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UNC Children’s Heart Program Fights for Infant’s Life … Culminating in Successful Heart Transplant
Diagnosed with a congenital heart condition while still in utero, Suzi Leahy’s unborn son, Jett, was given “little chance of survival,” yet he beat the odds thanks to the life-saving care of the N.C. Pediatric Heart Center at UNC Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.
Located in Vital Signs / 2019 / November 14
Center for Transplant Care Celebrates 50 Years of Life-Saving Procedures
The program’s major milestone was celebrated in the lobby of the UNC Children’s Hospital Monday morning with speeches from physicians that have made the program possible, along with a kidney transplant patient and his living donor.
Located in News / 2018 / November
New Islet Cell Transplant Program, First in North Carolina, Giving Pancreatitis Patients a Better Option
The Chronic Pancreatitis and Autologous Islet Cell Transplant Program, created by Chirag S. Desai, MD, is helping patients improve their quality of life by eliminating severe pain and reducing or ending the use of narcotic pain medications, while preventing brittle diabetes.
Located in News / 2018 / May
Egan publishes commentary about recent change in donor lung allocation policy
Thomas Egan, MD, says that the change in policy was long overdue. However, because the change happened over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in response to litigation, it came as a “tsunami” that was “sudden, unexpected, and may have huge consequences.”
Located in News / 2018 / January
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.
Located in News / 2017 / March
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.
Located in News / 2017 / February
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.
Located in Employee News Online / 2016 / Sept. 29
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.
Located in News / 2016 / April
UNC Hospitals To Dedicate Transplant Clinic to Local Hero During National Donate Life Month
Former Tar Heel mascot and organ donor to be remembered at dedication ceremony
Located in News / 2016 / April
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.
Located in News / 2014 / December