Claudette Riley Springfield News-Leader Published 11:03 PM EST Feb 13, 2019 For a family with the last name Valentine, there is no way to treat Feb. 14 like just another holiday. Sparta Superintendent Rocky Valentine, his high school sweetheart Breanna and their tiptoeing and twirling daughters Lyla and Lily are used to the jokes and puns about their last name, especially this time of year. They just grin and go with it. After all, the close-knit family is all about love. And hearts — the real kind — are a big part of their story. Rocky, now 32, received a heart transplant when he was in middle school. Lyla, now 7, was given a new heart before she took her first step. The father-and-daughter duo are both thriving. With so much to celebrate, the Valentine family is sharing its experience to shine a light on heart health in February as part of the American Heart Association's #NoMOHeartDisease initiative. "I've shared our story with so … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day: Father, daughter heart transplant recipients blessed
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has opened a clinic site at St. Joseph’s Health to offer care “closer to home” for the region’s liver-transplant patients. URMC provides care for “hundreds” of liver-transplant patients who live in the Central New York, Mohawk Valley, Hudson Valley, Capital, and Northern New York regions, St. Joseph’s Health said in a news release. The local liver clinic, which started accepting appointments on Aug. 14, will provide services once a week on Tuesdays. Staffed by URMC personnel, the clinic will provide early liver-disease assessment, evaluations to determine need for a full transplant, ongoing liver care in collaboration with the patient’s gastroenterologist, and post-transplant follow-up appointments. “For patents who have traditionally had to drive two or three or four hours to Rochester in all weather conditions, sometimes quite often, this Syracuse–based … [Read more...] about University of Rochester Medical Center opens liver-transplant clinic at St. Joseph’s Health
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Heart transplant recipient Michael Modica went from a healthy construction worker to near death in just one month. The 30-year-old is alive today thanks to a mother's intuition, the team of doctors at Staten Island University Hospital's (SIUH) Ocean Breeze and Prince's Bay campuses and Northwell Health's Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital in Long Island. "I have a clean slate now; I'm just happy to be alive and very appreciative of [whoever the donor was]. It's just crazy, I can't think of any other way to describe it," said Modica through tears as he spoke of his new heart. Most people spend years awaiting organ transplants, especially when they're waiting for a heart, but Modica got a new heart in just over six months. He was initially told it would be one to two years -- but a match was found much sooner. "I'm happier than I sound," he said from his Rossville home, where he's recovering. A HEALTH CRISIS Last November, Modica went to urgent care … [Read more...] about 30-year-old heart transplant recipient ‘happy to be alive’
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest 1 doctor, 2,000+ kidney transplants. If surgeons kept stats, he’d be LeBron James. Surgeons aren’t sports stars. But if they were, IU Health’s Dr. Goggins would be winning championships. He’s completed 2,000+ kidney transplants. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Shari Rudavsky, [email protected] Published 6:02 p.m. ET April 26, 2018 | Updated 6:16 p.m. ET April 26, 2018 CLOSE The director of adult and pediatric kidney transplantation at IU Health has performed more than 2000 kidney … [Read more...] about 1 doctor, 2,000+ kidney transplants. If surgeons kept stats, he’d be LeBron James.
Hundreds of living organ donors were expected to gather Saturday at Millennium Park in hopes of setting a world record and, in the process, inspiring others to consider becoming living organ donors. Among them was Kendra Perpich, who in 2015 helped save the life of a Lombard teenager by donating a portion of her liver for transplant after learning on Facebook about the boy’s plight. But Perpich had a very different agenda than most of Saturday’s participants. Her goal was to raise awareness of the potential downside of organ donation for living donors, which in her case has included ongoing medical complications she never expected. In short, Perpich has regrets about being an organ donor despite the excellent medical outcome to date for the boy who received the transplant. “No, I wouldn’t do it again,” Perpich told me Friday, albeit reluctantly and only when pressed. Perpich, 49, of Phoenix, Ariz., said she still suffers near-constant nausea and pain that … [Read more...] about She saved a life with organ donation — but wouldn’t do it again. Here’s why.