October 2009

  • Consider the impact your gift can have when you make a contribution to NFT. More than 104,000 people are awaiting lifesaving transplants. Your gift can help!

    What your gift can do:
    $35 can provide nutritional supplements for a patient
    $50 can pay for one prescription co-pay
    $85 can provide one night’s housing when a patient must seek medical care away from home
    $100 can pay for oxygen for a lung transplant patient on the waiting...

  • Hannah Bhagwandeen, a patient we first told you about in June, now faces a new challenge. Hannah, who will turn 2 in December, has already undergone two liver transplants. In order for the transplanted liver to remain active and healthy, Hannah must take anti-rejection medications daily. Sadly, these medications have caused young Hannah to lose hearing in both ears.

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  • NFT patient Cindy Franklin need a liver transplant to survive. Last year, this Mississippi resident was diagnosed with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a genetic liver disease. Her brother, David, died from the disease the same year Cindy was diagnosed. Doctors say a liver transplant is her only hope for a second chance at life.

    This mother and grandmother is a survivor and is determined to fight her disease so she can...

  • Last week, the Cleveland Clinic set the world record for the number of lung transplants performed in a single year with their 129th lung transplant. The previous record was set in 2007 when the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center performed 128 lung transplants. Cleveland Clinic expects to perform at least a total of 160 lung transplants by the end of the year.

    "It's not about the numbers," Dr. Marie Budev, medical director of the Clinic's Lung Transplantation...

  • Have you watched Three Rivers, the new transplant-related medical drama on CBS? If so, what do you think about it? While NFT is thrilled about the show’s efforts to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation, there are certainly some unrealistic aspects. Overall, NFT hopes Three Rivers continues to shed some light on the world of transplantation so more people understand how...

  • In 2006, Sue was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease due to diabetes, although her doctor suspects she may have gone undiagnosed for more than 12 years. Doctors say a kidney transplant is her only hope for a second chance at life. She is undergoing evaluations at Allegheny General Hospital and will soon be added to the transplant waiting list. Several family members are being tested to see if any are donor matches.

    Despite her health...

  • September Transplants

    October 8, 2009

    We are so happy for our patients who received lifesaving transplants in September! NFT wishes them well in their recovery and will continue to guide them as they raise funds to help with medical expenses.

  • Support the National Kidney Foundation and promote the importance of organ donation by voting for John Piano in GQ's Better Men Better World contest!

    John, the president and CEO of Transplant Connect, has...