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Kidney Transplant Operation – Jonesblog

Kidney Transplant Operation – Jonesblog | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it
This is a comprehensive step by step description of a live donor kidney transplant procedure that was recently performed in the University of Utah hospital within the United States.

First a hand assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy was undertaken to remove the donor kidney from the live donor. This was followed by the donor kidney being prepared on the backtable and then packaged, ready for the transplant procedure. Then the surgery was undertaken on the recipient to implant the donor kidney.

The story is accompanied by a number of high quality images of the surgical procedures along with some short video clips.

The full article can be viewed by clicking on the banner headline.
Deborah Verran's insight:
This story will be of interest to anyone who has been involved in kidney transplantation whether they be health care professionals or individuals who have been touched by kidney disease either directly or indirectly
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Herd of Hope here to help at Bondi Beach | Photos

Herd of Hope here to help at Bondi Beach | Photos | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Something you do not see every day. A herd of cattle being driven along the world famous Bondi Beach in Sydney.


Why? To raise awareness about the importance of organ donation because illness can also affect people living in the rural regions of Australia, but the challenges for these individuals can be greater.


For more on this story and to check out all the photos from the charity cattle drive at Bondi Beach, click on the banner headline.

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A novel way of raising awareness on the importance of organ donation
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Tweet from @DonorFamilyNetw

Great video out of the United Kingdom featuring an animated plush toy bear, emphasising the importance of organ donation.

The link to the You Tube video is here-

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An example of how quality content is shared via advocacy groups on social media
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With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear | Reuters

With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear | Reuters | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it


Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. The young Venezuelan was able to finish high school and went on to work as a manicurist.

However, due to a shortage of immunosuppressive medications (which are now in short supply in Venezuela), Yasmira is one of a number of patients who no longer have a functioning kidney transplant. Yasmira is now chronically unwell and has returned to dialysis.


The need for humanitarian assistance in Venezuela is now great.

Deborah Verran's insight:
The health system is progressively collapsing in Venezuela and the impact on kidney transplant recipients is major with a number of them having lost their grafts due to medication shortages.
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Are you in or are you out? Organ donation in the Netherlands –

Are you in or are you out? Organ donation in the Netherlands – | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it


There's a new law for organ donation in the Netherlands! Dutch politicians debated about how the public should register for organ donation (orgaandonatiewet) and they voted for 'opt-in'. What does this new system for organ donation mean?

As outlined in the article it means that there will be changes made to the organ donor registration process and these changes will need to be implemented. Until the opt out system for organ donation is formally introduced, the current opt in system will remain. In addition it will be important for individuals to talk to their family members about their wishes.

Deborah Verran's insight:
The law will now be changed in the Netherlands which will now allow for an opt out system for organ donation to be implemented
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Burden of Genius feature documentary teaser

In 1967, Dr. Thomas Starzl stunned the world with the first successful liver transplantation. Critics accused him of recklessness, even murder. Others declared it impossible.


However Dt Starzl persisted and amongst the countless lives that were saved over the years, musician David Cosby and the son of actor Robert Redford were two of them.


Listen to some of Dr Starzl's ex colleagues as well as a handful of grateful liver transplant recipients who talk about what liver transplantation has meant to them

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This short video is about Dr Thomas Starzl, one of the pioneers of liver transplantation .......
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More than 10,000 organs donated in 2017, making a record

More than 10,000 organs donated in 2017, making a record | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

2017 was a record year for organ donations in the United States , with more than 10,000 individuals donating organs for the first time. One of the donors was headed to college on a scholarship. 


One of the deceased donors was Victoria Arias (picture above) who sustained a fatal stroke and whose organs were transplanted into a number of individuals. To read more on this story as well as the experiences of some other patients, click on the banner headline.

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Organ donor campaigner, 18, in UK honours list

Organ donor campaigner, 18, in UK honours list | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

It has just been announced that Lucia Mee, who has undergone three liver transplants will be awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of her advocacy efforts.


Lucia recognises the importance of organ donation and also wants more on organ donation to be taught in schools.

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The efforts of this young advocate have now been officially recognised in the United Kingdom
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Shared love of 'Star Wars' leads to life saving organ transplant

Shared love of 'Star Wars' leads to life saving organ transplant | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

For two Sioux Falls men in the United States , their common love of that galaxy 'far, far away' (i.e. Star Wars), will forever connect them in a way they never ever expected.


When one of the men (Jamie Ladonski in the storm trooper costume),was becoming ill from kidney disease his friend (Kory Willard in the Darth Vader costume pictured above), offered to donate him a kidney. Jamie and Kory had previously become friends due to their mutual love of the Star Wars movies.


The result was a life saving kidney transplant which was successful. For more on the story, click on the banner headline.

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Breathe new life into your old clothes with a 'transplanted' piece

Breathe new life into your old clothes with a 'transplanted' piece | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Second Life fashion is a campaign by Dentsu to promote awareness of organ donation in Japan


By replacing a segment of a garment with a new piece of fabric the result is intended to assist in raising awareness of the importance of organ donation via a wearable piece of clothing.


The link to the website is here-

https://www.second-life.fashion/en/#Page1

Deborah Verran's insight:
Another innovative advertising campaign within Japan. This also needs to be combined with a multi-level programme of the requisite measures and processes for organ donation being implemented in the hospitals within Japan.
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Opinion | Happy Anniversary, Heart Transplant

Opinion | Happy Anniversary, Heart Transplant | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

This December 2017, it is fifty years since the first heart transplantation procedure was performed in a human by Dr Christiaan Barnard (seated in the middle above). Despite the number of transplants that have been performed over the years,  heart transplantation continues to attract a lot of interest.


In this online article background information is provided on the research that was undertaken prior to heart transplantation becoming a clinical reality. In addition information is provided as to why the initial cases were performed in South Africa versus the United States as well as on who some of the other early pioneers of heart transplantation were.


This is an excellent article which will be of interest to anyone with an interest in the history of heart transplantation

Deborah Verran's insight:
To celebrate it being 50 years since the first human heart transplant procedure was performed, this is one of a number of online articles which have been published.
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A Dying Boy Gets a New, Gene-Corrected Skin

A Dying Boy Gets a New, Gene-Corrected Skin | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

News of a breakthrough in treating a boy with the rare skin condition epidermolysis bullosa by replacing his damaged skin with genetically modified skin.


Doctors took his stem cells, corrected a faulty mutation within them, and then used them to replace 80 percent of his skin.

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Opera singer performs with lung transplant donor's daughter

Opera singer performs with lung transplant donor's daughter | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

An opera singer in the United States who is still performing after two double lung transplants has debuted a song she wrote to pay tribute to the immigrant roots of her more recent donor.


Charity Tillemann-Dick and her lung donor's 24-year-old daughter, Esperanza Tufani, sang the song together in front of about 200 doctors and medical executives at a Cleveland medical summit this last week. Tillemann-Dick wrote the song, "American Rainbow," to honor her connection with her donor, a Honduran immigrant who died of a stroke in 2012.


"We are all part of this big human family, and I think transplants show that better than anything," Tillemann-Dick said. "I breathe because of someone who came to this country looking for a better life.

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Boy in viral Chewbacca doctor video thriving after heart transplant

Austin Eggleston, 15, weighed only 48 pounds when he entered Lurie Children's Hospital more than four months ago. Now, he is expected to go home early next week.


Austin who had been waiting on a heart transplant was the subject of an online video which went viral recently. The video was of the moment Austin received the news that a donor heart had been located for him. What was unusual about the video is that it featured one of the hospital staff dressed as Chewbacca delivering the news to Austin and how Austin reacted.


The video can also be viewed via the following link-

https://youtu.be/t0i4aWYtVfg

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Great story with a happy ending
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Don't ignore your kidneys, pleads Leanne

Don't ignore your kidneys, pleads Leanne | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

The three-year wait for a new kidney may have been the longest of Luritja woman Leanne Maloney’s life. Ms Maloney, who lives in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory of Australia was just 17 when she was diagnosed with type two diabetes. Subsequently Leanne developed end stage renal failure and had to go onto the waiting list for a kidney. 


Fortunately Leanne has now undergone a successful kidney transplant. For more on this story, click on the banner headline to this article.

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Leanne Maloney shares her story on what it is like to have kidney disease and then have to wait for a renal transplant
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UAE sees first lung and liver transplants from deceased donors | GulfNews.com

UAE sees first lung and liver transplants from deceased donors | GulfNews.com | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

News from the United Arab Emirates of the first ever liver and lung transplants having been performed using deceased donor organs. This comes as efforts are being made in the UAE to increase the numbers of organ transplants.


In addition the National Transplant Committee s expected to announce details about a donor registry soon

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Hospital penguins and rhino help promote organ donation week

Hospital penguins and rhino help promote organ donation week | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Some distinctive works of art at two hospitals were used to help promote organ donation week, back in 2016 in the United Kingdom.

Knitted sculptures of organs were used to adorn some penguin sculptures (pictured above) as well as another sculpture of a rhinoceros.


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Sweethearts urged to send organ donor Valentine´s cards | Daily

Sweethearts urged to send organ donor Valentine´s cards | Daily | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

A new series of Valentine´s Day cards have been launched which highlight organ donation in the United Kingdom. This is part of a collaboration between NHS Blood & Transplant and MoonPig cards to help increase awareness about the importance of organ donation.


For more on this story, lick on the banner headline

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Hommage au don d’organes, qui sauve 6000 vies par an

Hommage au don d’organes, qui sauve 6000 vies par an | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it


Le don d'organe est au cœur de ce court-métrage émouvant inspiré de faits réels en lice au Nikon Film Festival 2018.

News that a short film highlighting organ donation was one of the contestants for the 2018 Nikon Film Festival in France. Titled Je Suis Ton Souffle, 'I am your breath' the video can be viewed via the following link-


https://www.festivalnikon.fr/video/2017/924



Via nathalie Bissot-Campos
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Rose Parade 2018 - Donate Life float BEAUTIFUL

Some footage of the DonateLife float in the Rose Parade with an Aztec theme, complete with brightly coloured macaws and float riders.
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Footage of the DonateLife float in the 2018 Rose Parade in the United States
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Study: Facebook support group increases patient engagement, satisfaction

Study: Facebook support group increases patient engagement, satisfaction | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it

Social media, and Facebook groups in particular, could be a helpful tool for increasing patient engagement and satisfaction, according to a study published in a recent edition of the scientific journal Surgery. 


A closed Facebook group was established for patients as well as care givers in Cincinnati. The results of monitoring the site as well as an evaluation of the usefulness for the end users are outlined in more detail both in this online article (access by clicking the banner headline).


The data analysis for this study was undertaken by qualitative methods which are outlined more fully in the journal article-


http://www.surgjournal.com/action/showFullTextImages?pii=S0039-6060(17)30717-1



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Salvador desejou boa sorte a cirurgião antes da operação

Salvador desejou boa sorte a cirurgião antes da operação | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it


Cantor já fez o transplante de coração no Hospital de Santa Cruz, em Oeiras.

The news of Salvador Sobral undergoing a heart transplant in a hospital In Lisbon, Portugal, following a 3 month stay.


The news has been confirmed during a media briefing held at the hospital-


https://www.publico.pt/2017/12/10/video/salvador-sobral-ja-tem-um-novo-coracao-2017121074631


For a further report in English click on the following link-


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42296971


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The news from Portugal that Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral has undergone a heart transplant
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Billboard 'Woman of the Year' Selena Gomez on Her Surgery & Saying 'No' to Industry Pressures: 'My Body Is My Own'

Billboard 'Woman of the Year' Selena Gomez on Her Surgery & Saying 'No' to Industry Pressures: 'My Body Is My Own' | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it


In 2017, she landed four Hot 100 singles, launched a hit Netflix show -- and got a kidney transplant. So why does the star, who has battled anxiety, suddenly sound so Zen? (Hint: It’s not just the new puppy.)

For me on the intriguing interview with Selena Gomez click on the banner headline to this story. The article also contains a short video.

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Selena Gomez underwent a kidney transplant earlier this year and thanked her best friend and living kidney donor Francia Raisa when she accepted the award
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After a Late Start, an Artist’s Big Break: Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait

After a Late Start, an Artist’s Big Break: Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters | Scoop.it


Amy Sherald has yet to start the Obama portrait, due by year’s end. If she seems calm, it’s likely because she has faced tougher challenges.

This is because Amy Sherald has previously undergone a heart transplant and has also had to face up t close family members also being struck down with serious health conditions.


Amy's paintings are now increasingly being sought after within the United States and it is no mean feat for her having been commissioned to paint the official portrait of Michelle Obama.

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This artist has previously undergone a heart transplant
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Selena Gomez’s Extended Interview With Savannah Guthrie About Her Kidney Transplant | TODAY

Watch the full extended version of Savannah Guthrie’s exclusive interview with Selena Gomez and her best friend and kidney donor, Francia Raisa. This includes about how they met, and why Francia decided to donate one of her kidneys to Selena [who was unwell due to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)]. They then talk about the surgery which in Selena's case was more complicated when she required a second operation shortly after the first in order to deal with an unexpected problem.





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Excellent interview which will resonate with anyone who has ever been involved in live donor kidney transplantation whether they be a health care professional, a patient or a family member
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ESOT2017 Documentary - The Story of Organ Transplantation

From the European Society of Organ Transplantation a concise video summarising the last 50 years of organ transplantation.

Some of the pioneers are featured.
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High quality short video which is worth checking out
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