Category: Organ donation

New lungs, new life

New lungs, new life

In November 2015, Steve Nix, then 46, started feeling tired all the time and had difficulty catching his breath, but he considered these things minor problems and didn’t think much about them. Then his symptoms got much worse and couldn’t be ignored.
Nix says he reached a point when he couldn’t complete even the easiest

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Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Charles “Chuck” Scholz, 62, of Quincy, Illinois, has always been an active member of his community and served as the town’s mayor for three terms, from 1993 to 2005. After receiving a liver transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2015, his community involvement has focused on a specific cause: spreading the word about the lifesaving

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Status Update: I’m an organ donor

Status Update: I’m an organ donor

Here’s some news that makes us want to hit the “Like” button…
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg this morning announced a partnership between Facebook and Donate Life America. The partnership is designed to raise awareness about the need for donors and to encourage people to sign up for their state’s organ donor registry.
Just imagine if every Facebook user

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The transplant matchmaker: Barnes-Jewish HLA lab

The transplant matchmaker: Barnes-Jewish HLA lab

More than 400 people work in the laboratories at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Most patients never see them, but their work is vital – helping doctors make diagnoses, pointing the way to an effective treatment, and even giving some patients a second chance at life. During Laboratory Professionals Week, we salute the people who work in the labs,

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How to start saving lives today – MidAmerica Transplant Services tells you how

How to start saving lives today – MidAmerica Transplant Services tells you how

Editor’s note: This is the first in a seven part series on the donation process as submitted by Justin Phelps, a communications coordinator at Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS). He will guest blog periodically in 2012 to give our readers a better understanding of MTS and the services it provides. He may be reached at jphelps@mts-stl.org.

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MTS is one link in transplantation process

MTS is one link in transplantation process

Editor’s note: Justin Phelps is a communications coordinator at Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS). He will guest blog periodically in 2012 to give our readers a better understanding of MTS and the services it
provides. He may be reached at jphelps@mts-stl.org.
First, we at Mid-America Transplant Services would like to thank our friends at Barnes-Jewish

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Paired kidney exchange gets people off the waiting list, back into living

Paired kidney exchange gets people off the waiting list, back into living

Here’s a simple way to explain kidney transplant chains:
In a kidney chains, a person who want to give a kidney to a specific kidney patient, but who don’t match that patient, gives their kidney to someone else whom they match but don’t know  and who also has an unmatching donor so that the person they originally intended

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Long-term transplant survival: An answer to a 24-year-old question

Long-term transplant survival: An answer to a 24-year-old question

A quick history lesson before we tell you about Cindy Conrad:
Organ transplant was first attempted in the 1950s. At first, the only transplants performed were living donor kidney transplants between identical twins, who, being genetically identical, were automatically a perfect match.
In the 1960s and 1970s, surgeons tried other types of transplants. But steroids,

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The best of transplant 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

The best of transplant 2011 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

In the season of giving, as our gift to you, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite transplant stories from the Washington University- Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center in 2011. Enjoy these two for starters:
First, the story of someone who gave the gift of life, and in doing so, got a gift of his own. From March, here’s the story

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Craigslist…the UNOS of the future?

Craigslist…the UNOS of the future?

Craigslist is basically the classified ad section of the newspaper, but online. People use it to find everything from a cheap sofa for their first apartment, to locally harvested organic honey, to vintage 1950s aprons, to…um, companionship. Not the best way to find someone willing to donate a kidney – or so you would think.
But

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