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February 16, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Daughter quits smoking to donate liver to her mom

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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’

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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

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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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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


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