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Guy Offers Truck, Kidney in Return for Help for Sick Wife

He says she desperately needs a new liver

(Newser) - A California man desperate to save his wife's life made an unusual offer: his truck, his trailer, and one of his kidneys in return for a slice of healthy liver from somebody with O-positive or O-negative blood. In a Facebook post that went viral, Verlon Robinson, 55, said he... More »

Twins Shared a Liver Disease. Why Only One Was Saved

Mom blames shortage of organs, which forced the boys to get sicker before being put on list

(Newser) - Margi Coats knew her son was dying. "I stayed awake holding his hand all night with my heart pounding, waiting for him to take his last breath," she says of 18-year-old Nick's final hours. "It's the most frightening thing in the world for a mother.... More »

No Jail for Doc Who Burned His Initials Into Patients' Livers

UK's Simon Bramhall, who's still practicing, gets 120 hours community service, nearly $14K fine

(Newser) - A UK surgeon busted for laser-inscribing his initials into the livers of two transplant patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2013 won't go to jail for his "arrogant" act. Sky News reports 53-year-old Simon Bramhall managed to avoid time behind bars for "[betraying] the trust" of his... More »

British Surgeon Branded Initials on Transplant Livers

Simon Bramhall has pleaded guilty to assault

(Newser) - When you're an artist, it's considered customary to sign your work. When you're a surgeon, it's considered bizarre and illegal. Renowned British surgeon Simon Bramhall, who branded his initials on the livers of at least two transplant patients in 2013, pleaded guilty to assault Wednesday, the... More »

Liver Transplant Pioneer Dies

Dr. Thomas Starzl was 90

(Newser) - Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation and driving force behind the world's first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90. The University of Pittsburgh said the renowned doctor died Saturday at home in Pittsburgh, reports the AP . Starzl performed the world'... More »

Baby Goes on Transplant List at 10:15. At 10:55, a Match

Daniel McCabe gets a life-saving liver almost immediately

(Newser) - Daniel McCabe is just 5 months old, but he's been fighting a rare liver disorder since he was born. On Dec. 13, things had become so dire that doctors placed him on the waiting list for a new liver and prepared to wait weeks, if not months, with his... More »

Mexican Needing Transplant Twice Denied a Visa

Jose Chua Lopez, 20, has an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in 9 days

(Newser) - Family and friends sold tamales and held raffles to raise upward of $15,000 to send Jose Chua Lopez to the Mayo Clinic for an urgently needed heart and liver transplant. But the 20-year-old Mexican born with a heart defect has twice been turned down for a US visa, and... More »

Tim Cook Offered Steve Jobs Part of His Liver

But Jobs staunchly refused: new book

(Newser) - As Steve Jobs got sicker, in need of a liver transplant, the man who would replace him at Apple—Tim Cook—offered up part of his own liver. The story comes via Fast Company 's excerpt of Becoming Steve Jobs , a biography by Brent Schlender and Fast Company Executive... More »

Stealth Threat to Your Liver: Diet Aids

Responsible for 20% of liver injuries in hospitals

(Newser) - The New York Times takes a look at the unregulated dietary supplement industry, and finds some scary conclusions: Dietary aids are responsible for 20% of drug-induced liver injuries in hospitals—up from 7% a decade ago—and that figure only includes the most severe cases. While most patients recover, some... More »

Lou Reed Dead at 71

Velvet Underground veteran had liver transplant in May

(Newser) - Iconic rocker Lou Reed has died today at the age of 71, reports Rolling Stone in a lengthy obituary celebrating the "massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music." No cause of death was immediately released, but Reed underwent a life-saving liver... More »

Rocker Lou Reed Has Liver Transplant

71-year-old recuperating nicely, says his wife

(Newser) - Lou Reed is recovering from a liver transplant, his wife tells the Times of London. The 71-year-old had the surgery several weeks ago at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, says Laurie Anderson, herself a performance artist. "It's as serious as it gets," she tells the newspaper. "... More »

Baby Boomer? Feds Say Get Tested for Hepatitis C

Disease can lurk in the body for decades

(Newser) - An epidemic of hepatitis C is afflicting the baby boomer generation, and federal authorities will roll out a campaign this year urging everyone born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested, reports the Los Angeles Times . Roughly 75% of the estimated 3.2 million people infected are boomers, many of... More »

Jobs' Cancer Ran Predictable Course: Doctors

Those with neuroendocrine tumors typically die within 6 to 8 years, say experts

(Newser) - The rare form of pancreatic cancer that killed Steve Jobs ran a predictable course, experts tell the Wall Street Journal . While 80% of the 40,000 Americans who get pancreatic cancer annually die within a year of their diagnosis, Jobs had a neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor, a type that accounts for... More »

Should We Lift Ban on HIV-Positive Organ Donors?

Organs would primarily be used for HIV-positive recipients, say proponents

(Newser) - The US has, as one doctor says, a "huge organ shortage"—but there is one way we could make 500 to 600 more livers and kidneys available each year: lift the ban on HIV-positive donors. A controversial move, yes, but some federal health officials and other experts think... More »

2nd Arizona Patient Booted From Transplant List Dies

Some 100 residents removed from list after funding is cut

(Newser) - The latest casualty of Arizona's budget cuts is, tragically, a true casualty: A patient unable to get a liver transplant "most likely" due to the defunding of the procedure has died, reports the Arizona Daily Star . A rep for the University of Arizona Surgery Department says the patient was... More »

Scientists Grow Human Livers in Lab

Miniature versions created with stem cells

(Newser) - Scientists have grown human livers with stem cells, the BBC reports. The downside is they're really small, about the size of walnuts, and it will take lots more research and probably at least five years before the development is more than just a joke to forward to heavy-drinking friends. "... More »

Steve Jobs 'Fully Operational' One Year Later

Apple's leader appears to be fine after transplant

(Newser) - A year after his liver transplant, Steve Jobs appears to be the Steve Jobs of old. He's still too thin for his own liking, but Apple's leader seems to have licked the worst of his health problems, say friends (anonymous, of course) and industry observers in an assessment by Bloomberg... More »

The Full Story of Steve Jobs' Liver Ordeal

How he put his wealth to work, and pushed to save others' lives, too

(Newser) - You can thank Steve Jobs' bum liver for the law California is about to pass that boosts organ donation. Jobs survived his bout with liver failure purely because he's rich, Business Insider reveals, and that bothered him. The Apple CEO was able to fly his private jet around the country,... More »

Steve Jobs: 'I Almost Died' Waiting for New Liver

Apple CEO backs Calif. bill to boost donor ranks

(Newser) - Steve Jobs made some rare public comments today about the liver transplant that saved his life, saying, “I almost died” while waiting in California’s inadequate system. The Apple chief, 55, appeared with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at an event to push a bill that would make state drivers agree... More »

Surgery Marathons Raise Questions on Cost, Ethics

One man's procedure cost $300K, but it could push the field

(Newser) - After 43 hours of on-and-off “ex vivo resection”—organs removed, operated on, and replaced—a Wisconsin man is free of the 10-pound tumor strangling his liver. Along with it went parts of his stomach and intestine, and his abdomen contains not only Gore-Tex tubing but parts of his... More »

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