Best Buddies: Paired organ donation saves Ed Leerdam’s life

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From Florida Hospital ApopkaEd Leerdam, who lives with his wife Maria in Orlando, has polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys. Common complications include high blood pressure and kidney failure. Ed received his first kidney transplant from a deceased donor in 1989. His kidney lasted for 25 years.In May 2014, he found out he needed to have another transplant. Perhaps, one of his five children would be a match. But none of them were eligible to donate. His 21-year-old twins have the possibility of inheriting the disease, so he didn’t feel comfortable letting them do this, his oldest son couldn’t donate because his body has an antigen that likely would cause Ed’s body to reject the kidney and another daughter was ruled out because she has polycystic fibrosis.“Ed’s friend Roy Baden immediately stepped up to offer a kidney, but it turned out Ed had an antibody against one of Roy’s HLA proteins,” says Bobby Nibhanupudy, MD, medical director, Florida Hospital Transplant Institute.HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigens) proteins play an important role in your immune system’s defense against invaders such as bacteria, viruses and parasites.For organ transplants,  when a donor’s HLA is different from the recipient’s, the immune system of the recipient will recognize the donor’s HLA antigens as foreign. This causes rejection of the transplanted organ.Roy called Ed’s wife Maria around that time. She told Roy about the Paired Donation program, a way to swap donors who are incompatible.“When a potential recipient has somebody, whether it’s a family member or friend, who wants to donate a kidney but is incompatible, we can put that pair into a database and look for similar pairs,” Dr. Nibhanupudy explains. “The computer program finds optimal donors for recipients and the different pairs will swap donors with each other.”Roy decided to see if he could be part of a paired donation. During the process, which lasted about six months, Ed became sicker and spent several weeks in the hospital.“He was close to moving out of the window of opportunity to have a transplant,” Dr. Nibhanupudy explains. “He almost reached the point where he would not have been able to tolerate a transplant.”By the end of December, however, they found somebody. Ed donated his kidney to someone in Minnesota and Ed received a kidney from someone in Minnesota.Dr. Nibhanupudy says “the nice thing about a living donation is it’s a normal kidney. On average, it lasts about five years longer than a cadaver kidney. In addition, it usually takes about two months to coordinate blood tests and such with a living donor kidney. With a cadaver kidney the patient has to go on a wait list, where the average wait time is about three to five years.”When it comes to making an organ donation, a lot of people still think a donor has to be a blood relative. “It really isn’t true,” says Dr. Nibhanupudy. “If you take a cadaver donor kidney where all HLA proteins match the recipient and compare it to the living donor kidney, that will still last longer. Having a healthy kidney that is taken out and put in so quickly gives you the best chance at longevity. A living donation will last longer regardless if it’s a blood relative or complete stranger.”Needless to say, with the number of organs available for transplantation worldwide at a shortage and the number of people requiring transplants on the rise, Dr. Nibhanupudy encourages people to “sign up at their Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and tell family members that you want to be a donor, so we can recycle organs and save lives instead of letting good organs go.”You can also sign up online at Donate Life Florida.Today, both Ed and Roy are doing well and enjoy fixing up old cars together.“Last time we saw Roy, he was fantastic,” says Dr. Nibhanupudy. “I saw Ed in April during our annual picnic, and he looks great, too.”“I’m glad I was a part of helping Ed enjoy life longer,” says Roy. “God was helping us through he whole thing.”Advantages of a living donation:Having time to plan the surgery and ability to prepare in advanceLiving donor transplants, on average, last twice as long as a deceased donor transplant. This is due to many factors, including the donor being healthy and the kidney having less time out of the body, which increases the chances of it working right away. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! TAGSFlorida Hospital – Apopka Previous articleEarth Day Feature: 4 tips for living green when the weather is warmNext articleKilsheimer speaks out on new business venture Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Mexican journalist’s body found four days after his abduction

first_img News Organisation MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that the body of Jorge Torres Palacios, a journalist based in the resort city of Acapulco, in the southern state of Guerrero, was found outside the city yesterday, four days after unidentified gunmen kidnapped him from his home. Torres worked for the Acapulco’s public health department as press spokesman and wrote a political column called “Nothing personal” for El Dictamen de Guerrero, a weekly newspaper. His body was found near a cemetery, semi-buried and bearing the marks of torture.“An investigation must be quickly launched by the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos Contra la Libertad de Expresión) into Torres’ murder and it must consider the possibility that the motive was linked to his journalistic work,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. In his newspaper column, Torres often wrote about the region’s high level of violent crime. One of his recent articles referred to public anger in Chilpancingo, the Guerrero state capital, and to protests against arbitrary arrest, physical violence, extortion and abduction by the local police, federal police and even the armed forces.“When is the impunity going to end?” Soulier added. “We call on the Mexican authorities to respect the undertakings they gave to Reporters Without Borders’ secretary-general during his visit in April, and to make the safety of journalists a priority.”Reporters Without Borders is still waiting for the authorities to shed some light on the murder of Gregorio Jiménez de la Cruz, a journalist whose body was found on 11 February, three days after his abduction from his home in the eastern state of Veracruz.Mexico is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Picture: May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img Reports Help by sharing this information June 3, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mexican journalist’s body found four days after his abduction News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies MexicoAmericas News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Violence against press during post-election protests

first_img MongoliaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders calls on the Mongol authorities and political parties to protect journalists and guarantee media freedom after a series of incidents involving the press during violent demonstrations following the 29 June legislative elections.“We condemn the violence by demonstrators, who seriously injured three reporters,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is also very regrettable that the government chose to stop all of the capital’s TV stations, except the state TV, from broadcasting. Censorship is not the way to maintain law and order.”Several journalists were injured on the night of 1 July. B. Byamba-Ochir, a photographer with the Mongol newspaper Unuudur, and H. Erdenebulgan of the national radio and TV broadcaster were badly hurt while covering protests by opposition supporters in the capital. A Japanese journalist working for Fuji TV was attacked. All three were hospitalised with head injuries. A European photographer told Agence France-Presse he was also hit on the head.The headquarters of the newspapers Hummuussiin Amidral, Humuus and Unuudriin Mongol were all burned down in what were reported to be arson attacks.All TV stations except the state TV were ordered to stop broadcasting under a state of emergency decreed by the president on 1 July. Privately-owned Eagle TV continued to post reports on its website.Thousands of people staged violent street protests after the authorities announced that the ruling party won the elections and the opposition claimed there had been massive fraud. Five people were killed in Ulan Bator. UN human rights review on Mongolia: RSF urges members to join its call for press freedom reforms Receive email alerts Campaigns to go further Mongolia: RSF calls for media reform to tackle corruption RSF_en Follow the news on Mongolia Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News MongoliaAsia – Pacific October 28, 2020 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News July 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violence against press during post-election protests News Organisation June 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Aryzta names former Glanbia boss as new CEO

first_imgKevin Toland, a former chief executive and president of Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals, is to replace Owen Killian as CEO of global bakery business Aryzta.Killian, chief financial officer Patrick McEniff, and Americas CEO John Yamin all resigned their roles earlier this year following a period of trading described as “unexpected and extremely disappointing” by Killian.Toland is currently chief executive of DAA Plc, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, travel retailer ARI and DAA International. Before joining DAA in 2013 he was chief executive and president of Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals, a division of Glanbia plc, based in Chicago.He will join Aryzta following a six-month notice period, or earlier, if agreed by both parties. The appointment follows a search by Aryzta and international recruitment firm Russell Reynolds to “select and recruit a world-class CEO with the necessary blend of skills and expertise to lead Aryzta”.The Aryzta board said it selected Toland on the basis of his “proven track record, deep global sector expertise, and the specific relevance of his background and experience for Aryzta today”.During his time as CEO of DAA, passenger numbers at Dublin airport increased from 19 million to 28 million a year. At Glanbia, Toland led the growth of Glanbia USA & Global Nutritionals to become the largest manufacturer and exporter of American-style cheese in the US, said Aryzta, and the number one globally in sports nutrition.He has held other senior roles at Glanbia including group development director, chief executive of consumer foods, and director of strategy and marketing. Before joining Glanbia, he held management positions with Coca Cola Bottlers in Russia and with Grand Metropolitan in Ireland and Central Europe.“Kevin has an outstanding track record for delivering strategically, operationally and financially,” said Aryzta chairman Gary McGann. “He is a proven CEO of businesses undergoing significant transformation and brings extensive experience of the food sector.”Toland said he was delighted to be joining Aryzta: “I have watched Aryzta develop over the years and it has established real-scale and deep competitive advantage in its core categories. I look forward to working with the Aryzta board, management and employees to deliver, in time, the objective of performance and growth.”last_img read more