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Pediatric heart transplant method developed by U of A doctors allows for more surgeries, better outcomes: study

“A pediatric heart transplant procedure pioneered by Canadian doctors—once deemed impossible—has been shown to be at least as effective as the traditional approach, according to newly published research in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.”
“It’s really important to see it has not only helped these very sick babies to get transplants faster, but also to live as long, with no more rejections, and better outcomes with regards to infections, as children who received a matched blood group heart,” said principal investigator Simon Urschel,

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‘I feel good knowing I helped’: Burlington man donates kidney, advocates for organ donations

“I have zero regrets,” he says. “I feel good knowing I helped someone have a better quality of life.”

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Third annual Green Shirt Day encourages Canadians to register as organ donors

The event, taking place April 7, encourages Canadians to wear green in support of the cause. This year’s event slogan is “Together Strong,” the Kidney Foundation said in a news release.

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My journey to give a stranger more time through living organ donation

“I was serious about being an organ donor after death — so why wasn’t I serious about it now, at age 24? That was the start of a long, bumpy and pandemic-interrupted ride of undergoing testing at Toronto’s University Health Network living donor program, to give a kidney anonymously to a stranger.”

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B.C. pals run 5K together a year after one donated a kidney to keep the other alive

Friends Michael Teigen & Stephen Gillis (Our hosts of #KidneyWalk last year!) run 5K to raise awareness about the vulnerability of dialysis patients to COVID19. Plus celebrate one year after their life-saving kidney donation. “They are very, very vulnerable,” said Gillis about COVID-19 for dialysis patients who are not only immune-compromised but are also regularly having to go to hospitals for their procedures during the pandemic. Gillis said he also hopes by doing it he is setting a positive example for his players and other transplant patients.

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