Education Corner – Hepatitis C Positive Organ Donors – Is That Possible?

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Hepatitis C Positive Organ Donors – Is That Possible? – (Download PDF Version)

About the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)

  • RNA (ribonucleic acid) viral infection
  • Causes liver inflammation and can cause severe liver damage
  • Spread through contaminated blood
  • Half of people infected with HCV are asymptomatic and do not know they are infected

Symptoms Can Include:

  • Almost always only ...
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‘This room becomes sacred.’ The heroic and heartbreaking journey of one organ donor’s body

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The woman lay draped and still on the operating table, while nurses and surgical techs bustled around the room, placing surgical equipment on the tables surrounding her. As the surgeon moved closer to the patient, a tall man in scrubs stepped forward and cleared his throat.

“Time out,” Steven Ashley said, and the room fell silent.

He read a few words about the woman no one in the room knew, but who was the reason they were there that night. He shared personal messages from ...

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Using telehealth tools to increase organ donation

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New York has one of the lowest rates for organ donation in the country, a problem the state has been actively working on for the last few years.

In October, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a number of executive orders to work toward improving donation numbers. This included making “Lauren’s Law” permanent, which requires all drivers to verify whether they’ll become an organ donor before their license is processed.

But not only does New York need more willing organ donors, it ...

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More than 10,000 donated organs in 2017, marking a record

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Victoria Arias wanted to save lives.

The 18-year-old Arizona honor student was preparing to head to St. Mary’s University of Minnesota with the hope of becoming a doctor.

She played the violin and volleyball, and was a devout Catholic who had saved up for a pilgrimage to Rome to see the pope. Victoria had plans for the future.

“She wanted to be a trauma surgeon,” her mother, Lorena Arias, said. “She had big dreams. She was going to do it.”

Victoria did end up ...

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My son died in 1994 but his heart only stopped beating this year

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On the night of 29 September 1994, seven-year-old Nicholas Green was fatally shot during a family holiday in southern Italy. The death was a tragedy for his parents, Reg and Maggie, but their decision to donate his organs caused organ donation rates in Italy to triple in a decade – a result dubbed the “Nicholas effect”.

“The first time I sensed danger was when a dark car came up close behind us and stayed there for a few moments,” says ...

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Education Corner – Supporting Children in Grief & through Donation

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Supporting Children in Grief & through Donation

Supporting children through grief can be a daunting and cause anxiety. Understanding the developmental stages and how to focus the communication can be helpful.

Pace yourself, pause the conversation, and know you can return to this conversation over time.

Developmental Stages & Ages

Birth – 2 Years

  • No understanding of death
  • No words for feelings
  • Notices changes in family emotions and routines

How to help: Meet needs, maintain routines, offer physical contact

3 – 5 Years

  • No ...
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OneLegacy Announces Record-Setting Year in Organ Donation

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ procurement organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the greater Los Angeles area, announced today a new national record of organs recovered and transplanted in 2016.

According to Chief Executive Officer Thomas Mone, the year just concluded saw a 9.2 percent increase in transplants over 2015 to a national record of 1,463 recovered from a OneLegacy all-time high of 481 organ donors (a 4.6 percent increase). The year also saw ...

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Gift of Life Donor Program Breaks U.S. Record for Organ Donation

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First Time an OPO Reaches – and Exceeds – 500 Donors in One Year
Philadelphia, PA – For the ninth year, Gift of Life Donor Program – the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – is the nation’s leading OPO with its successful coordination of life-saving organs from 540 organ donors, whose generous gifts resulted in 1,412 organs transplanted. This milestone is the first time an OPO has ...

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Donate Life America Announces Winners of 2016 Pinnacle Awards

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Donate Life America (DLA), a national non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives, presented twelve Pinnacle Awards at its Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Pinnacle Awards recognize programs successful in inspiring more people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and establishing donation as a cultural norm.

2016 Pinnacle Award Recipients in the following categories (please see below for more information on each award):

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Beautiful Fallen Soldier Organ Donor Memorial in Virginia

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Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, a 21-year-old Army Ranger from Rosemount, saved six of his comrades when his regiment came under small arms fire by insurgents in Afghanistan in July 2009.

Kopp was wounded by a sniper and did not survive his wounds. But his heroics did not end that day: He saved or enhanced the lives of 60 people by donating his bone, skin, tissue and all of his organs.

Army Cpl. Benjamin Kopp, 21, died July 18, 2009, at Walter Reed Army ...

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