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Remarkable Recovery: Local boy thriving after triple organ transplant

Alex Leach had never had food or even tried water in his life. But now, after a triple organ transplant, Alex’s life is brand new. But as you’ll see in this story from WDAY, his zest for life will never change. http://www.wday.com/news/4293430-remarkable-recovery-local-boy-thriving-after-triple-organ-transplant

Patient Shares Emotional Story of Her Quest for a Kidney

Below is a Blog Written by Kimberly Pilar, Kidney Transplant Patient I was first diagnosed with kidney failure in January 2004 when I was just 20 years old. I was in my third year of college at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Everything changed that day. I was no longer a normal college […]

Patient Pays it Forward

  Mike Wohlhutter is seen holding his new grandchild after receiving a double lung transplant at Nebraska Medicine. After receiving a double lung transplant at Nebraska Medicine, Mike Wohlhutter of Harlan, Iowa, is paying it forward. “This whole deal is just awesome,” says Wohlhutter. “There are no words to describe how grateful I am.” For […]

Patient Shares Lung Cancer Journey

As a lifelong non-smoker, Susan Eldridge was shocked to learn she had lung cancer. “I didn’t have any symptoms and thought I was pretty healthy,” says Eldridge. “But I started having some abdominal pain, and when they took a scan of my abdomen, they clipped part of my lung – which showed a tumor on […]

Transplant Patient Celebrates Birthday with Special Visitors

  Star Wars characters stormed the west atrium at the Durham Outpatient Center Feb. 10 to help Kylie Bush celebrate her 11th birthday. In December 2016, Kylie Bush had a small intestine, liver and pancreas transplant.   For years, Kylie Bush’s name was on the waiting list for a triple-organ transplant. At a young age, […]

Twin Diagnosed With Rare Form Of Cancer, Brother’s Stem Cells Save Life

By: Channing Barker Posted: Feb 17, 2017 07:39 PM CST Updated: Feb 18, 2017 12:36 AM CST   http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/fox-24/twin-diagnosed-with-rare-form-of-cancer-brothers-stem-cells-save-life/659566107   FAYETTEVILLE, AR. — – Bruce and Blair Johanson have been together since the moment of conception. They now work side by side in Fayetteville. They look, talk and even walk alike. They were told at birth they […]

Heart Failure Patient Becomes Mother

Sarah Hawthorne gave birth to her baby at the same hospital that evaluated her heart defect shortly after she was born. Sarah Hawthorne Writes About Her Experience with Our Partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center May 22, 2016, was a day that changed my life forever. I gave birth to a healthy, 7 pound […]

Life After A Double Lung Transplant

Andrea Mayberry I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at birth. I was in and out of hospitals my entire life. As my disease progressed, doctors said I would not live to be 16-years-old. I was put on the double lung transplant list at Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center at the age of 12. I […]

Surgeon’s Legacy Continues, 45 Years after First Kidney Transplant in Nebraska

Richard Steenburg, MD was destined to be a physician from the time he was a child, following in the footsteps of both his father and his grandfather. “My grandfather was a horse and buggy doctor who provided health care for a 60-mile radius covering most of the middle of the state of Nebraska. My father […]

How Breast Cancer Research Saved My Life

In September 2015, Janet Tinney was diagnosed with breast cancer. As you listen to the news, read the paper, check Facebook or talk to others, you’re frequently made aware of someone that’s been diagnosed with cancer. You think about them often, pray for them and their family, but then go on with your day-to-day life. […]

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