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February 19th, 2016

Many Hands Make Hopeful Work for Nielsen Boys

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

“There is something wrong” are words no expectant parent ever wants to hear. And for Ryan and Kathy Nielsen, they came just 20 weeks into Kathy’s first pregnancy. The couple was eagerly awaiting the arrival of their child and had been busy getting their home ready. Then, doctors diagnosed their unborn son, Aaron, with congenital […]

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Tags: Be the Match, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Shakila Khan, Neonatal Intensive Care, Transplant, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome


January 13th, 2016

Employee, Caregiver, Patient: Many Hats for Andrea Liptac

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Andrea Liptac describes her journey to Mayo Clinic as a “winding road.” She first learned about Mayo in the early 1990s, when she was living in Montana with her family. At that time, her mother, Kelli Liptac, was diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, and was referred to a specialist at Mayo […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure, Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Dr. Barry Boilson, Dr. David Joyce, Employee Stories, Left Ventricular Assist Device, Patient Stories, Rochester Campus, Transplant, Transplant List


January 27th, 2015

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

By Paul Scotti pscotti

  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 of anti-viral drugs. Betancourt, a […]

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Tags: Florida Campus, Liver Transplant, Transplant


June 30th, 2014

Nicole’s Journey From Nurse to Transplant Patient and Back

By Hoyt Finnamore HoytFinnamore

When Nicole Jahns was just five months old, her parents – and her doctors – knew something was wrong. She wasn’t gaining weight like a five-month-old should, and she wasn’t, as her doctors put it, “thriving.” They soon discovered why. Nicole had cystic fibrosis, an inherited disorder that affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat […]

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Tags: cystic fibrosis, Dr. Mark Wylam, lung transplant, nursing, Patient Stories, Transplant


May 23rd, 2014

Healthy Lifestyle Doesn’t Always Eliminate Risk of Heart Disease

By Paul Scotti pscotti

Sometimes even doing everything right to live a healthy lifestyle isn’t enough to ward off a serious illness. Such was the case of 67-year-old Donald Glynn of Jacksonville, Fla., an avid runner who has participated in countless marathons, half marathons and 5K races over the last 30 years. He also watched his diet, weight and blood pressure, […]

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Tags: Donald Glynn, Dr. Daniel Yip, Florida, Heart Disease, LVAD, MayoClinicFL, Patient Stories, Transplant


April 23rd, 2014

‘Giving Back, Like My Donor Did for Me’

By Paul Scotti pscotti

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 him on the road about […]

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Tags: Hepatitis, kidney transplant, Liver Transplant, MayoClinicFL, Transplant


April 3rd, 2014

Twin Sisters Share Many Things in Life, Including New Lungs

By Paul Scotti pscotti

It’s often said that twins share similar traits and have unique bonds that other siblings simply don’t have. Sometimes those traits are things one would rather not share with their twin, especially when it comes to a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Linda Foster and Brenda Santinelli, 60-year-old twin sisters from Pensacola, Fla., are active women […]

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Tags: lung transplant, MayoClinicFL, Transplant, transplantation


March 26th, 2014

Patient Honors Her Liver Donor and Faith in New Book

By Paul Scotti pscotti

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 both adults and children, Lyons […]

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Tags: Florida, Liver Transplant, MayoClinicFL, Transplant, transplantation


March 18th, 2014

A New Chapter: Life After My Liver and Kidney Transplant

By jasonpratt jasonpratt

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 liver and kidney transplant surgery. […]

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Tags: Florida, kidney transplant, Liver Transplant, MayoClinicFL, Transplant, Transplatation


December 19th, 2013

Living Donors Help Family Members Battle Kidney Disease

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

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 my family for several generations. […]

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Tags: 3120, 3786, 5324, 5334, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, FSGS, kidney transplant, MayoClinicFL, Transplant


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