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Trans-national Crime - The illicit trade in human organs

Servamus.co.za, August 2013

A bumper sticker seen in America reads: "PLEASE don't take your organs to heaven. Heaven knows that we need them here on earth." In 2007, more than 7000 Americans died while awaiting an organ transplant. The situation is similar in many other countries. The lives of thousands of people can be extended or transformed through organ transplants. Research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that only one in ten people in need of a new kidney, the body part which is most in demand, manages to get one. Therefore, it is no surprise that many people turn their hopes to the illicit organ trade. Read full article →

Girl, 10, who underwent double lung transplant, will move out of intensive care very soon

Daily Mail, August 1, 2013

The mother of 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who is recovering from two double lung transplants says her daughter will soon move out of intensive care. Janet Murnaghan, of Pennsylvania, wrote on her Facebook page yesterday that her daughter Sarah is being moved to a progressive care unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Newtown Square girl received the transplants after a federal judge intervened in her parents' lawsuit challenging national transplant rules. Read full article →

19th World Transplant Games begin in Durban

thesouthafrican.com, July 29, 2013

Forget the 2012 London Olympics, forget the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The sporting event that should be talked about the most right now is the 19th World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa this week. The week-long competition is expected to attract sportsmen and women from around the world, using the power of sports to raise awareness about the issues of organ donation and transplantation. It is also set to highlight the quality of life that can be enjoyed after receiving donor organs. Read full article →

Cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet, yet Portland man was in the right hands

The Oregonian, July 24, 2013

Prem Raghu's lucky numbers might as well be his flight and seat: American Airlines' No. 1006; seat 24D. That's where the 67-year-old retired custodian was about 2 p.m. April 3, when he suffered cardiac arrest at 29,000 feet. Ominous as that sounds, it was the right place at the right time given that he was surrounded, far and away, by the right company. Prem was in the middle seat. His wife, Manjula, was next to the window. As they headed toward Dallas to visit their daughter, the Southeast Portland couple chatted and joked. Prem fell silent. Read full article →

Kuwait hospital reaches 500 transplants mark

tradearabia.com, July 14, 2013

Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children NHS Foundation Trust in Kuwait have performed their 500th transplant operation involving hearts and lungs. The world-famous hospital reached the milestone after a 25-year history of heart and lung transplants which has been shaped along the way by new technologies and breakthroughs. The 500 transplants figure includes a total of 351 heart transplants, 68 lung transplants and 81 heart-and-lung transplants. Read full article →

Time for truth: how to face the end of a life lived well

The Sydney Morning Herald, July 13, 2013

Even as a six-year-old, Kylie Polglase was comfortable talking about her own death from cystic fibrosis, a terminal lung condition. "If I don't do all this treatment, I will get sick and die," she wrote in a picture book more than 20 years ago. Now a frail 26-year-old, Ms Polglase, of Cherrybrook, is using her limited breath to convince others that talking about death—and creating an advance-care directive on how we want to die—should be a normal part of life. Read full article →

Family loses fight to keep son's organs from donation

The Columbus Dispatch, July 12, 2013

A 21-year-old Columbus man who had been declared legally dead but was on artificial life support had his organs harvested under court order yesterday over his family's objections. The case marked the first time that Lifeline of Ohio has gone to court over a donation, an executive with the organ-procurement agency said yesterday. Read full article →

Registered organ donors could be given priority for transplants

The Telegraph, July 11, 2013

Patients who have agreed to donate organs could be given priority if they ever need a transplant, under proposals being considered by the NHS. The approach, which would see registered donors jumping the queue ahead of patients who were not registered, is part of a new strategy to increase the number of organs being donated in the UK. Officials have also called for more smokers, drinkers and elderly people to register as donors to increase the supply of organs due to the national shortage in donations. They claim that while these people may not be in perfect health, their organs can still prevent patients from dying needlessly. Read full article →

Area transplant recipient to compete in world games

News Transcript, July 10, 2013

Muran Veniszee will remember March 25, 2010, for the rest of his life. That is the day he received a new heart and liver, saving his life. Since he is healthy again, Veniszee, who is very interested in sports, is set to participate in the 19th annual World Transplant Games 2013 in Durban, South Africa, from July 28 through Aug. 4.
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China introduces fair organ distribution system

news.xinhuanet.com, July 10, 2013

A new system for the management and distribution of donated human organs will soon go into operation nationwide, a health official said Wednesday. Technical means will be used to monitor human intervention in organ distribution, Deng Haihua, spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), said at a Wednesday press conference. The system has been in development since 2010, Deng said, adding that the system is ready to go into use nationwide after successful trials. Read full article →

Predictive Analytics and How to Decide Who Should Receive Organ Transplants

IEEE Spectrum, July 8, 2013

Companies in virtually every industry are increasingly leveraging data to operate more efficiently and effectively. The health care industry, for example, stands to gain $300 billion in value every year from better use of data, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. One of the major benefits of data is its usefulness in predicting outcomes, as the New York Times statistics guru Nate Silver proved in the 2012 elections. Companies now use data to predict everything from which movies a consumer will enjoy watching to when a machine is likely to need repairs. Read full article →

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