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May 11th, 2017

Two-Time Kidney Transplant Recipient Builds a Life-Giving Legacy

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Years of health challenges that led to two kidney transplants motivated Ed Pompeian to establish the Gift of Life Transplant House, where people navigating their own transplants receive lodging, along with plenty of support and encouragement.

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Tags: Gift of Life Transplant House, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


January 26th, 2017

Paired Kidney Donation Opens the Door to a More Active, Independent Life for Kathy Allen

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

From Kathy Allen’s point of view, paired organ donation just may be the ultimate in generosity. Deciding to donate a kidney to someone you don’t know in a paired exchange can trigger a chain of matches that gives several people the opportunity for a renewed life. “I can’t thank the donors enough for their selflessness,” […]

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Tags: Kidney Failure, kidney transplant, Paired Organ Donation


December 30th, 2016

Paired Kidney Donation Offers a Unique Way Forward for Transplant Recipient

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

The day before Norma “Kay” Orr was scheduled for a living donor kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic, she needed one more blood test. The Palm Coast, Florida, resident was in line to receive a kidney from her niece, Jamie. Jamie Rogers had volunteered to be a living donor when she found out in early 2016 […]

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Tags: Dr. Martin Mai, kidney transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Transplant Medicine


November 14th, 2016

“Never Stop Fighting. Never Give Up” Becomes Mantra on Long Road to Better Health

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Stacy Neumayer was a teenager when she received her first kidney transplant. Her health problems began when she was 4 years old. Over time, Stacy developed a condition called glomerulonerphritis, which causes inflammation in the tiny pockets of the kidneys that help remove excess fluid, electrolytes and waste from the bloodstream. The illness affected Stacy’s […]

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Tags: Dr. Mark Stegall, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


October 26th, 2016

Colleagues Go From Sharing a Workplace to Sharing a Kidney

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When Dawn Odenthal sat down for a meeting with her colleague Jolinda Conzemius in June 2014, organ donation was nowhere on her radar. The two women knew one another through their work at a company that specializes in school photography, yearbooks, church directories and other forms of memory preservation. Dawn is a regional sales director, […]

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Tags: kidney transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


October 19th, 2016

Living Donor to Kidney Recipient: ‘I Feel Like the Winner in All This’

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The email from a parent at her school in May 2013 took Nancy Shaver, an elementary school principal, by surprise. It was from Kati Walker, mother of two, who was on a mission: to donate one of her kidneys to Nancy, who greatly needed one. Kati’s message announced, “I’m going to be tested to be […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


September 17th, 2016

Brothers Bond Over Kidney Disease, Transplant

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Scott Berry is one of five children. But he and his youngest sibling, David, share a very unique bond — a kidney, to be exact. On April 12, 2016, David gave his older brother a second chance at life by donating one of his kidneys to Scott for a transplant. 

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Tags: Dr. Martin Mai, Florida Campus, IgA Nephropathy, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


December 16th, 2015

Wife Gives Husband the Gift of Life with Living Donor Kidney

By Paul Scotti pscotti

When 29-year-old Cameron Mullis of Jacksonville, Florida, was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy and told he’d need a kidney transplant, he was facing the likelihood of kidney dialysis and several years of waiting for a suitable donor. Little did he realize, his potential donor was living under the same roof as him. IgA nephropathy, also known […]

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Tags: Florida Campus, IgA Nephropathy, Kidney Dialysis, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


September 16th, 2015

New Kidney From Sister Gives Hurdler a Chance at 2016 Olympics

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

Heads turned when Aries Merritt walked into the lobby at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix at 5 a.m. on Sept. 1, with family and TV cameras in tow. Just four days earlier, he won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. But, on this day, facing one of […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Patient Stories


August 31st, 2015

Mother Gives Daughter the Gift of Life … Twice

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

At 27 weeks into her pregnancy with twins, Amber Sylvester went to Mayo Clinic with her husband, Mike, for an ultrasound test and received news that no parent wants to hear. One of the babies was in trouble. She had enlarged kidneys, no amniotic fluid around her body, and fluid in her abdomen. She would […]

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


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