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January 19, 2021

Chain of transplants gives gift of life to Minnesota teacher

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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’

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


October 5, 2018

Crafting An Artist’s Healthy Future

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Lupus was wreaking havoc on Emily Olson’s health. Her Mayo Clinic care team’s decision to employ a medication typically not used for this autoimmune disorder, along with a kidney transplant, not only saved Emily’s life, it reignited her independence and confidence.

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Tags: Dr. Duarte-Garcia, Dr. Ladan Zand, Dr. Meera Sridharan, Dr. Vaidehi Chowdhary, Hemolytic uremic syndrome, kidney transplant, Lupus


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


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