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US May Be Tossing Too Many Donated Kidneys

US discards more than France, despite the big waiting list

(Newser) - Every day, 12 Americans die while waiting for a kidney transplant. In what will be an especially hard pill to swallow for the 93,000 Americans currently on the waiting list, about 10 donated kidneys are discarded in that same period, reports USA Today . A study published Monday in JAMA ... More »

Stevie Wonder Tells Fans He'll be Fine, After a Transplant

Singer will receive a new kidney in September

(Newser) - Stevie Wonder paused during his set Saturday in London to tell fans he'll undergo a kidney transplant in September. He assured the crowd, which appeared to be shocked for a moment, that he'll be fine, TMZ reports. "I'm all good," Wonder said. "I have... More »

He Came to the Rescue. 2 Years Later, She Did for Him

It's kidney donor Becca Bundy who feels 'pretty blessed'

(Newser) - Two years after a volunteer firefighter rushed to help her 1-year-old daughter, who was having a seizure, Becca Bundy returned the favor. The mother from Cook, Minn., donated one of her kidneys to Bill Cox after she ran into him in October in the bar that's employed him for... More »

This Is One of the Best Drone Deliveries Ever

In a first, a hospital receives a kidney needed for transplant

(Newser) - The University of Maryland Medical Center received a historic delivery at its Shock Trauma heliport last week: a human kidney, delivered by drone. The first-of-its-kind delivery was made by the LG-1,000, a 50-pound drone created by the university's School of Medicine specifically to transport organs, CBS Baltimore reports.... More »

Adopted Daughter's Sacrifice Moves Dad to Tears

Billy Houze's kidneys didn't work and the wait list was too long

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman is on the verge of saving her adoptive father's life—something she believes she was destined to do, ABC News reports. "She told me, 'Daddy, you thought you were saving my life pulling me from foster care but in actuality, you were saving... More »

His Ex Wasn't 'the One.' But She Was 'the Donor'

Minn. grandma Mary Ziegler donates organ to her former husband

(Newser) - Not all divorces have to end in acrimony. Just ask Mary Ziegler and Bill Henrichs, who when they ended their marriage two decades ago made a pledge to treat each other right for their kids' sake. "You know all those bad divorce things, we agreed not to do that,... More »

She Found Out She Had Cancer. Then, a 'God Moment'

Nurse Iris Zink donated her kidney to longtime patient and friend Ginny Holcomb

(Newser) - Everyone hopes for a caring and compassionate nurse when they're ailing, but one Michigan woman's caretaker went "above and beyond the call of duty," per Becker's Hospital Review . For more than 15 years, nurse practitioner Iris Zink has treated Ginny Holcomb at Lansing Rheumatology, and... More »

Tina Turner: My Husband's Incredible Offer 'Shocked Me'

The singer says Erwin Bach gave her a kidney

(Newser) - Tina Turner has revealed that she underwent a kidney transplant with an organ donated by her husband, the AP reports. The 78-year-old singer says in an upcoming autobiography that she has suffered from kidney disease, and by 2016 her kidneys were at "20% and plunging rapidly." She says... More »

'Healthy' Organ Donor Kills 3 in 'Extraordinary' Case

Tests just couldn't find the cancer cells, report says

(Newser) - All four of them received organs from an apparently cancer-free donor, and three of them died—of cancer. In what researchers are calling an "extraordinary case," four organ-recipients from a 53-year-old stroke victim all developed breast cancer, LiveScience reports. A new report says the donor died in 2007,... More »

Owner Decides 17-Year-Old Cat Is Worth a $19K Surgery

Betsy Boyd didn't hesitate to pony up money for kidney transplant for her 'muse' Stanley

(Newser) - When Stanley needed a potentially lifesaving kidney transplant, Betsy Boyd didn't blink at coughing up the $19,000 needed to pay for it. What has the generosity of this Baltimore mother of two making headlines, per the Baltimore Sun : That amount is more than 40% of her annual salary,... More »

Lose Your Kidney in Venezuela, 'Go Straight to the Cemetery'

Medicine shortage causing those with transplants to experience rejection

(Newser) - There's a literal casualty of Venezuela's ongoing economic woes: those with kidney problems. Reuters dives into the dire situation that both kidney transplant recipients and those hoping to join their ranks face in the midst of the country's inability to buy enough drugs from abroad or make... More »

Dying Toddler Gets a 'Thanksgiving Miracle'

AJ Burgess underwent lifesaving kidney transplant Wednesday

(Newser) - "This is an unexpected Thanksgiving miracle." That's the message from a lawyer representing a 2-year-old Georgia boy, who was temporarily blocked from receiving a lifesaving kidney, after the toddler underwent a successful transplant Wednesday, reports CNN . AJ Burgess was born without functioning kidneys. However, his father, Anthony... More »

Hospital Using Dad's Criminal Past to Jeopardize Son: Family

Hospital wants to wait on kidney transplant until dad complies with parole for 3 months

(Newser) - An Atlanta mother says a hospital is putting her son's future in jeopardy because of the misdeeds of his father. Two-year-old AJ was born a month early and without a working kidney, WGCL reports. According to WXIA , AJ had a stroke last month and may need bladder surgery. He... More »

Selena Gomez: I've Been on the Mend From Kidney Transplant

Singer surprises fans with procedure she had done over the summer as a result of lupus

(Newser) - TMZ has the scoop on why Selena Gomez was largely absent from the public eye over the summer—and it didn't have anything to do with Justin Bieber or any other petty drama that TMZ is often known for exposing. The singer revealed Thursday morning via an Instagram... More »

Toddler Gets Gift of a Lifetime From Grandma

The 2-year-old is dialysis-free for the first time since she was 2 months old

(Newser) - It's not every day that a grandmother is called on to save her grandchild's life, but when the day came for Carol Graydon, who is 62, to do just that, she didn't hesitate. Her granddaughter, Wryn Graydon, was diagnosed at two months of age with congenital nephrotic... More »

They Just Met Last Week. She's Giving Him a Kidney

Police officer saw boy's story on Facebook

(Newser) - When Wisconsin police officer Lindsey Bittorf saw a Facebook post from a nearby mother begging for a kidney donor for her 8-year-old son, she knew she needed to try to help—even though she'd never met the family. The 30-year-old got tested to see if she was a match,... More »

Hubby's 20th Anniversary Gift for Wife: 'Life'

Scott Chafian donated a kidney to his wife on Tuesday

(Newser) - Cindy and Scott Chafian might have spent their 20th wedding anniversary renewing their vows on a beach in the Bahamas. Instead, the pair sat side-by-side in a hospital room drinking from champagne flutes and eating cake. And they wouldn't have had it any other way. "I can't... More »

New Method Could Revolutionize Kidney Transplants

Incompatible organs now much easier to transplant

(Newser) - Exciting news for people on transplant waiting lists: In a breakthrough that experts say could revolutionize kidney transplants, a new procedure called "desensitization" has allowed doctors to alter patients' immune systems and give them kidneys from living donors previously considered incompatible, reports the New York Times . Patients who received... More »

Woman Finds Lifesaving Kidney Donor on ... Tinder?

Erika Bragan will receive kidney from friend's Tinder date on Nov. 18

(Newser) - Four people approached Erika Bragan hoping their kidney would be the one to save her life. None were matches. Then Rich O'Dea and Jennifer Thomas swiped right on Tinder. Now "we have a dating app to thank for saving my wife's life," Bragan's husband, Scott,... More »

Bestselling Author Repays Favorite Teacher, Big-Time

Brad Meltzer helped Ellen Sherman get a new kidney

(Newser) - Ellen Sherman taught Brad Meltzer history when he was in high school decades ago; she was his favorite teacher, and now Meltzer is a bestselling author of, among other things, books about history. And boy, did Meltzer find a way to repay Sherman for believing in him all those years... More »

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