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May 10, 2018

‘Lobby Days’ Offer Life-Changing Information About Kidney Transplants

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After enduring kidney dialysis for years, a conversation Martin Ruiz Zermeño had at his dialysis center with Mayo Clinic social worker Jeffrey Welch paved the way to a successful kidney transplant.

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Tags: Jeffrey Welch, Julieta Delgado, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Hispanic Transplant Program, Mayo Clinic Kidney Transplant Program, Organ donor


April 26, 2018

Two New Lungs Give One Dad a Chance to Enjoy Fatherhood to its Fullest

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Over time, cystic fibrosis robbed Nicholas Hemmerle of his ability to enjoy active time with his daughter. But after a double lung transplant, he’s breathing easier and ready to have fun again. 

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Tags: Dr. David Erasmus, Dr. Jorge Mallea, Lung transplants, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, MayoClinicFL, organ donation


March 14, 2018

Defying Odds to Make it Through to a Heart-Lung Transplant

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Aryn Clark needed a heart-lung transplant, but the wait was almost sure to be a long one. Advanced technology that did the work of her heart and lungs during that wait kept her healthy enough to be ready once transplant organs became available.

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Tags: Dr. John Bohman, Dr. Richard Daly, Heart transplant, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


February 16, 2018

Football Coach Gets Big Win With Kidney-Pancreas Transplant

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Brian Bell lived with Type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years, until a combination kidney-pancreas transplant offered a chance to rid him of the disease. Now he’s making the most of his fresh start.

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Tags: Dr. Janna Huskey, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, pancreas transplant, type 1 diabetes


February 14, 2018

A New Lung, a Wedding Ring and a Second Chance at Life

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For Jim Jones, the joy of his wedding day was multiplied by a much-anticipated phone call from Mayo Clinic. That same day, a lung had become available for a transplant, and the possibility of a healthy life ahead was within Jim’s reach.

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Tags: Dr. Francisco Alvarez, Dr. Jorge Mallea, Dr. Mathew Thomas, lung transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, MayoClinicFL, organ donation


January 25, 2018

Chronicling a Transplant Through the Eyes of a Caregiver

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Throughout Bob Washnock’s journey to a heart transplant, his wife, Pam, was dedicated to being his caregiver. Pam then turned that experience into a book about caregiving in hopes of encouraging and supporting others who find themselves in that role.

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Tags: Dr. Octavio Pajaro, Dr. Patrick DeValeria, Heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


December 6, 2017

Mayo Clinic saved my life. Not once, but twice.

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Kent Larson’s visits to Mayo Clinic have involved multiple surgeries, some of them nearly 50 years apart. Here Kent shares his story of the life-changing care he’s received. 

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Tags: Dr. Kristopher Croome, Kidney Failure, kidney transplant, Liver Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, organ donation


December 1, 2017

New Heart, New Hope and a Real Chance at a Future

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After years of struggling with cardiomyopathy, a heart transplant at Mayo Clinic renewed Thomas Kim’s health and rekindled his confidence in the future.

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Tags: Dr. Daniel Yip, Dr. Erol Belli, Dr. Fred Kusumoto, Dr. Jose Diaz-Gomez, Dr. Juan Carlos Leoni Moreno, Dr. Parag Patel, heart failure, Heart transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, ventricular assist device


November 22, 2017

Halfway Around the World and in Need of a New Liver

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After an extended hospital stay followed by a flight across the globe with his survival in question, Tom Walsh came to Mayo Clinic, where he received a lifesaving transplant.

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Tags: Dr. Andrew Keaveny, Dr. Barry Rosser, Dr. Justin Burns, Liver Transplant Program


November 9, 2017

Liver and Kidney Transplants Revive Ron Hale’s Zest for Life

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A host of serious medical problems put Ron Hale on a downward spiral of deteriorating health. But a liver and a kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic stopped Ron’s decline and dramatically improved his quality of life.

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Tags: kidney transplant, Liver Transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


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