December 25, 2010
For months, Valerie Eigner saw her daughter, Jamie Conway, endure exhausting dialysis treatments three days a week, on top of a full-time work schedule that sometimes left her so fatigued she would return from her job and collapse on her bed. The lupus first diagnosed in 2004 had spread to Conway's kidneys, and doctors knew by spring that she would need a transplant. When Eigner heard the news, there was no question of what she would do to help. "When we found out in April that she needs a kidney, I knew I'm going to be tested," said Eigner.
March 30, 2010
At 71, with more than two years of a punishing schedule of dialysis under his belt, William Kavadias thought a new kidney would never come. Transplants, he assumed, were for the young. But last year, Kavadias' life-saving chance came in an unlikely package - a kidney from an older donor became available. The transplant was successful, and today he's feeling great. It's the kind of surgery that many surgeons won't bother to perform. While kidneys from older donors are not suitable for younger patients, they can save seniors' lives, say some transplant surgeons.
September 17, 2014
Three weeks after receiving a kidney transplant from his brother, a former Ravens' player, Chris Kemoeatu has heard all of the wisecracks. "Everyone jokes about me having a Ravens' kidney," said Kemoeatu, 31, who played seven years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. "But hey, I can live with that. " He'll have to. On Thursday, Kemoeatu (key-moy-AH-too) and his brother, Ma'ake (ma-AH-kay), spoke at the University Of Maryland Medical Center of the unusual circumstances surrounding their Aug. 27 surgeries there.
April 18, 2014
To see 2-year-old James Paglio of Fort Meade playing on the floor, his cherry-red cheeks glowing as he tows a toy truck behind a sofa, you'd never know that he suffers from kidney disease so severe he often needs up to 15 medications a day and has been on dialysis since October. His warm, crinkling eyes belie how he once feared strangers - all too many have come to perform painful medical procedures. To see 19-year-old Taylor Chappell of Glen Burnie, you'd never know that doctors have deemed her an ideal donor match for James, though the two are not related.
March 23, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The poorest Marylanders with kidney disease would be treated free, but others needing treatment would pay part of the cost under a bill passed yesterday by the House of Delegates.The bill would impose a charge on those who make more than $11,000a year or whose assets exceed $12,500.Those patients would pay 5 percent income or assets above these figures for dialysis treat- ments.The legislation seeks to provide coverage free or at low cost for the neediest of 4,200 Marylanders now participating in the program, said Delegate Brian K. McHale, D-Baltimore, a member of the House Environmental Matters Committee, which crafted the bill.
December 3, 2006
Of course the five-kidney, 10-patient transplant extravaganza at Johns Hopkins Hospital got on the CBS Evening News last month. A dozen surgeons worked all day to fulfill a complex, "my relative will give you a kidney if your relative gives me a kidney" contract that pushed the bounds of clinical logistics. "A huge medical story," said Katie Couric. "A surgical square dance," said CBS correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi. A "triumph of the human spirit," transplant director Dr. Robert Montgomery told The Sun. And yet the heroics barely skimmed the ocean of desperate people needing kidneys.