Jamaica salutes British transplant doctors.

KidneyDocsThe new transplant centre at the Cornwall Regional Hospital made further progress this week, with another successful transplant carried out, and surgical skills progressed thanks to support from a visiting volunteer medical team from the UK called Transplant Links (TLC).

Medical history was made in Jamaica last year when three kidney transplants took place at CRH, the first step in the plan to develop a sustainable kidney transplant centre for the people of Jamaica with kidney failure. All the patients have done very well, and have returned to a normal life away from a kidney dialysis machine. Early signs of the transplant carried out this week are that is it also going well.  Their lives have all been transformed by the transplants.

TLC helps save lives by setting up kidney transplant programmes in countries that have the in- frastructure but not the expertise to run a kidney transplant programme. The volunteer team of sur- geons, doctors and nurses is sponsored by Sandals Resorts who are accommodating them during their stay, and by CHASE fund. The project is also receiving the support of the National Health Fund.

Dr Curtis Yeates, Consultant Kidney Specialist from the Cornwall Regional Hospital said “This is an important milestone in this project. There are many people suffering from kidney failure in Ja- maica, mainly because there is so much diabetes and high blood pressure. A transplant is their only hope of a normal life again. We are very grateful for their help, and to Sandals, CHASE and NHF for helping to making it possible”

“It’s great to see that the patients from last year have done so well”  said Professor Paul Cockwell from the Transplant Links team.  “A sister gave a kidney to her sister; a wife gave a kidney to her husband, and a sister gave her kidney to her brother. Their lives have been turned around by these transplants. One of the donors, Ricardo’s sister has even had a baby since donating a kidney to save her brother. Carrying on this work is essential so that many more with kidney failure can benefit”. In the words of Shaneke who received a kidney from her sister last year: “there are a lot of young people on dialysis and they’re unable to work because of what they are going through. It is burden- some on their families and if they get the chance to get a kidney transplant they can support their family and contribute to the economy”.

Mr Andrew Ready, Consultant Renal Transplant Surgeon from the UK and Medical Director of Transplant Links said  “We are delighted to return to help with this project. During the summer, the two surgeons from Cornwall Regional Hospital Dr Roy MacGregor and Dr Dwayne Hall, came to the UK to observe more transplants to develop their skills. On this occasion they were able to take a much more active part in the transplant surgery, which is an important step in the progress for the sustainability of the project”

Dr Jennie Jewitt-Harris, CEO of TLC said “The TLC team have an international reputation as high- ly skilled clinicians who are generous with their time and knowledge. This was acknowledged by the Health Minister for Jamaica Dr Fenton Ferguson who thanked them in person. We’re delighted to be back in Jamaica again supporting this important project”
In his speech to the team and everyone involved in the project, The Health Minister Dr Ferguson said: “On behalf of the people and the government of Jamaica we salute TLC for this initiative and saving lives across the world. Thank you”

Fundraising continues as the plan is to continue the project and transfer of skills over the next 2 – 3 years. For further information and to support the project please visit www.transplantlinks.org. To donate to the cause text “TLCJ88 £5″ to 70070. Like us on facebook at www.facebook.com/transplantlinks

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New study aims to prevent graft function decline in kidney transplant patients

The University of California, San Francisco is the lead institution on a new seven-year, $17 million multicenter study funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine if certain immune system cells and/or a drug now used for treating rheumatoid arthritis can be effective in improving and maintaining the long-term health of kidney transplant recipients. READ MORE>>

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Ohio to get nearly $1 million in kidney-transplant drug settlement

medsThe state will receive $984,812 as part of a $35 million settlement Ohio and 41 other states have reached with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals for unlawfully promoting a drug approved for kidney-transplant patients, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said yesterday. READ MORE>


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Should kidney donors be given rewards?

moneyWhether or not to compensate kidney donors is a debate that has remained unsettled for awhile. The newest chapter in the discussion took place last week in Stanford as well as in San Fransisco, at the World Transplant Congress.

Professionals in the field and lawmakers alike have largely denounced the practice. Still, there are some who feel that providing incentives could help reduce the shortage of kidneys available. READ MORE>>

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How much time were you on the waiting list before you were transplanted?

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Woman taken off kidney transplant list

HARRISBURG, PA — Imagine waiting years for an organ transplant only to be told you’re no longer eligible to even wait. That’s what happened to a Dauphin County woman in need of a kidney.

Deb Foulkrod, 58, of Swatara Township, has battled end-stage renal disease for the last decade. Five years after her first transplant in 2005, the kidney became infected and she had to go back on dialysis. She’d had her name on the transplant waiting list for the last four years and believed she was getting close to the top. READ MORE>>

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Ohio family settles over botched kidney transplant


A family that sued after a nurse tossed a healthy kidney in the trash during a transplant has settled its lawsuit against an Ohio hospital for $650,000.

A patient, Sarah Fudacz, who was 24 at the time, was to receive her brother’s kidney in 2012 but awoke without having undergone surgery because the nurse had accidentally thrown it out. READ MORE

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Seven-year-old girl saved by kidney transplant – from her grandmother.

grandmotherA GENEROUS grandmother gave her granddaughter the gift of life when she offered her a kidney – the oldest age gap in a donation ever seen in the UK. READ STORY

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Solving the Kidney Shortage Dilemma

The tragedy of American organ donations: So many more people could be saved. How our flawed organ donor system is costing lives — but could easily be fixed. Click here for the Salon.com article.

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Father Donates One of His Kidneys To His 3 Year-Old-Son.


William Balestrini was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease — ARPKD — which meant he could die from eating chocolate and dairy products. But thanks to his dad, James, a newly donated kidney will let him indulge in the sweet treat this Christmas. Read More>>

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