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Sister Gives Brother a Christmas Gift (of Life) To Remember 

January 8, 2019

Sister Gives Brother a Christmas Gift (of Life) To Remember 

By In the Loop intheloop

Christmas came early for Kevin O’Connor, who has lived with polycystic kidney disease his entire life. He received a kidney from his sister on Christmas Eve.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Polycystic Kidney Disease


Paired Kidney Exchange Gives Mayo Staffer New Appreciation for Her Work

October 2, 2018

Paired Kidney Exchange Gives Mayo Staffer New Appreciation for Her Work

By In the Loop intheloop

Surgical assistant Linda Altermatt was used to being in the operating room, but being the patient was another experience entirely. It’s an experience she says will guide her work in the future.

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Tags: Dr. Julie Heimbach, Dr. Mikel Prieto, kidney disease, Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, Paired Kidney Donation Program


Living His Best Life After Bidding Farewell to World's Largest Kidneys

July 17, 2018

Living His Best Life After Bidding Farewell to World’s Largest Kidneys

By In the Loop intheloop

“Owner of the world’s largest kidneys” was never a title Gene Okun wanted to have. And today, thanks to a living donor and Mayo Clinic transplant surgeons, he no longer does.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Polycystic Kidney Disease


Sister Steps Up to Save Brother's Life

March 15, 2018

Sister Steps Up to Save Brother’s Life

By In the Loop intheloop

A baseball accident is what landed Jake Knutson in the emergency department. But then doctors discovered something else: Jake’s kidneys were failing, and he would need a transplant to survive.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Dr. Patrick Dean, kidney disease, Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Mayo Clinic in Rochester


Saying Goodbye to Gene's 'Big Dumb Kidneys'

August 10, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Gene’s ‘Big Dumb Kidneys’

By In the Loop intheloop

Gene Okun has kidney disease, which is obviously no laughing matter. His journey to finding a living donor, however, is something he’s been able to find humor in for the benefit of others.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Dr. Vicente Torres, Kidney transplant, Polycystic Kidney Disease


April 13, 2017

Transplant Patient, Humanitarian Dedicates Donated Home to Care Team

By In the Loop intheloop

In the mountains of Guatemala, in a small Mayan village called Xepatan, is a house. A newly constructed house that sits in stark contrast to the cane and dirt floor homes found throughout the rest of this farming town. This house was built by volunteers from Constru Casa — a nonprofit organization that works to […]

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Kidney transplant


May 31, 2016

Transplant Nurse, Sherpa — Patient Pens Essay Honoring Her ‘Mountain Guide’

By In the Loop intheloop

Jolinda Conzemius has known for years that at some point, she’d need a kidney transplant. “I’ve known this was my fate since I was about 12 years old,” she told WCCO-TV’s “Life to the Max TV” back in 2014. That’s because Jolinda inherited a genetic kidney disorder that has been in her family for generations. […]

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Kidney transplant, Lynette Fix


November 17, 2015

The Gift of Life Strengthens Sisters’ Bond

By In the Loop intheloop

Lori McMillan Depauw and her sister, Mary McMillan Rivera, see themselves as “complete opposites,” Lori tells WTVO-TV in Rockford, Illinois. But as of last month, they have a little more in common: Lori has one of Mary’s kidneys. According to the station, the two sisters enjoy a “smile over the fact that it was Mary who […]

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Tags: Dr Timucin Taner, Dr. Mikel Prieto, Kidney transplant


June 30, 2015

Celebrating a Special Transplantaversary

By In the Loop intheloop

What kind of anniversary does a 2-year-old have to celebrate? If you’re Addie Sylvester, you have a transplantaversary. (Yup, that’s a thing.) And Addie recently celebrated hers with the Mayo Clinic transplant team and donor (also known as Mom) that made it all possible. It was a milestone the Sylvesters weren’t always sure they’d reach.

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Kidney transplant


June 30, 2015

Reluctant Tourists Offer Their Reviews of a Medical Destination

By In the Loop intheloop

Those of us who call Rochester, Minnesota, home like to joke about its landmark corn-cob water tower and say we’d like to leave in the winter, but our cars won’t start. But it’s no secret that the city is known more as a medical destination than a place to find frozen vegetables. And it’s hard […]

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Tags: Destination Medical Center, Dr. Mikel Prieto


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