Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Transplant Headlines

Here are some of today's selected headlines.

Waiting list grows for organ transplants
This item posted on Rocky Mountain News.com notes that there are 97,000 people on the U.S. waiting list for organ transplants as of June, 2007 and this number is growing five times faster than the donation rate and that each day 17 people die while on the waiting list.

The article goes on to say that organ donation is "The ultimate act of human kindness" and notes the parents of a daughter who died from cardiac arrest donated her organs and tissues as follows: Two women received her kidneys, a burn unit received skin, her corneas went to an eye bank, and her liver was transplanted into a 61-year-old pediatric oncologist, Dr. Michael Harris, of Englewood, N.J., who had contracted hepatitis C years earlier while caring for a patient.

Other organs and tissues that can be donated are the heart, pancreas, lungs, intestines, bone marrow, heart valves and connective tissue. A kidney, part of a liver, lobe of a lung and bone marrow can be obtained from living donors.
Read the article

Polish bishops back organ donation
This item in Catholic World News further confirms the church's position on organ donation.

Warsaw, Sep. 11, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Poland’s Catholic bishops have written a pastoral letter encouraging organ donation, which will be read in all churches throughout the country on September 23.

In their letter, the Polish bishops cite John Paul II’s support of organ donation in Evangelium Vitae (doc) and state: “Often the possibility to save someone’s life depends on organ donation.” They then go on to note that this year, the number of organ donations has dropped in Poland.

Living kidney donor blogs about his experience
Check out Cleveland's Newsnet5 web site for NewsChannel 5's announcer Jack Marschall's daily blog about his surgery and recovery. He will be blogging from home daily and describe his thoughts and emotions as he goes through the experience of giving the "gift of life" to a fellow human being.

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