December 13, 2019

How Julie Mlinar went from being an anonymous kidney donor to a public one

By Karl Oestreich

by Matthew Stolle

On the Friday before Mother's Day, Spring Valley resident David Thouin heard a knock on the door.  It was Julie Mlinar and her husband, Mark. Mlinar said she had some news to share. She had been approved to donate a kidney. Thouin and his wife, Carol, were in tears.  "It is still so memorable to me," Thouin said…On June 11, several weeks later, Thouin and Mlinar underwent surgery at Mayo Clinic. Mlinar was out of the hospital two days later. During a recent four-month check-up, Thouin and his new kidney got a clean bill of health.

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Context: Of the 261 transplants done at the clinic in 2018, 76 percent came from living donors. At Mayo Clinic, an integrated team of doctors trained in kidney disease (nephrologists), abdominal transplant surgery, infectious disease management and other specialties is focused on the needs of you and your family. Surgeons, doctors, transplant nurses, pharmacists, social workers and others work together to manage every aspect of your kidney transplant, from planning through post-surgical care. You can learn more about being a living kidney donor at Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Heather Carlson Kehren

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