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.

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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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Man dies of rabies after kidney transplant

Examiner.com

A Maryland man has died after getting rabies from a donated kidney. The man received the kidney more than a year before rabies took his life.  According to a March 16 report by The Star, contracting rabies from a transplanted organ is rare, but not unheard of.  READ MORE>>

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Sen. Clayborne recovers after kidney transplant

BND.com

State Sen. James Clayborne of Belleville has been absent from Springfield while he recovers from a kidney transplant.  Clayborne, a 49-year-old Democrat who serves as the Senate majority leader, represents the 57th Senate District, which includes Belleville, East St. Louis and Fairview Heights.  READ MORE>>

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Leitrim man and mother doing well after kidney transplant

Irish Examiner

A 26-year-old Co Leitrim man has said he and his mother are doing well after he donated a kidney to her.

Trainee accountant Alan Healy was a rare match for his mother Helena, who was on dialysis and doctors said needed a transplant to save her life.  READ MORE>>

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Diabetes Prior to Renal Transplantation Worsens Outcomes

Renal & Urology

Pre-existing diabetes mellitus (DM) is a significant risk factor for graft failure and death following kidney transplantation, a study found.

Study results also shed light on possible ways to decrease the disparity in survival between kidney transplant patients with or without pre-existing DM.  READ MORE>>

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More seniors stepping forward to donate kidneys

At 74, Robert Brown donated a kidney to his wife, Sue, then 71.

CharlotteObserver.com

Robert Brown was healthy, willing and a good match: So why not give a kidney to his wife, who otherwise would need dialysis?

There was just one potential obstacle: Brown was 74, an age once unthinkable for a kidney donor.  READ MORE>>

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A man meets his kidney donor in an unlikely place

KVOA.com

TUCSON – Jimmy sits in dialysis four hours a day, three days a week. It’s part of his quest to find a new, working kidney.

“I think once I even put it on Facebook! You know if anybody knew anybody or thought they knew anybody that wanted to give a kidney to contact me,” said the 52 year old.  READ MORE>>

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Kidney donors create chain of life in Des Moines

Donor Mike Dodge, right, of Mason City, talks about donating a kidney to Nick Titus, left, after they met for the first time, Friday morning Jan. 11, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Doctors in central Iowa are celebrating the completion of five kidney transplants in three days thanks to a group of strangers. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Rodney White)

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DES MOINES — Mike Dodge of Mason City is a little sore, but that’s to be expected two weeks after giving up a kidney.

He was part of a paired donation chain involving 10 people and five donated kidneys performed at Mercy Medical Center. According to hospital officials, the effort represents the largest such transplant chain ever in the state.  READ MORE>>

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The Gift of Life: Cañon City woman thankful for kidney donation

Emily Garcia talks about her experience getting a recent kidney transplant. (Jeff Shane/ Daily Record)

Daily Record

Emily Garcia has just begun a brand new chapter in her life.

A life without dialysis, needles and blood transfusions.

A life with a more certain future and more time with her family.  READ MORE>>

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