Transplant

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

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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Family House Diaries - Wesley Telsrow:  Radiating a Gratitude for Life and Living It

Family House Diaries - Wesley Telsrow: Radiating a Gratitude for Life and Living It

A double-lung transplant gives a 22-year-old cystic fibrosis patient a new lease on life, complete with gratitude. For the first time in his young life, Wesley Telsrow can sleep lying down rather than sitting up and laugh without coughing.

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Family House Diaries: A Thanksgiving to Remember

Family House Diaries: A Thanksgiving to Remember

A double-lung transplant gives a Lincoln County, N.C., woman a second chance at life, allowing her to witness the birth of her first granddaughter, attend her son’s wedding and meet the lung donor’s family to thank them face-to-face for their selfless generosity.

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Family House Diaries: Getting Life Back After a Liver Transplant

Family House Diaries: Getting Life Back After a Liver Transplant

Almost seven weeks after receiving a new liver, Dennis Foster, 56, returns to work part-time as a ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, forever grateful for a second chance thanks to the kindness of strangers.

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UNC study: NAFLD patients have increased risk for poor outcomes after liver transplant

UNC study: NAFLD patients have increased risk for poor outcomes after liver transplant

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a bigger risk factor for liver transplant patients than obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Family House Diaries: Breathing Normally with New Lungs

Family House Diaries: Breathing Normally with New Lungs

For the first time in his life, Justin Hughes, a 26-year-old cystic fibrosis patient from Ash, N.C., is able to breathe normally and sleep without coughing thanks to a lung transplant at UNC Hospitals.

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Rose Parade gives UNC kidney transplant patient chance to honor her donor, her son

For more than 20 years Delores Evans of Durham, N.C. battled diabetes, high blood pressure and, finally, kidney failure. By 2008 she needed a new kidney to stay alive, but she never could have imagined the circumstances that brought it about.

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Family House Diaries: The Gifts of New Lungs and Great Friends

Kena Sawyers, 46, of Eden, N.C., received a double-lung transplant at UNC Hospitals on Sept. 20, after living 15 years with lungs scarred by pneumonia secondary to adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) she contracted when pregnant with her daughter, Kayla.

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Dr. Egan receives $1.47 million grant for lung transplant research

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has awarded Dr. Thomas M. Egan, a professor of surgery at the University of North Carolina, a $1.47 million, two-year grant for research on perfusion and ventilation of lungs outside the body before transplant. The research could lead to a significant increase in the number of lungs available for transplant.

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Family House Diaries: Anna’s Wish: A New Liver for a New Life

This is the fourth in a series from UNC Health Care that focuses on the stories of UNC Hospitals patients and their families who live in the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals while receiving or awaiting treatment.

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Transplant Center celebrates 40 years, Medal of Honor

All employees are invited to attend a ceremony celebrating 40 Years of organ transplant with the UNC Comprehensive Transplant Center

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From one sister to another, many lives are touched

FROM THE UNC Health Care's Weblog (with video) - When you work in a hospital, you see some really amazing stories. Some are terribly sad, while others are incredibly uplifting. This is one of the latter. Back in 1991, Carmencita Conry needed a kidney transplant. Her sister, Marisa McLeod, volunteered to donate a kidney, and together the sisters came to UNC Hospitals for the surgery, which was a great success.

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UNC study hints at new approaches to prevent transplant rejection

To prevent the rejection of newly transplanted organs and cells, patients must take medicines that weaken their entire immune systems. Such potentially life-saving treatments can, paradoxically, leave those receiving them susceptible to life-threatening infections.

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