organ transplantation

Portrait Of A Transplant

After double pneumonia, a Queens art therapist transitions to the receiving end of help while waiting for a new pair of lungs.

04/01/2014
Staff Writer

Meredith Farrell, a Queens resident who has spent more than a year living in the land of illness, was feeling low the other day.

She got out her iPad and started drawing. Her finished product was a color sketch of a pair of lungs being kicked.

Meredith Farrell is keeping in shape while waiting for a double lung transplant. Courtesy of Meredith Farrell

RCA Backs Off Stand On Brain Death For Transplants

Critics see move as jeopardizing lives of Orthodox Jews; internal study cites ‘rabbinic confusion’ on issue.

11/30/2010
Staff Writer

In a move termed by one leading critic “an act of anti-Semitism” that may cause the medical community to deny organ transplants to Orthodox Jews, the central body of Modern Orthodox rabbis in the U.S. is backing away from using brain death as the indicator of death.

The move is significant because vital organs can be transplanted from people declared brain dead, but they are not viable if doctors have to wait for the heart and breathing to stop.

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