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September 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Diversity in bone marrow transplantation gives gift of life to mom of five

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Family is everything to Felicia Curtis. The mom of five from Gainesville, Florida, knew she had to fight when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017, when she was 20 weeks pregnant with her youngest child. Over the next several months, Felicia underwent several rounds of chemotherapy to fight the cancer. Her son was […]

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Tags: bone marrow transplant, Bone Marrow Transplant program, Cancer, diverse bone marrow donor, Dr. Ernesto Ayala, Felicia Curtis, MayoClinicFL, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, stem cell transplant


September 13, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mystery gift of liver for Mayo patient leads to chance emotional meeting

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

As they walked along the beach and collected stones on a warm, sunny day in Hawaii in 2019, Rob and Amanda Blasius of Phoenix reflected on the challenging medical odyssey that saved Rob’s life just a year earlier. That’s when he underwent a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona.  To honor Rob’s precious gift of […]

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Tags: Arizona, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Rob Blasius


September 2, 2021 · Leave a Comment

“Divine design” gives multiple myeloma patient transplant, care at home

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Ann Arneson describes her journey to Mayo Clinic as “divine design.” Ann — a retired teacher, a leader in her church and ministry, mother, grandmother, and line dance enthusiast — is Mayo Clinic’s first bone marrow transplant patient to recover at home thanks to the new advanced care at home program. “I know that people […]

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Tags: advanced care at home, Ann Arneson, bone marrow transplant, Dr. Vivek Roy, MayoClinicFL


August 5, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Liver transplant helps Bob Lemoine pay it forward

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

It was more than 20 years ago when former information technology manager, Bob Lemoine was diagnosed with hepatitis C and eventually, liver cancer. In September 2009, Bob was told that he had 3-6 months to live. After being referred to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, Bob got a new lease on life when on Jan. […]

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Tags: Bob Lemoine, hepatitis C, liver cirrhosis, Liver Transplant, MayoClinicFL


June 20, 2021 · Leave a Comment

A father’s gift to his son

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Father’s Day will be extra-special this year for the Teeples family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After spending much of his two years in a hospital bed with a rare kidney disease, toddler Easton Teeples has returned home from Mayo Clinic after a lifesaving transplant from dear old dad. It’s a special bond between father and […]

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Tags: congential nephrotic syndrome, Dr. Mikel Prieto, Easton Teeples, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Living-donor kidney donation, Steve Teeples


February 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Daughter quits smoking to donate liver to her mom

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

When she learned that a liver transplant could save her mom’s life, April Wilson didn’t hesitate to stop smoking and say yes to being a living donor. April Wilson smoked for 25 years and tried many times to quit, but nothing seemed to work. “I tried everything,” April says. “I used every replacement therapy, Chantix, […]

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Tags: Liver Transplant


February 11, 2021 · Leave a Comment

After 165-day stay, transplant patient says ‘I’m in the safest place I can be’

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

George Caceres came to Mayo Clinic with advanced liver disease and stayed for more than five months, much of it during COVID-19 restrictions. His care team made him feel safe and cared for. George Caceres’ smile is contagious. Just ask his Mayo Clinic care team, who came to know him well during his 165-day stay […]

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Tags: Daisy Award, Dr. Bashar Aqel, Hepatopulmonary syndrome, Lyda Velez, Maria Cook


January 19, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Chain of transplants gives gift of life to Minnesota teacher

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Amy Infanger had a rare kidney disease and a difficult path to transplant. A transplant chain involving 16 people across the country got her the match she needed and the chance to grow old with her family. Nearly 100,000 Americans are on a waiting list to receive a kidney transplant. For one Minnesota woman, finding a […]

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Transplant Center


December 29, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Transplant patient says thanks ‘with all my old heart and new one’

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Ernie Hernandez was battling congestive heart failure when he learned his liver was failing, too. On Oct. 26, he found answers to both issues with the first combined heart and liver transplant in Arizona. Ernie Hernandez was used to the hot Arizona sun. He was born and raised in Phoenix and worked as a contractor […]

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Tags: congestive heart failure


December 24, 2020 · Leave a Comment

10 years, 2 brothers, 2 transplants: the Wilson brothers’ story

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

The Wilson brothers’ connection goes deeper than the average siblings. They both were in serious need of a heart transplant. The brothers now have new hearts, a new perspective on life, and a new purpose. On the surface, John and Mark Wilson are model brothers. Growing up, the two would playfully pick on each other […]

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Tags: Churg-Strauss syndrome, Heart tranplant, Left Ventricular Assist Device


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