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January 15th, 2014

From the Alaskan Woods to Top of the Transplant List

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

The first sign something was wrong came when Dennis Chavez was out hunting caribou with his wife, Maria. The Wasilla, Alaska, native suddenly found that he couldn’t cover ground like he used to. He quickly became winded — much more quickly than he expected. He ignored the signs for a while. But one day a […]

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Tags: 3790, 5324, 5335, Langerhans, lung transplant


January 7th, 2014

Ginette’s Top Tips for Breast Cancer Patients and Those Who Love Them

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

Ginette Weiner began her fight against breast cancer in 2008, and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. She is a patient at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and under the ongoing care of Donald Northfelt, M.D. She brings a fresh, honest and engaging perspective to patients and their loved ones with the following advice for breast cancer patients and their families. Advice for Loved Ones 1.  Do not tell […]

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Tags: 2375, 3640, 3719, 4728, 4729, 5315, 5335, Arizona, breast cancer, Cancer, chemotherapy, Donald Northfelt


December 12th, 2013

Boo Maddox takes on H1N1, dialysis, and complications on his way to a successful kidney transplant

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

A year ago, the Robert Maddox family from Boyce, La., would never have imagined attending the 50th Anniversary of Kidney Transplantation celebration event at Mayo Clinic this month. A year ago, their 9-year-old son Robert, who goes by the nickname “Boo,” was struggling to survive, and a transplant seemed impossible. After a devastating bout of H1N1 (swine […]

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Tags: 1594, 3786, 5324, 5335, Dr. Mikel Prieto, H1N1, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Pulmonary Hypertension, Renal Failure


December 3rd, 2013

Child’s play — at long last

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

After heart surgery, Deshawn Corbin can run, jump and swim like a kid … for the first time Deshawn Corbin is just 15 years old. But he’s already experienced more life than most people many times his age. Deshawn was born with complex congenital heart disease that affected the way blood traveled through his body […]

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Tags: 1474, 5252, 5253, 5306, 5335, Cardiac surgery, Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Ann Reed, Dr. Ben Eidem, Dr. Harold Burkhart, Fontan Procedure, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis


November 25th, 2013

Identical Twins Share Genetic Makeup, and a Kidney

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

When Ernesto Boleaga learned that he needed a kidney transplant, the perfect donor, his identical twin brother, Jose Luis, was ready and willing to help. And because the Boleagas have the same genetic make-up, Ernesto’s body accepted Jose Luis’ kidney as its own. For most patients, however, an identical twin donor isn’t an option, and […]

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Tags: 3786, 5324, 5335, Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Patient Story, Regenerative Medicine, stem cell transplant, Transplant


November 20th, 2013

The Decision to Save a Stranger’s Life

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

A patient in need of transplant touches Dr. Phil Fischer’s heart and prompts him to explore living donation. As a result, a patient in need of a kidney lives on, enjoying her grandchildren, golfing and dancing.   The shortage of deceased donor organs has reached a crisis, with almost 120,000 people in need of a […]

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Tags: 3786, 5324, 5335, Dr. Phil Fischer, kidney transplant, Living Donor, Patient Story, Transplant


November 11th, 2013

Sister’s Kidney for Little Brother

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

For his entire life, radio host James Rabe has known that one day he’d need a new kidney. A disease called Alport Syndrome slowly caused his kidneys to fail. As his condition advanced, the search for a new organ began. His big sister stepped up and gave part of herself so her little brother could […]

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Tags: 3786, 5291, 5324, 5335, Alport syndrome, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic, Patient Stories


November 6th, 2013

Life after C. difficile

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

Dianne Shea thought that the fevers, chills, vomiting, nausea and endless bouts of diarrhea from C. diff would take away her independence. But after a fecal transplant, she says, “My life began again.”   Written by Dianne Shea I’ve been a paraplegic and a Mayo Clinic patient for more than 10 years. My legs decided […]

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Tags: 4230, 5275, 5335, C. difficile, diarrhea, Dr. Darrell Pardi, Dr. Sahil Khanna, fecal transplant, Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic, Patient Stories, spinal tumor


October 21st, 2013

Couple crosses country to help fellow patients

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

Sunny and Bill Meadows moved from Arkansas to Minnesota to volunteer their time to help other patients. “We hope that by giving back in this way, we can express our appreciation for all Mayo Clinic has done for us,” they say.      On the surface, Sunny and Bill Meadows’ move from Fayetteville, Ark., to […]

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Tags: 1737, 3786, 5291, 5335, Charter House, dialysis, kidney, Lupus, organ donation, Transplant, Transplant House, Volunteer


October 4th, 2013

Mark Gilbertson 2.0 – Putting the Pieces Together Again

By SMHNadmin mayoclinic

After a terrible accident left him barely alive and in need of major reconstruction, Mark Gilbertson found the right team at Mayo Clinic to help piece things back together again. He shares his story below.   My name is Mark Gilbertson, and here’s my story. I am originally from Brainerd, Minn. I joined the Air […]

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Tags: 3888, 5146, 5297, 5308, 5335, dental implants, Dr. Eric Moore, Dr. Kevin Arce, jaw surgery, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, otorhinolaryngology


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