August 22, 2018
“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.
July 12, 2018
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.
October 21, 2017
When 4-year-old Maksim Messerer’s kidney function declined suddenly and unexpectedly, surgical staff from across Mayo Clinic quickly came together to perform his kidney transplant several weeks ahead of schedule.
August 31, 2015
At 27 weeks into her pregnancy with twins, Amber Sylvester went to Mayo Clinic with her husband, Mike, for an ultrasound test and received news that no parent wants to hear. One of the babies was in trouble. She had enlarged kidneys, no amniotic fluid around her body, and fluid in her abdomen. She would […]
April 15, 2015
Faced with losing their newborn son, Anna and Oleg, searched far and wide for an answer. They found it and a new birthday for their son at Mayo Clinic. After an ultrasound at 32 weeks into her pregnancy, Anna Ryabova, along with her husband, Oleg Pecherskii, faced a grim prognosis for their unborn son. “The […]
December 12, 2013
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 […]
November 25, 2013
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 […]