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Woman challenges bone marrow donation law in effort to save daughters’ lives

Bone Marrow Transplant

Doreen Flynn is the mother of three young girls with an incurable blood disorder called Fanconi anemia. Jordan, 13, and twins Jorja and Julia, 7, will all need bone transplants to survive. Their mother fears there won’t be a match for her girls when the time comes. Or worse, that if a match is found that the donor won’t follow through and donate. She has reason to worry - some experts say that nearly half of donors don’t follow through with donation. So she has become the lead plaintiff in a case that she hopes will change medical history and make it legal to pay bone marrow donors. In doing so, she’s also taking aim at a long held position by the medical establishment that people who provide bone marrow should be altruistic – and not in it for the money.


Facebook Status Update: I Need a New Kidney

Kidney Transplant

Facebook and other social media sites are becoming a go-to place to find a person with a kidney to spare.


Girl, 12, kills self to donate organs to family

A 12-year-old girl killed herself in order to donate her organs to family members, but was cremated before her wishes became known, according to a report.


1 ambulance for you, 1 for your organs

Some 911 calls that involve cardiac arrest could draw a second ambulance as part of a new pilot program in New York City intended to more quickly recover organs from potential donors, the mayor said Wednesday.


Conn. mayor donates kidney to Facebook friend

Conn. mayor donates kidney to Facebook friend

Politicians long ago discovered the uses of Facebook. East Haven Mayor April Capone Almon found something else there: a constituent who needed her kidney.


Teen with two hearts makes full recovery

Teen with two hearts makes full recovery

Hannah's heart was failing and she needed a transplant. But instead of taking her own heart out, doctors added a new donated heart to her own when she was just two-years-old. Hannah Clark is a 16-year-old with a shy laugh and a love of animals. She likes to go shopping with friends and dreams of a career working with children.


Apple CEO Jobs received liver transplant

Apple CEO Jobs received liver transplant

Steve Jobs, the chief executive of Apple Inc., received a liver transplant about two months ago but is expected to return to work later this month, CNBC reported on Saturday.


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