January 30, 2002
Re "Prisoner Received Heart Transplant," Jan. 26: Perhaps a word to the wise is in order before the inevitable political backlash occurs in Sacramento. First, to the conservatives: Laws to prohibit organ transplants for prisoners will be found unconstitutional, so don't waste the taxpayers' money in an effort to gain a nonexistent political advantage. To the left: The status quo is not acceptable. Law-abiding, free people should have priority for organs before those persons who, by their very actions, have demonstrated their desire to weaken the fabric of society.
August 23, 2008 |
Face transplants can work and are not medical oddities, researchers said Thursday, citing the case of a Chinese man who underwent the procedure after a bear tore off part of his face and the case of a French Caribbean man disfigured by a rare tumor. The findings give hope to some people with severe facial disfigurement and suggest that such transplants could prove long-lasting without major problems, two separate research teams reported in the Lancet medical journal. Despite recurrent episodes of tissue rejection in the first year after their transplants, the men had no psychological problems accepting their new faces and have been able to rejoin society, they reported.
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October 23, 2009 |
At 8:25 Thursday morning, Dr. Peter Schulam extracted a healthy kidney from a 60-year-old woman, slipped it into a bowl of sterile ice and wheeled it into the operating room next door. The donor, Nancy Seruto, a San Dimas mother, had never met the recipient, a 67-year-old retired flight attendant from Santa Ana. Less than two hours later, Seruto's husband was on the same operating table at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Another stranger, a 53-year-old Chatsworth mother of two, was giving him a kidney.
November 12, 1999 |
Controversial new rules changing the way scarce human organs are allocated for transplants will take effect by January under an agreement reached by the Clinton administration and members of Congress who originally hoped to delay the changes. The rules will require that organs go to the sickest patients first, no matter where they live. The current system is based largely on geography and is supported by the United Network for Organ Sharing, which runs the transplant system.
June 10, 1998 |
Dr. Jack Kevorkian lashed back at the medical community for criticizing his plan to donate kidneys from a quadriplegic who committed suicide with his help. The retired pathologist said in Southfield that he wanted to focus attention on an organ shortage. But experts in the organ donation community say he's doing more to hurt their cause than help.
November 1, 2004 |
The Cleveland Clinic said it is the first institution to receive review board approval of human facial transplants for people disfigured by burns or disease. Several independent medical teams around the world also are pursuing the procedure. The Cleveland Clinic said its approval on Oct. 15 followed 10 months of debate. It has no current patients or donors for the procedure. "We are at this point ready to begin screening patients," said Dr.
December 20, 2003 |
Former NBA All-Star center Alonzo Mourning underwent kidney transplant surgery Friday and was in good condition. The surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia hospital came less than a month after Mourning retired because of a kidney disease. The kidney donor, a family member, also was in good condition.
October 17, 2003 |
Scottish musician Jack Bruce, former bass player and vocalist with the short-lived 1960s "supergroup" Cream, is recovering from a near-fatal liver transplant, his label reports. Bruce, 60, underwent the transplant in an English hospital Sept. 19 after being diagnosed with liver cancer during the summer, Sanctuary Records said in a statement. He almost died after his body rejected the new liver, his kidneys failed and an infection set in.
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June 11, 1997 |
Leukemia patient Arturo Cervantes traveled to this country from Mexico in search of a bone marrow transplant, and tests indicate that he matches with the unusually high number of 79 potential donors. But Cervantes, a former professional soccer player, has also learned that he does not have enough money for the $375,000 operation. He said his government-issued medical insurance does not cover U.S. medical procedures.
September 3, 1995 |
Scientists have identified a protein fragment that makes female mice reject tissue transplanted from males, a possible step toward improving human transplants. The fragment appears on male tissue. It is the first to be identified out of perhaps a half-dozen such male markers in mice and people, said researcher Elizabeth Simpson at the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Center in London.