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Barriers to Organ Donation in Israel

Barriers to Organ Donation in Israel | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This is one of two articles which focus on problems with organ donation in Israel and reported online via the New York Times.

 

This article focuses on the barriers to organ donation in Israel which can be placed into two categories: a) religion and b) ethics. For example the differing definitions of mortality, which can conflict with modern acceptance of brain death, are felt to have contributed to leaving the country with a low rate of deceased organ donation.

 

The problems that ensue from the low organ donation rate then lead to patients becoming desperate for a organ transplant and this desperation has helped contribute to organ trafficking. This is

sue is the subject of a second article which can be viewed via- 

 

http://sco.lt/5P2wrp

 

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Taut reporting from the New York Times outlining how failure to address medico-legal and bioethical issues pertaining to organ donation at all levels of society can prove to be very costly.

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Tissue Donation Public Service Announcement from Canada

This video which has been put together under the auspices of the Canadian Blood Service is a reminder of the importance of tissue donation.

 

Members of the community are encouraged to please consider becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor. You could save or change a life!

 

Within Canada Programs vary by province and you can find a link to your province by checking the information at the end of the video

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Succinct reminder of the importance of tissue donation

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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.

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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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Animation reveals the process of dialysis to kidney transplant for young children

This cleverly put together animation shows the process of dialysis through to kidney transplant from the perspective of young children in the United Kingdom.

 

Children from the Eagle dialysis ward of the Great Ormond Street Hospital In London teamed up with an animator from the Foundling museum to show what it is like for them to undergo dialysis as well as kidney transplantation.

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A group of children have collaborated with a professional animator to put together this short but succinct video of this particular journey that is faced by young patients with kidney disease.

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The South Bronx is Now Home to a Huge Organ Donation Mural

The South Bronx is Now Home to a Huge Organ Donation Mural | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
The mural was unveiled on Thursday at the headquarters for Zaro's Family Bakery in Port Morris.
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JP Nadda Inaugurates National Organ Donation Registry in India

JP Nadda Inaugurates National Organ Donation Registry in India | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

It has just been announced that Union Health Minister JP Nadda in India has inaugurated a national organ donation registry that will track, facilitate and promote organ donations across the country. In addition JP Nadda has announced the plans for the opening of transplant facilities at all major government hospitals.

 

The new organ donation register can be accessed via the NOTTO website-

http://notto.nic.in/

 

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Progress in India as the requisite system measures are incrementally adopted across the country in order to increase the rates of organ and tissue donation.

 

For more on this article click on the banner headline.

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Sweden's Prince Daniel Breaks His Silence About Kidney Transplant - People Magazine

Sweden's Prince Daniel Breaks His Silence About Kidney Transplant - People Magazine | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Prince Daniel of Sweden recently agreed to speak about his personal journey with kidney disease which culminated in him undergoing a kidney transplant.

 

The onetime personal trainer received the transplant months after his engagement to Princess Victoria (pictured above). Prince Daniel describes the transformation in his medical condition which occurred shortly after he received the kidney which was donated by his father. For more on this story click on the banner headline.

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A reminder that kidney disease affects people in all sectors of the community and how kidney transplantation can be of significant benefit

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Gift Of Life: Raising organ donation awareness in London

Meet Holly, who received a double lung transplant earlier this year and features in episode two of Gift of Life, who took to the streets of London to raise awareness about organ donation.

 

Activists dressed as patients used the attention they were getting from bystanders on the streets to promote their important message abour organ donation.

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Interesting approach to raising the profile of organ donation to the inhabitants of a large city

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Flashmob busking a performance for organ donation awareness

See this unique performance by a flashmob from Hospital Sungai Buloh at the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Southern Kuala Lumpar in Malaysia.

 

This activity is one of a number of events being staged to raise awareness about organ donation.

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Be a hero and sign the organ donor register, says Mirfield-born star Sir Patrick Stewart

Be a hero and sign the organ donor register, says Mirfield-born star Sir Patrick Stewart | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Well known star of the stage, movies and television Sir Patrick Stewart has come to the aid of local advocacy efforts for organ donation in the United Kingdom by appearing in a short video.

 

The short video can be viewed via the following link-

https://youtu.be/VirEzELIJEo

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

The importance of individuals such as Sir Patrick lending their support behind an issue such as organ donation cannot be overstated.

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Aries Merritt hurdles kidney disease | iaaf.org

Aries Merritt hurdles kidney disease | iaaf.org | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Aries Merritt ended the 2012 season as the Olympic champion and world record-holder. In the space of a month, he had achieved his two biggest career goals. He was at the top of his game and poised to go on to greater things.

 

Then his health began to rapidly decline culminating in Aries being admitted to hospital and having to receive treatment for what turned out to be kidney disease.

 

Now despite having chronic kidney disease Aries has qualified for the United States team for the World Athletics championships in Beijing where he will compete. Shortly thereafter Aries will return to the United States and undergo a planned kidney transplant.

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Despite being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease this world class athlete has fulfilled his dream of yet again competing at the highest level. Only then will Aries undergo a kidney transplant.

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Machine preservation of kidneys may benefit patients on transplant waiting lists

Machine preservation of kidneys may benefit   patients on transplant waiting lists | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This report from the United Kingdom outlines how normothermic perfusion has been used to preserve deceased donor kidneys, allowing a further  assessment to then be made as to whether they can then be safely transplanted.

 

Although this story was initially reported as a technique where donor kidneys are defrosted this is in fact not correct. The standard method of preserving deceased donor kidneys involves the use of cold preservation techniques where the organs are kept at 4C. It is essential to avoid freezing the organs as they will become irreparably damaged .

 

This new type of normothermic preservation, could potentially shorten the wait for deceased donor kidneys.  This will occur if it can be shown that there are clear advantages with this process such that a greater number of kidneys become available for transplantation.

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Further results from ongoing trials in machine preservation of deceased donor kidneys are still awaited.

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Surpassing 750th kidney transplant in just 12 years - Ceylon Daily News

Surpassing 750th kidney transplant in just 12 years - Ceylon Daily News | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This story from Sri Lanka is reported online via the Ceylon Daily News
The Lanka Hospitals kidney transplant programe has recently reached the milestone of having performed it's 750th kidney transplant in just 12 years.


Further details on how this milestone was reached despite some of the challenges in Sri Lanka with respect to delivering renal transplantation are outlined in more detail in the accompanying report.

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News from Sri Lanka of efforts being made to expand renal transplantation in that country

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ECHO Social Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of Organ Donation | AMAT - Minorities and Organ Donation, Organ Transplants - Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation

ECHO Social Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of Organ Donation | AMAT - Minorities and Organ Donation, Organ Transplants - Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The latest campaign in the United States is the ECHO Social Media Campaign to Increase Awareness of Organ Donation.

 

This well thought through campaign aims to create awareness of the importance of organ donation across all sectors of the community.

 

Access to the banners, flyers  and other resources for this particular campaign can be gained by clicking on the banner headline.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Anyone with an interest in raising awareness in the community of the importance of organ donation will find the material that is available for sharing via social media to be of interest.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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

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Swipe right to give away your heart: NHS and Tinder hook up

Swipe right to give away your heart: NHS and  Tinder hook up | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Dating app Tinder and the NHS have hooked up to promote organ donation in the UK. The campaign is being fronted by celebrities including Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing.

 

This is the first time that an attempt has been made to bring the importance of organ donation to the attention of members of the community who use an app such as Tinder. The results of this strategy will now be awaited with interest.

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This news has been doing the rounds of social media this last week so it is clear that it has generated a lot of attention.

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Organ Donation Wales | Register or amend your decision

Organ Donation Wales | Register or amend your decision | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

A soft opt out system for organ donation has just been introduced into Wales in the United Kingdom.

 

After 1 December 2015, if you have not recorded an organ donation decision (opt in or opt out), you will be treated as having no objection to donating any of your organs.

 

In order to register a decision this can be undertaken by visiting the relevant landing page of Organ Donation Wales which can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline to this article.

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With the soft opt out system now being in place in Wales, members of the public have to be able to record their decision about whether or not they wish to be an organ donor.

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Unprecedented Face Transplant Surgery Gives Former Firefighter Hope for a Brighter Future

Unprecedented Face Transplant Surgery Gives Former Firefighter Hope for a Brighter Future | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Being a volunteer firefighter meant everything to Pat Hardison (pictured above), but when an accident left his face severely burned, he thought he would never be the same again.

 

Now Pat speaks about his journey through a major face transplant surgical procedure and how his life has changed for the better, the story and video of which can be accessed by clicking on the banner headline.

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Extraordinary story, complete with images from the operating room on the day of the surgery which took close to 26 hours.

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Modi lauds Tamil Nadu's organ donation programme - Times of India

Modi lauds Tamil Nadu's organ donation programme - Times of India | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi  has commended Tamil Nadu for its organ donation programme this last week, saying the state has done “extremely well” in this regard.

 

This occurs at a time when efforts are now being made within India to expand the rates of organ donation across the country.

 

Video footage of some of the corresponding media that was broadcast via television can be accessed via the following link-

 

https://youtu.be/wUY7eu6uvWc

 

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India's current Prime Minister lends his support to raising awareness about organ donation

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Health: Nerves ever present during lifesaving task of organ donation nurse - Yorkshire Evening Post

Health: Nerves ever present during lifesaving task of organ donation nurse - Yorkshire Evening Post | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Faced with families having to deal with the devastatation of losing loved ones, the likes of Cathy Jordan have to ask the most difficult of questions.

 

That is as to whether their loved one wished to be an organ donor whilst they were alive.

 

For more insights from this experienced organ donation nurse who works in the United Kingdom click on the banner headline.

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A specialist nurse provides insights into how she deals with the challenges that come with her role in the organ donation process within the hospital where she works.

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European Organ Donation Day 2015

European Organ Donation Day 2015 | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This is the website containing all of the information, posters and YouTube videos for this years European Organ Donation Day, which is October the 10th.

 

Of note for 2015 the host country is Portugal and this is the link to the host country web page-

http://www.eodd2015.pt/en/

 

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This site will be of interest to healthcare professionals involved in community education to raise awareness on the importance of organ donation

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Days Before Kidney Transplant, Aries Merritt Wins Bronze in Hurdles - New York Times

Days Before Kidney Transplant, Aries Merritt Wins Bronze in Hurdles - New York Times | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

In an impressive performance for an athlete who has chronic kidney disease Aries Merritt, the reigning Olympic champion (in the red athletic gear to the right of the picture), came third in the 110-meter hurdles at the World athletics championships in Beijing.

 

Aries who has been unable to break 13 seconds since 2012 in the 110-meter hurdles, posted a time of 13.04 which was impressive in light of his health issues. 

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It is challenging enough to be a world champion athlete but it is a far greater challenge for an individual with a chronic health condition.

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How a Simple Mobile App Can Help You Donate Your Organs and Save Lives - From India

How a Simple Mobile App Can Help You Donate Your Organs and Save Lives - From India | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

In order to make it easier for individuals in India to register their intent to be an organ and tissue donor a new mobile app has been developed. This particular app allows individuals to donate as many parts of their own body as they like.

 

For more information on the App, including how it was developed and what the end user visualizes in practice click on the banner headline. 

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This particular mobile app was developed with the support of the MOHAN foundation, which is very active in promoting organ donation within parts of India.

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Join in and #sayYESsavelives Australian Organ and Tissue Authority

Join in and #sayYESsavelives Australian Organ and Tissue Authority | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

As part of the events around national DonateLife week in Australia a social media campaign has been mounted utilising the hashtag #sayyessavelives.

 

Members of the community along with healthcare professionals have responded by sharing selfies with their own personal messages on the importance of organ and tissue donation.

 

For more information on the social media campaign click on the following link-

http://www.donatelife.gov.au/sayYES

 

Other related hashtags on Twitter include #organdonation, #havethechat and #DonateLife week

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An important campaign with the multitude of responses clearly evident on Twitter as well as Facebook

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Donor's organs used to save four patients in Hue, HCM City - VietNamNet Bridge

Donor's organs used to save four patients in Hue, HCM City - VietNamNet Bridge | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Doctors at hospitals in HCM City and Hue this last week in Vietnam conducted six successful organ  and tissue transplant operations, potentially saving the lives of four people and restoring the sight of two severely visually-impaired patients.

 

For more on this story click on the banner headline

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News from Vietnam where organ donation from deceased donors is now slowly increasing

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