Son keeps kidney ready for father

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Courtesy photo John M. Montano said giving his father a kidney is the least he can do after all his father has done for the family. The two are scheduled to undergo a transplant procedure in October. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer For the last few months, John M. Montano has been spending a […]

Reporter’s Notebook: Kindness keeps couple going

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Courtesy photo By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer BROTHERS-IN-LAW Woody Wood and Larry Herring tease each other that they are now related by blood. Wood, 73, of Clovis lost a kidney to cancer and Herring, of Michigan, donated his when Wood’s remaining kidney began to fail. Wood continues to face health issues, including having had […]

Man gives father gift of life

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Travis Husted, left, and his father, Andy Husted, seated in the Husted family room, talk about the big decision for Travis Husted to donate a kidney to his dad last month. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Travis Husted has given his father more than just a kidney for Christmas. His 60-year-old […]

Student overcame hurdles to graduate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Her back is turned as she runs a brush through her long, black hair. She looks away from the mirror, and sits down on the hospital bed, where she has draped a bright, SpongeBob SquarePants blanket over the thin, white sheets. Suddenly, it is obvious. Erica Lopez isn’t the […]

In death, teen gave life

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Donna Durham, right, received a kidney from Wilfred Salas, son of Velma Valdez. Salas was shot and killed earlier this year. Durham is holding up a shirt with his photo. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In life, he did not follow a straight and narrow path. In death, Wilfred Salas […]

Stranger’s unselfish sharing sign of God’s mercy

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist There is much sadness in the world. There is sadness in our community, the nation and the world. That is why I am sharing the following true story about an incident … no, a miracle … that is uplifting. My sister Susie lives in Rochester, Minn. She sent this e-mail […]

Transplant process should be more open

Freedom Newspapers History was made on Oct. 20 at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. One of Robert Smitty’s kidneys was transplanted into Bob Hickey. It wasn’t the transplant itself that was unusual, nor was it that the kidney came from a living donor; such surgeries are becoming commonplace. The unusual part of this particular […]

Lab results say blood clot killed zoo’s tiger

By Jack King Sabre, the white Bengal tiger who died at Hillcrest Zoo in December, died of a blood clot in a kidney brought on by high blood pressure, according to lab results received this week. Sabre was found dead in his cage Dec. 4. A necropsy was performed the same day and parts of […]

No real reason to prohibit organ sales

Thomas Sowell It was gratifying news when fans around the country volunteered to donate their kidneys to basketball star Alonzo Mourning, who would otherwise have to cut short his career because of life-threatening medical problems with his own kidneys. However, the head of the New York Organ Donor Network said it was a shame “that […]