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. Pat Lacy reflects on double lung transplant to treat pulmonary hypertension

    He was not the first person in his family to be diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, so Pat Lacy knew the warning signs and took them seriously. And he was determined to find an answer. Pat Lacy had just landed in Utah for a business conference when he noticed he was having trouble breathing. "When I [...]

  2. Breathing Easy After New Technology Offers a Path to Lung Transplant

    Chuck Boetsch's long journey to a successful lung transplant came to an end with a deep breath. That welcome breath was made possible by new technology that's making more lungs available for transplantation. Chuck Boetsch inhaled, drawing in a long breath for the first time in a long time. "My wife and two of my [...]

  3. 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, [...]

  4. 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 [...]

  5. 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 [...]

  6. Taking Life One Easy Breath at a Time

    When Tim Thomforde was diagnosed with COPD, his quality of life began to gradually decline, and he had to abandon many of the activities he enjoyed. Since undergoing a double lung transplant two years ago, however, Tim has had experiences he never dreamed possible when he was struggling with COPD. For Tim Thomforde, the difference [...]

  7. 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 [...]

  8. Pedaling His Way to a Successful Heart Transplant

    Told he needed a heart transplant to stay alive, Greg Williams could have simply sat back and waited. Instead, he chose to take ownership of his health by exercising in his hospital room at Mayo Clinic right up until the day of his transplant in hopes of preparing his body and mind as best he [...]

  9. Living His Best Life Against the Backdrop of Incurable Cancer

    When Scott Stewart learned he had a rare neuroendocrine tumor, the journey ahead of him looked frightening and difficult. But with steadfast support from an interdisciplinary Mayo Clinic team, Scott now takes comfort in knowing that some of the best physicians in the world are walking the path with him. These days, Scott Stewart spends [...]

  10. 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. [...]

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Nov. 19, 2020