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. Comprehensive Care for a Complex Diagnosis Offers New Hope

    When Travis Morris first came to Mayo Clinic, he had no explanation for the debilitating symptoms that had brought him to Rochester, Minnesota. By the time he left, however, Travis not only had a diagnosis, he had a treatment plan that's now helping to significantly improve his quality of life. Travis Morris had waited a [...]

  2. Andy's Smile Shows His Progress Two Years After Face Transplant

    In 2016, Andy Sandness had a face transplant at Mayo Clinic. Now, 2? years later, he's savoring the little things in life many other people take for granted -- like smiling. Two-and-a-half years ago, Andy Sandness was wheeled into an operating room at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus for a 56-hour marathon surgery to give him [...]

  3. Heart Transplant Helps Elise Campbell Reach New Heights

    A lifesaving heart transplant at Mayo Clinic helped Elise Campbell break free from the physical limitations of a rare genetic heart condition she had lived with since she was 14. Now Elise is relishing the opportunity to enjoy experiences she never thought possible. Elise Campbell was 14 when doctors in her home state of Iowa [...]

  4. Liver Transplant Puts Pam Stubbs Back in the Saddle

    Pam Stubbs hadn't felt well in years. But now, thanks to a successful liver transplant at Mayo Clinic, Pam feels better than ever, and she's channeling newfound energy into her passion for horseback riding. Pam Stubbs had felt so bad for so long that she'd forgotten what it was like to feel good. Initially chalking [...]

  5. Pancreas Transplant Frees Mary Shelley From the Grip of Diabetes

    Mary Shelley struggled for years to control her erratic blood sugar levels, which affected every aspect of her life. A pancreas transplant in 2018 helped her overcome many of the symptoms and side effects of diabetes, and it has allowed her to experience life in ways she never thought possible. When Mary Shelley was 1? [...]

  6. New Liver, New Outlook

    When Brian Gurule learned that a rare disease was the reason for his liver failure, he realized it was a race against time to find a medical center where he could get a transplant. At Mayo Clinic, he received the care he needed to give him a fighting chance. In 2016, Brian Gurule was told [...]

  7. Hanna's Lifesaving Liver Transplant

    When a local hospital was reluctant to list their daughter for the liver transplant she needed, Melinda Kohlmyer and her husband brought young Hanna to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion. There, Hanna got a second chance at life. After several busy days in the hospital, Melinda Kohlmyer was enjoying a few quiet moments with [...]

  8. The Match of a Lifetime

    When Ed Waters needed a kidney transplant, his wife, Darlene, stepped up to be his donor. The couple was delighted to find that, just as in the rest of their married life, they were perfectly compatible. When Ed and Darlene Waters of Glenwood City, Wisconsin, got married 43 years ago, it seemed they were an [...]

  9. Crafting An Artist's Healthy Future

    Lupus was wreaking havoc on Emily Olson's health. Her Mayo Clinic care team's decision to employ a medication typically not used for this autoimmune disorder, along with a kidney transplant, not only saved Emily's life, it reignited her independence and confidence. Emily Olson has always loved drawing, and she wanted to make a living with [...]

  10. Handily Moving Forward After Devastating Injury

    When Kennedy Folkedahl's hand was cut off during a construction accident, the young man thought life as he knew it was over. But thanks to the support of his Mayo Clinic care team and years of physical therapy, Kennedy is embracing an alternate future with enthusiasm and appreciation. When Kennedy Folkedahl completely severed his left [...]

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Sept. 22, 2018