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Nephrology

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


January 5th, 2017

‘You Never Think About a Living Donor Until Someone You Love Needs One’

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

From the time he was 13 years old, Jairus “Matt” Pierce, battled kidney disease. By 2016, when he was 44, the disease had become debilitating. A shift commander for a fire department, Matt had been forced to take a light-duty assignment because of his medical condition. He required daily dialysis, and the only long-term solution […]

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Tags: Living Donor Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


December 30th, 2016

Paired Kidney Donation Offers a Unique Way Forward for Transplant Recipient

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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


December 23rd, 2016

Successful Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer Inspires Richard Carvajal to Reach Out

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

In August 2014, Richard Carvajal, then 43, was in the best shape of his life. He was excited as he left his home in Bainbridge, Georgia, to compete in his first Olympic-distance triathlon. But as he drove across Alabama on his way to the race site, he started feeling sharp abdominal pain. “It kept getting […]

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Tags: Dr. John Stauffer, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Pancreatic Cancer, whipple procedure


December 15th, 2016

Cowboy Back in Saddle After Successful Treatment of Glomerulonephritis

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During the summer of 2016, for the first time in years, Jack Rhodes did something he doubted he’d ever do again. The 68-year-old retired rancher from central Alabama saddled up a two-year old stallion to train, exercise and ride. Four years ago, Jack had gained 40 pounds due to fluid retention that resulted in swelling […]

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Tags: Chronic kidney disease, Dr. Nabeel Aslam, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney Failure, Mayo Nephrology Collaborative Group


October 26th, 2016

Colleagues Go From Sharing a Workplace to Sharing a Kidney

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

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


June 17th, 2016

Difficult Diagnosis Interrupts Residency, Gives Young Doctor a New View of Patient Care

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Successfully finishing a medical residency is a significant milestone in any physician’s career. But when Natalie Ertz-Archambault, M.D., graduated in June 2016 from the Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, the achievement felt particularly sweet. “It was an incredible success for me, since I actually started my residency in 2012, completed four months, […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Dr. Fadi Shamoun, Dr. Leslie Thomas, Dr. Natalie Ertz-Archambault, Dr. Richard Fowl, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Internal Medicine Residency


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


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