Patient stories

  1. John Greller with his wife and son

    Of Heroes and Gold Medals

    When John Greller won three gold medals for swimming during the National Kidney Foundation's U.S. Transplant Games, he gave them to his heroes. The first went to his wife, Jane, who has remained by his side, as John says, "in sickness and in health." The second medal went to his son, Brian, who donated a [...]

  2. Coming full circle: Sharing a message of hope

    Ardell Lien had always dreamed of one day sailing around the world. But when he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, the retired military man from Caledonia, Minn., thought his sailing days were behind him. "I was down to 150 pounds," says Ardell, "and everyone in town knew I was on my way out. I [...]

  3. Ann and Jerry Beasley

    Blood type doesn't stand in the way of donating a kidney to her husband

    Despite a "lifelong aversion to needles and anything medical," Ann Beasley was eager to donate a kidney when she learned her husband, Jerry, needed a kidney transplant. Then she learned their blood types didn't match, and further, that Jerry's type O blood would limit available candidates. Anxious about their options, the couple went to Mayo [...]

  4. Kirk Watson and his wife

    Rare treatment for rare disease: Triple transplant

    On June 14, 2011, after a 107-day wait in the hospital at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Kirk Watson, 44, received the news he’d been waiting for — a heart, liver and kidney were available for him. He would be the fourth person to receive a triple transplant at Mayo Clinic and only the 11th [...]

  5. After successful kidney transplant, retiree is 'Living the Dream'

    As Bill Pearse was rushed to the hospital in severe pain, he directed the ambulance to take him to Mayo Clinic in Arizona. The emergency department team diagnosed Pearse with kidney stones — a relief. But additional tests revealed something far worse: a cancerous tumor on one kidney. Mayo Clinic physicians "were very persistent in [...]

  6. George and Anna Riley

    Not Your Traditional Wedding Anniversary: Husband Donates Kidney to Wife of 30 Years

    Pearls top the list as the suggested 30th wedding anniversary gift. Still, some devoted husbands may opt to purchase their bride of three decades a special spa day – or an exotic trip to sip a cool drink by an ocean. In the case of George and Anna Riley, Bloomfield, N.M., their beverage of choice [...]

  7. 'Giving Back, Like My Donor Did for Me'

    After 35 years on the road as a video technician for the CBS network covering major sporting events including the Super Bowl, the Olympics, SEC football, the Masters Golf Tournament, and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, Brooklyn native Robert Duffy was living a very active and busy life that kept him on the road about [...]

  8. Melissa Blevins and Risa Simon

    New friendship cemented with kidney donation

    Melissa Blevins, administrator for the Transplant Center and Living Donor Programs at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Arizona, knew that one day she’d be an organ donor. Her epiphany occurred 15 years ago. She was working as nurse transplant coordinator and, one night, two pediatric patients died. “One needed a transplant. The parents of the other [...]

  9. Patient Attributes Health to Excellent Care, A Generous Donor, and a Terrible Spider Bite

    You never know how an experience – even a negative experience – can shape the rest of your life. Decades ago, when Jane Applen-Anderson came to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus, in Rochester with her leg swollen to three times its usual size, she wasn’t thinking about what good could come out of it. She [...]

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Nov. 02, 2011