Transplant

The latest transplant news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

A Mother’s Gift

A Mother’s Gift

Ten years ago Carol Offen donated a kidney to her son. Today she works to demystify the process of live organ donation in the hopes that more people will give the gift of life.

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Grateful for Every Breath

Grateful for Every Breath

In 1990, Howell Graham was the first patient at UNC Hospitals with cystic fibrosis to receive a double lung transplant. Over the years he has tried several times, but couldn’t quite find the right words to say ‘thank you’ for the gift he received. Now, he says he’s finally ready.

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UNC heart transplant patient featured on Ellen Degeneres Show

Fourteen-year-old Al-J was diagnosed with a heart condition as an infant, and patiently waited for the transplant that might save his life. Al-J met Ellen and told her his emotional story of survival.

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Dedication, inspiration

Dedication, inspiration

On April 16, on what was described as a “perfect Carolina day,” Jason Ray’s legacy was celebrated as the UNC Hospitals Jason Ray Transplant Clinic was officially dedicated.

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Family receives ultimate gift this holiday season

Family receives ultimate gift this holiday season

On December 2, people across the nation celebrated Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to service and giving back. That morning, Justin Borgemeister received the ultimate gift, a kidney transplant from his younger brother.

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Kena Sawyers: New Lungs, New Life, Part II

Kena Sawyers: New Lungs, New Life, Part II

A Rockingham County woman gets a second double-lung transplant on her 51st birthday, allowing her to breathe without the use of an oxygen tank for the first time in 20 years.

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Jeff Mazza: A New Kidney, A New Life

Jeff Mazza: A New Kidney, A New Life

A former Chapel Hill dentist now retired in Carteret County gets a second chance at life thanks to the donation of a kidney from his adult son.

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Egan spearheads groundbreaking clinical trial for lung donation

Egan spearheads groundbreaking clinical trial for lung donation

A successful clinical trial could increase the pool of available donated lungs for thousands of patients.

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NIH awards $4 million grant to UNC and Egan for lung transplant research

NIH awards $4 million grant to UNC and Egan for lung transplant research

This three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund a clinical trial to study assessment and transplantation of lungs from victims of sudden death.

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Cindy Korff:  A Caregiver Gives Thanks

Cindy Korff: A Caregiver Gives Thanks

The mother of a 22-year-old Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune says thanks to the medical professionals at UNC Hospitals who saved her son’s life and the new-found friends-for-life who buoyed her at SECU Family House while helping her son heal.

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Heather Ledbetter:  A Second Chance with a New Liver

Heather Ledbetter: A Second Chance with a New Liver

A life-long Henderson County native receives a second chance at life with a liver transplant after a rare bone marrow disorder caused life-threatening blood clots in her liver.

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UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program achieves outstanding outcomes

UNC Cancer Care’s Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program is one of only 14 out of 156 centers across the country to be rated an “overperforming” center.

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Patient survival not impacted by liver transplants performed at night or on weekends

Patient survival not impacted by liver transplants performed at night or on weekends

A new study led by Dr. A. Sidney Barritt IV of UNC shows that liver transplants performed at night or on weekends do not adversely affect patient or graft survival.

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April is Donate Life Awareness Month

Please join the UNC Center for Transplant Care in celebrating April as Donate Life Awareness Month. Read on for details about the events scheduled throughout April where you can learn more about organ donation, sign up as an organ donor, and enjoy some free music and food!

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Luella Love: New Lungs for a New Life

Luella Love: New Lungs for a New Life

A 48-year-old Concord woman receives a double-lung transplant, giving her a second chance at life, a life her mother had been told wouldn’t exceed her daughter’s entry to kindergarten.

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A second chance for Jakeina

A second chance for Jakeina

UNC heart surgeon Dr. Andy Kiser reflects on the remarkable story of one of his patients, Jakeina Sutton of Rose Hill, N.C., a 16-year-old who recently received a heart and kidney transplant. For Jakeina, this was her second heart transplant.

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Family House Diaries: A New Heart + A New Kidney = A New Life

Family House Diaries: A New Heart + A New Kidney = A New Life

A new heart and a new kidney give a 28-year-old Wilson woman, unwell since age 7, a second chance at life. Crystal Sharpe becomes the 11th recipient of a heart and kidney transplant at UNC Hospitals.

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"Hey Doc, how are my kidneys?"

"Hey Doc, how are my kidneys?"

Drag car racer Tommy Arthur was the picture of health until his kidneys began to shut down because of IgA kidney disease.

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Family House Diaries: A Priceless Friendship

Family House Diaries: A Priceless Friendship

The life-threatening illnesses of their first-born children unite two couples in a friendship that each expects to bind them the rest of their days.

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