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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


July 12, 2018

Saving A Sibling From Afar

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When Mary Redepenning found out her sister Barbara needed a kidney, Mary wanted to be the donor. But traveling to Portland, Oregon, was a significant obstacle. Learning Mayo Clinic could perform a remote donation made all the difference.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration


June 4, 2018

Kidney Transplant Opens the Door to Lanell Johnson’s Next Adventure

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Lanell Johnson’s path to a kidney transplant wasn’t easy. But now that she’s received a new kidney and is enjoying a return to good health, Lanell and her husband are eager to move forward.

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Tags: kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Polycystic kidney disease


June 1, 2018

Facing Death and Fighting Back

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When doctors said there was nothing they could do for his end-stage liver disease, Danny Willis refused to give up. He obtained a lifesaving transplant at Mayo Clinic. And even a near-fatal setback after that couldn’t stop him from reclaiming his health.

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Tags: Dr. Julie Heimbach, Liver Transplant, Liver Transplant Program, Outpatient Transplant Infection Disease Clinic, Paul Deziel, Sleeve gastrectomy surgery


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