Scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that can help hearts pump when they are failing. The sleeve - made of material that mimics heart muscle - hugs the outside of the heart and squeezes it, mimicking the action of cardiac muscle. [ Bbc.in Link ]
"Today was probably the most meaningful day I'll ever experience. Until now, I've never known such gratitude, such joy. This is Pete. I just met him for the first time today.
"Pete heard I was sick and donated a portion of his liver to me so that I can grow a completely new one. His selfless donation has saved my life. I was able to get out of bed and walk without collapsing for the first... View details ⇨
The surgical team at Leicester's Hospitals preparing to transplant a kidney, lead by Mr. Tahir Doughman, Consultant Transplant Surgeon (centre). Miss Pamela Kellett, Senior transplant nurse (right) is scrubbed carefully preparing instruments required for the procedure.
"Here's just a little visual reminder of the difference organ donation can make. The top two photos are my old lungs, ruined by cystic fibrosis. The bottom two are my new, healthy lungs - crystal clear!
"The fact I can now breathe with ease sometimes actually takes my breath away, it's the best feeling in the world. I'm so thankful to my donor and their family."
“Mum was always helping people and that’s why we donated her liver and corneas. She helped people to see again. We all had a little tear of pride on our faces when the donation was done. There were other families going through what we were going through, and we were able to help them.”
"This is Hayden with his mother Lauren. Hayden is almost 6 and is waiting for his second kidney transplant. He got his first from his father 2 years ago, but it has now failed. He is on haemodialysis three times a week via a plastic tube which goes into his heat. Because of dialysis he misses school 3 days per week. He loves super heroes and he and his family hope he gets another transplant... View details ⇨
"How good does this ledge look after having a KIDNEY TRANSPLANT two days ago?! After 9 months of being on the list my brother Tom got a call to say there was a kidney on it's way to Leeds. We will be forever thankful to the amazing person who donated the greatest gift of life ❤ NHS . There are still thousands awaiting that need organ donors and anyone can help by signing up."
Written by Sarah Todd, whose mum had a heart transplant 23 months ago, alongside a photograph by Mark Smith, whose dad also had a heart transplant.
Donors do not just save one life, they save families.
Tracey Jolliffe has already donated a kidney, 16 eggs and 80 pints of blood, and intends to leave her brain to science. She is now hoping to give away part of her liver to a person she may never meet. [ Bbc.in Link ]
When Ashley Theriot died unexpectedly at the age of 32, her friend asked her family if they'd donate Theriot's kidney. They agreed, and now that kidney — and 7 more of her organs — have new lives. [ N.pr Link ]
"My brother Victor had a second kidney transplant after 20 years. The first donation came from one of my other brothers, the recent one from me. Being a donor was a window of life for which I feel hugely grateful."
In the first such instance in India and the second in the world, the liver of a 42-year-old brain dead woman, who herself received a kidney transplant two years ago, has been donated and successfully transplanted into a 66-year old liver cirrhosis patient. [ Bit.ly Link ]
"Today is the 2nd year anniversary of my kidney transplant from an anonymous living donor. I will be forever grateful to the gentleman who gave me and my family our lives back. You, Sir, are my hero. I live everyday thankful for my life and the daily experiences that come my way, Thank you from the bottom of my heart."