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Remembering a Sister, an Organ Donor

Posted on · Houstonian Karen Abercrombie talks about her sister, Julie De Rossi. In 2004, Julie died in a car accident with a drunk driver at the age of 44. As an organ donor, Julie’s tissues and organs were able to benefit between 35 and 80 patients, Karen says. MORE: Out of Despair, the Gift of Life (Houstonia Magazine, […]

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Hospitals Seek Creative Ways to Encourage Live Organ Donation

Posted on · Last year, Houston Methodist Hospital coordinated a six-way kidney swap in which kidneys were donated to strangers in order that a loved one could receive a kidney from another stranger. It’s a way hospitals try to boost the number of living organ donations to cut into the transplant waiting list. We talk with A. Osama […]

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Should Texans Have to Opt In or Opt Out of Organ Donation?

Posted on · A bill (HB 1938) recently filed by State Representative Jason Villalba of Dallas would automatically make Texans organ donors — unless they opt out. The bill would apply to first-time driver’s license applicants and renewals who are 18 and over. Unless they specifically opt out on the form, citizens would automatically be added to organ […]

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Organ Donation Bill, and NPR’s Ari Shapiro: Friday’s Show (March 17, 2017)

Posted on · A bill (HB 1938) recently filed by State Representative Jason Villalba of Dallas would automatically make Texans organ donors — unless they opt out. The bill would apply to first-time driver’s license applicants and renewals who are 18 and over. Unless they specifically opt out on the form, citizens would automatically be added to organ […]

Houston Matters

Remembering a Sister, an Organ Donor

Posted on · Houstonian Karen Abercrombie talks about her sister, Julie De Rossi. In 2004, Julie died in a car accident with a drunk driver at the age of 44. As an organ donor, Julie’s tissues and organs were able to benefit between 35 and 80 patients, Karen says. MORE: Out of Despair, the Gift of Life (Houstonia Magazine, […]