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Organ Donation

Family Hears Their Late Daughter's Heart Beat Inside Organ Recipient

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 07.29.2016 | Good News

A Florida teen’s memory lives on through a strong heartbeat. The family of 14-year-old Katelyn Zimmerman, who was killed by a drunk driver in March...

Where's The Safety Net? Living Organ Donors Are People, Too

Sigrid Fry-Revere | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Sigrid Fry-Revere

What ever happened to being honest and fair? Yes, people are dying who need organs, but living organ donors are people, too. Recent movements to encourage living organ donation are misdirected. What living organ donors need is a safety net.

It Takes a Village

Kenneth Moritsugu | Posted 06.16.2016 | Impact
Kenneth Moritsugu

Our family lost two beautiful lives, and we ended up saving eight others through the miracle of transplantation. For any donation to happen, there needs to be perfect coordination across healthcare professionals, from donor hospital nurses to administrators to organ recovery coordinators to transplant centers. Unfortunately, there are as many times when that doesn't work as when it does.

Living Donors and the True Power of Facebook Virality

Talia Baker | Posted 06.09.2016 | Impact
Talia Baker

When Rochelle, a patient at Northwestern University's Comprehensive Transplant Center, first learned that no one in her immediate family was a suitabl...

Buying Kidneys? Let's Treat Donors with Respect

Joshua Morrison | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Joshua Morrison

Treating organ donation like a market exchange raises troubling questions. This is why pilots need to be carefully designed. But given the death toll, it would be almost criminal not to test every possible ethical solution.

Gridlock: The Inability to do Research in Deceased Donors to Improve Transplant Organ Quality and Quantity

Dr. Sandy Feng | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Dr. Sandy Feng

It is up to the transplant community to affirm, loud and clear, that the lack of organs for transplant is a desperate and unmet need, and that innovative research is necessary to bridge the gap.

Organ Donation Registration, Meet the 21st Century

Simon Keith | Posted 06.08.2016 | Impact
Simon Keith

The organ donation and transplantation system in the United States is working... sometimes. For those that receive the gift of life (including yours t...

People Die Waiting For Organs. Here's How To Stop That From Happening

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 05.24.2016 | Science

More than 121,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant. Some will sit in limbo for as many as five years before receiving an organ. ...

Fighting The Fight (For Chris)

Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D.

When I was at the TED Conference this year in Vancouver, I had a lot of big picture conversations about how best to solve the kidney donor shortage. P...

'Heartbeat': The Real Truth About Heart Transplantation

Lisa Yue | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Yue

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network site, there are more than 120,000 people in the U.S. waiting to receive an organ, and 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.

Before-And-After Photos Of Kids Show Why Organ Donation Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.18.2016 | Parents

April is National Donate Life Month, a time to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. That's why Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CH...

I Miss My Wife, But I Am Comforted Knowing Her Organs Saved 4 Lives

Mark Liebenow | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Liebenow

Knowing that part of Evelyn is still alive and walking around in four women brings me a great deal of comfort, as does the thought that I might meet them one day.

The Search For A ‘Perfect’ Organ Cost My Wife Her Life

Brian L. Clark | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Brian L. Clark

Waiting for someone else to die so your spouse can live is an awful position. But that's exactly what we were doing, hoping to take advantage of someone else's misfortune. Looking back, it's clear the transplant system in this country is an abject disaster.

2 Myths About Organ Donation Dispelled

Laura Goldman | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Laura Goldman

On April 1, 2016, the Gift of Life Donor Program and Donors are Heroes are holding a fundraising gala to raise funds for public education programs that emphasize the benefits and dispel many of the myths surrounding organ donations.

Celebrating Kidney Donors on World Kidney Day

Jen Reeder | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Jen Reeder

Donating my left kidney to my husband in 2012 is one of the best things I've ever done in my life. It is incredibly empowering and gratifying to save the life of the man you love and watch him regain his vitality. And being a donor hasn't hindered my life in any way -- it's only enhanced it.

To The Child Who Gets My Little Brother's Heart

Jason Longhurst | Posted 03.14.2016 | Parents
Jason Longhurst

On March 2, 2016, my 11-year-old brother was hit by a truck while crossing the street. We asked about the possibility of donating part of him to help others. Its what he would have wanted. And if you are the lucky child who gets his heart, you should know what you can expect.

Vivek Will Always Stay Young And Live Forever

Gurdeep Pandher | Posted 02.03.2016 | HuffPost Home
Gurdeep Pandher

Some folks think that Vivek Pandher passed away last year - no, he still lives, his essence lives on inside of others. Five people are alive because V...

Transplant: A Gift of Life With the Support of Science

Kelly Fanarioti | Posted 01.27.2016 | Science
Kelly Fanarioti

The story of Zoi Kostarides could surely be the script of a movie, as it is the story of the first woman in Greece who has ever undergone a transplant operation and despite the doctors' objections, she got pregnant and gave birth to a healthy little boy. Her health problem was made known to her by some medical examinations she had when she was thirteen years old.

Little Girl Meets Parents Of The 'Angel' Who Donated Her Organs

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.30.2015 | Parents

After a little girl received an incredible gift through organ donation, she had the opportunity to meet the parents of the donor who saved her life. ...

A Legacy of Life: The Miracle on 34th Street Remembered

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Patrice Bendig

The staples that mark the essence of the holiday season occur like clockwork on an annual basis-and are not dependent on any particular person. Despit...

Vietnam Vet Donates Kidney To Old War Buddy

LittleThings | Jade Walker | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact

Vietnam veteran Bill Warner and John Middaugh formed a bond that will truly last a lifetime. 47 years ago, these two young men first met while trainin...

The Need for Organ Donors Is Urgent and Growing

Ellery Payton | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices
Ellery Payton

I was lucky enough to receive a kidney transplant from a member of my congregation. It was truly a lifesaving gift, one that allowed me to be the father my son needed. On behalf of the 101,000 kidney patients waiting for a kidney transplant, thank you for considering the gift of life.

Tight Audience-Targeting to Raise Kidney Awareness

David Tereshchuk | Posted 11.02.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

I've just produced a report for PBS's Religion and Ethics Newsweekly broadcast, along with correspondent Lucky Severson, that examines SURVIVAL's impressive record, and includes the new, but still nascent, preparations among African-American Baptists for starting their own affinity-based donation program.

IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Saves Lives With Organ Donations

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.25.2015 | Sports

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died on Monday night at the age of 37. He sustained a head injury after he was hit by debris and crashed during a race at...

Why You Should Choose to Say 'Yes' to Organ Donation

Michaela Shelley | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Michaela Shelley

I want to live to a day where no one has to die because the call for a new organ didn't come in time. A transplant can extend a patients life for several months but also possibly several years.