Vital Statistics

• None reported..

• Eldon Ervin, 88, of Casper, WY died on July 22, 2015 in Casper.
Samuel Jerry Clingan, 68, of Worland, died July 22, 2015, in Worland.
Michael Craig Foster, 58, of Worland, died July 22, 2015.
Dymple Mae Stewart, 77, of Worland, died July 23, 2015, in Billings.


• None reported.

• None reported.

• None reported.

• July 23 12:31 p.m. West River Rd. Out-of-control controlled burn.

Law Enforcement report for July 23 - 24:
• July 23 6:40 p.m. Unknown location. Reporting person advised law enforcement of a gas station drive-off. Red 1986 Honda Civic with Washington plates observed heading southbound. Wyoming Highway Patrol notified.
• July 23 9:31 p.m. Rickshaw Trucking. Suspicious vehicle reported.
• July 23 10:22 p.m. Blair’s Market in Worland. Reporting person advised that five vehicles were in the parking lot.

Worland temperatures: High 92, Low 54 Precipitation: 0.00
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. East northeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 94. South southeast wind 5 to 11 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east in the evening.
Sunset tonight: 8:45 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow: 5:52 a.m.

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DAILY NEWS/Karla Pomeroy
Tim and Karen (Barr) Surat pose outside for a photo in their backyard on Coburn Avenue in Worland. The newlyweds, married on Thursday, are hoping a wedding gift will be a new kidney for Karen, who has been on the transplant list since January.

Worland woman hopes, waits for kidney donor

By Karla Pomeroy

WORLAND — A Worland woman is seeking a single donation — of a viable kidney from an unknown donor.
Karen Barr, who has lived in Worland most of her life, was born with a defective gene, as she described it. The gene causes polycystic kidney disease (PKD).
“I need a transplant in order to avoid being put on dialysis,” Barr said.
“They only transplant one kidney at a time. Once on dialysis it can be hard on a person and it could possibly disqualify me from having a transplant. This is the reason I am looking to find a donor as quickly as possible,” she said.
A new kidney would be the perfect gift for the newlywed, who earlier this week wed Tim Surat.
Barr was placed on the active transplant list, working with the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.
She said, “Once active on that list the activation lasts a year, then a re-evaluation every year is needed to continue to be on the list. In order to stay active for a year I have to have my blood drawn once a month so they can have the most current antibodies to cross match with potential donors living or non-living.”
Transplant program
Diana LaMay, University of Colorado Hospital’s kidney transplant coordinator, said kidney transplants are common, with about one transplant completed per week at the University of Colorado facility; however, she added, “It’s not common enough. We have 1,100 on the waiting list for kidneys.”
When a patient is on the active transplant list, they can receive a kidney donation from a deceased person or a living person.
She said there are several advantages for a recipient obtaining an organ from a living donor. One, the kidney statistically will last longer. Two, the recipient will be able to bypass the wait time, which for certain blood types is up to six years. Those are two main advantages,” LaMay said.
She said the wait on the list varies from different transplant centers. She said the shortest wait times are for those with blood type A and the longest have been blood type 0.
For kidney transplants, she said, the healthier the recipient “the better off you are. Whereas heart, lung and liver you need to be sick enough to receive a transplant. With kidneys it’s the opposite; we want you healthy enough to receive a transplant, because we have the option of dialysis which is a lifesaving measure. Whereas the other organ failures do not have that option.”
Finding a donor
Barr is hoping the odds are in her favor as she is type A and with just 15 percent function in her kidneys, she does not know how long she’ll be able to avoid dialysis.
The kidneys, according to WebMD, “are sophisticated trash collectors. Every day, your kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood to sift out about 2 quarts of waste products and extra water. The waste and extra water become urine, which flows to your bladder through tubes called ureters.”
Nine family members and friends have started the testing process with six disqualified for different reasons.
She’s been told with her blood type she has a one in 10 chance of finding a donor, but she said she also has unique antibodies that make it tough to find a match.
Four years ago, before Karen was officially on the transplant list, Surat was initially tested and at that time was the closest match. After she was on the list, he was tested again and was disqualified for medical reasons.
According to the University of Colorado Hospital website, “The operation performed to remove the healthy kidney from the donor is called a nephrectomy. This is a major surgery, and there are some risks involved. The majority of these surgeries are done using a laparoscopic or minimally invasive approach. As a result, the recovery time for the donor is faster than with traditional surgery. In a living kidney donor surgery, the donor and the recipient are placed in side-by-side operating rooms. The donated kidney is removed and then immediately placed in the recipient in the next operating room. The donor’s remaining kidney is sufficient to maintain the donor’s normal body functions.”
Polycystic kidney disease
While Karen was born with the gene that caused polycystic kidney disease, she didn’t become aware of the disease until 2008 when x-rays were taken of her lungs during a bout with pneumonia. The x-rays captured part of her kidneys, revealing the cysts.
According to, “Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys. Cysts are noncancerous round sacs containing water-like fluid. The cysts vary in size and, as they accumulate more fluid, they can grow very large.” The most common effects of PKD are kidney failure and high blood pressure.

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