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Leeds students honour organ donor pupil who died last year

More than 1,500 students and staff members have paid tribute to a pupil who died last year by spelling out a special message on their sports pitch. Students at The Grammar School at Leeds honoured 12-year-old Hoshi Naylor, who died after being hit by a car in January 2018. Her organs were donated to four people in need of a transplant after she died. The students stood in formation to spell out the words ‘Be A Hero’, which is the name of the organ donor campaign led by Leeds Teaching…

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Dustin Lance Black: ‘Our son should know his egg donor’

Image copyright Dustin Lance Black/Instagram Image caption Dustin Lance Black explored the subject of surrogacy for BBC Radio 5 live Dustin Lance Black and his husband, Olympic diver Tom Daley, became parents for the first time in June 2018, having their son Robbie Ray through surrogacy. Mr Black, an Oscar-winning screenwriter, and Mr Daley used a gestational surrogate in California, and a different egg donor, to have Robbie Ray. “The greatest gift I’ve ever had in my entire life is this son that I’m holding and I didn’t do it…

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‘I’ve got two months to find a donor’

Image copyright Meena Kumari-Sharma Image caption Meena, left, has taken the search for a stem cell donor into her own hands Looking back at photographs of last year’s Christmas party, mum-of-twins Meena Kumari-Sharma says she looked “the picture of health”. She was a successful recruitment consultant and loved long weekends of trips to the zoo and cocktails with friends. But a few months later, she was diagnosed with leukaemia, and now urgently needs to find a stem cell donor. Donor matches are never easy to find, and it’s even harder…

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World’s first baby born via womb transplant from dead donor

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – – A woman in Brazil who received a womb transplanted from a deceased donor has given birth to a baby girl in the first successful case of its kind, doctors reported. Medical team hold the first baby born via uterus transplant from a deceased donor at the hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil December 15, 2017 in this picture handout obtained on December 4, 2018. Hospital das Clinicas da FMUSP/via REUTERS The case, published in The Lancet medical journal, involved connecting veins from the donor uterus…

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Walsall cancer patient meets lifesaving German donor

A young cancer patient has met the stranger from Germany who donated his bone marrow to help save his life. Jack Withers, from Walsall, was 10 when he was told three years ago he had six months to live. He was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer called MDS, just as his twin sister had been eight years previously. An elder sister proved a donor match for her, but her marrow was incompatible with Jack. Step forward 27-year-old Michael Merten who was on an international database of donors. Blood…

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Mystery donor gives thousands to ill Shropshire boy

Image copyright Hannah Oliver-Willets Image caption The anonymous donor is a “special type of person” Zac’s mother said A mystery donor has given £100,000 to an ill four-year-old boy to enable him to go to the US for potentially life-saving cancer treatment. The parents of Zac Oliver from Broseley, Shropshire, who has a rare strain of leukaemia, have been campaigning to raise £500,000. The donation, first reported in the Daily Mail, ensured the family reached its target. NHS England has been asked to comment on why Zac cannot be treated…

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Women seeking sperm donor online harassed

Image caption Sarah said she felt she could not trust people on the sites Women using unregulated websites to find a sperm donor have been harassed and sent photos of miscarriages, the BBC has found. There are strict criteria for NHS artificial insemination and many women say private treatment is too expensive, so they turn to the internet. One woman told how a potential donor she met turned out to be married and had had a vasectomy. A fertility expert called for unregulated sites to be shut down. Online sperm…

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Cerebral palsy sufferer Jade Owen helped by anonymous donor

Image caption Jade Owen underwent spinal surgery in America to help stop spasticity A 20-year-old woman with cerebral palsy is finding her feet after an anonymous donor helped fund her bid for spinal surgery in America. Jade Owen has spent years trying to raise funds for treatment, and received just over £37,000 towards her cause earlier this year. Jade, who lives in Bridgend, is now able to walk with assistance. She said: “I would like to say a massive thank you for such an amazing and generous donation. “Without the…

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Kidney donor explains decision to give to a stranger

Would you give one of your organs up to someone you don’t know? That’s what 28-year-old Jack Bloomfield has decided to do, by donating a kidney. Jack, from Hamble in Hampshire, is one of a declining number of people doing this and more are needed. In the UK there are nearly 5,000 people who currently need a kidney and people like Jack can help to create a “chain” of donors. See more on Inside Out South on BBC One in the south of England on Monday September 10 at 19:30…

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Arron Banks: Brexit donor paid thousands to Lesotho government minister

Image copyright EPA Arron Banks paid thousands of pounds into a government minister’s private bank account while seeking a licence to prospect for diamonds in the Kingdom of Lesotho, it has emerged. The tycoon acknowledges he gave money to the politician but says it was to help fund his political campaigning. Mr Banks, the Brexit campaign’s biggest funder, denies corruption. An anti-corruption investigator is now probing the alleged link in light of evidence gathered by the BBC. Paul O’Sullivan, who has the authority to file a criminal case with the…

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