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Arkansas man owes life to mystery organ donor

Arkansas man owes life to mystery organ donor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "I was nervous, scared, apprehensive," all feelings Donovan Tucker says he experienced towards the end of 2013 upon receiving his diagnosis of liver disease and liver cirrhosis.

Dr. Frederick Bentley said, "There's medical therapy that kind of mitigates some of the symptoms and things like that but there is no other substitute therapy." Without a liver transplant people ultimately die from the illness. Fortunately for Tucker, he was only on the transplant list for about four months, before finally getting the call.

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"I know that I'm very fortunate," Tucker explained. He said he has not been able to tell his story without being overwhelmed by emotion, but as UAMS Dr. Frederick Bentley explains, it is easy to understand why. Dr. Bentley said, "To see someone who is very ill and sometimes on death's doorstep, it was truly amazing."

Little Rock will walk toward a world free of MS on April 12

Little Rock will walk toward a world free of MS on April 12

Hundreds of residents from Little Rock and surrounding communities will join together for Walk MS: Central Arkansas 2014 on Saturday, April 12 at the Little Rock River Market to make a powerful statement and keep moving toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. Walk MS: Central Arkansas is a signature fundraising event for the National MS Society that raises funds to support MS research and provide services to individuals impacted by multiple sclerosis. The Society strives to raise $100,000 this year from Little Rock-area partners and participants to drive research for a cure and support vital programs and services that serve more than 6,800 Arkansans affected by multiple sclerosis, including more than 3,000 diagnosed with the disease.

Baptist Health announces opening of new community wellness center

Baptist Health announces opening of new community wellness center

LITTLE ROCK, AR (BH) – Last year Baptist Health’s community wellness centers provided screenings and health services for more than 10,600 underserved Arkansans. Now even more patients can be seen with the opening of Baptist Health’s 17th wellness center located at Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock.

This new church-based center will be open the second Monday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m. at 1215 South Schiller Street and is operated by community health nurses.

The free health services will vary at each wellness center, but some of the offerings include blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings; diabetes, prenatal, tobacco, health and weight management education classes; immunizations and flu shots; and community referrals and care coordination. The purpose of these centers is to help local residents prevent common health problems through education and screenings for early detection and treatment.

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

Mobility van could give woman independence for first time in 16 years

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is giving local heroes from across the country a chance to win a custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. One of the local heroes nominated for the competition is from right here in central Arkansas.

Becky Justice, a 38-year-old from Cabot, has been proving people wrong most of her life. Affected with Spina Bifida*, Justice said she fought her school in the early 1990s to make the campus wheelchair accessible rather than giving in and finding a different school. Now, she’s trying to once again to gain her independence through a contest made possible by NMEDA.

 “I was told that I helped to start the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) because of my part in helping to make the school wheelchair accessible,” Justice wrote on her NMEDA entry.

Blood donation events in Pulaski County for Feb.

Blood donation events in Pulaski County for Feb.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Feb. 3, 2014) — Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to provide blood for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. It’s the blood already on the shelves and readily available that can be lifesaving for people like Chris Salinas.

Chris was a horse trainer who was seriously injured in an accident when a horse pinned him to the pavement. He and his family said they credit the multiple blood transfusions he received with helping him recover.

Type O negative blood is especially needed right now. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to patients with any type. To make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure the shelves are stocked for patients in need, please visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

UAMS programs receive more than $450,000 in grants

UAMS programs receive more than $450,000 in grants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UAMS) – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Center for Dental Education, the planned internal medicine residency program in northwest Arkansas and the physician assistant program were among UAMS programs that received grants totaling more than $450,000 from the Blue & You Foundation and its parent company, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.