April 2012

  • Phill Locke

    When Phill Locke's telephone rang Halloween evening, the caller said, "This is not a trick."

    And for that, Locke was thankful.

    Diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Locke, 51, of Collier Township, knew his life was limited, not only in physical movement, but also in length. Locke was dying and without a double lung transplant, he...

  • For the second year in a row, 87 adult hearts were transplanted at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Center in 2011, more than at any other hospital in the country, the hospital announced today.

    "Cedars-Sinai's commitment to the patient with advanced heart failure is unmatched," said Dr. Eduardo Marban, director of the institute."We are the No. 1 heart transplant...

  • Anya Maciulewski

    When Anya was 2, doctors discovered a brain tumor, which required chemotherapy. The following year, she underwent radiation to her head and spine. At ages 11 and 12, she successfully completed treatments for two more brain tumors.

    In 2010, she was unable to breathe, and her parents rushed her to the ER, where she was put into a drug-induced coma. After eight weeks, she was able to return home, but later that...

  • We are thrilled for our patients who received lifesaving transplants last month! As you may know, the transplant journey is a long one, and it doesn’t end when the patient receives his or her transplant. Transplant recipients require a lifetime of costly follow-up care and vital medications. At NFT, we are dedicated to raising hope, one patient at a time.

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  • April is National Donate Life month, a time to educate Americans about the urgent need for organ donors. There are nearly 114,000 people on the national waiting list for transplants, and a new name is added to the list every 10 minutes.

    Sadly, last year just 28,535 people received lifesaving transplants, and only 14,144 people donated organs. More lives could be saved if more people chose to donate their organs. Every day 18 people die while waiting for a transplant. One organ donor...