Lung transplant rarely prolongs life in CF
Reuters reports that lung transplantation in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) is not likely to prolong life and may do more harm than good, according to a look back at essentially the entire U.S. pediatric experience with lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis for the period 1992 through 2002.
According to a report in November 22 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, a total of 248 of the 514 children with cystic fibrosis who were on the waiting list during the 10-year-period underwent lung transplantation.
"Children undergoing lung transplant did much worse than expected," Dr. Theodore G. Liou of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, told Reuters Health.
"We fully expected, at the start of the study, that we would find a group that did well and others that did not do so well. Unfortunately, we found that the group that most likely did well with transplant was very small, while the group that most likely did poorly (worse than if not transplanted) was quite large," Liou said. Read the full article.
"Young Heart Transplant Patient Released From Hospital"
WKRN in Nashville, Tennessee posts this story about 12-year-old Jordon Hensley, who was fighting for her life just weeks ago but danced her way out the hospital doors Wednesday afternoon just in time for Thanksgiving. Read the story.
Transplant patient's heartfelt thanks
The Mercury News in San Jose, California has a wonderful story about Mary DiMaggio of San Jose and the Larrañaga family of Mondragon, Spain, who will not understand each others' words when they meet next month in Spain's Basque country. DiMaggio speaks no Spanish and no Basque. The Larrañagas know little English. It won't matter. The American and her Basque hosts share the alphabet of tragedy and the syntax of hope. They will talk in the language of the heart.
DiMaggio, 63, a woman with the sallow complexion of a long-time patient but the sturdy frame of a swimmer, is pushing herself to endure the long air flight for one overriding reason: gratitude.
Since a Stanford University Hospital transplant in August 2003, she has been kept alive by the heart of the Larrañagas' only son, Gaizka, who was killed in a traffic accident in Reno at the age of 32.
DiMaggio is telling her story publicly to remind people of the need to donate organs. "To be able to thank these wonderful people is just unbelievable," said the San Jose woman, whose husband, Horace, is a second cousin to Joe DiMaggio, the famous Yankee slugger. "Believe me, I wouldn't get on a plane just to go to Spain." Read the story
Young Hungarian heart transplant patient returns home
Caboodle.hu reports that eight-year-old Balázs Lőrincz from Babócsa (Somogy County), the first Hungarian child to receive a heart transplant, has returned home from the hospital, reports hirado.hu. He has to live under sterile conditions but is reported to be in high spirits and making a good recovery. Read the article.
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