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Article ID: 711744

New Rules for Lung Transplants Lead to Unintended Consequences

Washington University in St. Louis

In 2017, in response to a lawsuit filed by a 21-year-old woman on the waiting list for lungs in New York City, a federal court order changed the policy covering the distribution of lungs donated for transplant. However, the policy change has had several unintended consequences, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The new policy has imposed a significant logistical burden on organ procurement organizations and surgical teams involved in retrieving the donated organs.

22-Apr-2019 4:50 PM EDT

Article ID: 711459

A Couple Shares Their Journey Through Kidney Transplant


After Hermine Honarvar Rule was told that she was in critical need of a kidney transplant, two relatives and a friend each volunteered to give up a kidney to help save her. But during the screening process all three candidates were discovered to have health issues that would disqualify them from donating. Thankfully, her husband Mark turned out to be the right match for his wife. “We were truly made for each other,” he jokes today.

17-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 711394

Paired living liver donation offers liver failure patients a new option

University Health Network (UHN)

An anonymous living liver donor helped the UHN Transplant Program achieve a North American first with an innovative living liver donor exchange, or “swap,” that saved the lives of two failing liver patients, with the potential to save many more.

16-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 711132

Going the Distance to Donate a Kidney to a Stranger


Here's a great story about a Kentucky woman who donated a kidney to a perfect stranger from New York who 21 years earlier had undergone a heart-liver transplant. The two women met on the Matching Donors website, a non-profit organization that provides a platform where patients and potential donors can meet. All three organ transplants took place at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

11-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 711121

Living Donation Storytelling Project Launches Digital Library on National Donate Life Day, April 12, 2019

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

The Transplant Research and Education Center (TREC) at UCLA will launch the Living Donation Storytelling Project, a unique digital library of stories of people sharing their real experiences as living donors, recipients of living donor kidney transplants, and those in need of transplants.

10-Apr-2019 5:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 710963

Organ Transplant Patients Thank Their Donors in Emotional Candle Lighting Ceremony

Loyola University Health System

Grateful organ transplant patients and donor families spoke during Loyola Medicine's 28th annual Candle-Lighting Ceremony, an emotional event held during National Donate Life Month that honors organ donors.

8-Apr-2019 6:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 710597

First Artificial Heart Patient Gets Permanent Replacement

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Tim Lowell of Hernando, Mississippi, received the first total artificial heart in the state of Tennessee when the cardiac surgery team at Vanderbilt Health placed the device in his chest on Sept. 26, 2018. The mechanical heart kept him alive for nearly three months until a matching human donor heart became available and he was transplanted on Dec. 16, 2018, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

2-Apr-2019 9:05 AM EDT
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    2-Apr-2019 6:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 710277

CICU Team Develops Nursing Protocols in Response to New Procedure

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

When transplant cardiologists at Debakey Heart and Vascular Center at Houston Methodist Hospital began using percutaneously placed axillary IABPs as a bridge to heart transplants, the CICU team had to develop mobilization and ambulation guidelines unique to these patients.

27-Mar-2019 8:00 AM EDT

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