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October 19, 2016

Living Donor to Kidney Recipient: ‘I Feel Like the Winner in All This’

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

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 17, 2016

Brothers Bond Over Kidney Disease, Transplant

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

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


June 17, 2016

Difficult Diagnosis Interrupts Residency, Gives Young Doctor a New View of Patient Care

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

Successfully finishing a medical residency is a significant milestone in any physician’s career. But when Natalie Ertz-Archambault, M.D., graduated in June 2016 from the Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus, the achievement felt particularly sweet. “It was an incredible success for me, since I actually started my residency in 2012, completed four months, […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, Dr. Fadi Shamoun, Dr. Leslie Thomas, Dr. Natalie Ertz-Archambault, Dr. Richard Fowl, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Internal Medicine Residency


September 16, 2015

New Kidney From Sister Gives Hurdler a Chance at 2016 Olympics

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

Heads turned when Aries Merritt walked into the lobby at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix at 5 a.m. on Sept. 1, with family and TV cameras in tow. Just four days earlier, he won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. But, on this day, facing one of […]

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Tags: Arizona Campus, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Patient Stories


April 21, 2015

Living Kidney Donations Save Two Lives in the Same Family Years Apart

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti

Receiving a donor kidney from an anonymous deceased donor is a gift of life to anyone in need of a transplant.  Receiving an organ donation from a living family member is extra special, when you consider the risks and sacrifices associated with making that choice. Tammy Stelly, a 46-year-old retired postal worker from Middleburg, Florida, […]

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Tags: Florida Campus, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


April 15, 2015

Roman’s Road to a Second Birthday

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

Faced with losing their newborn son, Anna and Oleg, searched far and wide for an answer. They found it and a new birthday for their son at Mayo Clinic. After an ultrasound at 32 weeks into her pregnancy, Anna Ryabova, along with her husband, Oleg Pecherskii, faced a grim prognosis for their unborn son. “The […]

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Tags: Dr. James Gloor, Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


August 14, 2014

A Kidney Between Friends

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

Todd Goldrick was living the dream. Good job. Loving wife. Two young, healthy kids. Weekends spent playing golf, softball, kayaking, hiking, running or just hanging around home with the family. But that changed suddenly in 2010, when he and his wife simply tried to buy some life insurance. He was just 28. “Mine came back […]

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Tags: Alport syndrome, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Living Donor Transplant


June 20, 2014

Patient with “Double Trouble” Diagnosis Finds Answers at Mayo Clinic

By Paul Scotti Paul Scotti

Being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a serious blood cancer, is difficult enough to accept. But being told that you also have a rare hematologic condition called amyloidosis — a disorder that could prevent you from receiving the bone marrow transplant necessary to combat your myeloma — could put anyone’s strength to the test. Such was the case […]

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Tags: amyloidosis, BMT, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Taimur Sher, Kendall Schwindt, kidney, MayoClinicFL, multiple myeloma, nephrology, Patient Story


February 19, 2014

Keeping a Positive Outlook Despite a Difficult Disease

By Hoyt Finnamore Hoyt Finnamore

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 cause of her pain, sent […]

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Tags: Dr. Ulrich Specks, ENT, kidney transplant, Maureen Kelley, nephrology, Patient Stories, Sue Fisher, Wegener's granulomatosis


December 12, 2013

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

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin

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. After a devastating bout of H1N1 (swine […]

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Tags: 1594, 3786, 5324, 5335, Dr. Mikel Prieto, H1N1, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Pulmonary Hypertension, Renal Failure


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