Category: Organ donation

1st heart/kidney transplant patient, one year post-op

1st heart/kidney transplant patient, one year post-op

You may have seen our earlier post about Jonathan Sadowski, Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s first heart/kidney transplant patient. It’s been over a year since his ground-breaking surgery, and this young man is thriving.
I remember meeting with him just after his transplant in 2010, and he was very frail and unsteady, getting ready to go home and

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First heart/kidney transplant patient, one year post-op

You may have seen our earlier post about Jonathan Sadowski, Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s first heart/kidney transplant patient. It’s been over a year since his ground-breaking surgery, and this young man is thriving.
I remember meeting with him just after his transplant in 2010, and he was very frail and unsteady, getting ready to go home and

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Catching up with a blogger on the threshold of the OR and his new life

Catching up with a blogger on the threshold of the OR and his new life

We recently ran across “Just Kidneying,” a blog described by its author, Jim McFarlin as  “A middle-aged man strives to come to grips with another organ that is letting him down, with faith and good humor. It’s Stage IV kidney failure as musical comedy.”
It’s funny.  It’s touching.  It’s a well-written, warts-and-all view of  life on dialysis and the

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A mom tells why donation was the “right thing to do”

A mom tells why donation was the “right thing to do”

Our partners at Mid-America Transplant Services, the region’s organ procurement organization, have a video by  donor mom June Laschober in their newest online newletter.
She talks about her son, Scott Laschober, a “teddy bear” of  a young man, who died  just as his life was starting to come together. June tells how in the face of this tragedy, making

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100 million Americans play the match game

100 million Americans play the match game

Hope you’re a numbers person, ’cause we’ve got some big ones for you.
Our friends at Mid-America Transplant Services, the region’s organ procurement organization, got word from the national Donate Life initiative that more than 100 million Americans are now signed up as organ donors. That’s almost one third of all Americans!
Missouri has almost

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Scenes from the Candlelight Memorial

Scenes from the Candlelight Memorial

An estimated 700 people attended the MidAmerica Transplant Services (MTS)  candlelight ceremony last night to honor organ and tissue donors. MTS is the area’s organ procurement organization. Donor family members, along with several recipients, attended the event at the the memorial park adjacent to the MTS offices.
The centerpiece of the park is a sculpture by St. Louis artist Don Wiegand. The 12-foot sculpture, backed

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Merry Smith talks about Candlelight Memorial

Merry Smith talks about Candlelight Memorial

Merry Smith, a program director with MidAmerica Transplant Services, talked with Randi Naughton of KTVI-TV this morning about the MTS Candlight Memorial Ceremony. About 600 people are expected to attend.
Merry also talked about her experience as a mother who donated her son’s organs.
Take a look: http://www.fox2now.com/news/morningshow/ktvi-donor-memorial-planned-for-tuesday-20110830,0,3766602.story
-Kathryn Holleman


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Should organ donors be compensated?

Should organ donors be compensated?

Should a donor organ be a gift – or a commodity?  That’s the question a Lafayette, LA, man is asking. The man, Joe Lock, is facing eventual kidney dialysis or possibly a transplant.
He found that the average time on the waiting list for a donor kidney from a deceased donor in New Orleans is about two

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Welcome to Barnes-Jewish Transplant – “The Rare Gift”.

Welcome to Barnes-Jewish Transplant – “The Rare Gift”.

Organ transplant is about as real as it gets in medicine:
• It’s about life-and-death choices.
• It’s about leading edge medicine.
• It’s about persistence on the part of the patients, families and medical professionals involved.
• It’s about heroism by living donors; and about donor families who choose to be giving in the

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