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FROM AUSTRALIA:


Transplant sisters relish gift of life

Herald Sun, 16 Oct, 2013

Sisters Nicole and Jayne Richards are two in a million. The Launceston girls live life to the fullest with donor hearts given to them six months apart. The Richards girls suffer from a genetic form of cardiomyopathy, a disease that weakens the heart muscle. Jayne, 17, was the first to get sick when she was nine years old. The doctor told her mum Christine that Jayne had gastro but she was flown to the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne when her health deteriorated. Read full article →


Lung transplant survivor takes to sky

IllawarraMercury.com, 1 Aug, 2013

After his double lung transplant 20 years ago, Jeff Leggett was told he might last a year. Yesterday, he celebrated 20 years since the operation with a tandem hang-glide off Bald Hill. The 47-year-old from Belfield in Sydney is the longest surviving double lung transplant recipient in Australia. He received the transplant because he had cystic fibrosis. "It's really the only way you can survive it—it's a lethal disease. By the time you reach your 20s your lifespan is pretty much over." The surgery was experimental 20 years ago, leading doctors to think it might give him another year. Read full article →


FROM CANADA:


Saanich man's lung transplant surgery is also an affair of heart

TimesColonist.com, 14 Oct, 2013

James Reimer is fond of saying he went to Toronto for lungs and found love. His story could be considered one about health, or resilience, or family. But the Reimers think of it—mostly—as a love story. James was born with the genetic disorder cystic fibrosis, which attacks mainly the lungs. Raised on Saltspring Island, he had what he calls an ideal childhood with all the fresh air, pets, bikes and Nintendo games he wanted. His parents, Kathy and Al, knew their son might not see his 18th birthday. His sister Laura Jane died of the same disorder in 1982 at the age of five. Read full article →


Heart transplant procedures undergo amazing changes, extending patients' lives

montreal.ctvnews.ca, 28 Sep, 2013

About 40 heart transplant procedures are performed in Quebec every year, leaving many more patients languishing on the waiting list. Some die waiting for their new heart, but some amazing changes to medical technology in the field of heart transplant procedures over the past decade have given patients more hope for the future. Sunday marks World Heart Day, a good time to take a peek at advancements in heart transplants—some made right here in Montreal. Shelo Florestal was one of those patients who benefitted from those advancements. A personal trainer now opening his own fitness centre in Ile-Bizard, today he's the picture of good health. But five years ago, he was facing a life-threatening condition. Read full article →


FROM FRANCE:


Catherine Deneuve joins other celebs in organ donation campaign

Donate Life, 15 Oct, 2013

Actresses Catherine Deneuve and Victoria Abril, together with some 100 celebs from the worlds of culture, politics and journalism, headed a public call in France on Tuesday for organ donations. Launched to coincide with this Wednesday's celebration of the 9th World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation, the declaration has signers agree to receive transplants and donate organs as a matter of "solidarity." Actors Vincent Cassel and Omar Sy, actress-singer Jane Birkin, writer Marc Levy, and writer Amelie Nothomb all support the raising of public awareness promoted by the Transplantation Foundation. Read full article →


FROM SPAIN:


Spanish Transplant Chief Recommends Punishing Transplant Tourists

TheEpochTimes.com, 29 Oct, 2013

A top transplant official in Spain has said that countries around the world should strengthen measures to deter their citizens from traveling abroad to receive illicit organ transplants, especially from countries like China, which harvest the organs from executed prisoners and, according to researchers, prisoners of conscience. Dr. Rafael Matesanz, the director of the National Transplant Organization in Spain, explained in an interview with New Tang Dynasty Television, partner media to Epoch Times, that Spanish law is unique in punishing people who go outside the country to buy an organ under questionable circumstances. Read full article →


FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM:


'I can do loads of things now!' Lung transplant teen walks five miles for charity

itv.com, 14 Oct, 2013

15 year-old Katie Gammon from Barnstaple had a lung transplant two months ago, after a 14-month wait. Her recovery has been remarkable—at the weekend she led a 5-mile charity walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Katie was supported on the Tarka Walk by Kirstie Tancock, who is recovering from her second lung transplant. It's the third year Katie's family have organised the event, but this was the first time Katie was able to participate. Read full article →


FROM THE UNITED STATES:


Edmond man to walk in memory of heart donor

EdmondSun.com, 18 Oct, 2013

When Jim Hays, 69, limbers up for Sunday's Edmond CROP Hunger Walk, he'll be thinking about Neil Filley, someone who is close to his heart. On Aug. 20, 2012, Neil Filley, 20, died from massive head injuries sustained after a fall while exploring the cliffs of Fourmile Canyon. Neil's heart is beating in Jim's body. Jim said he wants to keep Neil's memory alive, part of a promise he made. "My goal was to walk in the Edmond CROP Walk," he said. "My intent is still to achieve that goal. I want to honor Neil. He gave a gift to me, the gift of life." Although he left this life at a young age, Neil Filley already had accomplished much. Read full article →


Erik Compton, on his third heart, to receive PGA Tour Courage Award

pga.com, Oct 2013

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton won the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award on Wednesday. The PGA Tour Courage Award is for players who have overcome extraordinary adversity to make meaningful contributions to golf. It's hard to find a better candidate than Compton. He was diagnosed at age 9 with viral cardiomyopathy and had his first heart transplant three years later in 1992. He had a heart attack in 2008 and required a second transplant. Compton still managed to make it to the PGA Tour, and this year made it through two FedExCup playoff events. Read full article →


Transplant Warriors

wkbw.com Eyewitness News, 23 Oct, 2013

Graduate students at the University at Buffalo have taken on a big task. Aisha O'Mally, along with Jessica Covert, is spearheading "The Transplant Warriors" in "Campaign 4 Life." "It's an initiative throughout New York State to increase the number of registered organ donors," said O'Mally. She started this group for a very special reason. "I received a heart transplant back in 2004," said O'Mally. When she was 23 years old, she discovered she had hyperthyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland makes too many hormones. Read full article →


Anabel Stenzel, organ transplant advocate, dies

sfgate.com, 1 Oct, 2013

Anabel Stenzel, a Bay Area woman with cystic fibrosis who received two double lung transplants and authored a memoir with her twin sister, also a double lung transplant recipient, that inspired a documentary film, died Sept. 22 at her Redwood City home of cancer. She was 41. When Ms. Stenzel and her sister, Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, were born with cystic fibrosis in 1972, doctors said they probably would not reach their 10th birthdays. Over the next four decades, Ms. Stenzel graduated from Stanford, earned a master's degree from Cal and married. Read full article →


Love in the Kingdom of the Sick

TheMorningNews.org, 30 Sep, 2013

When an artist receives a heart transplant, his drawings of the procedure obtain all the gravity of a fever dream—intensely realistic, with hallucinations of the dead. Michael Bise was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, and moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1990. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas in 2001 and his Masters of Fine Art in drawing and painting at the University of Houston in 2005. In 2012 he was awarded The Hunting Art Prize, an Artadia Finalist, and a Nominee for the TX Contemporary Award. Read full article →


Dad With Terminal Cancer Gives Family Special Gift

myfoxphilly.com, 15 Oct, 2013

After finding out that he had only months to live, Fred Evans decided to give his daughters a special present. He walked his two unmarried daughters down the aisle and gave them his blessing for their future marriages. Fred was recovering from a lung transplant when doctors discovered that his skin cancer had spread. Because of the medication taken for the transplant, Fred would not be able to endure chemotherapy. Doctors gave Fred months to live. Though devastated by the news, Fred and wife Karla vowed to keep living each moment of life to the fullest. On a special day in a chapel, they planned a surprise ceremony for their two daughters, Gracie and Kate. Read full article →




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