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  • Stories of Hope
    no one wants to hear Troy we got your test results back and I m afraid your kidneys have stopped working the doctor said A kidney specialist is admitting you to the hospital and you will need to start dialysis today to remove the toxins from your body If you wait too long to come to the hospital it will be too late When I arrived at the hospital that day I was so near death that the doctors told me I should have been in a coma Almost six months after I started feeling my first symptoms I was diagnosed with kidney disease On April 5 2010 I was listed for life saving a transplant my body was failing Instead of being nervous or upset during my wait on the transplant list my faith brought me comfort I felt relief and at peace with God I heard God tell me Troy you are going to be okay we will get through this I knew God wouldn t give me more than I could handle now that is faith My miracle a kidney transplant finally came on December 9 2012 At the age of 29 I received the Gift of Life My surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center told me that I had the best kidney on the transplant floor Since my transplant and my health has dramatically improved I m able to walk without losing my breath sleep through the night and return to work Without support of my friends family God and the gift of my donor I don t think I would be as strong healthy and full of life as I am today I want to specifically thank my donor family because even if we never have the opportunity to meet their loved

    Original URL path: http://www.donatelifeohio.org/storiesofhope/recipients/troy-kidney (2016-04-27)
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  • Stories of Hope
    life to people and they continue to live a full life beacause of him Julie and Ron parents Alex organ donor Alex and his brother Troy were not only brothers but best friends and identical twins The boys were inseparable and enjoyed the same activities but especially being outside Their mother described them as energetic loving nine year olds Sunday October 10 1999 began as any typical day for Alex s family Alex Troy and their cousin were playing outside at their Grandma s house Alex and his cousin were riding a four wheeler when it was struck by a car The boys were rushed to the emergency room but Alex never regained consciousness and was declared brain dead a few days after the accident Together Alex s family decided to donate his organs Because of their selfless decision Alex went on to improve the lives of five people Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story We miss him terribly said Julie Alex s mother But we find comfort in knowing Alex gave life to others and

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  • Stories of Hope
    John husband Kim organ eye and tissue donor Kim made working full time volunteering and being an attentive mom and wife look easy But her selfless nature didn t end even after she suddenly passed away in May 2011 from a massive stroke At the time of her death Kim was a registered organ eye and tissue donor Her liver went on to save the life of a 58 year old aircraft mechanic Her pancreas relieved a 59 year old nurse and grandmother from type I diabetes Eyesight was restored to two people and her tissue was recovered to restore mobility for countless others Tell your story Has your life been touched by organ eye or tissue donation either as a donor family transplant candidate family or as a recipient Tell us your story By registering as an organ eye and tissue donor prior to her death Kim spared her family the added stress of making a decision on her behalf at perhaps the worst moment of their lives She always put everyone first It s just the way she was she wanted to help people if she could said Kim s husband John She was only 38 but I

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  • Understanding Donation
    makes an initial evaluation as to the medical suitability of the individual for organ eye and or tissue donation If the individual is suitable for donation the recovery agency coordinator will access the Ohio Donor Registry to determine if the decedent was registered as a donor If the individual is not registered the coordinator will discuss the option of donation with the individual s next of kin Upon obtaining documentation of consent either by first person consent Ohio Donor Registry or by the individual s family an appropriate donor match is made Eligibility To be eligible for organ donation an individual must be declared brain dead and maintained on a ventilator In special circumstances organ donation may be possible following cardiac death Eye and tissue donation on the other hand take place after either brain death or cardiac death and ventilator maintenance is not necessary Recovery The recovery of organs is conducted in an operating room under the direction of qualified surgeons and tissue recoveries are performed in qualified rooms using aseptic technique Neither disfigures the body nor changes the way it looks in a casket Following organ eye and or tissue recovery depending on the circumstances of the death

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  • Understanding Donation
    was donated and regain full function Lung Although lung lobes do not regenerate individuals can donate a lobe of one lung Pancreas Individuals can also donate a portion of the pancreas Like the lung the pancreas does not regenerate but donors usually have no problems with reduced function Intestine Although very rare it is possible to donate a portion of the intestine Heart While extremely rare a domino transplant makes some heart lung recipients living heart donors When a patient receives both a heart and lung transplant from a deceased donor his or her healthy heart may be given to an individual waiting for a heart transplant This procedure is used when physicians determine that the deceased donor lungs will function best if they are used in conjunction with the deceased donor heart Qualifying as a Living Donor In order to qualify as a living donor an individual must be physically fit in good general health and free from high blood pressure diabetes cancer kidney disease and heart disease Individuals considered for living donation are usually between 18 and 60 years of age Gender and race are not factors in determining a successful match The living donor must first undergo a blood test to determine blood type compatibility with the recipient If the donor and recipient have compatible blood types the donor undergoes a medical history review and a complete physical examination The following tests may be performed Tissue Typing The donor s blood is drawn for tissue typing of the white blood cells Cross matching A blood test is done before the transplant to see if the potential recipient will react to the donor organ If the cross match is positive then the donor and patient are incompatible If the cross match is negative then the transplant may proceed

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  • Understanding Donation
    liver pancreas or lung Click here for more information on living donation What is the maximum age for organ donation Anyone of any age can be an organ donor You are never too old to be considered for donation The oldest donor to date donated a liver at the time of her death at the age of 92 What can be donated Organs Kidneys Heart Liver Lungs Pancreas and Small Intestine Tissues Heart Valves Skin Bone Ligaments Tendons Nerves Fascia Middle Ear Bones and Veins Eye Tissue Corneas Why should you consider registering There are thousands of Americans waiting for organs to become available so that they can have a second chance at life Sadly there are approximately 500 names added to the waiting list each month There are not enough organ donors to meet the growing need resulting in the deaths of 18 men women or children each day What if members of your family are opposed to donation Talking to your family about your desire to be an organ eye and tissue donor and educating them about the facts of donation and transplantation are important steps to make them feel comfortable with your decision Registering your decision with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is a legal advance directive to be carried out at the time of your death If you are an adult it cannot be changed by your family or another individual For minors under 18 years of age a parent can revoke or amend a registration at the time of death What if you change your mind about donation If you change your mind it is important to remove or amend your registration in the Ohio Donor Registry You can do so online or by completing and returning an enrollment form after checking the appropriate box to remove or amend your registration Does the family have to pay for the cost of organ tissue donation No All costs related to donation are paid by the organ tissue recovery agencies or the transplant center The donor s family neither pays for nor receives payment for organ and tissue donation Hospital expenses incurred before the donation of organs in attempts to save the donor s life as well as funeral expenses remain the responsibility of the donor s family Will the quality of medical treatments and the efforts to save your life be lessened if emergency or medical personnel know you are willing to be a donor No Doctors and medical professionals will do everything in their power to save a life in an emergency situation If a doctor were to do less in any circumstance he or she would likely lose their medical license These doctors are not concerned about registry status and have nothing to do with the donation process The organ procurement organization does not become involved until independent physicians involved in the patient s care have determined that all possible efforts to save the patient s life have failed and death is declared Does

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  • Understanding Donation
    Church is not opposed to organ donation as long as the organs and tissue in question are used to better human life i e for transplantation or for research that will lead to improvements in the treatment and prevention of disease Gypsies Gypsies are people of different ethnic groups without a formalized religion They share common folk beliefs and tend to be opposed to organ donation Their opposition is connected with their beliefs about the afterlife Traditional belief contends that for one year after death the soul retraces its steps Thus the body must remain intact because the soul maintains its physical shape Hinduism According to the Hindu Temple Society of North America Hindus are not prohibited by religious law from donating their organs This act is an individual s decision H L Trivedi in Transplantation Proceedings states that Hindu mythology has stories in which the parts of the human body are used for the benefit of other humans and society There is nothing in the Hindu religion indicating that parts of humans dead or alive cannot be used to alleviate the suffering of other humans Independent Conservative Evangelical Generally evangelicals have no opposition to organ and tissue donation Each church is autonomous and leaves the decision to donate up to the individual Islam The religion of Islam believes in the principle of saving human lives According to A Sachedina in his Transplantation Proceedings article Islamic Views on Organ Transplantation 1990 the majority of the Muslim scholars belonging to various schools of Islamic law have invoked the principle of priority of saving human life and have permitted the organ transplant as a necessity to procure that noble end Jehovah s Witnesses According to the Watch Tower Society Jehovah s Witnesses believe donation is a matter of individual decision Jehovah s Witnesses are often assumed to be opposed to donation because of their belief against blood transfusion However this merely means that all blood must be removed from the organs and tissues before being transplanted Judaism All four branches of Judaism Orthodox Conservative Reform and Reconstructionist support and encourage donation According to Orthodox Rabbi Moses Tendler chairman of the Biology Department of Yeshiva University in New York City and chairman of the Bioethics Commission of the Rabbinical Council of America If one is in the position to donate an organ to save another s life it s obligatory to do so even if the donor never knows who the beneficiary will be The basic principle of Jewish ethics the infinite worth of the human being also includes donation of corneas since eyesight restoration is considered a life saving operation In 1991 the Rabbinical Council of America Orthodox approved organ donation as permissible and even required from brain dead patients The Reform movement looks upon the transplant program favorably and Rabbi Richard Address director of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations Bio Ethics Committee and Committee on Older Adults states that Judaic Responsa materials provide a positive approach and by and large

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  • Understanding Donation
    of those waiting for organ transplants Minorities and African Americans in particular are disproportionately affected by diseases that can often lead to organ failure like diabetes high blood pressure and obesity Though minorities do donate it s not enough to meet the urgent need Many may be reluctant to register as donors because of Religious beliefs Mistrust of the medical community Lack of awareness Racism Fear of premature death It

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