Organ donation

This April 1, 2020 photo provided by Herb Hoeptner shows him and his wife, Diane, at the UCSF hospital in San Francisco the day after surgery to donate one of her kidneys to him. Organ transplants have plummeted as COVID-19 swept through communities. But the team led by Dr. Chris Freise, interim transplant director at the University of California, San Francisco, allowed living kidney transplants for people like Herb Hoeptner, who was on the brink of needing dialysis. "When you have kidneys that have nothing left, you either go on dialysis or you die. That was much more of a concern to me than coronavirus," said Hoeptner. (Courtesy Herb Hoeptner via AP)
May 11, 2020 - 5:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Organ transplants plummeted as COVID-19 swept through communities, with surgeons wary of endangering living donors and unable to retrieve possibly usable organs from the dead -- and hospitals sometimes too full even when they could. Deceased donor transplants -- the most common...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2011 file photo, Columbia University Medical Center Transplant Services surgeons watch a monitor as they perform a liver transplant at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Long-delayed rules that will more broadly share scarce donated livers go into effect Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. The aim is to make the wait for livers, and eventually all organs, less dependent on your ZIP code. (Keelin Daly/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)
February 03, 2020 - 1:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-delayed rules that will more broadly share scarce donated livers go into effect Tuesday, to the dismay of some hospitals in Tennessee, Kansas and other states that fear their patients may lose out. Where you live makes a difference in how sick you have to be to get an organ...
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Physicians work on a heart of a dead person at an organ bank in Rostock, Germany, May 23, 2017. (Bernd Wüstneck/dpa via AP)
January 16, 2020 - 5:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday decided against tackling a shortage of donor organs with a reform that would have made most people potential donors unless they objected. After a debate that cut across party lines, parliament voted 379-292 against the proposal. At present, doctors in...
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December 17, 2019 - 8:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government proposed new rules Tuesday to increase organ transplants — steps to make it easier for the living to donate and to make sure that organs from the deceased don't go to waste. The proposals come after President Donald Trump in July ordered a revamping of the...
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In this Sept. 6, 2019, photo, Donna Cryer holds up family photos that include her father Roland Henry, as she poses for a photo in Washington. When her father died, she tried to donate his organs, yet the local organ collection agency said no, without talking to the family or providing a reason. "It was devastating to be told there was nothing they considered worthy of donation. Nada. Not a kidney, not a liver, not tissue,” recalled Donna Cryer, president of the nonprofit Global Liver Institute and herself a recipient of a liver transplant. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
October 20, 2019 - 1:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — If Roland Henry had died in a different part of the country, his organs might have been recovered. And lives could have been saved. But the local organ collection agency said no. It gave no reason, no explanation to his family, though the Connecticut man appeared to be a well-...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2016, file photo, surgeons work on a kidney during a kidney transplant surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation’s care for kidney disease to give more people with failing kidneys a chance at early transplants and home dialysis. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, file)
July 10, 2019 - 8:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is directing the government to revamp the nation's care for kidney disease, so that more people whose kidneys fail have a chance at early transplants and home dialysis — along with better prevention so patients don't get that sick to begin with. Senior...
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This June 18, 2019 photo provided by the Cleveland Clinic shows the newborn girl born from a woman who received the hospital's first uterus transplant. Uterine transplants have enabled more than a dozen women to give birth. (Stephen Travarca/Cleveland Clinic via AP)
July 09, 2019 - 11:47 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Clinic says it has delivered the first baby in North America after a womb transplant from a dead donor. Uterine transplants have enabled more than a dozen women to give birth, usually with wombs donated from a living donor such as a friend or relative. In December,...
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This Aug. 17, 2017 photo provided by Wendy Gomez, fourth from left, in April 2019 shows her wife, Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa, third from left, with their children and stepchildren on their wedding day in New York. Cruz-Ulloa spent the last months of her life in a New York City ICU, waiting for a donated liver that never came. Doctors had urged the 38-year-old mother to move _ other states have more organs to go around. But she couldn't afford to. (Latisha Ozuna/Wendy Gomez via AP)
May 14, 2019 - 11:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — New rules aim to change how donated livers are distributed so that fewer people die waiting for a transplant, but they come amid a fierce fight over fairness. Where you live makes a difference in how sick you must be to get a transplant. Beginning Tuesday, the transplant system...
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In this undated photo provided by Westfield Public Schools in Westfield, N.J., Dr. Derrick Nelson, the principal of Westfield High School in Westfield, N.J. is shown. Family members tell NJ.com that Nelson died Sunday, April 6, 2019, after slipping into a coma in February while donating bone marrow to a 14-year-old boy in France. Nelson was 44 years old. (Westfield Public Schools via AP)
April 10, 2019 - 4:04 pm
WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school principal who had agreed to donate bone marrow to a 14-year-old stranger in France has died, weeks after he lapsed into a coma during the procedure, his family said. Westfield High School Principal Derrick Nelson, 44, told the school's newspaper that...
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