The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Heart Transplant

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of Mayo Clinic transplant patients.

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    Britiny's team

    Britiny Schultz Britiny Schultz can't wait for fall. A huge football fan, she's looking forward to cheering on her favorite teams. It's something many fans take for granted — not Britiny. She's able to keep cheering, thanks to her doctors at Mayo Clinic and the incredible gift of life from not just one, but two organ donors. Britiny and her nieces and nephews The South Dakota native says she closely follows two teams: "The Bison…

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    Heart transplant patient finding motivation through competition, music and the Mayo Clinic community

    Mark Forbess playing the piano in the Mayo atrium The fall It was Good Friday 2023. Mark Forbess was just leaving Mayo Clinic in Florida after his first appointment as a new patient at the heart failure program, when everything went black. "I found myself on the pavement in front of Mayo Clinic," says Mark. "I was emerging from unconsciousness. Everything was dark. I opened my eyes to see that my face was pressed onto…

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    In a first, Mayo Clinic treats cardiology patient with phage therapy

    Mark Ulland, a Mayo Clinic patient, recently received a lifesaving combination of phage therapy followed by a heart transplant. It is the first time Mayo Clinic has ever used phages to treat a cardiology patient. It is also the first time in years that Mark has felt hopeful. "I'm extremely grateful," Mark says. "I feel blessed. I'm getting stronger every day." Mark's long journey back to health began when his heart was failing, and the…

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    Heart Transplant Innovation: New 'heart in a box' technology provides gift of life to Arizona man, as couple prepares to celebrate 50-year anniversary

    Jeff and Trish Robinson Heart Transplant Innovation: Breakthrough technology known as "heart in a box" is giving hope to thousands of people in need of heart transplants. Traditionally, donor hearts were retrieved from patients who were declared brain dead, but their heart remained beating. "Heart in a box" allows for donation after circulatory death (DCD), where the heart has stopped beating. The new system is expected to widen the donor pool, thus getting more donor…

Nov. 02, 2023