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May 17, 2019

Tackling Two Liver Diseases With One Transplant

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Collaboration among a multidisciplinary care team at Mayo Clinic helped Julianne Vasichek successfully navigate not one, but two, rare liver diseases.

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Tags: Dr. David W. Larson, Dr. John Poterucha, Dr. Scott Nyberg, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Liver Transplant, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis


March 29, 2019

Andy’s Smile Shows His Progress Two Years After Face Transplant

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In 2016, Andy Sandness had a face transplant at Mayo Clinic. Now, 2½ years later, he’s savoring the little things in life many other people take for granted — like smiling.

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Tags: Dr. Samir Mardini, Face transplants, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


March 20, 2019

Heart Transplant Helps Elise Campbell Reach New Heights

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A lifesaving heart transplant at Mayo Clinic helped Elise Campbell break free from the physical limitations of a rare genetic heart condition she had lived with since she was 14. Now Elise is relishing the opportunity to enjoy experiences she never thought possible.

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Tags: cardiomyopathy, Cardiovascular Medicine, Dr. D. Eric Steidley, Dr. Octavio Pajaro, Dr. Robert Scott, Heart transplant, Transplant Center


March 13, 2019

Liver Transplant Puts Pam Stubbs Back in the Saddle

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Pam Stubbs hadn’t felt well in years. But now, thanks to a successful liver transplant at Mayo Clinic, Pam feels better than ever, and she’s channeling newfound energy into her passion for horseback riding.

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Tags: Dr. Adyr Moss, Dr. Bashar Aqel, Liver Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


March 11, 2019

Pancreas Transplant Frees Mary Shelley From the Grip of Diabetes

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Mary Shelley struggled for years to control her erratic blood sugar levels, which affected every aspect of her life. A pancreas transplant in 2018 helped her overcome many of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes, and it has allowed her to experience life in ways she never thought possible.

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Tags: Catherine Coyle, Dr. Justin Nguyen, Dr. Martin Mai, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, pancreas transplant


December 12, 2018

New Liver, New Outlook

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When Brian Gurule learned that a rare disease was the reason for his liver failure, he realized it was a race against time to find a medical center where he could get a transplant. At Mayo Clinic, he received the care he needed to give him a fighting chance.

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Tags: Dr. Maria Yataco, Dyskeratosis congenita, Liver Transplant Program


December 3, 2018

Hanna’s Lifesaving Liver Transplant

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When a local hospital was reluctant to list their daughter for the liver transplant she needed, Melinda Kohlmyer and her husband brought young Hanna to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, Hanna got a second chance at life.

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Tags: Dr. Charles Rosen, Dr. Katryn Furuya, Liver Transplant Program, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Pediatric hepatology


October 31, 2018

The Match of a Lifetime

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When Ed Waters needed a kidney transplant, his wife, Darlene, stepped up to be his donor. The couple was delighted to find that, just as in the rest of their married life, they were perfectly compatible.

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Tags: Dr. Mark Deyo-Svendsen, Dr. Patrick Dean, Dr. Shuhail Shuja, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


September 8, 2018

A New Kidney With a Little Help From His Friends

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When Fred Anderson needed a new kidney, he didn’t have to look far to find eager donors. His friends Jim Ross and Ted Schreiber both stepped forward. Although Jim ended up being the donor, all three banded together to ensure the transplant journey included plenty of support and camaraderie.

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Tags: Dr. Adyr Moss, Dr. Caroline Jadlowiec, kidney transplant, Living-donor kidney donation, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


August 22, 2018

Bidding Farewell to Enormous, Faulty Kidneys

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“Owner of the world’s largest kidneys” was never a title Gene Okun wanted to have. Today, thanks to a living donor and a Mayo Clinic surgical team, he no longer does.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Gift of Life Transplant House, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Polycystic kidney disease


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