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April 21, 2022

Gabriel Ryan wasn’t supposed to live. Today, he is thriving

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Eric and Micayla Ryan were experienced parents. They had three children already and thought this ultrasound would be as routine as the ones that had come before. They knew what to expect. Or so they thought. But instead of reassurance, this ultrasound revealed a problem: cysts on the kidneys of the Goodhue, Minnesota, couple’s fourth […]

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Eric Ryan, Gabriel Ryan, kidney transplant, Micayla Ryan, PKD, Polycystic kidney disease


April 4, 2022

Innovative program enables patients who are obese to get kidney transplants

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

For many patients seeking kidney transplant, obesity is a barrier. Body mass index (BMI) is a traditional criterion for transplant, and a large portion of potential kidney transplant recipients currently have BMIs above the cutoff. Two physicians at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are paving the way to transplant for patients with higher BMIs. Patients, […]

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Aleksandra Kukla, Dr. Ty Diwan, kidney transplant, nephrology, PKD, Polycystic kidney disease, Wells Larsen


December 1, 2021

Kidney transplant gets chef back to the kitchen

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

As a chef, Melvin Austin was used to working odd hours. Soda, sweet tea, and chocolate cake kept him awake during graveyard shifts, along with a 2 a.m. snack. Melvin wasn’t too worried until one day in 2002, when he arrived at work out of breath. “I thought I was overworked, and I needed rest. […]

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Tags: dialysis, kidney transplant, MayoClinicFL, Melvin Austin, Transplant, Transplant Center


June 20, 2021

A father’s gift to his son

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Father’s Day will be extra-special this year for the Teeples family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After spending much of his two years in a hospital bed with a rare kidney disease, toddler Easton Teeples has returned home from Mayo Clinic after a lifesaving transplant from dear old dad. It’s a special bond between father and […]

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Tags: congential nephrotic syndrome, Dr. Mikel Prieto, Easton Teeples, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Living-donor kidney donation, Steve Teeples


January 19, 2021

Chain of transplants gives gift of life to Minnesota teacher

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Amy Infanger had a rare kidney disease and a difficult path to transplant. A transplant chain involving 16 people across the country got her the match she needed and the chance to grow old with her family. Nearly 100,000 Americans are on a waiting list to receive a kidney transplant. For one Minnesota woman, finding a […]

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney transplant, Transplant Center


December 8, 2020

Son’s offer: ‘You gave me two kidneys. The least I can do is give one back’

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Andrew Austin urged his mom to come to Mayo Clinic, where he works, for care for kidney disease. When he learned she needed a kidney transplant, he knew what he wanted to do. Jean Austin-Danner was in her 30s when she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, an inherited condition that causes cysts on the […]

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Tags: kidney transplant, Polycystic kidney disease


January 29, 2020

Sweet Homecoming After Successful Heart and Kidney Transplants

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

The road home was long for Laura Richardson as she battled through medical setbacks, and a protracted wait for a heart transplant and a kidney transplant. But when Laura finally returned healthy and happy to her beloved farm in Iowa, the reunion with friends and family was especially heartwarming.

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Tags: Dr. D. Eric Steidley, Heart transplant, kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


November 25, 2019

After ‘Just Surviving’ on Dialysis, Canna Celebrates Life With a New Kidney

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


August 19, 2019

After Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Allma Says Goodbye to Diabetes

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


October 31, 2018

The Match of a Lifetime

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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


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