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Inspired by the “Batkid” event held in November in San Francisco, the medical device company Spinal Elements planned an adventure for Aidden Whitsett over the last few weeks. Employees built sets, customized a car for Aidden, hired actors, and mapped out a route through their office. Aidden was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative muscle […]
Joe Gutierrez, a bone allograft recipient from Colorado, spoke about his experience with donated tissue at the Colorado BioScience Association’s BioScience Day at the Capitol. He received a bone allograft after finding out he had an aggressive cell tumor on his shoulder. We encourage you to watch Joe’s amazing story.
AlloSource, one of the nation’s largest non-profit providers of skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, and the world’s largest processor of cellular bone allografts, was awarded 61st place in the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America competition, judged by Healthiest Employers. Five thousand companies across the nation applied for the […]
Donor Alliance, the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization for Colorado and Wyoming, reported a record number of donors in 2013. 463 people received lifesaving organ transplants because of the generosity of 148 donors, representing a 26% increase in the number of organ donors over the last four years. 1,177 tissue donors saved and enhanced the […]
Sitting on the sidelines wasn’t an option for Matt. A lifelong athlete, he loved running, biking, and playing softball and basketball. While running during a playoff game for his softball league, Matt’s knee went out. He knew the injury was bad and he tried to heal it with physical therapy and rest, but his knee […]
The National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) governs tissue banks in the United States. NOTA dictates that tissues cannot be bought or sold. The law allows for reimbursement of the costs related to the recovery, processing and storing of tissue. It also allows for reimbursement of costs associated with development related to tissue processing technologies. The […]
Doctors in Sweden have transplanted wombs from living relatives into nine women with the hopes that they will soon become pregnant. Women in the study, mostly in their 30s, were born without a uterus or had it removed due to cancer. Similar procedures were attempted in Turkey and Saudi Arabia; however, both efforts failed to […]
After overcoming a knee injury and returning to running, Jennifer was devastated when another accident halted her active lifestyle. Her initial knee injury resulted from a rollerblading accident. Following that injury, Jennifer was told she should never run again, but anyone who knows runners, knows that it is a hard activity to stop. After taking […]
The Littleton Independent recently highlighted both a donor family and a recipient to spotlight the need for organ and tissue donors. Carol Hutchinson-Stepp, a donor mother, honored her stepson’s wishes of being an organ and tissue donor. Even though she grieves the loss of C. Jay, Carol is grateful that a part of him still […]
Jodi’s life changed in an instant when she was struck and pinned between two cars in 1983. She endured many surgeries in an attempt to correct the damage done to her ankle. “For many years I have suffered through pain, numerous casts, braces and pain pills,” Jodi said. “I was restricted on activities that I […]
Did you know that more than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year? The surgical need for tissue is steadily rising. You can register here to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Source: Donate Life America.
Exciting developments in the field of organ and tissue transplantation have prompted the U.S. government to expand regulation to include hand and face transplants. These radical transplants have the potential to improve the lives of those who are disfigured by injury or illness. Though still rare, the number of these procedures is slowly increasing as more […]