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  • The man with a new face: Severely injured firefighter risked 50/50 survival rate (trunc)

    11/16/2015 6:00:39 PM PST · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 20:11 EST, 16 November 2015 | Thomas Burrows
    (Full title: The man with a new face: Severely injured firefighter risked 50/50 survival rate to have most extensive transplant ever performed) A former firefighter whose face was so horrifically burnt while tackling a blaze that he 'scared his own children' has been given a brand new one in the most extensive transplant ever performed. Pat Hardison now wears the face of David Rodebaugh - a 26-year-old who died in August following a cycling accident. The procedure - which was the riskiest face transplant carried out to date - has left Hardison feeling normal again and it should restore his...
  • Teen who got heart transplant dies in crash during chase

    04/02/2015 2:35:41 PM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    yahoo.com/Associated Press ^ | April 2, 2015 | KATE BRUMBACK
    ATLANTA (AP) ó An Atlanta area teenager who said a heart transplant two years ago gave him a second chance at life died this week when he lost control of the car he was driving while fleeing police, according to police records. Anthony Tremayne Stokes, 17, died Tuesday when the car he was driving hit a bank sign, a Roswell police officer wrote in an incident report. The officer noticed the black Honda Accord fit the description of a vehicle involved in a home invasion a short time earlier, the report says. The officer tried to pull the car over,...
  • Atlanta teen who received controversial heart transplant dies in chase with police

    04/02/2015 9:38:29 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 1, 2015 | Abby Philip
    In 2013, then-15-year-old Anthony Stokes was dying and desperately needed a heart transplant that he couldnít get because, according to doctors, he had ďa history of noncompliance.Ē Stokesís family suspected that his low grades and a history of trouble with the law gave doctors reason to believe that he would not be willing to take his medicine or show up at subsequent doctorís visits. The Georgia teenís story story sparked outrage, and the hospital quickly reversed its decision, giving him priority on the transplant list. But two years later, after he received a transplant, Stokesís ďsecond chanceĒ has come to...
  • Teen who received controversial heart transplant dead after carjacking, chase

    04/02/2015 6:49:00 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    Fox31 ^ | 4/1/15
    <p>ROSWELL, Ga. ó The story of Anthony Stokes was supposed to have a happy ending. Instead it ended Tuesday, police say, with the teen heart transplant recipient carjacking someone, burglarizing a home, shooting at an elderly woman, leading police on a high speed chase and then dying after his car hit a pole.</p>
  • Heart recipient dies in police chase after was nearly denied transplant due to his bad behavior

    04/01/2015 8:27:04 AM PDT · by dennisw · 41 replies
    dailymail ^ | 1 April 2015
    Heart recipient, 17, dies in high-speed police chase crash two years after he was nearly denied transplant because of his bad behavior Anthony Stokes died on Tuesday after he crashed a stolen car into a pole while fleeing from the scene of an attempted burglary in Roswell, Georgia He had fired at an elderly woman after breaking into her home Less than two years ago, he was given a life-saving heart transplant He was initially denied the surgery because doctors said he had previously failed to take medication so would be 'non-compliant' with the treatment But they changed their minds...
  • Just two more months

    06/15/2015 5:53:52 PM PDT · by uscga77 · 43 replies
    Just two more months till I move from California to Texas and once more register as a Republican. It was too hard to hold my nose here. I voted the best I could but am proud to say not once for the Terminator.
  • Scientists Reverse Paralysis in Dogs

    12/03/2004 4:07:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1,863+ views
    My Way News ^ | Dec 3, 2004 | RICK CALLAHAN
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dogs with paralyzed hind legs regained the ability to walk after getting a shot of a chemical cousin of antifreeze that helped repair nerve cells in their damaged spinal cords, scientists reported. Purdue University researchers who led the project hope the approach can soon be tried in people, but caution that there are significant differences between human and canine spinal cords. The treatment only worked on dogs given the injections within about three days of their injury. Some dogs not given the injections eventually walked again, but those getting the new treatment had a dramatically higher recovery...
  • Disabled Ďguinea pigí for first full HEAD transplant to meet surgeon

    06/10/2015 2:10:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 06-10-2015 | By Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline
    The man volunteering to be the guinea pig for pioneering head transplant surgery is flying to America this week to meet for the first time the doctor intending to give him a new body. Russian Valery Spiridonov will appear at a major medical conference in Annapolis with Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero, who hopes to convince the medical establishment that his techniques are on the brink of viability. But he prepared to fly to New York today, one of Moscow's top surgeons branded the £9.8million ($15million) head transplant plan 'reckless', claiming the medic - who has been labelled Dr Frankenstein by...
  • Texas doctors do first skull and scalp transplant

    06/04/2015 10:12:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 06-04-15 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
    Texas doctors say they have done the world's first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment. MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital doctors announced Thursday that they did the operation on May 22 at Houston Methodist. The recipient - Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer from Austin, Texas - expects to leave the hospital Thursday with a new kidney and pancreas along with the scalp and skull grafts. He said he was stunned at how well doctors matched him to a donor with similar skin and coloring. "It's...
  • Russian Volunteers For First Human Head Transplant Operation

    04/19/2015 3:55:14 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | April 15, 2015 | Based on reporting by Mail Online, Medical News Today, and RT
    A 30-year-old Russian man with a degenerative disease has volunteered for the worldís first human head transplant operation. Researchers have seriously questioned the feasibility of the operation proposed by Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero. But Valery Spiridonov, a computer scientist from the Russian town of Vladimir, about 160 kilometers east of Moscow, says he wants to undergo the operation within the next two years.
  • Terminally ill man set to undergo first full HEAD transplant (trun title)

    04/08/2015 12:29:49 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 96 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Will Stewart and Nick Fagge
    A man with a fatal medical condition has spoken exclusively to MailOnline about how he is set to become the first person to undergo a head transplant and hopes it could be as soon as next year. Valery Spiridonov says he is ready to put his trust in controversial surgeon Dr Sergio Canavero who claims he can cut off his head and attach it to a healthy body. Mr Spiridonov, 30, a computer scientist from Russia, said: 'My decision is final and I do not plan to change my mind.' As a lifelong sufferer of the rare genetic Werdnig-Hoffman muscle...
  • US military hopes to learn from victim of chimp attack

    03/10/2015 2:28:51 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    Journal Gazette ^ | 3-10-2015 | SUSAN HAIGH, AP
    <p>BOSTON Ė Charla Nash never served in the military. She was horribly disfigured, not in combat, but in a 2009 attack by a rampaging chimpanzee. The Pentagon, though, is watching her recovery closely.</p> <p>The U.S. military paid for Nash's full face transplant in 2011 and is underwriting her follow-up treatment at a combined cost estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, in the hope that some of the things it learns can help young, seriously disfigured soldiers returning from war.</p>
  • First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

    02/26/2015 6:18:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 02-25-2015 | Staff
    A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years. Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living personís head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off. Canavero hopes to assemble a team to explore the radical surgery in a project he is due to launch at a meeting for neurological surgeons in Maryland this June. He has claimed for years that medical science has advanced to the point that a full body transplant is plausible, but the...
  • Human head transplant just two years away, surgeon claims

    02/26/2015 4:22:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 64 replies
    cnet ^ | February 25, 2015 7:48 PM PST | Michelle Starr
    Surgeon Sergio Canavero will be embarking on a project to implement the world's first human head transplant. It's a fascinating concept. You have an otherwise perfectly healthy head on a body that no longer functions. You have, also, an otherwise perfectly healthy donor body. What if you could take the head from its non-functioning body and transplant it onto the healthy body?
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    ‚ÄúPotentially unethical.‚ÄĚ That‚Äôs how one expert described an Italian scientist‚Äôs plan to perform a ‚Äúhead transplant‚ÄĚ by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‚Äėrecipient‚Äô head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is ‚ÄúPOTENTIALLY unethical?‚ÄĚ Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only ‚Äúpotentially‚ÄĚ unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it‚Äôs possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person‚Äôs head onto another person‚Äôs spine. The...
  • Heart Transplant Breakthrough

    An amazing video of a way to keep transplant hearts alive for much longer. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=644095252280513
  • I gave my husband a kidney, then he dumped me...

    01/26/2014 8:19:52 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 1-26-14 | Emily Davies
    A wife who saved her dying husbandís life by giving him one of her kidneys wants it back after he walked out on her. Andy Lamb was suffering from renal failure and was only being kept alive by dialysis sessions, until his wife Samantha persuaded him to take one of her kidneys. Mrs Lamb, 41, lost more than 3st in weight to make sure that she would be healthy enough for the transplant operation in October 2009. The couple were even filmed for a BBC show which documented the story of her gift of love. But they did not live...
  • UMN surgeons perform region's first 'breathing lung' transplant

    11/21/2013 4:54:16 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-20-13 | Chris Snowbeck
    In most lung transplants, organs from a cadaver donor are placed on ice and thawed at the site of the transplantation surgery. But with the new technology, doctors use a device that pumps blood and oxygen through the lungs during transportation to simulate conditions of the human body. "It seemed in this case that it did" make a difference, Loor said. "The oxygen levels that we got back from our recipient when we were done with the procedure were the best that I'd ever seen." The device -- called the TransMedics Organ Care System -- is being studied as part...
  • Need a new liver? Just print one: 3D printer makes working human liver

    11/09/2013 7:21:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Metro ^ | November 9, 2013
    A group of US scientists have created the worldís smallest human liver which can survive for forty days and works like the real thing Ė using a 3D printer. The mini-livers, made by California-based medical research company Organvo, are just half a millimetre deep and four millimetres wide but can perform most of the functions that a real liver can. The printer builds up 20 layers of hepatocytes cells, which carry out liver functions, along with two major types of liver cell. It also adds cells from the lining of a blood vessel. This allows the liver cells to receive...
  • Compelling Gif Of A Donor Heart Sustained By Machine Prior To Being Transplanted

    10/08/2013 8:05:21 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Imgur ^ | October 8, 2013 | Staff
    This is a clip of a donor heart being sustained in preparation to being transplanted. It's rather an amazing sight that makes you appreciate the very existence, the consciousness in which you are currently viewing this. Looking at this particular heart, it seems a bit large from what I've otherwise seen.
  • Dying teen put at top of list for new heart after initial denial

    08/15/2013 9:28:55 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 30 replies
    WSBRADIO ^ | 8/13/13 | Tom Jones
    ATLANTA ó A dying teen initially told he wouldn't get a new heart has learned he's not only on the transplant list, but he's at the top of it. Anthony Stokes' mother, Melencia Hamilton, told Channel 2's Tom Jones she is relieved and her heartache is gone now that her son is getting a new heart. "They just had a change of heart,' Hamilton said. That change of heart has given Hamilton's 15-year-old son, Anthony, a chance at a new heart. Stokes has been moved to 1-A status for a new heart. That means "his heart is critical where he'll...
  • Hunger strikers seek transplants for undocumented immigrants

    08/05/2013 1:59:57 PM PDT · by Thebaddog · 38 replies
    Demanding access to organ transplant procedures for undocumented immigrants, a group of hunger strikers set up camp outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Sunday. They said they would stay until hospital CEO Dean Harrison agreed to a meeting, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The group of about 40 picketers included 14 people who were in the sixth day of a hunger strike. ďWeíre asking for help,Ē said Blanca Gomez, 23, who needs a kidney transplant. ďI go to dialysis three times a week. Iím not going off the hunger strike until I get on the transplant list.Ē Gomez said she had lost...
  • Possibility Of First Head Transplant Fraught With Ethical And Medical Dilemmas

    08/01/2013 7:56:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.medicalnewstoday.com ^ | 05 July 2013 | Written by Honor Whiteman
    A leading neurosurgeon has revealed a project to carry out the first human head transplantation with spinal linkage within the next two years. The project is code-named HEAVEN/GEMINI. Published in the June issue of Surgical Neurology International, the project has been outlined by Italian neuroscientist and functional neurosurgeon, Dr. Sergio Canavero. He says the procedure would take 100 surgeons 36 hours to complete, and would cost around £8.5 million ($12.6 million). In 1970, US neurosurgeon Robert Joseph White performed an operation to transplant a monkey's head onto another monkey's body. However, the inability to repair the severed spinal cord due...
  • What is the latest on Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old lung transplant recipient?

    07/29/2013 1:57:33 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 12 replies
    self | 7/29/2013 | self
    Cannot find any recent news on Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Philadelphia girl who fought a legal battle to be included on the adult lung transplant list. Does anyone know how she is doing?
  • Could an Italian Scientist Pave the Way for Human Head Transplants?

    07/02/2013 11:40:26 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 33 replies
    USNews ^ | 2 Jul 2013 | ALLIE BIDWELL
    In what sounds like a science-fiction novel come to life, one scientist says he is close to being able to affix one person's head to another human body. Italian scientist Sergio Canavero believes he has come up with an outline to successfully complete the first human head transplant in history, which could lead to solutions for those suffering from muscular dystrophy or tetraplegics with widespread organ failure. Head transplants have been attempted since the 1950s, when Russian scientist Vladimir Demikhov experimented with dogs. Twenty years later, American neurosurgeon Robert White conducted a successful head transplant by moving the head of...
  • Will girl's transplant hurt the system?

    06/13/2013 5:23:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/13/2013 | Brett Norman
    The campaign to move a dying 10-year-old onto the waiting list for adult lungs has succeeded: Wednesday afternoon Sarah Murnaghan underwent transplant surgery in Philadelphia and she has a good chance at a longer life. What may never be known is who may have suffered in her stead. When one person moves up an organ transplant waiting list, another person may move down If all goes well, the young cystic fibrosis patient will get a fresh start on childhood, able to spend time with friends, play sports and do other normal kid things, Samuel Goldfarb, her doctor at Childrenís Hospital...
  • Girl dying of cystic fibrosis receives lung transplant

    06/12/2013 11:45:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/12/2013
    <p>Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl dying of cystic fibrosis, is receiving her long-awaited lung transplant.</p> <p>According to a Facebook post from Sarahís mother, Janet, the family received word this morning of new lungs that had been made available, and Sarah is currently in surgery. The operation could take anywhere from six to 12 hours.</p>
  • Dying Girl to Receive Lung Transplant After Sebelius Denied It

    06/12/2013 9:50:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 100 replies
    A dying girl who needs a lung transplant and only has weeks to live has will receive the long-awaited lung transplant she so desperately needs. Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl dying of cystic fibrosis, received national attention after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refused to help.
  • Girl dying of cystic fibrosis to receive lung transplant (Update at 74, Successful)

    06/12/2013 8:47:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 95 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2013
    Sarah Murgnahan, the 10-year-old girl dying of cystic fibrosis, is getting a brand new pair of lungs.
  • Unnecessary Tragedy

    06/12/2013 4:24:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Last week, a federal judge ordered Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. That gives her a better chance of receiving a potentially lifesaving transplant. Sarah Murnaghan's fate should force us to examine our organ transplant policy. There are more than 88,000 Americans on the organ transplant waiting list. Roughly 10 percent of them will die before receiving an organ. These lost lives are not so much an act of God as they are an act of Congress because of...
  • Sebelius: Health Care Waivers Are For Union Pals, Not a Dying Child

    06/06/2013 4:12:33 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 47 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/06/2013 | IBD Staff
    Health Care: Kathleen Sebelius' claim she can't waive a rule to save a 10-year-old's life is rich, given she was last seen doling out ObamaCare waivers like candy to union groups. Welcome to the world of politicized health care. This week, lawmakers pressed Sebelius, who heads the Health and Human Services Department, to step in to help a Pennsylvania girl suffering cystic fibrosis in urgent need of a lung transplant. Because she's only 10, Sarah Murnaghan can't access lungs from adult donors, only those from children, of which there are none currently available. [snip] Whether Sebelius should have intervened in...
  • Policy Makes Lung Transplant Out of Reach for 10-Year-Old

    05/29/2013 2:51:51 PM PDT · by Wanderer99 · 24 replies
    ABC news ^ | May 29, 2013 | Sydney Lupkin
    If Sarah Murnaghan were 12 years old, she would be at the top of the adult lung transplant list because she only has weeks to live and a lung transplant would as-good-as cure her of cystic fibrosis. But she's not 12, and if she doesn't get new lungs, she might not even make it to 11. "We are not asking for preference for Sarah, we are asking for equality," Sarah's mother, Janet Murnaghan, said in a press release. "We strongly believe Sarah should be triaged based on the severity of her illness, not her age." Organ Donation: Should Younger Patients...
  • Study: Feces Transplant More Effective For Diarrhea Than Antibiotics

    01/17/2013 12:52:05 PM PST · by knife6375 · 47 replies
    CBS CONNECTICUT ^ | January 17, 2013 12:24 PM | CBS CONNECTICUT
    A procedure that inserts fecal matter from a healthy person into the intestines of someone with diarrhea has been found to be a better treatment than antibiotics.
  • Undocumented immigrants fight for lifesaving liver transplants

    06/11/2012 8:46:29 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2012 | Jeff Danna
    Brothers Elfego and Lorenzo Arroyo each suffers from a deadly liver disease. But despite the urgency of their situation, the Chicago residents have struggled to receive organ transplants. The Arroyo brothers are undocumented immigrants and lack insurance, friends and relatives say. Like others in their situation, they have been denied care that could increase their chances of survival due to their residency status. "We know there are thousands of Latinos and (non-)Latinos with no documents who are facing the same situation," Rev. Jose Landaverde said Monday during a news conference at Our Lady of Guadalupe Angelican Catholic Mission in Chicago's...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Transplanting Tomatoes) Vol. 10, March 9, 2012

    03/09/2012 10:51:08 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 244 replies
    Friday, March 9, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Good afternoon gardeners! After a high of 81 degrees yesterday, we are at 50 degrees today after experiencing high winds and 3 inches of rain last night. Radar would indicate that there is more rain to come, as I see it in Texas right now. I hope that all of our Texas gardeners are catching up on much needed rain! PTL!We have so many new gardeners in our group, in addition to folks with the desire to begin gardening, that I thought a primer on transplanting might be useful. Please feel free to add to the discussion with...
  • Woman gets world's first 3D printed jaw transplant (Titanium jaw)

    02/06/2012 10:54:14 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    CBS ^ | 2/6/12 | Monica DyBuncio
    (CBS) Doctors and engineers have joined forces to bring the world its first lower jaw transplant, using a prosthetic jaw made by a 3D printer. An 83-year-old Belgian woman underwent the operation last June, after suffering from an infection that rapidly ate away her jaw. In order to keep breathing, chewing, talking and feeling in her jaw, the patient had no option other than the complete removal of her mandible (lower jaw). Scientists at the University of Hasselt BIOMED Research Institute in Belgium developed a custom made implant using 3D printing of titanium powder. The design, processing and production of...
  • Patient with heart dropped by Mexican medics leaves hospital

    01/25/2012 12:10:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies · 1+ views
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 25 Jan 2012 | Haroon Saddique
    Two Mexican medics ridiculed for dropping a human heart while it was being transported to a hospital for a transplant can breathe a little more easily after the recipient, Erika Hernandez, was discharged from hospital. The men were widely lampooned after they spilled the contents of a cooler box containing the organ while rushing to the La Raza hospital in Mexico City two weeks ago. But the operation went ahead as planned and proved successful. "I cannot believe that I'm still here and well," Hernandez said. "It is thanks to the person who donated the heart I can be here."...
  • Heart transport mishap leaves Mexico ridiculing red-faced medics

    01/12/2012 1:12:37 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | 1/12/12 | Haroon Siddique
    Paramedics drop organ in front of photographers after it was rushed to hospital by police helicopter for transplantIt was a heart-stopping moment Ė or nearly so: rushing from a helicopter, two Mexican medics dropped a human heart being ferried to hospital for a transplant. And to compound their embarrassment, press photographers were there to capture the mishap. Thankfully, the transplant was carried out successfully, although that has not stopped the medics being widely ridiculed online. The heart was being transported by a police helicopter to a hospital in Mexico City on Wednesday, in what police described as "a rapid,...
  • 'Stimulated' stem cells stop donor organ rejection

    10/18/2011 3:03:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    MedicalXpress ^ | 10/18/11
    (Medical Xpress) -- Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to stimulate a ratís stem cells after a liver transplant as a means of preventing rejection of the new organ without the need for lifelong immunosuppressant drugs. The need for anti-rejection medicines, which carry serious side effects, is a major obstacle to successful long-term transplant survival in people. With a combination of a very low, short-term dose of an immunosuppressive drug to prevent immediate rejection and four doses of a medication that frees the recipientís stem cells from the bone marrow to seek out and populate the donor organ, the...
  • First Fully Lab-Grown Organ Successfully Transplanted

    07/08/2011 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 7/8/2011 | Atlantic Wire
    A man who developed cancer in his windpipe has gotten a new trachea, grown entirely from his own stem cells over two days in a laboratory in Sweden. The operation is remarkable because it's the first time a completely synthetically grown organ has been transplanted into a patient, The Guardian reported. "The synthetic trachea was created by growing the patient's own stem cells on an artificial 'scaffold', which British scientists helped design.
  • Surgery silences Venezuela's Chavez, controversy grows

    06/22/2011 6:04:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 31 replies
    Yahoo.com/Reuters ^ | 6/22/11 | Andrew Cawthorne/Reuters
    CARACAS (Reuters) Ė The most verbose president on the planet is strangely silent. Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, an avid tweeter whose speeches routinely go on for hours, has barely communicated in public since a June 10 operation in Cuba that has become increasingly shrouded in mystery and speculation as the days have gone by. Usually on TV several times a day, Chavez has also been invisible except for a photo session with Cuba's President Raul Castro and its revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, where Chavez was smiling and upright but notably frailer.
  • Mother to Give Daughter Uterus in Transplant to Give Birth

    06/14/2011 9:08:22 AM PDT · by julieee · 8 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | June 14, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Mother to Give Daughter Uterus in Transplant to Give Birth Stockholm, Sweden -- A mother has decided to give her daughter her uterus in what may become the first-ever transplant, according to a medical team in Sweden that recently made the announcement. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/06/14/mother-to-give-daughter-uterus-in-transplant-to-give-birth/
  • First Full Face Transplant in US: Gratitude, Transformation, Future [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

    05/10/2011 3:27:23 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 5-7-11 | IBD staff
    Dallas Wiens, 26, of Texas, who had previously come to terms with a vastly deformative injury which virtually erased his face, expressed gratitude to the family of his new face's donor and doctors remarked on his transformation as he made his first public appearance after becoming the first recipient of a full facial transplant in the United States. Most of Wiens' face was burned off during an electrical accident in 2008 in Fort Worth. He was working on a cherry picker, finishing a painting job at Ridglea Baptist Church, when the machine hit a power line. He awoke from a...
  • Inmate gets organ transplant evaluation (child rapist, and you're picking up the tab)

    04/23/2011 9:18:18 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 34 replies
    Auburn (NY) Citizen ^ | 4/23/11 | Nate Robson
    A former Cayuga County resident serving an 18-to-40-year state prison sentence for rape and sodomy is on a heart donor list and is undergoing a heart transplant evaluation at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Coxsackie Correctional Facility inmate Kenneth L. Pike was flown from Albany to Rochester Monday, and hospital officials confirmed that a Kenneth Pike is at the hospital and is listed in guarded condition. Pike is being evaluated for a heart transplant, is on the donor list and will most likely die without the procedure. the average first-year cost of a heart transplant comes in at $787,700. In...
  • Transplant patient got AIDS from new kidney (Gay kidney doner - Outrage!)

    03/20/2011 8:42:35 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 101 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3-20-11 | AP via Yahoo! News
    A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s. It turns out the donor had unprotected gay sex in the 11 weeks between the time he tested negative and the time the surgery took place in 2009. In a report Thursday on the New York City case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that organ donors have repeat HIV tests a week before surgery. "The most sensitive test needs to be done as close as possible...
  • Under kidney transplant proposal, younger patients would get the best organs

    02/25/2011 2:26:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 97 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 24, 2011 | Rob Stein
    The nation's organ-transplant network is considering giving younger, healthier people preference over older, sicker patients for the best kidneys. Instead of giving priority primarily to patients who have been on the waiting list longest, the new rules would match recipients and organs to a greater extent based on factors such as age and health to try to maximize the number of years provided by each kidney - the most sought-after organ for transplants. "We're trying to best utilize the gift of the donated organ," said Kenneth Andreoni, an associate professor of surgery at Ohio State University who chairs the committee...
  • Vice President Dick Cheney: In Need of Heart Transplant?

    01/04/2011 8:38:52 PM PST · by STARWISE · 88 replies
    ABC News ^ | 1-4-11 | Karen Travers
    Cheney Back in Public, Thinner, With Heart Pump *snip* The LVAD is implanted next to the heart to help its main pumping chamber, the left ventricle, pump blood through the body. Such devices are used mainly for short periods, to buy potential transplant candidates time as they await a donor organ. Cardiologists said that in Cheney's case, the pump is likely a "bridge" that will keep him alive until he can receive a heart transplant. Many cardiac experts said at the time of his surgery that Cheney may be only one step away from a transplant but could find himself...
  • Brother's transplant gift carries unbearable cost (The brother died)

    11/14/2010 1:58:41 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 12 replies
    MSN,com ^ | November 14, 2010 | Pauline Arrillaga/AP
    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. ó He knows all about the stages of grief. Denial and isolation top the list. But how can he possibly deny all that's happened? In the mirror, he sees the 14-inch scar across his abdomen. Beneath the scar, lodged below his heart, is a piece of Ryan, his brother. Journal entry, Aug. 22: "I missed you today Ryan. It hurt so much I felt like my heart had blisters on it. God, why do we need death to reawaken what we should already know?" The grief comes in waves, sometimes gently washing over him, sometimes crashing down...
  • Livers grown in the laboratory could eventually solve organ transplant shortage

    10/31/2010 11:19:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 10/31/10 | Richard Alleyne
    The researchers created "working livers" the size of a walnut which functioned normally in laboratory conditions. They believe that in around five years they will be able to upscale the process and transfer the procedure from laboratory to hospital. The development could eventually solve the transplant shortage and also remove the need for powerful drugs to prevent the body rejecting the organ. "We are excited about the possibilities this research represents, but must stress that we're at an early stage and many technical hurdles must be overcome before it could benefit patients," said the project director, Associate Professor Shay Soker
  • Hand Transplant Program Initiated at Mayo Clinic

    09/24/2010 8:44:19 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    Source: Business Wire ^ | 9-24-10 | Business Wire
    Sep. 24, 2010 (Business Wire) -- Mayo Clinic has initiated the first clinical Hand Transplant Program in the United States and is now enrolling patients. This program offers hand transplantation as a clinically available option for patients with bilateral hand injuries or amputations. This allows patients to embark on this option of reconstructive surgery without being required to enroll in experimental trials.