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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


November 20, 2019

Taking Life One Easy Breath at a Time

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When Tim Thomforde was diagnosed with COPD, his quality of life began to gradually decline, and he had to abandon many of the activities he enjoyed. Since undergoing a double lung transplant two years ago, however, Tim has had experiences he never dreamed possible when he was struggling with COPD.

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Tags: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, Dr. Mark Wylam, Dr. Richard Daly, Lung Transplant Program, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


November 15, 2019

Motorcycle Dreaming After Two Heart Transplants

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When Dale Leighton underwent a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic, the motorcycling enthusiast believed his days of poor health were behind him. But the new heart failed to work. For Dale, who’s dealt with life-threatening heart disease for years, that meant a second heart transplant and a second journey through recovery.

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Tags: Dr. Richard Daly, Heart transplant, ventricular assist device


November 6, 2019

Arizona Family is ‘Transplant Strong’ for Son’s Journey to Kidney Health

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When Kendon Holdaway found out he would need a kidney transplant, his close-knit family rallied around him. With his mother as his living donor, and his father and siblings stepping up to be caregivers, the transplant turned into a bonding experience that drew the family even closer.

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Tags: Living-donor kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


October 4, 2019

Pedaling His Way to a Successful Heart Transplant

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Told he needed a heart transplant to stay alive, Greg Williams could have simply sat back and waited. Instead, he chose to take ownership of his health by exercising in his hospital room at Mayo Clinic right up until the day of his transplant in hopes of preparing his body and mind as best he […]

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Tags: Cardiac Rehab Program, Cardiogenic shock, Dr. Alfredo Clavell, Dr. Richard Daly, Heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


September 6, 2019

Kidney Transplant is All in the Family

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When Jose Ramirez learned his kidneys were failing and he needed a transplant, his sister Kelsey Ramirez-Macias immediately stepped forward to be his donor. With guidance from Mayo Clinic’s Hispanic Transplant Program, the Ramirez family navigated the transplant process, and now Jose’s health has been restored.

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Tags: Living-donor kidney donation, Mayo Clinic Hispanic Transplant Program


August 19, 2019

After Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Allma Says Goodbye to Diabetes

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For decades, Allma Johnson managed her diabetes with insulin and diet. But at 43, her heart and kidneys were failing as a result of the disease, and she needed a kidney and pancreas transplant. Today, thanks to the transplant she received at Mayo Clinic, Allma’s diabetes and its devastating complications are gone.

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Tags: diabetes, Dr. Andrew Singer, Dr. Brian Hardaway, Dr. Hasan Khamash, Dr. Winston Hewitt, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, pancreas transplant


August 2, 2019

Fighting Leukemia, Then Joining the Team

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When Nicklaus Lego was diagnosed with an aggressive blood and bone marrow cancer, he was told his chances of survival were slim. To beat the disease, Nic needed a bone marrow transplant and an expert medical team. At Mayo Clinic, Nic found both. And in the process, he discovered a new life’s mission.

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Tags: Acute myeloid leukemia, Bone Marrow Transplant program, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Dr. Allison Rosenthal, Dr. Jeanne Palmer, Kidney Failure, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Arizona


July 19, 2019

Living and Breathing His Truth About Organ Donation

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At 71, Robert thought he was too old to qualify for lung transplantation. Affected by a devastating, rare disease that destroyed his lung function, the Florida retiree had all but given up hope that the illness wouldn’t claim his life — until his Mayo Clinic medical team stepped in and encouraged him to pursue a […]

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Tags: Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Augustine Lee, Dr. David Erasmus, Dr. Ian Makey, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Transplant Center


July 17, 2019

From Health Care Advisor to Transplant Patient to Mayo Clinic Employee

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Piper Nieters Su had spent years in Washington, D.C., working with institutions like Mayo Clinic on health care policy reform. Piper’s relationship with Mayo Clinic changed dramatically, however, after she was diagnosed with a rare liver disease.

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Tags: Dr. Charles Rosen, Liver Transplant, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Saint Marys Campus


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