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Organ Donation

Could Government-Mandated Kidney Donation be a Good Thing?

Nathan Robinson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Nathan Robinson

Every year, America's kidney crisis results in a number of deaths equal to more than one-and-a-half 9/11s. It is far past time to end this moral horror, by establishing a universal national kidney lottery.

Organ Donation Is Hard Enough Without Having To Worry About This, Too

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living

By Randi Belisomo (Reuters Health) - When Sigrid Fry-Revere decided to donate a kidney to a friend in 2010, she thought she knew what ...

Second Chances

Nishma Shah | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Nishma Shah

What does a second chance mean to you? For some people it means given another chance at a relationship, to others it's another chance at a promotio...

Blood Donation Ban Is Only The First Barrier To Medical Equality For Gay Men

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living

Some gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood will be able to once the Food and Drug Administration's new recommendations take effect. The revise...

Why I Raced 3,267 Feet Up a Mountain on Saturday Night

Jen Reeder | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

I've done a lot of seemingly crazy things in my life, usually for fun. Two years ago I donated a kidney to my husband out of love. And on Saturday night, I hiked 3,267 vertical feet up Aspen Mountain to support organ donation (well, and because there was lasagna and beer at the top).

The Miracle On 34th Street- 1 Year Later

Patrice Bendig | Posted 02.05.2015 | Good News
Patrice Bendig

The most appropriate thing I can do to commemorate Weston's transplant anniversary is to urge others to be part of a miracle for a family waiting for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.

Joining the Smallest Club in America

Jack Doueck | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Jack Doueck

The day arrived, and I lay on the bare operating table, with my eyes closed and my mind at peace. When I opened them three hours later I knew that someone had just received the gift of life. I smiled as I knew that I had just joined the smallest club in America.

Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science

In what's being hailed as a major medical breakthrough, surgeons in Australia have successfully performed the first-ever "dead heart" transplants--rep...

This 6-Year-Old Used Crayons And Paper To Help Get Her Mom A Life-Saving Kidney

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact

Sometimes, simple creativity and a dose of determination can save a life -- at least, that's what 6-year-old Jocelyn Williams used to find a kidney f...

The Real Miracle on 34th Street

Patrice Bendig | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Patrice Bendig

How did a 31 year-old Tennessee woman, who is mother of seven children -- one critically ill --become best friends with a single, 24 year-old from Philadelphia? Two years later, I'm still trying to sort that out myself.

The Power of Organ Donation That Saved My Son's Life

Heather Thomson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Thomson

Think about that -- if Don was not a donor, 50 people, including my little boy, would likely be living a very different life or would not have been able to sustain one.

Organ Donation: Bringing the Conversation Home

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 06.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard K. Koh

Lately, the news is full of information about high tech developments in organ donation and transplantation. For example, there has been talk about adv...

Woman Vows To Fulfill Bucket List Of Organ Donor Who Saved Her Life

Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact

She got a second chance at life thanks to the heart of another, and now Susan Vieira, 64, has vowed to do everything she can to ensure her donor's dre...

Rocking One Kidney on World Kidney Day

Jen Reeder | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Jen Reeder

It's a special day for me, because I've seen firsthand the ways a kidney transplant can change a person's life -- I was able to donate my left kidney to my husband Bryan in 2012. How many couples get a wedding anniversary and a "transplantiversary?"

The Simple Difference: Close Cultural and Linguistic Gaps to Save Lives of Hispanics

Juan Carlos Caicedo, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Juan Carlos Caicedo, M.D.

Your life should not depend on your ability to understand the doctor's written instructions. Simply not having a Spanish-speaking health care provider answering critical care questions can mean a patient will suffer and likely die. This is a problem getting bigger every day.

Awesome Teacher Donates Kidney To Sick Student

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

A Colorado physical education teacher went far beyond her role as an instructor and became an organ donor for a very sick high school student. Las...

In Her Senseless Death, 'Miracle' Allowed Woman To Give Life

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Sanaz Nezami died tragically at the age of 27 as her family members watched helplessly from thousands of miles away. But loved ones of the deeply fait...

Couple Proves Love Conquers All, Even A Life-Threatening Disease

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 05.15.2014 | Weddings

The odds were against them from the beginning, but one couple in the throes of wedding planning is proving that love really can conquer all. Travis...

Rare 5-Organ Transplant Gives Toddler New Lease On Life

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

At just 3 years old, Adonis Ortiz has already endured more medical problems than most people do in an entire lifetime. But hopefully those will be ...

One Man's Heartbreaking Effort To Find His Wife A Kidney

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.15.2013 | Healthy Living

On a windblown stretch of interstate in central Kansas, four handwritten words make a startling request: "I Need A Kidney." The statement was paint...

Paying People for Kidneys: Is It Ethical?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The shortage of available kidneys for transplantation leaves many people on burdensome dialysis for years, while others die awaiting a functioning kidney. Still, a thriving business takes place underground and in black markets worldwide.

Best Friends and the Lessons Learned

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

As a bereaved parent -- for my own daughter and now for the daughter-of-my-heart -- I know and trust St. Augustine's words to be true. For you see, I have no doubt that Sarah was holding out her hand to meet Ashley on that path, and they are best friends together again.

Organ Donation is an Act of Giving That Truly Does Change -- And Save -- Lives

T.J. Maciak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
T.J. Maciak

It was the end of September of my senior year of high school and I almost died. My kidneys suddenly, without warning, went into end stage renal failure and I was in a coma for four days.

How Much Is Your Life Worth?

Sally Satel, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sally Satel, M.D.

Altruism makes wonderful private policy, but as public policy it is a qualified failure. Our current system, in place since 1984, runs on voluntary donation and, as a result, presides over the needless deaths of about 7,000 people each year.

Recycle Yourself: Q&A With Transplant Surgeon Chris Barry

The Morningside Post | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
The Morningside Post

Throughout the United States, more than 115,000 people are currently waiting for organ transplants, and last year almost 7,000 individuals died waiting. Roughly the same number will die this year too. "That's equivalent to 13 747 jets filled to capacity crashing every year."