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YouTube Video from Italy ("Every Day, With the Help of Everybody, We Transplant a Little Happiness Into Our Patients")
Watch the video and smile. The Kidney Transplant Team at Dipartimento di patologia renale e trapianto di rene dell'ospedale Brotzu di Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) will brighten your day. New liver regeneration technology
Living donor uterus transplant produces live birth of baby boy October 2014: Swedish medical team reports birth of baby boy following living donation of uterus from 61yr old donor to her friend. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25301505
Israeli kidney donation saves two children (Israeli & Palistinian)
Why Nullifying Registered Consent for Donation is Ethically Inappropriate February 2013: Explore the ethical problems with failing to honor registered organ donation consents: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/imj.12029/abstract Why So Few Living Donations to Strangers in Australia? February 2013: There are very few Good Samaritan donations in Australia each year, but why? It seems the practice is virtually silent in the community. Read the research study for details: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23383858
Feb 2011: Several face transplants have been done in France. Due to immunosuppression, post-transplant infection is always a risk. This article describes several cases and indicates one patient died from an infection two months after transplant. For those who survived, the cosmetic results are very good. Read the full article at Lantieri L. et al, Amer Journal of Transplantation 2011;11: 367–78
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL, USA.
Introduction: While the ethical aspects of transplant tourism have received much attention recently, less has been written about the medical safety of this practice. We retrospectively evaluated the outcomes of patients who purchased organs internationally and presented to our center for follow-up care. Methods: Baseline demographic characteristics were recorded. Post-operative outcomes including patient survival, graft survival, five-yr graft function, and complications were assessed. Results: Eight patients who purchased international organs for transplant were identified. The country of transplant was China (n=3), Pakistan (n=3), India (n=1), and the Philippines (n=1). All patients were born in either Asia or the Middle East and traveled to the region of their ethnicity for transplantation. The mean time to presentation was 49d post-operatively. The overall one- and two-yr patient survival rates were 87% and 75%, respectively. One patient died of miliary tuberculosis and another of Acinetobacter baumanii sepsis. There was one case of newly acquired hepatitis B infection. At last follow-up, all six surviving patients had functioning grafts with a mean creatinine level of 1.26mg/dL at five yr. Conclusion: Although intermediate-term graft function is acceptable, the early morbidity and mortality among transplant tourists is high. These results suggest that the associated risks may not justify the trip.
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