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Organ Donation

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."

Lessons From Donating Bone Marrow

David Park | Posted 10.15.2013 | Healthy Living
David Park

In the process of giving bone marrow to my dad, I have discovered that we all have the power to change and possibly save a human life. Perhaps our hearts and minds, like fresh new cells, can open up a new world of possibility -- both for the one who receives the gift, and for the one who gives.

Nudge Yourself and Others to Make Smarter Choices

Kare Anderson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

Steve Jobs sparked hot debate about the rich "getting to jump to the head of the line," so to speak, when he revealed that he was able to get a liver ...

An Educated Consumer Is the Best Customer... Even in a Hospital Setting

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 09.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Organ donation is an important part of our giving back to those who are awaiting a functioning organ when our bodies no longer have need of those organs. It is also a very individual and private decision that one should consider while one is still healthy.

Dissected Alive: The Case of Colleen S. Burns in Historical Perspective

Dr Lindsey Fitzharris | Posted 09.10.2013 | Weird News
Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

Happily, occurrences such as this are few and far between these days. Yet in the past, incidences of premature dissection were not uncommon.

In the Dead Zone

Robert Julian | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Robert Julian

Still clutching my wad of soggy Kleenex, I sit in the overflow ward of the emergency room while Patrick's body is prepared for the coroner. I stare silently at the row of vacant beds until the social worker returns. "Have you given any thought to the possibility of organ or tissue donation?" he inquires.

Sean's Gift: Finding Hope In Unexpected Ways After the Loss of My Son

Marie LaPersonerie | Posted 07.14.2013 | Good News
Marie LaPersonerie

Nothing can prepare you for the loss of a child, which is why I never would have guessed that allowing my son's organs to be donated, and thus, letting him live on through the lives of total strangers, would provide the comfort to get through my toughest days.

Good News About Organ Transplantation and Kidney Disease

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 07.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Researchers created an artificial rat kidney in the laboratory that was then transplanted into another rat and ultimately produced urine -- a huge advance in the field of bioengineering.

Why I Want To Be An Organ Donor

Sethly Davis | Posted 07.01.2013 | Teen
Sethly Davis

My parents have "organ donor" listed on their driver's licenses, so too do my siblings. When I get a license I will check that box too. In the midst of planning for my future career as a doctor, I want to also plan for an unexpected future.

It's Not What Happens To You That Matters, It's How You React

Todd Storch | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Todd Storch

Hope is a very powerful thing, and as a father that has lost a child, sometimes it is the only thing. I began to realize that with my business and marketing background, I could help. Within weeks after Taylor's funeral, I filed the appropriate paperwork to being what is called Taylor's Gift Foundation.

Lisa Belkin

Grieving Mom Makes Beautiful Request In Son's Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents

Kate Leong’s virtual circle is mourning with her today, as she prepares to bury her 5-year-old son. Leong has documented Gavin's life and battle wit...

WATCH: Wisconsin Woman Offers Kidney On Facebook

Posted 04.02.2013 | Black Voices

Natasha Coe's February 3, 2010 Facebook status was not a typical one. "I think I may donate one of my kidneys. If anyone knows someone on the waiting ...

Is It Finally Time To End 23-Year-Old Ban On HIV-Positive Organ Donation?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.25.2013 | Healthy Living

Last week, a Senate committee cleared a piece of legislation that could lead to the end of a ban on HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ donation. Th...

John Celock

Dr. Oz Tells Governors To Promote Healthy Lifestyles, Have Enough Sex

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's governors closed their conference here Monday following a call from Dr. Mehmet Oz for them to have more sex. Oz, speaki...

Families Deserve to Know When Loved Ones' Organs Are Kept

Diane Dimond | Posted 04.22.2013 | Crime
Diane Dimond

It's the last thing a grieving family needs to worry about. But realize, medical examiners can keep the brains, hearts and other organs of the dead without ever informing families.

On National Organ Donor Day, 5 People Who Have Given The Gift Of Life

Posted 02.14.2013 | Impact

February 14 isn't just a day to celebrate your main squeeze -- it's also National Organ Donor Day, raising awareness for a way to spread love to someo...

The Beginning

Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2013 | Impact
Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D.

Our float's central image, two intertwined hearts, will stand above us: a beacon of what is good and hopeful about humanity. We begin again, as we must, standing strong against pain, loss and resignation.

Woman Dies Of Cancer After Receiving Smoker's Lungs In Transplant

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living

A 27-year-old British woman with cystic fibrosis died after receiving a pair of smoker's lungs in an organ transplant. Her family said the woman did n...