The Kidney Project: Bio-Artificial Kidney Update

The Kidney Project released a brief update on their Facebook page on March 10 regarding the push toward the clinical trials. In have had some discussions with the FDA already and they expect to have two or three more over the coming months so that they can (hopefully) submit the full application package over the summer.

Based on the tone of the update they sound cautiously optimistic that this is going to move forward, but the reality is it will likely continue to be a slow process. It’s just how it works when you try to bring this sort of product to market. There are a ton of safety requirements that have to be met before they can even think of starting clinical trials so it’s understandable why they have to take a very deliberate pace.

You can read the official update by following this link to their Facebook page.

You can support the efforts of The Kidney Project by contributing here.

Eleven Year Old Ohio Boy Needs a Kidney

Skylar Gordon is an 11 year old boy with a problem that is becoming much too common today. He needs a kidney.

Skylar is battling Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) which is a particularly nasty  and aggressive disease that scars your kidneys to the point that it leads to symptoms of nephrotic syndrome.

He has type O blood and if you are interested in being a donor (remember you don’t necessarily need to be a blood match to donate), contact the Cincinatti Childrens’ Hospital at (513) 636-7201.

Read the article (courtesy of Fox 8 Cleveland).

Political Donations Done Right

Credit for this article goes to the American Kidney Fund Blog where we are introduced to three state legislators from different states (and across party lines) who have one big thing in common.

All three are kidney donors.

This is good news in a couple of ways. First the obvious. A number of people got kidneys from living donors (the best kind). Second, in an age where few people have confidence in the political system, it’s a nice reminder that government is made up of people who actually do go into service with the goal of making a difference. Some stray over time and others make a real effort to move the ball downfield. These are a few examples.

Check out the article below:

KidneyToday: State legislators who have donated kidneys stand up to protect living donors

News and Media Roundup: 12/22/2019

A look at some of what is happening in the world of kidney health:

HHS proposed rule expands reimbursement for living kidney donors – 12/20/2019

In keeping with the executive order Advancing American Kidney Health, HHS has released a proposed rule intended to reduce financial barriers to living organ donation by expanding reimbursable expenses for kidney donors...

Hopefully we’ll see the impact from this sooner than later!

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Eight Year Old Boy Desperately Needs Transplant

A friend shared this on Facebook. I only know what I read in the article but his situation sounds pretty severe. I hope they are able to work around his complications and get him the transplant he needs. He’s too young to be dealt that hand.

Read the article.

Update: 12/5/2019

While Jordan is still waiting, there is some positive news to report. There have already been 1200 applications requested by people who are interested in donating him a kidney. Hopefully out of all these people there will be at least one good match and they can go forward with the procedure.

Read the article.

Just an update for those who want to follow Jordan’s story and progress, his family has a Facebook page devoted to the search for a matching kidney and there have been some updates. People are volunteering, it is a question of finding a match. You can keep up with his story and the link below.

Jordan Rhodes Facebook Page

A Bears Fan’s Plea For A Kidney

I’ll be honest, as a child growing up in New England, I never did get over the thrashing our Patriots took at the hands of the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. I don’t want to say I’m a bitter person, and after six championships later, you’d think I’d be over it. But no, I’m still sour. They should have let us win.

So on that note, I’ve never associated the Bears with anything positive. But then along comes this guy:

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Just A Little Off The Top – And Your Spare Kidney Too

No doubt you’ve seen more and more people put signs on their cars advertising their need for an organ donor. It’s one more tool in our arsenal when it comes to getting the word out about the importance of live organ donation.

If you’ve ever wondered if this approach works, well you can check off at least one incident where it led to a donor match and from an unexpected donor.

This comes from nbcdfw.com:

“I think some people feel like they are called to be a donor and others may feel like they want to donate time,” Newsom said. “There is something we can all do to make everything better for everyone.”

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health/Advertising-on-Car-Window-Helps-Woman-Find-a-Kidney-Donor-565022252.html

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