Items Tagged ‘Transplant’

December 29, 2011

Duluth Woman Waiting for Double Transplant at Mayo Clinic

By Mystery User

 …29 year old Jessica Danielson left her job and apartment for Rochester in early December when doctors told her she needs not only one, but two life–saving organ transplants.  “I didn’t realize how sick I was,” Danielson said. “I was diagnosed at age 19 with restrictive cardio myopathy, and that led to congestive heart failure.” The diagnosis […]

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March 4, 2010

Couple is Mayo hospital’s 100th living donor transplant

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix is celebrating its 100th living donor transplant and this patient and donor have quite a story. It’s taken years for Dr. Cherie Hayostek and her husband Rory to get to the hospital beds they sit in side by side. “We’re soul mates, its just very hard,” said Cherie…   The […]

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February 19, 2010

Kidney Donor Found Online

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Everyday thousands of people are waiting to get an organ transplant. While the national list is long, now there’s a new way to make a perfect match. A local man found a kidney donor online…   For Cindy Love, she watched her nephew go through kidney failure, but when she wasn’t a match, she researched […]

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December 29, 2009

After transplant, man ready to fulfill potential

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

For six years, Josh Hill spent three to four hours, three days a week in dialysis.   Hill, now 27, was diagnosed with Wegner’s granulomatosis when he was 17. The disease causes inflammation in the blood vessels, which can restrict blood flow to organs, according to the Mayo Clinic. In Hill’s case, the disease damaged […]

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Tags: dialysis, kidneys, Transplant


October 16, 2009

Expansion Sneak Peak

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

The Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester will soon become the largest hospitality transplant house in the country. It already has 51 guest rooms, but is set to open another multi-million dollar facility next month…   A blessing that follows in the footsteps of another nun, Mother Alfred Moes, who helped to create St. […]

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Tags: Gift of Life, Transplant


October 1, 2009

Part 2: Balancing life and death

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Cathy Garvey dropped a stack of red folders on the table as a huge image of two kidneys flashed on the conference room screen.   She flipped open the first file: A 27-year-old woman with no children who wants to give a kidney to her father — for his third transplant. “She’s a great candidate,” […]

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Tags: kidney, Transplant


August 31, 2009

Omahan hopeful after transplant

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Pat Lacy finally got the call that could save his life.     The Omahan rushed to a chartered plane and in hours was on a Mayo Clinic operating table, getting prepped for a double lung transplant.   He awoke only to learn the surgery had never happened. The donor organs were not suitable.   […]

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August 26, 2009

Cabbie offers his rider gift of life

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Rita Van Loenen had no idea that a trip in Thomas Chappell’s taxi could end up being the ride that saves her life.   “There are better odds of getting struck by lightning,’’ Van Loenen said. “A random taxi driver offering to give me his kidney and all these pieces match. There has to be […]

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Tags: kidney, Transplant


August 25, 2009

Blaine Girl, 3, Recovering From Heart Transplant

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

A little girl from Blaine keeps getting stronger, just two weeks after receiving a life-saving heart transplant.   Madison Rippy’s story is even more amazing considering how quickly everything came together to give her another chance. Her rare problem may have been brought on by a simple virus.   Looking at the photographs on their […]

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Tags: Cardiology, Transplant


August 10, 2009

Transplant surgeon notable in her profession in part because she’s female

By Kelley Luckstein Kelley Luckstein

Dana Perry won’t soon forget her first day as a staff transplant surgeon. At 8 a.m., an hour into her inaugural shift at Mayo Clinic Florida, her cell phone rang. Her first liver transplant was going to be that night, she learned. As the hours passed, news reached her that there would be another. And […]

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Tags: florida, surgeon, Transplant


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