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In death, doctor's organ donation mission receives new life

In death, doctor's organ donation mission receives new life | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The recent death of a middle aged Canadian anesthesiologist (anaesthetist) who then went on to be an organ donor has attracted media attention.

 

During her life Dr Jennifer Bender had publicly advocated for organ donation. Hence it came as a shock to everyone who knew her when she recently collapsed and went on to die in hospital.

 

Mourning colleagues have been quick to point to the eight or so lives that may have been saved by Jennifer Bender’s thoughtfulness and discussions with her immediate family about organ donation.

 

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A reminder of the importance of both thinking about organ donation and having the chat with family members even if you are relatively young and seem to be in good health.

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Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in intensive home hemodialysis - Medical Xpress

Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in intensive home hemodialysis - Medical Xpress | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Analysis of data from a research study performed in Canada has revealed that Kidney transplant patients live longer than those receiving intensive home hemodialysis.

 

A first-ever study from a large Canadian centre has found that kidney

transplant recipients lived longer and had better treatment success regardless of what type of donor kidney that they received. 'Kidney transplant is still the best treatment option says Dr Chris Chan (pictured) who is a nephrologist at the Toronto General Hospital.

 

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Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns

Desperately needed organs from anonymous living donors are saving lives but raise ethical concerns | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The National Post in Canada was recently invited to document one woman's altruistic living kidney donation — an act that still generates controversy and is even banned in some U.S. hospitals. In the process an exploration was undertaken to also explore some of the ethical issues around altruistic live organ donation which contribute to the reluctance of some transplant hospitals to offer this service.

 

Concerns over the safety and the long term well being of a live organ donor who is not related in any way to the transplant recipient have helped contribute to the high degree of caution around this process.

 

The live donor featured in this article is interviewed along with members of her surgical team as well as other health professionals with expertise in the assessment of live organ donors. The full text of this interesting article can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.

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A well written article that will be of interest to anyone with an interest in live organ donation

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