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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    Mystery gift of liver for Mayo patient leads to chance emotional meeting

    As they walked along the beach and collected stones on a warm, sunny day in Hawaii in 2019, Rob and Amanda Blasius of Phoenix reflected on the challenging medical odyssey that saved Rob's life just a year earlier. That's when he underwent a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona.  To honor Rob's precious gift of a liver, he and Amanda stacked rocks that formed a "cairn," a mound of rough stones typically built as a memorial. They…

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    Liver transplant helps Bob Lemoine pay it forward

    It was more than 20 years ago when former information technology manager, Bob Lemoine was diagnosed with hepatitis C and eventually, liver cancer. In September 2009, Bob was told that he had 3-6 months to live. After being referred to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, Bob got a new lease on life when on Jan. 21, 2010, he received a liver transplant. "Every morning I thank God for giving me this chance to live better…

  3. Daughter quits smoking to donate liver to her mom

    When she learned that a liver transplant could save her mom's life, April Wilson didn't hesitate to stop smoking and say yes to being a living donor. April Wilson smoked for 25 years and tried many times to quit, but nothing seemed to work. "I tried everything," April says. "I used every replacement therapy, Chantix, [...]

  4. After 165-day stay, transplant patient says 'I'm in the safest place I can be'

    George Caceres and Maria Cook George Caceres came to Mayo Clinic with advanced liver disease and stayed for more than five months, much of it during COVID-19 restrictions. His care team made him feel safe and cared for. George Caceres' smile is contagious. Just ask his Mayo Clinic care team, who came to know him [...]

June 28, 2022