True love: firefighter’s girlfriend wants to give him her kidney

firefighterThey say true love shows itself in time of need and this is a story about such love. For David Flores and Britney Lizama, they are the perfect match in more ways than one. Flores has been a firefighter with the Guam Fire Department for 17 years.

Guam Fire Department chief Joey San Nicolas said, “He pretty much epitomizes what a firefighter should be – he’s dedicated himself to public service and is always there even doing things off duty to represent the department.” It was early last year when Flores was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and coronary artery disease.  READ MORE>>

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The case for compensating kidney donors

MoneyMarch was National Kidney Month. But for most of the roughly 121,000 people waiting for a transplant (of any kind) there was little to celebrate. Last year, under one-quarter of them received a transplant. This means that many people are languishing on dialysis, a physically and, often, emotionally draining process that cleanses the blood of toxins. In large cities, it can take over five years for a candidate’s name to crawl up the list.*

It’s a familiar story by now: organ transplantation, the victim of its own medical and surgical success. Advances in immune-suppression ensured far greater success for the recipient. And, for the donor: surgical removal of kidney via laparoscope, which meant shorter recovery time. As a result, there are more people who can benefit from transplantation than there are organs.  READ MORE>>

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Living With Dialysis While Waiting For A Kidney

MichaelTossing several varieties of herbal tea on his kitchen table, resident Michael Vastarelli made a selection as water boiled in the kettle. His rescue dog, Cookie, gnawed on a toy, trying to get at the peanut butter hidden inside.

But Mr Vastarelli’s attention soon wandered from the steam rising from his mug and Cookie’s wagging tail. He was seeing the past — a time in 2006 when he was 26, and received a diagnosis of Alport syndrome, a form of kidney disease. He was in a relationship, and would soon start a new job. Also around that time was a routine doctor’s appointment, which led to a specialist, his diagnosis, and, eventually, his life with dialysis.  READ MORE>>

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Success kid’s dad just crowd-funded US$100k for a kidney transplant

KidJustin Griner, father to the internet’s most famous, determined, focused child, has raised just shy of US$100k on Go Fund Me to fund a much-needed kidney transplant.

Diagnosed with kidney disease back in 2006 – shortly before the picture of his son Sam, then aged 11 months, went absolutely viral – Justin went through full kidney failure in 2009.  Read More>>

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Maine’s delayed kidney donation shows disgrace of U.S. health care

Dr. Phil Caper-BDN Photo.jpegGetting health care in the U.S. often seems first and foremost to be about money. Our first encounter when seeking health care always seems to be with the billing department, not a caregiver. The problem often is about too little money.

But the latest health care media kerfuffle in Maine is about too much money. It centers around the efforts of a local woman needing a kidney transplant to find a donor. She posted a note on her car’s window asking for somebody to volunteer. A man did volunteer and turned out to be a good match for the patient.  READ MORE>>

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Hospitals participate in largest-ever multi-hospital kidney transplant chain

swapWith 34 donors and 34 recipients, Chain 357, nicknamed a “chain of love,” is the country’s largest-ever multi-hospital kidney transplant chain. The National Kidney Registry worked with 26 hospitals across the country to make sure every link of the chain connected.

Since Jan. 6, the chain has bounced across the country, including stops at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute in Washington, D.C.; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.; University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.; and two bouts at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md.  READ MORE>>


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Men use social media to find kidneys, raise awareness

DarrenThough they are both from Springfield, Darren Lewis and Chris Plate have never met. And in many ways, the two have very different lives.

Lewis is a former Eagle Scout who likes playing video games and reading high epic fantasy novels. Plate will graduate with an engineering degree in May and plans to marry his longtime girlfriend, Rachel, in July.

But Lewis and Plate have something big in common. They both need a kidney and have turned to social media to find a living donor.  READ MORE>>

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For teen, giving 3-year-old half sister a kidney was ‘right thing to do’

AlexAlexis Tovar runs around her grandma’s home, takes toy trucks out of a cabinet and plays with them, then looks for a deck of cards, all the while chattering on about one thing or another.

The girly girl, who is dressed head to toe in purple with pink polish on her toenails, who loves “Frozen” and Sofia the First, is a 4-year-old bundle of energy and smiles.

All thanks to her half sister, Marissa.  READ MORE>>

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Woman Donates Kidney To Complete Stranger

ThomasThomas Adams was born with a genetic disorder, that as he entered his twenties, started causing his kidneys to slowly lose function. “As I got toward my mid 30′s I started to really feel it I started becoming sicker faster and easier. If I did get sick it would last longer,” said Adams.

When his health started to take a turn, he was put on a waiting list for a kidney donor. He was on that list for almost two years, before he received notice that a complete stranger would save his life.  READ MORE>>

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‘Perfect match’ slips away from kidney-transplant couple

salinaSelena Clingan used an Internet fundraising site to tell the story of her battle with kidney disease — and of her joy in learning the man she had married was her perfect match as a donor.

Transplant experts at Tampa General Hospital, where the operation was to occur, said the odds against a matching spouse are so high they had never come across it before.

Then, the day before surgery this week, Clingan returned to her Web page to post heartbreaking news: A final cross match done before the operation determined that, because of a last-minute elevation in Selena’s antibodies, the Brandon couple are no longer compatible.  READ MORE>>

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