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May 11th, 2017

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

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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


April 21st, 2017

Patience and Persistence Propel Patient Through Double-Lung Transplant

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Steve Shank knows what it’s like to face an uphill climb. Despite being legally blind and affected by albinism, he has been an avid bicyclist for years, competing in 100-mile rides on the rolling hills of Iowa.

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Tags: Dr. Hiroshi Sekiguchi, Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, Lung Transplant Program, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine


April 11th, 2017

Cancer Care Inspires Kim DeBolt to Join the Mayo Clinic Team

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It was a quiet, rainy morning in 2002 at the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minnesota. Kim DeBolt was staying at the hospitality house while recovering from a stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic to treat acute myelogenous leukemia. Family members were often with her at the house, but Kim was alone that […]

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Tags: acute myelogenous leukemia, Dr. Mark Litzow, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, stem cell transplant


April 7th, 2017

After a Liver Transplant, Financial Adviser Turns to Helping Others

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Owning a successful financial planning firm for 20 years taught Terrance McMahon to plan for the future and for the unexpected. On May 26, 2016, all those years of planning became critical for Terrance. That day, heart palpitations sent him to a local hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he lived. Although he thought he […]

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Tags: Dr. Andrew Keaveny, Dr. C. Burcin Taner, Gary and Dianne McCalla Transplant Center, Liver Transplant Program, Mayo Clinic's Florida campus


March 31st, 2017

Friend’s Generosity and Successful Transplant Give Maikki Nekton a New Way of Looking at the World

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Maikki Nekton was 32 years old when she had a life-saving liver transplant, thanks to her good friend, Jenifer DeMattia, who donated a portion of her own liver to Maikki. Prior to the transplant, Maikki worked as a clinical social worker in the Maryland school system and for nonprofit organizations. Jenifer was her co-worker, and […]

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Tags: Cholangiocarcinoma, Dr. Charles Rosen, Liver Transplant Program, Living Donor Transplant, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis


March 13th, 2017

Heart Transplant Puts an Active Athlete Back in Action

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Kraig Gresham was 47 years old when he received his heart transplant, but his journey to that life-changing surgery began years earlier. Kraig was born with aortic stenosis — a birth defect that causes heart valves to narrow and obstruct blood flow. As a child he had heart problems as a result of his condition. […]

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Tags: Heart transplant, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, organ donation, ventricular assist device


February 7th, 2017

Liver Transplant Gives Jacksonville Man New Hope, Twice

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There is no doubt in Richard Parker’s mind that he’s been given not one, but two new leases on life because of Mayo Clinic. Richard underwent a liver transplant in 2007 at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus. For years after that, all was well. But then, in 2016, his transplanted liver failed, and he turned to […]

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Tags: Dr. C. Burcin Taner, Dr. David Lee, Liver Transplant, Liver Transplant Program


January 26th, 2017

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

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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’

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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


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