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A Dying Man's Wish To Donate His Organs Gets Complicated

A Dying Man's Wish To Donate His Organs Gets Complicated | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
Dying in America doesn't always go the way we plan. One terminally ill man's hope to be disconnected from his respirator and donate his organs was almost thwarted, despite his best laid plans.

Despite the wishes of David Adox to donate his organs and the agreement of physicians in a nearby hospital, the lawyers for this particular  hospital blocked the proposed organ donation. Fortunately professionals in an organ procurement organization heard about David's plight and were able to make arrangements for his wishes to be carried out in another hospital in New York.

As outlined in the article, donation after circulatory death is an established practice in many parts of the United States. Patients with progressive neurological conditions can opt to cease their treatment and then donate their organs if they go on to decease within a certain time period. There are guidelines as well as protocols in place both within organ procurement organizations as well as hospitals.

This article highlights the confusion as well as the conflict that can arise within an institution when not everyone is on the same page about modern established practices in organ donation.
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Important story and a reminder that hospitals must have established protocols for DCD organ donation in the countries around the world where the practice is now established
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Surgeon describes first skull and scalp transplant, Newshour - BBC World Service

Surgeon describes first skull and scalp transplant, Newshour - BBC World Service | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Surgeon Michael Klebuc describes the operation that was required to replace Jim Boysen's skull and scalp.

 

Dr Klebuc also describes the challenges with sourcing the appropriate size matched and colour matched composite tissue graft that was used to partially replace this patients own skull and scalp. The audio can be accessed via clicking on the banner headline.

 

A more detailed online report of the planning that was required as well as the conduct of the surgery and the aftercare of this patient can be accessed via the following link-

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/06/05/texas-man-gets-worlds-first-skull-and-scalp-transplant-plus-a-new-kidney-and-pancreas/

 

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This patient underwent both a composite tissue transplant as well as a combined kidney-pancreas solid organ transplant. This required the co-operation of multiple surgical teams as well as rigorous attention to both planning and undertaking the surgical procedure.

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$11mn, 36-hour historic head transplant to be carried out in China in 2017

$11mn, 36-hour historic head transplant to be carried out in China in 2017 | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Italian doctor Sergio Canavero, along with his Chinese colleague Ren Xiaoping, appear set to conduct the world’s first head transplant on a 30-year-old Russian patient (pictured) suffering from a rare degenerative disease. The operation is planned for December 2017.

 

Details remain sketchy at this stage as to how the donor body will be sourced along with as to which hospital will be involved.

 

Related video footage can be viewed via the following link-

https://youtu.be/YsgJPteCwww

 

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The world now waits to see whether this so called planned procedure will actually now take place

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Pour la première fois, un coeur artificiel a été greffé à un homme - Le Nouvel Observateur

Pour la première fois, un coeur artificiel a été greffé à un homme - Le Nouvel Observateur | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
Le Nouvel Observateur
Pour la première fois, un coeur artificiel a été greffé à un homme
Le Nouvel Observateur
Le patient n'était pas éligible à une greffe en raison de son âge avancé.

 

For another report in Engish click on this link-

http://www.eteknix.com/artificial-heart-offers-hope-transplant-list/

 


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For the first time an artificial heart has been transplanted into an adult male in France. Although the article is in French it can be translated into English via Google translate. The short accompanying video provides a glimpse of the actual device

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