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January 19, 2021

Chain of transplants gives gift of life to Minnesota teacher

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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

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

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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

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

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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


December 23, 2020

Innovative transplant offers hope for patient with rare autoimmune disorder, few options

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Faced with a condition that has no cure and few treatment options, Chris Ryals turned to Mayo Clinic in Florida for an answer. An innovative transplant essentially reversed his symptoms and gave him hope. As a career military man, Chris Ryals was used to being physically active. The Air Force master sergeant ran regularly, visited […]

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Tags: Dr. Andy Abril, Dr. Ernesto Ayala, Dr. Roxana Dronca, Scleroderma


December 8, 2020

Son’s offer: ‘You gave me two kidneys. The least I can do is give one back’

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Andrew Austin urged his mom to come to Mayo Clinic, where he works, for care for kidney disease. When he learned she needed a kidney transplant, he knew what he wanted to do. Jean Austin-Danner was in her 30s when she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, an inherited condition that causes cysts on the […]

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Tags: kidney transplant, Polycystic kidney disease


November 9, 2020

Pat Lacy reflects on double lung transplant to treat pulmonary hypertension

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He was not the first person in his family to be diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, so Pat Lacy knew the warning signs and took them seriously. And he was determined to find an answer. Pat Lacy had just landed in Utah for a business conference when he noticed he was having trouble breathing. “When I […]

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Tags: Dr. Daniel Hartigan, Pulmonary Hypertension


January 31, 2020

Breathing Easy After New Technology Offers a Path to Lung Transplant

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Chuck Boetsch’s long journey to a successful lung transplant came to an end with a deep breath. That welcome breath was made possible by new technology that’s making more lungs available for transplantation.

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Tags: Dr. David Erasmus, Dr. Si Pham, Lung Transplant Program, Pulmonary Fibrosis


January 29, 2020

Sweet Homecoming After Successful Heart and Kidney Transplants

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The road home was long for Laura Richardson as she battled through medical setbacks, and a protracted wait for a heart transplant and a kidney transplant. But when Laura finally returned healthy and happy to her beloved farm in Iowa, the reunion with friends and family was especially heartwarming.

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Tags: Dr. D. Eric Steidley, Heart transplant, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


December 20, 2019

Sparked by a Desire to Help Someone in Need, Kidney Chain Offers Life Renewed

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Although they’ve never met, Carrie Fairchild and Emilia Haro are linked through the experience of being part of a chain of kidney transplants that Carrie started as an altruistic donor and Emilia benefitted from as a transplant recipient.

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Tags: Dr. Raymond Heilman, Living-donor kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


November 25, 2019

After ‘Just Surviving’ on Dialysis, Canna Celebrates Life With a New Kidney

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Canna Caldwell endured a four-year wait for a new kidney. And for 2½ of those years, she required dialysis four days a week — a grueling experience that sapped her energy and narrowed her world. But then Canna got the call she had been waiting so long to receive, and a kidney transplant transformed her […]

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Tags: kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


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