twin brother, Derrick.

“I’d give it to him again if I had to,” Derrick says.

Last July, Patrick was shot six times in front of his Calumet City home, a case of mistaken identity.

“Everything changed in the blink of an eye,” ...

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First Living Organ Donor to be Appointed as President of OPTN

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Betsy J. Walsh (’94), vice president and deputy general counsel for Novant Health, Inc., has been elected president of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network / United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN / UNOS) board of directors.

Ms. Walsh becomes the first non-clinical person elected to president of the OPTN, and she is the first living organ donor in this position. Ms. Walsh donated a kidney to her sister. In her role, Ms. Walsh is responsible for strategic planning, increasing number ...

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