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Co-Worker's Death Inspires Woman to Save Another

February 20, 2018

Co-Worker’s Death Inspires Woman to Save Another

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After Christine Graf was unable to save a co-worker who suffered a heart attack, she was determined to help others. So she donated a kidney to a stranger, starting a living-donor organ transplant chain.

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Tags: Kidney transplant, Living Donor Transplant, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


Saying Goodbye to Gene's 'Big Dumb Kidneys'

August 10, 2017

Saying Goodbye to Gene’s ‘Big Dumb Kidneys’

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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


May 4, 2017

Back to Being a Kid Again After Transplant

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In 2015, in the midst of her fight against Henoch-Schonlein purpura, then-10-year-old BilliJo Bowman was granted a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Instead of wishing for something that would provide a respite from her battle against a condition that causes “inflammation and bleeding in the small blood vessels in your skin, joints, intestines and kidneys,” […]

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Tags: Gift of Life Transplant House, Henoch-Schonlein purpura, Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Children's Center


May 2, 2017

Back on the Field and Winning at Game of Life

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By the time he’d celebrated his 18th birthday, Logan Carmick had been through the medical wringer. Born with renal hypoplasia, he had his first kidney transplant when he was just 4 years old. Logan’s father, Steve, was his donor, The Arizona Republic reports. “It was just a fluke,” Steve tells the paper. “A blockage in […]

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Tags: Dr. Romanita Nica, Kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Renal hypoplasia


April 13, 2017

Transplant Patient, Humanitarian Dedicates Donated Home to Care Team

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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


January 5, 2017

Daughter Helps Brighten the Holidays for Mother by Giving Her a Kidney

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We don’t want to be presumptuous, but we’d guess 2016’s award for “Best Christmas Gift Given to a Mother” (if there were such a thing) would go to Cathy Carchedi of North Branch, Minnesota. That’s because just before this past holiday season kicked into full swing, Cathy offered to give her mom, Dease Charais, the […]

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Tags: Kidney transplant, Lupus


November 29, 2016

A Gift of Life From One Friend to Another

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They say a friend in need is a friend indeed. And late last year, Lori Allan put that proverb to the test. During a longstanding weekend coffee klatch with close friend Becca Spurr, Lori divulged something she’d long known was a possibility: Her kidneys were failing and she was in need of a transplant.

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Tags: Gift of Life Transplant House, Kidney transplant


July 28, 2016

‘If I Could Do It Again, I Would:’ Mayo Nurse Donates Kidney, Gains New Friend

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When Kate Burris sat down to watch an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” last November, the last thing she expected was a life-changing epiphany. But that’s exactly what happened. “It’s kind of a funny story, actually,” she tells us. “Some random character on the show said, ‘I’m going to donate my kidney,’ and that made me […]

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Tags: Kate Burris, Kidney transplant


July 7, 2016

Good Samaritan Donor Kicks Off a Kidney Donation ‘Chain Reaction’

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Jennifer Tamol is part of a trend. A trend Martin Mai, M.D., a nephrologist at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus and chair of Mayo’s Division of Transplant Medicine, would very much like to see grow. Four years ago, Jennifer decided she wanted to donate one of her kidneys. What makes her decision so unique, the Florida-Times […]

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Tags: Dr. Martin Mai, 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


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