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March 14, 1995
I read with interest American Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole's comments concerning the need for blood donors from the Latino community (March 8). I would add that there is also a critical need for organ donation from our Latino community. There are 38,364 people on our national transplant waiting list and, of this number 3,114 are Latinos. Currently Latinos comprise 33.64% of the patients on our local kidney wait list, yet the number of organ donations from the Latino population is disproportionate to the need.
August 27, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The first thing Sarah Murnaghan did when she got home Tuesday morning was ask her sister to fetch their dolls so they could play. For most 11-year-old girls, that might be an everyday event. But for Sarah, who spent months in the hospital and received new lungs only after her family filed a lawsuit, it was extraordinary. Sarah, whose lungs were ravaged by cystic fibrosis, received adult lungs because of the court challenge and, when they failed, another set. Her case sparked a national debate about the way organ donations are allocated.
April 19, 1997 | JASON TERADA
Local residents will spread the word this weekend about the benefits of donating organs to needy patients, launching Organ Donor Awareness Week. Today and Sunday, members of the Westlake Liver Support Group will distribute information about how to become an organ donor from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. outside the North Ranch Pavilions supermarket.
June 7, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A second dying child has been given a chance to get a transplant of adult lungs, the latest step in a debate over a policy that has raised medical and legal questions. Javier Acosta, 11, has been placed on the official list to receive an adult lung transplant, if the appropriate organ becomes available. The move was ordered by a federal judge in Philadelphia who earlier this week issued a similar temporary order to allow Sarah Murnaghan, 10, to be placed on the list for adult lungs even though the current policy calls for children younger than 12 to be listed separately for donations of organs from other children.
Facing an increasingly dire shortage of organs, transplant teams have long assumed that organ donation would rise if doctors would just approach more families and broach the subject at the trying time of a relative's death. New findings suggest it's going to be much more complicated. A large study of potential organ donor cases in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Minneapolis shows that the biggest obstacle to organ procurement is the low rate of consent among families.
November 23, 1994 | From Associated Press
About 1,000 people a year may be going without lifesaving transplants because medical examiners refuse to release organs from the dead, usually for no good reason, a study indicates. Thousands of people die each year awaiting organs, and many more linger on waiting lists, hoping that organs will become available.
January 31, 2004
Wisconsin became the first state to offer people a tax deduction for expenses incurred in donating an organ. People who donate a liver, lung, pancreas, kidney, intestines or bone marrow can deduct as much as $10,000 in expenses for such things as travel and lost wages. The United Network for Organ Sharing said it is the first such law in the nation. More than 83,000 people are awaiting transplants in the U.S.
March 4, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Families who donate a deceased relative's organs should be reimbursed for burial expenses, a group of transplant experts recommends. If a person declares a decision to donate his own organs upon death, the same amount of money should be paid instead to his estate or a beneficiary, the experts said. The proposals, made at a conference last week in New Orleans sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation, are aimed at increasing the supply of donated organs, which falls far short of demand.
Ron and Patti Ranus, grief-stricken, looked at their 11-year-old daughter lying before them in the desert hospital, no hope for bringing her back from a brutal head injury caused by a dune buggy accident. Then, through the tears, they looked at each other. "Honey," Ron Ranus recalls saying, "I know it's too late for Cassie, but maybe we can keep someone else from going through this pain." He asked if she agreed with him that an organ donation would be the right thing to do.
December 22, 1992 | Associated Press
A social ethics organization says 2,000 people a year die awaiting organ transplants and proposes that everyone's organs should be made available at death, by law, unless the person or a relative objects in advance. People should come to see organ donation "as a social duty, as an act on behalf of our fellows and the community . . . that is to be routinely expected" and that would reduce "the wastage of a precious human resource," said the Communitarian Network.
February 20, 2013 | Steve Lopez
David Navarro drove south from the Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club in Lincoln Heights on a recent sun-drenched day, headed to his weekly destination in a dust-gray Ford pickup. As usual, he couldn't simply cruise into the crowded parking lot of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on 41st Street near Alameda. He was stopped by an employee who works miracles in the lot, arranging rigs in jigsaw patterns as drivers wait their turn to make food pickups. The Salvation Army was already there, along with the Good News Central Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
September 4, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Take a look at your driver's license. Does it have the little dot indicating you're willing to donate your organs should the worst happen? Either way, researchers say there are public policy implications in how you decided. If you were asked to sign up to donate, would you make the same decision as if you were asked to sign up to refuse to donate your organs? Turns out that in Europe, some countries have opt-in programs - those in which a person must decide to become a donor.
December 26, 2010 | By Alexander Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Until a week ago, Veronica Long was wondering how she was going to explain to her four children that Santa might not make it this year. Her husband, Jonathan, used to make a good living as a music engineer and producer. But when the economy tanked two years ago, work dried up and he was forced to pawn his equipment. For a while, the family rented a room from a friend in Corona. But when the friend was evicted earlier this year, they suddenly were homeless. They are now staying in a room at the Union Rescue Mission on downtown Los Angeles' skid row. Last week, the shelter converted its chapel into a Christmas store where parents could pick out free toys and books for their kids.
October 3, 2009
Re "The loss that gives," Opinion, Sept. 28 Fifteen years ago, we were living in Naples, Italy, where my husband was teaching at a university. We were shocked and saddened at that time to hear of the shooting death of a 7-year-old American boy, Nicholas Green, who was vacationing with his family near our area. His smiling picture was in all the Italian newspapers, and his parents' decision to donate his organs to needy Italians was the talk of the country. I have always hoped that his parents knew that a massive banner covering the width of a Naples-Rome autostrada bridge read, in huge black letters, NICHOLAS VIVE!
August 27, 2009 | Barbara Demick
China's Health Ministry said it is starting its first nationwide organ donation system in an attempt to get away from the practice of harvesting organs from executed prisoners. The program, which will be operated jointly with the Red Cross Society of China, calls for a database in which living donors can stipulate that their organs be donated after death, according to a report in today's China Daily. In a rare admission about a practice that has until recently been shrouded in secrecy, the Chinese government-run newspaper said 65% of organ donors were executed prisoners.
July 15, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
Eight years ago, Los Angeles resident Patricia Abdullah decided to donate a kidney to an acquaintance. She calls it one of the proudest moments of her life. Last year, Abdullah, 61, lost her job with a publishing company. With it, she lost her employer-based health insurance. Now she wonders what will happen if she can't find another job with group coverage.
December 8, 1985 | STEVE GEISSINGER, Associated Press
People lay in pain with failing organs while doctors across town often skip asking families for donation of body parts from dead patients. That is the situation legislators say prompted a new state law they hope will help save the lives of thousands needing organ transplants. The law is designed to increase the number of scarce organs available for transplants by requiring hospitals to routinely ask relatives of dead patients to allow organ removal, if the deceased are suitable donors.
January 12, 2009 | Marc Siegel
"Seven Pounds" Columbia Pictures, released Dec. 19 -- The premise Tim Thomas (Will Smith) was the careless driver in a fatal car accident that led to the death of his fiancee and six others. Now extremely depressed and masquerading as his brother Ben, he plans to end his life and donate his organs (7 pounds' worth) and his home to seven worthy recipients. He gives his bone marrow, a kidney, a lobe of his liver and a lobe of his lung while still alive.
May 30, 2008 | John M. Glionna and Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writers
UCLA Medical Center and its most accomplished liver surgeon provided a life-saving transplant to one of Japan's most powerful gang bosses, law enforcement sources told The Times. In addition, the surgeon performed liver transplants at UCLA on three other men who are now barred from entering the United States because of their criminal records or suspected affiliation with Japanese organized crime groups, said a knowledgeable law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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