Friday, September 14, 2007

Transplant Headlines

News about organ and tissue donation and transplantation is starting to gain world-wide interest and I notice quite an increase in media reporting lately. Here are are few selected headlines from today's news.

California Legislature approves new and improved organ and tissue donor law

This report in The California Chronical details a new bill that strengthens, updates, and revises the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, giving Californians greater ability to donate organs and greater access to receiving organ donations.

The Assembly Bill, A.B. 1689, honors the choice of the individual to be an organ and tissue donor and strengthens the language barring others from overriding a donor’s decision to make an anatomical gift. Additionally, it expands the list of persons who may make anatomical gifts to include health-care agents and, under certain circumstances, parents or guardians, and allows driver’s license eligible minors to register as donors. Further, the bill strengthens the right of an individual to choose not to be a donor by signing a refusal that also bars others from making a gift of that individual’s organs or tissue after his or her death. Read the full article.

Donating organs can transform lives

This article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution is a story written by a 28-year-old liver transplant recipient who received her "Gift of Life" at the age of 13. She tells of her transformation from never having been a runner to now competing in the Transplant Games and is even training to run a full marathon. She also talks about her donor family and how she would not be alive today if they had not donated their daughter's organs. Read this Inspirational story.

5-year-old receives double lung transplant

Science Daily
LONDON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A 5-year-old British girl who is the youngest person to ever receive a double lung transplant is flourishing nine months after the operation.

Suffering from cystic fibrosis since she was only three months old, Mariam Imran's health had been deteriorating until her record-setting surgery at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Daily Mail said Wednesday. Now her parents, who were once told their daughter had only months to live, are happy to watch Mariam play just like any other child.

"When you look at her you'd never think that she's recently had a double lung transplant," Mariam's mother, Faaiza Dar, said. "The only word to describe everything is 'wow.'"

The 25-year-old also thanked the family who agreed to donate their own loved one's lungs to help a complete stranger. Read the story.

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