The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

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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    Brothers mark 40th transplant anniversary

    Pete Suby thought he had the flu. He'd been exhausted for a while and had recently vomited at work. An appointment at Mayo Clinic would reveal a much more serious reason for his symptoms: Pete's kidneys were failing. He was just 25 years old. "They couldn't believe I was standing up," says Pete, who went straight to the ICU. It was February 1982. The news wasn't a complete surprise though. When Pete was in middle…

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    Kidney transplant gets chef back to the kitchen

    As a chef, Melvin Austin was used to working odd hours. Soda, sweet tea, and chocolate cake kept him awake during graveyard shifts, along with a 2 a.m. snack. Melvin wasn’t too worried until one day in 2002, when he arrived at work out of breath. "I thought I was overworked, and I needed rest. Plus, I knew I was overweight," says the 55-year-old Gainesville, Florida resident. But Melvin’s boss sent him to the hospital.…

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    A father's gift to his son

    Father's Day will be extra-special this year for the Teeples family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After spending much of his two years in a hospital bed with a rare kidney disease, toddler Easton Teeples has returned home from Mayo Clinic after a lifesaving transplant from dear old dad. It's a special bond between father and son. For Steve Teeples and his first child, Easton, it's extraordinary. Easton was diagnosed as a newborn with congenital…

  4. Chain of transplants gives gift of life to Minnesota teacher

    Amy Infanger had a rare kidney disease and a difficult path to transplant. A transplant chain involving 16 people across the country got her the match she needed and the chance to grow old with her family. Nearly 100,000 Americans are on a waiting list to receive a kidney transplant. For one Minnesota woman, finding a [...]

  5. Son's offer: 'You gave me two kidneys. The least I can do is give one back'

    Andrew Austin with Jean Austin-Danner Andrew Austin urged his mom to come to Mayo Clinic, where he works, for care for kidney disease. When he learned she needed a kidney transplant, he knew what he wanted to do. Jean Austin-Danner was in her 30s when she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, an inherited condition [...]

Aug. 27, 2022