Posts by Jacqueline Treftz

The Organ Shortage & the Need for Donors

As a people, we have become safer and lived longer thanks to huge advancements in medical technology and procedures. The unfortunate side effect of these great advancements in medical science is that there are fewer and fewer organs available for transplant. As of 2018, the US population sat at 326,766,748 people and is growing at…

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The First HIV Positive Kidney Donation Done at Johns Hopkins

In March of 2019, the elite surgical team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland performed the world’s first kidney transplant from a living HIV positive donor. Built on the knowledge and skills acquired by surgical teams in South Africa who pioneered HIV positive transplants, this surgery marks a major landmark for organ donation. Dr.…

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2019 Flag Raising Ceremonies

Flag Raising Ceremonies 2019 Date Time Hospital Location 4/2/2019 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Bethesda North Creekside Café Foyer 4/3/2019 9:00 am – 10:00 am LifeCenter Office Building Lobby 4/5/2019 9:00 am – 10:00 am St. Elizabeth SETEC – Indoors 4/5/2019 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CCHMC Sabin Auditorium 4/9/2019 9:00 am – 10:00 am…

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The Importance of Logan’s Law

In February of 2019, a new bill named Logan’s Law went before the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives with the goal of making organ donation more accessible to people who love the outdoors. All of this began with the kindness of Logan Luft, a young man whose thoughtful and caring decision to become an…

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Can 3D Printing Help the Organ Shortage?

When you think of 3D printing, you probably think of custom plastic pieces created through layering liquid plastic. Since 2015, commercial 3D printing has come a long way to include leaps like 3D printed concrete structures, metal #D printing, and most importantly, something called bioink. Bioink is exactly what it sounds like; it is ink…

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Henry Dennis: A Story of Selfless Giving

Henry Dennis lived his life in an extraordinary way. He believed in living each day to the fullest and wanted nothing more than to help the people around him. An avid high school teacher and runner, Henry gave his mind, body, and soul to everything that he did. He pushed himself physically and mentally to…

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First Baby Born to a Woman with a Uterus Transplant

The struggles of infertility have caused many hardships and pains for couples who are having difficulty conceiving or are incapable of having children. These struggles can permeate a person’s life and make it difficult to focus on anything besides these fertility issues. Luckily, there has recently been a huge leap forward in solving this issue…

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Start the New Year with a Great Resolution

The holidays are a time for giving, kindness, and selflessness. That makes this time of year the perfect time to make a great resolution for 2019. The ultimate resolution for the coming year is to try to put others first and to adopt selflessness into your lifestyle. Luckily, this resolution can be easily kept by…

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One Donor, Eight Lives

Over the past decade, the need for organ donors has grown at an unprecedented rate. Even though there are more registered donors than ever before, the need still well outweighs the supply. Luckily, it has never been easier to register as an organ donor and help give people a second lease on life. If you…

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