UK HealthCare Liver Transplant Center Appointment January 10, 2017

Douglas Woods – The Detroit Ironworker

I have a appointment at the UK HealthCare Transplant Center January 10, 2017.

  1. Labs & Vital Signs
  2. Hepatology Visit
  3. CT of the Chest
  4. MRI of the Abdomen

I am fundraising for a liver transplant.

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Liver Transplant Fundraising – Stuffed Teddy Bear

I am fundraising for Pre-Liver Transplant medication – I have a Teddy Bear for $5.00 + shipping cost.  5229051 [at] gmail [dot] com

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Heroin addicts more likely to be organ donors.

Heroin addicts more likely to be organ donors – and lots of people want their organs.

By David Wenner | dwenner@pennlive.com

Not surprisingly, heroin addicts are more likely to die sooner rather than later.

But it might come as a surprise that they’re also more likely to be registered organ donors. And when they die of overdoses but aren’t registered, their families are highly likely to donate their organs, probably out of desire for some good to come from the death.

It’s responsible for a tiny bright spot in the national heroin and painkiller addiction epidemic: The surge in overdoses is putting a dent in the perpetual organ shortage that causes about 8,000 people per year to die while awaiting transplants.

In the United States, 848 people who died of drug overdoses became organ donors in 2015, compared with 473 in 2011. In the service area of the Gift of Life Donor Program, which covers the eastern half of Pennsylvania, 81 drug overdose victims became organ donors in 2015. Prior to the surge in heroin overdoses that began in 2011, an average of about 20 people per year ended up donating organs after dying of overdoses, said Richard Hasz, the vice president for clinical services for Gift of Life.

“I am seeing more frequent donation offers from persons that died of overdoses,” said Dr. Zakiyah Kadry, the chief of transplantation at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

The surge is attributed to the national crisis involving opioid drugs, which include prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, and heroin. People commonly become addicted to a painkiller, then switch to heroin, which has become cheaper and easier to get.

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Organ Donations Spike In The Wake Of The Opioid Epidemic

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On the final day of June 2015, Colin LePage rode waves of hope and despair. It started when LePage found his 30-year-old son, Chris, at home after an apparent overdose. Paramedics rushed Chris by helicopter to one of Boston’s flagship medical centers. Doctors revived Chris’ heart, but struggled to stabilize his temperature and blood pressure. At some point, a doctor or nurse mentioned to LePage that his son had agreed to be an organ donor. “There was no urgency or, ‘Hey, you need to do this.’ I could see genuine concern and sadness.” LePage says, his voice quavering. The next morning, after another round of tests showed no signs of brain activity, LePage said goodbye to the son who’d been revived but wasn’t fully alive. “I sat in a chair with him and held his hand,” LePage says. “It wasn’t clinical. It didn’t feel like someone’s gaining something here. I knew that someone was, and that’s comforting that someone else has been able to have a little piece of my son and some of their pain is not what it used to be.” Chris’ liver is now working in the body of a 62-year-old pastor. His case is one among the nearly 900 percent increase so far in donations across New England since 2010. So far this year, more than 1 in 4, or 27 percent, of donations in New England are from people who died after a drug overdose. Nationally, that rate dips to 12 percent for the same time period.

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Liver transplant to be telecast live

A liver transplant procedure using laparoscopic method would be beamed live from a hospital in South Korea during the four-day Silver Jubilee National Conference of Indian Association of Surgical Gastroenterologists, beginning here on October 6.

Claimed to be first of its kind, the transplant in laparoscopic method would benefit nearly 1,500 surgeons from India and Abroad, attending the conference, its organising chairman Dr C Palanivelu told reporters here today.

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