Dr. Mikel Prieto

Gabriel Ryan wasn't supposed to live. The Goodhue, Minnesota, toddler was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease before birth. The disorder is usually fatal. But young[...]

By In the Loop • February 17, 2022

A newspaper story about 12-year-old Ashton Hanson and his need for a kidney caught the eye of Jan Germundson, who then stepped in to give[...]

By In the Loop • October 1, 2019

Chris Douglas learned via Twitter one evening that long-time acquaintance Chad Corey needed a kidney transplant. The next day, Chris began taking steps that would[...]

By In the Loop • May 23, 2019

As a new retiree, Carroll Sharp took patients to and from kidney dialysis and saw how their condition affected them. So when he learned about[...]

By In the Loop • April 23, 2019

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[...]

By In the Loop • January 8, 2019

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[...]

By In the Loop • October 2, 2018

"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[...]

By In the Loop • July 17, 2018

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[...]

By In the Loop • March 15, 2018

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[...]

By In the Loop • August 10, 2017

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[...]

By In the Loop • April 13, 2017