Organ Donation Saves Lives

first_imgPrint RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsOrgan Donation Saves LivesBy Meghann Scully – December 21, 2020 160 center_img Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postorgan donor Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NO REPRO FEE 12/06/2020 HSE Covid-19 Media Briefing. Pictured is Dr Catherine Motherway, President of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, Intensive Care Consultant, ULHG at the HSE weekly operational update on the response to Covid-19, in the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science in UCD, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall IrelandAS is tradition, we remember our donors in this past year and celebrate and give thanks for their selfless gift to others.The HSE’s ODTI are asking people to share their views and wishes on organ donation with their families and friends over Christmas and in the New Year.  We would remind all to stay safe in these difficult times.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up We are joined again this year by patients, donor families and staff in their appeal to the public to #HaveThatConversation and remember that organ donation saves lives.Approximately 500 people are waiting for an organ transplant in Ireland. This is includes patients on dialysis awaiting kidney transplants and patients waiting for lung, heart and liver transplants. While some kidney donations can take place through the living donation programme, all other organ donations can only proceed when another life is lost.Dr Catherine Motherway, Intensive Care Consultant in University Hospital Limerick and Clinical Lead for Organ Donation explains that organ donation is among the greatest gifts we can give to another.“Having that conversation and letting family members know our views and wishes on organ donation is really important.“The priority for all of us who work in intensive care is to save lives. However, sadly at times this is not always possible. As part of end of life care when appropriate we offer families the opportunity for their relative to donate organs.“In such circumstances we approach families to ask if their loved one would have wanted to donate organs.  When faced with sudden loss and grief we know that for families who have had that conversation and have talked about organ donation the decision making can be easier and less daunting when they know what their relative would have wanted.“It can bring great comfort to a family that we in the intensive care and transplant community can honour their loved ones wishes to become an organ donor and transform someone else’s life.“We are constantly humbled working with families of our donors who in the midst of tragedy find the strength to help others in need. They have our deepest gratitude and sympathy.”In 2017 Janet O Brien lost her son Luke O Reilly (20) tragically following an attack on Halloween night. Luke’s organs were donated and Janet says Luke lives on through organ donation. She said “I instinctively knew donation was what Luke would have wanted and I find solace in knowing my son has helped others.”Rebecca Maher’s daughter Matilda passed away when she was 8 months old. Matilda was born with a major heart condition and was too sick to go on the transplant list. Matilda became an organ donor and Rebecca says for herself and her husband Brendan “It has given us huge comfort to know that Matilda has saved somebody else’s life and the life of their family.”Karen Kelly is Josh’s mammy. Last year Josh, now 8 years old, was placed on dialysis awaiting a kidney transplant. Following a thorough testing regime, in Beaumont hospital Karen was confirmed as a suitable donor for Josh.Karen bravely donated her kidney to Josh. Her kidney surgery took place in Beaumont in October and on the same day Josh received his new kidney in Temple Street. Karen said “For me the hardest part was not being able to be with Josh during his surgery in Temple Street as I recovered in Beaumont Hospital.Josh is now a happy and healthy 8 year old and I am very proud to be an organ donor. I really want to reach out and support and anyone who may find themselves in similar circumstances and let everyone know how important organ donation is in saving and improving lives.”Since his double lung transplant in 2017 David Crosby has continued to run marathons across the world in honour of the donor who gave him the gift of life. He said; “My plans for 2020 were unfortunately put on hold but I am determined to keep on running and complete the Marathon super six series as soon as I can.“I would like everyone to know how important it is to share your wishes on organ donation. I will be forever grateful to my donor their family who saved my life.” he added.Organ donation continues to be a rare event; of 31,000 deaths each year in Ireland, we see an average of 80 multi organ donations per annum.The HSE and ODTI sincerely thank the families of deceased donors who at a time of great tragedy found the strength to offer a new lease of life to many people.For all the positive stories of successful transplant, sadly some patients do and will die each year while waiting for a transplant.ODTI and their extended team, remain committed to increasing organ donations and transplants and urge all, to have that conversation about donation and make their wishes known.  Having the conversation ensures wherever possible the loss of one precious life can be turned to benefit many others through donation. 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Cotton Markets.

first_imgAround the world, the demand for cotton shirts and britches has never been better. The U.S. industry that turns cotton into products like these, however, is in major economic trouble. And their stress means U.S. growers are having to depend more than ever on foreign buyers.This trend, if it doesn’t change, will create more volatility in the already unpredictable prices growers get, said Don Shurley, a University of Georgia Extension Service economist.”If (U.S. growers) are going to keep growing and producing cotton at the levels we are now, we’ll have to export it,” Shurley said.Bumper CropThis year, U.S. growers expect to produce about 20 million bales, 17 percent more than last year. (A bale is 480 pounds of cotton lint.) Georgia growers expect to grow 2.2 million bales, making 2001 one of the best production years on record.Due to competition from foreign companies and a strong U.S. dollar, the textile industry in this country has decreased cotton purchases since 1997 by 3 million bales, about 30 percent.”Again, unless growers cut back production, they’ll have to make up those 3 million bales in exports,” Shurley said.Big ExportsThis year, it just so happens, the United States is on a record pace to export almost 10 million bales of cotton, 3 million more than last year.The last time the nation came close to exporting this much cotton was in 1994. This was because poor production in other countries left the United States the only country with cotton to sell, Shurley said.That’s not the case anymore.U.S. growers are selling overseas not because they’re the only ones with cotton. They export because that’s the only way to get rid of their cotton. This puts them at the mercy of world prices and competition.Prices LowCurrently, growers can get about 32 cents per pound for cotton. This is well below the about 65-70 cents it costs to grow it. Prices ranged from 60 cents to 80 cents over the past few years and haven’t been this low in decades.”The point is: unless there is some sort of supply shock, world prices will not get higher,” Shurley said.”The economic environment is hostile,” said Roy Bowen, president of the Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association.Textile WoesBowen told growers at the 2001 Georgia Cotton Production Workshop in Tifton, Ga., that in the past few years, 75 U.S. textile factories have shut down, including two in Georgia. And the current economic crisis has further weakened the industry.Since Sept. 11, 12,000 U.S. textile workers have lost their jobs, including 7,200 in Georgia. About 15 percent of textile workers lost their jobs in 2001.Help could be on the way. The farm bill being debated in Washington has some provisions to address the problems of the textile industry, strengthen U.S. cotton exports and improve the income safety net for farmers, Shurley said.last_img read more

Top architect shares his property journey and his humble dream home ambitions

first_imgLiam Proberts would love an apartment in the heart of the CBD. (AAP Image/Darren England) NO ARCHIVING My wife and I bought our first house for about $120,000.It was a three-bedroom worker’s cottage in one of Paddington’s steepest streets.The house was nestled into the hill and had a great courtyard with a jacaranda tree.That property really was a perfect fit for us. The Greek Islands are definitely high on my bucket list. Beautiful sunset view of Fira, Santorini, Greece. istockI’d love to spend time in a large villa somewhere in Santorini. It wouldn’t be an ostentatious home. Instead, I’d opt for a simple design that allowed the magnificent landscape to take centre stage. Breathtaking views of the water, fabulous food and a relaxed lifestyle … that would do me. I’d love to have an apartment right in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD and a weekender, with ocean views, on either the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast.It would be great if these places could accommodate our family of five and our friends. FANTASY HOME Liam Proberts, bureau^proberts Managing and Creative DirectorBureau^proberts managing and creative director Liam Proberts is a recognised figure in Queensland and Australian architecture, having made a strong and consistent contribution to architecture and urban design since establishing his architectural practice in 1990. He shares his property dreams with The Courier-Mail. FIRST HOME CURRENT HOME More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoWe now live in Bardon on a site that overlooks a nature reserve.I designed the house to make the most of the views and our north-facing aspect.I wanted to celebrate our subtropical climate, so much of our living space opens right up to capture both breezes and views of the neighbouring tree canopy.We’ve also incorporated an internal courtyard to maintain that connection with nature. DREAM QUEENSLAND HOMElast_img read more

Student group connects with seniors remotely

first_imgAlyssa Caravas, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies, joined the chapter last fall to engage in positive conversations with the senior community and promote healthy relationships between older adults and students. Since joining, she’s visited Belmont Village eight times. GlamourGals, a national organization that provides manicures to seniors, looked to continue connecting with their senior community through their #MyDearFriend campaign, by creating cards to help them combat loneliness and the situation with the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Glamour Gals) The national foundation is developing a program, the #MyDearFriend campaign, for volunteers to write letters of encouragement to residents. The USC chapter volunteers are encouraged to send their letters to chapter leadership, who plan to forward them to Belmont Village, according to Roman.  Carly Roman, a graduate student studying gerontology, founded the USC GlamourGals chapter in 2017 to confront senior loneliness and generate positive intergenerational conversations. While national quarantine measures limit the chapter’s volunteering options, the chapter can depend on written communication to keep in line with their mission. “So volunteers, in addition to doing these letters for the typical people we volunteer with, hopefully will get to sign up to make some calls to the volunteers through the [gerontology] school,” Roman said.  “There’s no bounds to getting people to communicate between generations, and I think that’s the crux of what GlamourGals does,” Roman said. “Let’s think about [aging], and let’s think about it more positively.” Following the spread of the virus and containment measures, the USC chapter has also transitioned to virtual volunteering methods to maintain contact with older adults. While the spread of the coronavirus has many organizations canceling future programming and outreach events, USC’s GlamourGals, a group that provides older adults with manicures, transitioned to methods of remote volunteering. By creating handwritten letters, the organization continues to serve residents of senior homes in Los Angeles. “That’s why we’re sort of trying to do letter writing, and whenever they see it, we know that it’ll brighten their days,” she said. Devgan said volunteers have sent about 30 to 40 letters through the #MyDearFriend campaign. The campaign allows more volunteers than usual to connect with residents during the social distancing period, with the chapter usually only traveling to Belmont Village with around 10 volunteers to avoid overburdening residents.  “Obviously, we can’t do the nail painting anymore, but the cards are always relevant, and they love, love seeing them,” said Devgan, a junior majoring in gerontology and health and human sciences. GlamourGals, a national organization of more than 100 high school and college chapters, provides a chance for older adults to interact with the younger generations. The USC chapter, headed by president Anjali Devgan, visits the Belmont Village Senior Living Community in Hollywood Hills monthly to offer manicures, nail painting, greeting cards and opportunities to chat.  The technological transitions allow the organization to expand communication opportunities for volunteers as well as refocus how they volunteer with others in the gerontology community, Roman said.   According to Roman, the chapter is working alongside the Student Gerontology Association and older volunteers in the School of Gerontology to develop an intergenerational phone chain. The phone chain will incorporate a telecommunications method of contact between younger and older volunteers within the gerontology community at USC. “I don’t paint nails, so I had to teach myself really well because I wanted to be able to do a good job for them,” Caravas said. “We didn’t have many [outreach] options like that back at home when I was in high school, so it’s really amazing to be involved and get to talk to them.” The chapter had plans to develop relationships with other senior housing communities around campus but has since postponed establishing concrete plans until next semester, opting to maintain virtual contact with senior residents for the foreseeable future. Recently, West Bay Senior Living in Orange County reached out to the chapter to establish phone visits between GlamourGals volunteers and West Bay residents. The organization stresses the value of interacting with the older adult community, who tend to not be the most communicative, and who need more attention to combat loneliness while isolation measures continue, Devgan said. last_img read more