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Informing & being informed on organ donation, transplantation and other interesting topics
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Before and After Photos of Children Highlight Importance of Organ Donation

Before and After Photos of Children Highlight Importance of Organ Donation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
In order to highlight the importance of organ donation during DonateLife month in the United States a series of photos were posted on line recently.

These consist of before and after photos of children who have required life saving organ transplants. The contrast in each case is dramatic.

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2016 Facebook and Instagram Awards Winners: includes the Donate Life Give Me a Heart Campaign

2016 Facebook and Instagram Awards Winners: includes the Donate Life Give Me a Heart Campaign | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Facebook has just announced the winners of its 2016 Facebook and Instagram Awards.


The DonateLife America's Give Me a Heart Campaign has received a major award In the Facebook for Good category. The online material for this campaign was put together by Ogilvy and Mather in Chicago.


The campaign video can be viewed via the following link-

https://youtu.be/0SCyU_4KoFY


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Apollo kidney racket: Delhi hospitals, nursing homes issued with an advisory

Apollo kidney racket: Delhi hospitals, nursing homes issued with an advisory | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
Read more about the recent news behind the Apollo hospital kidney racket by clicking on the above link.

Now all Delhi hospitals, and nursing homes have been issued with an advisory by regional government authorities. This comes with a reminder that they need to adhere and comply with the law. The directive has been posted online by the Delhi Health Department -


For more background information on what is currently known about organ trading in India click on the following link-


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Wisconsin girl receives new kidney from her teacher

Wisconsin girl receives new kidney from her teacher | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
A young girl(Natasha Fuller, pictured) in Wisconsin the United States, recently underwent a live donor kidney transplant, where her teacher was the live kidney donor. Judging by her beaming smile, the transplant was a smashing success.

Living kidney donation is possible between non related donors and patients with kidney disease if there is an established relationship between the individuals and the relevant guidelines and policy requirements are all met.
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Second Life Toys

Second Life Toys | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Cherished toys that are broken. Bring them back to life with transplant for toys.


In order to help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation this innovative use of children's toys in Japan is now being widely publicized.


Known as second life toys, images of some of the toys with their new transplanted parts as well as information about this campaign has now been disseminated  via social media.


To find out more about the campaign click on the following link-

http://www.secondlife.toys/en/


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Clever use of children's toys to highlight an important message
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Brazilian Stars Donate Their Talents & Organs to Deliver a Powerful Message

Brazilian Stars Donate Their Talents & Organs to Deliver a Powerful Message | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
In order to raise awareness about organ donation in Brazil a new innovative advertising campaign has been developed by JWT Sao Paulo.

Titled "Talent donors" the campaign calls upon renowned individuals within Brazil including international soccer player Zé Roberto (pictured) for the Porto Alegre Holy House of Mercy's organ donation campaign.

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Loyola physician who was a live kidney donor then becomes a lung transplant recipient

Loyola physician who was a live kidney donor then becomes a lung transplant recipient | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Susan Hou, MD, who altruistically donated a kidney to one of her patients and later became a recipient of a lung transplant, is among the transplant patients who were honored April 21st during Loyola University Medical Center’s 25th annual Candle-lighting Ceremony.

Deborah Verran's insight:
This physician who was an altruistic live kidney donor back in time then required a lung transplant when she developed symptomatic chronic lung disease. An extraordinary story.
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Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Sick Humans To Make Them Feel Better

Hospital Lets Pets Visit Their Sick Humans To Make Them Feel Better | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
Juravinski hospital in Ontario, Canada allows pets to visit their seriously ill humans. The hospital adopted a program called Zachary's Paws for Healing,

As long as certain pre- conditions are met, the pets are allowed to visit their human care givers for brief periods of time. The programme so far seems to be an unqualified success.

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Why a family fights over their ‘healthy and beautiful’ daughter, legally dead since 2013

Why a family fights over their ‘healthy and beautiful’ daughter, legally dead since 2013 | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
Jahi McMath has been brain-dead since 2013, but her family has fought to keep her on life support in the United States, maintaining that she is merely "asleep" as her brain heals from an injury sustained after surgery to remove her tonsils.

The reason as to why the family of this particular girl never accepted the formal declaration of brain death are outlined in the article, along with why the family have mounted an ongoing campaign to raise funds for the ongoing intensive care type of management of Jahi's body.

The comments section to this particular article also make for interesting reading.
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Hannah's Heart Transplant - Nebraska Medicine

At 16-years-old, Hannah Hetherington of Omaha, Nebraska received a heart transplant at Nebraska Medicine. Thanks to her donor, she is now well again and attending college.

Hannah describes her journey through the transplant procedure as well as the impact it had on her family in this well put together short video
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Scientists successfully 3D print a functioning human ear

Scientists successfully 3D print a functioning human ear | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This remarkable achievement was made possible by the recently debuted Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System (ITOP), pictured above at the Wake Forest Regenerative Institute in the United States.

 

The ITOP system is being used to bioprint human tissue including muscle as well as more recently a human ear. However there remain important limitations as to what type of tissues can be bioprinted. This is due to the fact that tissues incorporating blood vessels have not been possible via this current technology.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Although this type of technology can be used to bio-print tissue as yet it is not possible to bio-print organs. Hence organ donation remains important.

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Northern Ireland dad donates kidney to his daughter in ground-breaking operation

Northern Ireland dad donates kidney to his daughter in ground-breaking operation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

For the first time models obtained via 3D printing have been used to assist with the planning of a live donor kidney transplant from an adult to a small child in London in the United Kingdom. One of the surgeon's who was involved (Dr Pankash Chandal pictured) demonstrates the size of the adult kidney (which is held by his right hand) compared to the size of the abdomen of the small child (held by his left hand). 

 

The models are obtained from the information that is derived from images from scans of both the donor and the recipient. For more information click on the banner headline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

This is an example of 3D printing being used to make models of anatomical structures which can assist with the planning of major surgery. It should not be confused with another form of 3D printing which is currently being used to make tissues and is the subject to ongoing research around the world.

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Natalie Cole's cause of death released by family

Natalie Cole's cause of death released by family | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Natalie Cole's family said the singer's cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure. Her family said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that after Cole received a kidney transplant that she then developed this rare condition for which she was treated for a number of years.

Deborah Verran's insight:

An unusual condition leads to singer Natalie Cole dying after a successful kidney transplant.

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Don D'Organes - Tous concernés. Spot TV

À l'occasion de la Journée nationale de réflexion sur le don d'organes et de la greffe et de reconnaissance aux donneurs, l'Agence de la biomédecine lanc


In order to promote the National Organ Donor Day in France for 2016 this short video has been released by the National Biomedicine Agency.

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The man who carried part of his artificial heart in his backpack [video]

The man who carried part of his artificial heart in his backpack [video] | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
If you think you need to keep a close eye on your backpack, imagine how careful you would be if it was literally holding your heart. Stan Larkin (pictured) needed to carry part of the technology supporting his artificial heart in a specially designed backpack. For over 500 days Stan lived with this artificial heart device so that he could be successfully bridged to a heart transplant.

For more on this story click on the following link to a video of this story-

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This Kerala bishop will donate one of his kidneys to save a 30-year-old Hindu

This Kerala bishop will donate one of his kidneys to save a 30-year-old Hindu | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
In a noble gesture, a Catholic bishop in Kerala India (Jacob Murickan pictured on the right), has decided to donate one of his kidneys to save the life of a 30-year-old Hindu man, who is suffering from the organ failure.

The go ahead for the procedure has been given by an oversight committee with the surgery planned for early June.
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Milford man posts on Facebook hoping to find kidney for his dad

Milford man posts on Facebook hoping to find kidney for his dad | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
A man in the United States is using his truck and social media to try to help his father get a kidney transplant. John Krusinski posted this photo to Facebook on Tuesday with “Donor needed– my father needs a kidney” written on his truck.

This is one of a number of examples each week of individuals turning to social media in order to try and speed up the process of obtaining a donor kidney, often a live kidney donor. 
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Scientists Use Skin Stem Cells To Restore Patient's Vision

Scientists Use Skin Stem Cells To Restore Patient's Vision | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
A team of Japanese scientists has partially restored a patient's vision, by transplanting skin-derived stem cells into her retina.

The patient who was an older woman was suffering from macular degeneration. The induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC - pictured above) were injected into her eye and so far the results are promising at one year of follow up.

However the researchers admit that as yet it is early days for this approach and more research is required.

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This is a proof of concept study with one patient treated successfully. Further trials will be required.
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Unique tele-rehab program gaining momentum

Unique tele-rehab program gaining momentum | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

One hospital in Canada as developed a unique rehabilitation programme for its transplant recipients. The programme which was developed by physiotherapists utilises modern technology in order to assist patients with undertaking graded exercise both before and after they have undergone an organ transplant.


One organ transplant recipient (pictured) is shown holding one of the tablets via which she is able to teleconference with physiotherapists from the unit (also pictured).


The programme known as TONE ( Transplant Online Exercise Program) utilises videoconferencing to keep in contact with patients and is a first in Canada.


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Deborah Verran's insight:
By combining modern technology with human know how one transplant programme in Canada is now able to deliver a unique personalized physiotherapy service for its patients
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Chaotic lives and ethical dilemmas: inside the hospital liver ward

Chaotic lives and ethical dilemmas: inside the hospital liver ward | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
Hepatologists in Southampton in the United Kingdom are seeing more young, middle-class and female alcoholics – some even in their teens, who are being admitted to hospital.

These individuals are developing some of the more serious forms of liver disease which can have serious consequences.

In this article you can read about some of these patients and how the specialist doctors in Southampton are trying to care for them. Not all of the patients will be able to be successfully treated in the long term.
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April is National #DonateLifeMonth in the USA with multiple planned events and a social media campaign

April is National #DonateLifeMonth in the USA with multiple planned events and a social media campaign | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
It is the national #DonateLifeMonth again in the United States where multiple organizations take the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation. It is worth checking out some of the posts being made via social media throughout the month. 
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Scientists grow lenses from stem cells which have now been trialed in both animals and humans

Scientists grow lenses from stem cells which have now been trialed in both animals and humans | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
People suffering vision loss may one day have new corneas and lenses grown from their own cells, and hence be spared some of the invasive types of surgery that are required today.

In two recently published scientific articles researchers describe how they have managed to grow new corneas as well as new lenses of the eye using stem cells. The new methods have been subjected to preliminary trials predominantly in animals.

This research provides more evidence that this approach of bioengineering new tissue for the purpose of replacing either the cornea or the lens of the eye may eventually replace current methods of treating some eye disorders.

A second online article outlines how this approach was used to treat a small number of children with congenital cataracts-


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Decided about organ and tissue donation? DonateLife Australia 2016

This animation provides a good introduction to organ and tissue donation for transplantation in Australia. It is designed for use in community education acti...

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This concise short video has been developed for the purpose of community education across Australia.

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This Mixed Reality Educational App Gives You X-Ray Goggles and Takes You Into the Human Body

This Mixed Reality Educational App Gives You X-Ray Goggles and Takes You Into the Human Body | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

For anyone who is interested in human anatomy and exactly where the different organs actually are located then this may be the app for you.

 

This particular educational app provides the viewer with a glimpse of the inside of the body and has been developed for students.

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This will be of interest to anyone who is curious about human anatomy, particularly of the solid organs

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United CEO Munoz released from hospital following heart transplant

United CEO Munoz released from hospital following heart transplant | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz (pictured center with two of his doctors) has been released from the hospital following heart transplant surgery on Jan. 6.

Deborah Verran's insight:

This story is a reminder that any member of society can suddenly find themselves in a position of requiring an organ transplant in order to treat an underlying medical condition.

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