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World Record Skydiver Credits 'Sam' for the Ability to Live Life at 100 mph

World Record Skydiver Credits 'Sam' for the Ability to Live Life at 100 mph

He’s a former Green Beret who served in Somalia. He’s a record-holding skydiver with several thousand jumps under his belt since he began leaping out of airplanes at age 18. And he’s a liver transplant recipient, who affectionately refers to his transplanted organ as “Sam.” Kim Dobson, 63, of Oveido, Florida, [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

Surviving Hepatitis C -- A Patient’s Journey Through Two Liver Transplants

Surviving Hepatitis C -- A Patient’s Journey Through Two Liver Transplants

  For most organ transplant recipients, receiving the “gift of life” is a one-time experience. But for Nellie Betancourt, battling the hepatitis C virus that had been in hiding in her body for years required another “second chance at life,” thanks to a second generous donor and a new generation [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

'Giving Back, Like My Donor Did for Me'

'Giving Back, Like My Donor Did for Me'

After 35 years on the road as a video technician for the CBS network covering major sporting events including the Super Bowl, the Olympics, SEC football, the Masters Golf Tournament, and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Brooklyn native Robert Duffy was living a very active and busy life that kept [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

Patient Honors Her Liver Donor and Faith in New Book

Patient Honors Her Liver Donor and Faith in New Book

Hildred "Peggy" Lyons' first signs of liver problems occurred back in 1968, around the time of her son's birth, when her physician noticed she had elevated liver enzymes. An otherwise healthy woman who worked and also volunteered as a fitness instructor at her church teaching several classes a day to [...]

Created by Paul Scotti

A New Chapter: Life After My Liver and Kidney Transplant

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 [...]

Created by Jason Pratt

Gift from Daughter to Dad: a Liver Donation

Gift from Daughter to Dad: a Liver Donation

Chuck Lewensten ran a successful business, hunted in Africa and played tennis with his fiancé, Jill. Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis changed all that. By the summer of 2010, the disease had ravaged Lewensten’s liver, leaving him homebound and dependent on his family for care. Instead of hunting trips, Lewensten’s travels took him [...]

Created by Makala Johnson

Rare heart-liver transplant gives South Carolina woman a second chance at life

Rare heart-liver transplant gives South Carolina woman a second chance at life

Beki Rose and her husband, Tom, had met with half a dozen doctors, and they all said the same thing. "They told me to go home and get my things in order," says Beki, a 51-year-old mother of three with arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia. The congenital condition had so damaged [...]

Created by Makala Johnson

Surprise amyloidosis diagnosis leads to combined heart-liver transplant

Surprise amyloidosis diagnosis leads to combined heart-liver transplant

At the end of a routine physical in 2006, Dan Carey’s doctor asked if there was anything else he wanted to discuss. Dan exercised regularly and felt good. Except for one thing. “I get out of breath when I walk up stairs,” he told his doctor. A chest X-ray revealed [...]

Created by Makala Johnson

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