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A New Chapter: Life After My Liver and Kidney Transplant

Written by Elaine Ginn, transplant patient at Mayo Clinic in Florida As I sit here at the Mayo Clinic lab on the Florida campus waiting to be called for a lab draw of a dozen or so tubes of my blood, my mind returns four years to the time before my [...]

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Keeping a Positive Outlook Despite a Difficult Disease

For her first 38 years, Jayne Bushman was a picture of health. But then one morning she woke up with an earache, something she says she'd never before experienced. Her first stop was to see her Family Medicine doctor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester who, unable to pinpoint the exact [...]

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Living Donors Help Family Members Battle Kidney Disease

Written by Jane Sullivan Horne When I received a kidney from my brother David 10 years ago at Mayo Clinic in Florida, little did I know that someday my only son would have to undergo the same life-saving procedure after suffering from the same rare kidney disease that has plagued [...]

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Boo Maddox takes on H1N1, dialysis, and complications on his way to a successful kidney transplant

A year ago, the Robert Maddox family from Boyce, La., would never have imagined attending the 50th Anniversary of Kidney Transplantation celebration event at Mayo Clinic this month. A year ago, their 9-year-old son Robert, who goes by the nickname "Boo," was struggling to survive, and a transplant seemed impossible. [...]

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Identical Twins Share Genetic Makeup, and a Kidney

When Ernesto Boleaga learned that he needed a kidney transplant, the perfect donor, his identical twin brother, Jose Luis, was ready and willing to help. And because the Boleagas have the same genetic make-up, Ernesto’s body accepted Jose Luis’ kidney as its own. For most patients, however, an identical twin [...]

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The Decision to Save a Stranger’s Life

A patient in need of transplant touches Dr. Phil Fischer's heart and prompts him to explore living donation. As a result, a patient in need of a kidney lives on, enjoying her grandchildren, golfing and dancing.  

The shortage of deceased donor organs has reached a crisis, with almost [...]

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Sister’s Kidney for Little Brother

For his entire life, radio host James Rabe has known that one day he'd need a new kidney. A disease called Alport Syndrome slowly caused his kidneys to fail. As his condition advanced, the search for a new organ began. His big sister stepped up and gave part of herself [...]

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Woman Gives Kidney to Ailing Sister, Walks a 5K Two Weeks Later

When Tammi Cummings learned that her sister, Terri McMillan, needed a kidney transplant after a 40-year history of diabetes finally took its toll on her health, she never hesitated for a second about the idea of providing one of her own kidneys. Cummings, 52, of West Melbourne, Fla., not only [...]

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Five Years on the Transplant List and the Perfect Match

Chuck Jorud had lived with type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years when his kidneys declared, “enough.” He started dialysis and was evaluated for a kidney transplant. “I had young kids at the time and decided that if I was going to have a transplant, I wanted the best,” [...]

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Of Heroes and Gold Medals

When John Greller won three gold medals for swimming during the National Kidney Foundation's U.S. Transplant Games, he gave them to his heroes. The first went to his wife, Jane, who has remained by his side, as John says, "in sickness and in health." The second medal went to his [...]

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After successful kidney transplant, retiree is 'Living the Dream'

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 [...]

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Father, son travel 3,000 miles for a kidney transplant

Hasan Hosein was playing a competitive game of cricket when he began to feel unwell. But the 17-year-old from Trinidad, one of the most southern islands of the Caribbean, dismissed his weakness and headache, attributing his symptoms to the effects of traditional fasting for Ramadan. "During this month, I typically [...]

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Coming full circle: Sharing a message of hope

Ardell Lien had always dreamed of one day sailing around the world. But when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, the retired military man from Caledonia, Minn., thought his sailing days were behind him. "I was down to 150 pounds," says Ardell, "and everyone in town knew I was [...]

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Jill Morton: Going for the Gold

Eight years ago, Jill Morton was dying. A family history of kidney disease had finally caught up with her. Her kidneys were failing, and her body was shutting down. "I was really afraid," she says. For two long years, Morton, of Boca Raton, Fla., lived with that fear -- her [...]

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Mayo Transplant Patient a Finalist on American Idol

He made it! Scott MacIntyre, singer/songwriter/pianist from Scottsdale, Ariz., that is. Scott, 23, a contestant on the current season of American Idol, made the list of the 10 finalists on last night's program (Wednesday, March 18) when “America” voted him in. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest delivered the good news [...]

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Not Your Traditional Wedding Anniversary: Husband Donates Kidney to Wife of 30 Years

Pearls top the list as the suggested 30th wedding anniversary gift. Still, some devoted husbands may opt to purchase their bride of three decades a special spa day – or an exotic trip to sip a cool drink by an ocean. In the case of George and Anna Riley, Bloomfield, [...]

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