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May 26th, 2017

The Liver Transplant a Hurricane Couldn’t Stop

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When Hurricane Matthew blew into the East Coast, the storm brought significant destruction with it. But it couldn’t derail Robert Gall’s liver transplant and his second chance for a healthy life. 

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Tags: Dr. Moreno Franco, Dr. Raj Satyanarayana, Liver Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


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


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


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


November 14th, 2016

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

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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 24th, 2016

Liver Transplant Allows Young Father to Be There for His Family

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Bryan Duncan didn’t think twice about the lab tests he had as part of a routine medical checkup in the fall of 2014. A 29-year-old father of two small children, Bryan led a busy life, didn’t have any health problems, and felt fine. When the test results came back, though, they showed enzyme levels in […]

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Tags: Dr. Nicholas LaRusso, Gastroenterology, hepatology, Liver Transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis


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


August 16th, 2016

Coordination and Teamwork Make Simultaneous Surgeries Seamless for Heart Transplant Recipients

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Michael Tyler and William Tiger didn’t know one another before the summer of 2016. But they now share a unique life event. Both 55-year-olds underwent heart transplant surgery at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus on the same day, at the same time. Completing the simultaneous procedures was a milestone for the Transplant Center team in Arizona, […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Dr. Louis Lanza, Dr. Octavio Pajaro, Heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Michael Marranca, ventricular assist device


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