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TRIO Patient News Archive

9/30/13:  Girl who made wallet for Russell Wilson has heart transplant (
Ohio Nurses Surprise Lung Transplant Couple With Hospital Wedding (ABC News video)
Forty years later, man connects with organ donor’s family, celebrates Gift of Life at UK (that's Univ of Kentucky) (
Sara Murnaghan story: Pediatric Lung Allocation issue news & resources now has its own special summary page (<-- click here). . .
Competitive swimmer -- using grit and a lung transplant -- winning life time battle against cystic fibrosis (San Jose Mercury News)
Love and the search for a kidney donor (CBS Sunday Morning video)
9/16/13: Lexington doctor recipient of double lung transplant (WKYT video)
Parents make blankets in honor of daughter's heart transplant (Tulsa World)
Heart transplant patients who've outlived the odds ( San Diego)
Widow of slain N.J. cop meets husband's heart transplant recipient for first time (CBS Evening News video)
9/9/13: Long Beach Baby With Deadly Heart Condition Receives Transplant (KCAL)
Kidney Buzz web site offers kidney related stories and education
9/5/13:Local kidney transplant recipient (George Franklin)  in his 38th year (Cumberland Times-News)
Investigation Underway After Heart Transplant Patient Overdoses (CBS Pittsburgh)
8/29/13:Transplant vet Compton excels at life's stress (
8/20/13: D'Alessandro: Erik Compton, PGA golfer who has received two heart transplants, spreads the word on organ donation (NY Star Ledger)
Remembering 911 and the miraculous organ transplant that followed (follow the story links for more) (blog)
8/12/13:Charles Washington Longest Surviving Heart Transplant Patient (YouTube video)
8/9/13: Hopkins patient marks 30-year anniversary of heart transplant (Baltimore Sun)
Transplant surgeon has someone else's kidney (CNN Health)
8/7/13:Young Swine Flu Survivor Gets Kidney From Mom (ABC News)
8/5/13: A Man with 'Three Big Hearts' (Huffington Post blog)
Local boy celebrates 10-year anniversary of organ (small bowel) transplant (Fox59 News)
7/22/13 Heart transplant recipient works to help others live full lives (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Kansas City, KS transplant recipient to compete in world games (KCTV5)
7/17/13 Blaine family thrives after both daughters receive heart transplants (StarTribune)
Living for 2: 'Nightline' Returns to Mayo Clinic Organ Transplant Unit (includes video links to full show) ABC News
7/3/13: Indiana Woman Receives Second Heart Transplant
7/1/13: Local transplant recipient to compete in world games (Muran is a TRIO Youth Circle leader)
Teen waiting for kidney holds dance recital in New Orleans hospital
Heart troubles haunt Oregon family's 5 children
5/12/13 Mother and son heart recipients are grateful for their second chances
5/6/13 Teen Heart Transplant Recipient Excited to Attend Prom
4/25/13 Man Gets New Heart; Finds Love with Donor's Sister
4/23/13 On-line ABC half-hour video series highlighting organ donation (4 parts)
4/5/13 Air of Gratitude for Gift of Lungs (Isabel Stenzel)
3/28/13 LKDN news: North Reading Mans Finds Kidney Donor On-line
3/28/13 PBS video (57min) Transplant: A Gift for Life
  5-Organ Transplant Patient Gives Birth: Baby Girl
3/2/13 Daughter's heart saves father's life and countless others (recent article of story from '94)
3/2/13  Amazing Race Canada Audition video (by two amazing transplant recipients)
2/28/13  "To me that's a hero" - living kidney donor story
First full-face transplant recipient interview on The Doctors TV show (video)
1/31/13 Organ Transplant Recipient Pays It Forward With Documentary
1/29/13 Kidney Donation Over Age 70? Desperate Patients Saying, 'Yes, Please'
1/12/13 Mother Hears Daughter's Heart Beat One Last Time
1/5/13 Running Coach Receives Liver from 86 Year Old Donor (You're never too old to donate - see mention of several 92 year-old donors)
12/12/12 A Day in the Life of a Liver transplant Team
Penn Medicine (Philadelphia, PA) Performs 1000th Heart transplant
11/29/12 Beating the Odds, and a Storm, to Get a Transplant
11/27/12 New Nursing Job Board link added to TRIO's links' section (under Professional Organizations)
Heartbeat: A perfect match in every way (Canada)
11/14/12 Transplant: A Gift for Life (1 hour made for TV video)
11/10/12 Newark NJ Heart Transplant Continues Despite Devastating Storm Sandy
11/4/12 Rock Climber Exceeds Expectations After Double Lung Transplant
9/16/12 "The Power of Two" releases 9/25 on DVD (<-- click for Amazon ordering page)
9/11/112 Heart in a box (donor heart arrives "warm & beating" inside box) (video)
9/11/12 Heart Recipient Shares Story of Hope
9/3/12 Donor family, heart recipient reflect on Anniston police officer's gift of life
8/30/12 Liver Transplant Patient Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Girl (an Hawaiian first)
8/29/12 Highlight Video of the Transplant Games of America event
8/26/12 Living Donor Kidney Lost in Rare Accident
8/6/12Walking Miracles Abound at Transplant Games
8/6/12 Heart transplant chronicle come to an end
8/5/12 Young Man's Bile Duct Cancer Leads to Liver Transplant (video)
7/17/12 Heart Transplant Survival News from John's Hopkins
7/2/12 Organ Donation Has Consequences Some Donors Aren't Prepared For
6/19/12 LA Hospital Denies Life Saving Organ Transplant to Medical Pot User (again)
6/1/12 Who gets a donated organ? It's complicated . . .
5/4/12 Grow Your Own Organs (ABC News)
4/26/12 Lung Transplant Recipient Thrives Nearly 20 Years Later
4/11/12 Philadelphia DASH: CBS video interview with local heart recipient, LaVerne Clark
4/3/12 Dick Cheney Back Home 10 Days After Heart Transplant Surgery
3/28/12 Parents donate part of their lungs to save daughter with cystic fibrosis in rare live lung donor operation
3/26/12 More expert discussion on Cheney's age in getting his heart transplant
3/25/12 Denise Crosby: Remarkable heart defines 96-year-old kidney transplant pioneer
3/25/12 Good Morning America video: Was Cheney too old for a transplant?
3/25/12 Former VP Dick Cheney receives heart transplant at age 72
3/21/12 Dowloadable free speaker slides and notes for "Life - Pass It Along" offered by Bob Aronson
3/6/12 Web resource: "Explore Transplant: Make An Informed Decision" (esp for those on dialysis)
3/2/12 Lifebanc CEO Discusses Organ Donation (video related to Ohio school shooting and two students donating organs/tissue)
Ohio school shooting: Lifebanc thanks family of Demetrius Hewlin for organ donation
2/27/12 Organ donor uses social media to push her message
2/18/12 60 Lives, 30 Kidneys, All Linked
2/17/12 TV (video) Interview with Mary Wu, Rose Parade Rider/TRIO Youth Circle leader
Valentine's Day UAB Heart Transplant Love Story

  • 2/8/12 Johns Hopkins Study: Seniors denied access to life saving organs despite survival benefit
  • 2/8/12 Kelli Jaunsen's 8 hospital videos (basis for her story in the book "Not So Brave")
  • 1/27/12 Justin Bieber promotes organ donation (news video)
  • 1/26/12 Best man donates kidney to bride
  • 1/20/12 New stem cell method makes functioning liver cells
  • 1/21/12 Champion skier Sarah Burke passes away, donates organs (video)
  • 1/20/12 Man with two hearts survives double sized attack
  • 1/20/12 Do you really want to know what your doc is writing about you?
  • 1/15/12 ITNS 2012 Transplant Nurse Appreciation Day Essay Contest brochure
  • 1/15/12 Transplant Nurse Donates Own Kidney to Patient
  • 1/14/12 ITNS adds "CMV and Me" to transplant patient education library (<-- click to see all on-line)
  • 1/6/11 Jacksonville Patient Gets Heart Post Helicopter Accident ( see TRIO's "JT" in video interview)
  • 1/3/12 Both Parents Donate to Save Children's Lives
  • 1/2/12 Facebook Matching Organ Donors and Patients
  • 12/25/11 The Greatest Gift (Parade Magazine article/living kidney donation chain)
  • 12/24/11 Heart Recipient Gives Birth to Baby Boy (Kansas City Fox4 video)
  • 12/23/11 Articles featuring TRIO's Mary Wu's Rose parade float rider story: article 1  and article 2
  • 12/19/11 TIME article: Should You Be Allowed To Sell Your Bone Marrow?
  • 12/19/11 FDA Approves Berlin Heart device for children
  • 12/18/11 Jason and Kayla in Domino Heart Transplant Story (video)
  • 12/15/11 Mary Wu blogs her countdown to the Rose Bowl parade ride
  • 12/12/11 Local news features TRIO's Merle Zuel in holiday video
  • 12/6/11 The Story of Babies Fae, Eve and Gabriel (pictorial celebration of infant transplants)
  • Intensive diabetes care cuts kidney complications
  • Cellular therapy for critical limb ischemia show promise
  • Study finds one in four ICD patients not on optimal drug therapy
  • Heart to Heart (donor family and heart recipient meeting video)
  • Baby Born to Liver Recipient Couple (both parents are liver recipients)
  • Video Report on Double-hand and Face Transplant Recovery Progress
  • TRIO Youth leader, Mary Wu, receives two kidney transplants, campaigns for organ donation in New York
    Mary Wu at NY event
  • Kidney recipient bikes 50 states in 50 days for donor awareness
  • TRIO Youth Circle's Mary Wu featured on Kidney Talk Radio (audio link)
  • Texas Teen Receives Total Heart  Replacement as Bridge to Heart Transplant
  • Transplant Team to Compete in Round the World Yacht Racel
  • Divorce Could Clear Way for Wife's Liver Transplant
  • Teen Bond Overcomes Girl's Heart Transplant Fear
  • Rare Dual Living Donor Transplant to Single Recipient
  • Living Kidney Donor Found on Internet
  • Longest living transplant recipient dies - Edith Helm, 76 - first woman kidney recipient (1956)
    Helm Sisters
  • A Mother-Daughter Donation: How Sharing a Kidney Saved our Family
  • UNOS kidney allocation concept document resources . . .
  • Kidney transplant plan would give preference to younger patients
  • Endorsement for UNOS Kidney Proposals
  • NY Times Op-ed: How Not to Assign Kidneys
  • White paper supporting UNOS Kidney Proposals
    (by Dr. Tom Peters, TRIO board member and transplant surgeon)
  • UNOS Kidney Allocation Concepts document  (PDF download)
  • NY Times article
  • ABC News report
  • New Rules for Kidney Donation?
  • Young People May Get Priority for Organs
  • Younger Patients Would Get Best Organs
    (note: see concept document and public comment feedback links under UNOS news below)
  • Lung Recipient Developed Donor's Alergy
  • NY Times Op-ed: Giving Life After Death Row
  • Transplant Candidate Upset About Closing of Shands Jacksonville (TRIO members)
  • Sister's Prison Pardon Dependent Upon Donating Kidney to Her Sister (ethical issue?)
  • World's First Organ Donor Dies at 79
  •  TRIO member, Mary Wu (TRIO Youth Circle), continues her wonderful book, "Confessions of a Kidney Transplant Recipient" <-- click to read the latest chapters

  • Chris Klug 2010
    Amazing Chris Klug is still at it - read his promotion  of organ donation at the Olympics
    <-- click to read story)

  • (New) TRIO member, Jackie Colleran (TRIO Ventura Co.), and her husband appear in video celebrating UCLA's 5,000 liver transplant achievement (<-- click to view)
  • Flying with a double transplant  (Jan 2010) - read bout TRIO member, David Grier (liver recipient in '97 and liver/kidney transplant in '07), and his flying goal achievements post transplant (click to download the inspiring JPG article).
  • AP 8/13/09: Tony Huesman, the world's longest surviving single heart transplant recipient (nearly 31 years) died at age 51 of cancer. Shortly after receiving his new heart, Huesman wrote these words: "It doesn't really matter how we die, when we die, or why we die."   "What really matters though, is how we live in the hearts and souls of those we touch along the way."
  • TRIO Nations Capital chapter founder and member, Claude Brady (heart transplant 6-89) is featured in this study report (click to download the 712kb PDF document -->): The First Patient Clinically Diagnosed with Hypertropic Cardiomyopathy