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.

  1. Sweet Homecoming After Successful Heart and Kidney Transplants

    The road home was long for Laura Richardson as she battled through medical setbacks, and a protracted wait for a heart transplant and a kidney transplant. But when Laura finally returned healthy and happy to her beloved farm in Iowa, the reunion with friends and family was especially heartwarming. In Iowa, panoramic views of greenery, [...]

  2. Sparked by a Desire to Help Someone in Need, Kidney Chain Offers Life Renewed

    Emilia Haro and her mom, Emilia, with Raymond Heilman, M.D. Although they've never met, Carrie Fairchild and Emilia Haro are linked through the experience of being part of a chain of kidney transplants that Carrie started as an altruistic donor and Emilia benefitted from as a transplant recipient. Carrie Fairchild and Emilia Haro have never [...]

  3. After 'Just Surviving' on Dialysis, Canna Celebrates Life With a New Kidney

    Canna Caldwell endured a four-year wait for a new kidney. And for 2? of those years, she required dialysis four days a week -- a grueling experience that sapped her energy and narrowed her world. But then Canna got the call she had been waiting so long to receive, and a kidney transplant transformed her [...]

  4. Arizona Family is 'Transplant Strong' for Son's Journey to Kidney Health

    When Kendon Holdaway found out he would need a kidney transplant, his close-knit family rallied around him. With his mother as his living donor, and his father and siblings stepping up to be caregivers, the transplant turned into a bonding experience that drew the family even closer. It's often said that parents will do anything [...]

  5. Kidney Transplant is All in the Family

    Maesy Ramirez, Kelsey Ramirez-Macias, Sophia Remirez and Jose Ramirez. When Jose Ramirez learned his kidneys were failing and he needed a transplant, his sister Kelsey Ramirez-Macias immediately stepped forward to be his donor. With guidance from Mayo Clinic's Hispanic Transplant Program, the Ramirez family navigated the transplant process, and now Jose's health has been restored. [...]

  6. After Kidney and Pancreas Transplant, Allma Says Goodbye to Diabetes

    For decades, Allma Johnson managed her diabetes with insulin and diet. But at 43, her heart and kidneys were failing as a result of the disease, and she needed a kidney and pancreas transplant. Today, thanks to the transplant she received at Mayo Clinic, Allma's diabetes and its devastating complications are gone. When Allma Johnson [...]

Nov. 19, 2020