August 27, 2013 |
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.
August 18, 2013 |
Ron Rickard has attended 215 consecutive Raiders games since moving to California in 1985, but the super-fan known as "Raider Ron" has had plenty of help to get there. Rickard, who grew up in Kentucky and adopted the Raiders as his team as a 9-year-old, needs a liver transplant because of Hepatitis C. Time is running out on a fatal prognosis that in December gave him only months to live. Without insurance, it's been an uphill battle for the Garden Grove resident, one that Raiders fans have been willing to join.
July 3, 2013 |
Two HIV-positive lymphoma patients who received bone marrow transplants to treat their cancer no longer have detectable virus in their blood cells - even after stopping antiretroviral therapy in recent weeks, researchers reported Wednesday at the International AIDS Society Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While saying it was too early to declare the men cured, Dr. Timothy Henrich and Dr. Daniel Kuritzkes, both of the division of infectious diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, called the results “exciting” and said they would help guide scientists' efforts to fight HIV. But bone marrow transplants are highly unlikely to become a standard therapy for people with HIV, Henrich said in an interview with The Times.
June 28, 2013 |
The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who underwent a double lung transplant received a second set of lungs three days after the first set failed, her family said Friday. In a Facebook update , Sarah Murnaghan's mother said her daughter's condition “spiraled out of control” hours after the family announced on June 12 that the first surgery -- which was done after a federal judge intervened to allow Sarah to receive adult lungs -- had been a success. The complication, called primary graft failure, occurs in 10% to 25% of lung transplants, Janet Murnaghan said in the update.
June 22, 2013 |
The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who received adult organs in a controversial double lung transplant surgery is awake and responsive, a family spokeswoman said. Sarah Murnaghan was awake Friday evening and responding to “yes” or “no” questions by nodding, Tracy Simon said. The girl, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis , was transferred two days earlier from a high-frequency breathing machine called an oscillator to a normal ventilator.
June 17, 2013 |
Transplant surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital are looking for kids who need a hand. The renowned Harvard University-affiliated hospital announced Monday that it was opening a pediatric hand transplant program , the first in the world. Hand transplants in adults have become fairly common since the first one was attempted in Ecuador in 1964. The hand involved in that surgery was rejected after two weeks, in large part because doctors didn't have a good understanding of immunosuppression drugs back then, according to this report in Minnesota Medicine.