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New technology makes heart transplant possible

By Margaret Shepard

JoAnn ForsterWhen 53-year-old JoAnn Forster of Eau Claire, Wis., had a heart attack, she was at first only aware of not feeling well. "I started perspiring and couldn't breathe," says JoAnn of her symptoms.

By nightfall she was hospitalized and her doctors soon determined that JoAnn needed an additional level of care. They had her transferred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Over the next few weeks, three more cardiac arrests followed. JoAnn's damaged heart was no longer able to function properly. She would need a new heart, but until one became available, Mayo Clinic doctors bought JoAnn precious time by implanting a ventricular assist device (VAD) in her abdomen. Read the rest of this entry »

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After successful kidney transplant, retiree is ‘Living the Dream’

By Margaret Shepard

William Pearse and his wife.As Bill Pearse was rushed to the hospital in severe pain, he directed the ambulance to take him to Mayo Clinic in Arizona. The emergency department team diagnosed Pearse with kidney stones — a relief. But additional tests revealed something far worse: a cancerous tumor on one kidney.

Mayo Clinic physicians "were very persistent in really determining what the cause was," says Pearse. "They found out more and they dug deeper." Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Bill Pearse, kidney cancer, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic