Category: Patient Stories

Patient celebrates a “second birthday,” freedom from diabetes and dialysis and a new future

Patient celebrates a “second birthday,” freedom from diabetes and dialysis and a new future

Type 1 diabetes and kidney failure are both devastating conditions on their own. Together, they can be overwhelming.
Yes, insulin and dialysis can keep patients alive. But with a strict diet, daily insulin injections, the rigorous routine of dialysis treatments and many complications make it very difficult to live life to the fullest – or for very long.
For some patients, a

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Joplin Tornado Victim Helps ICU Patients Tell Their Stories

The patient was like many others who came to Michele Gatzert’s ICU – elderly, heavily sedated and on a ventilator. He was seldom conscious and when he was, he couldn’t speak.
What set him apart? This particular patient led Gatzert to find a way for her staff to better connect with their patients and patient

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New Videos Share Story of Barnes-Jewish Heart Transplant Recipient

What’s it like for a pilot to not only deliver a donated heart to the hospital … but a donated heart that saves your boss’ life as well?
That’s the story of Arlene Thomas, who in July of 2010 received a donor heart courtesy of a pilot from the company she owns, Fostaire Helicopters of

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Research sheds light on heart transplant longevity

Research sheds light on heart transplant longevity

Nick Belfiglio was 55 when he had his heart transplant at Barnes Hospital. The hospital’s program had just started. Doctors hoped his transplant would buy Nick five more years of life. They undershot a little.
Twenty-six years later,  Nick is doing well. But don’t blame the doctors for underestimating, says Dr. Greg Ewald, medical director of

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A patient’s journey: Terry Fessenden gives a clear picture of kidney transplant

A patient’s journey: Terry Fessenden gives a clear picture of kidney transplant

Have you been told that you need a kidney transplant? Does the prospect scare you?  Or do you know someone who’s debating whether to go on the transplant waiting list or not?
One of our recent kidney transplant patients, Terry Fessenden,  shared a very clear, very detailed account of his transplant journey. And if you’re a

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Reflecting on miracles – an anniversary celebrated quietly

Reflecting on miracles – an anniversary celebrated quietly

Today, we present a guest post by Betsy Talcott Kelleher, the mother of one of our liver transplant patients. She reflects on the miracle of transplant and the miracle of simply living. Enjoy:
What’s the number 24 got to do with it?
by Betsy Talcott Kelleher
“Life isn’t fair,” my youngest son once said, after

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Meet Tamara Ramage, intraoperative MRI patient

When Tamara Ramage started waking up in hot and cold sweats and constantly felt nauseous, she knew something was wrong. She was a very healthy, fitness-minded young woman in her mid-20’s who took pride in how well she took care of her body.
Her father took her to the emergency room, and she was diagnosed

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Local coach helps beat back opponents and testicular cancer

Matt Pugh, the boys basketball coach at Hannibal High School, never saw it coming. He was into his second year of coaching and was looking forward to a winning season.
Then came a diagnosis of testicular cancer.
He was only 30.
The American Cancer Society lists that as of 2011, approximately 8,290 new cases of

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Long-term transplant survival: An answer to a 24-year-old question

Long-term transplant survival: An answer to a 24-year-old question

A quick history lesson before we tell you about Cindy Conrad:
Organ transplant was first attempted in the 1950s. At first, the only transplants performed were living donor kidney transplants between identical twins, who, being genetically identical, were automatically a perfect match.
In the 1960s and 1970s, surgeons tried other types of transplants. But steroids,

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Edwardsville transplant recipient looks back at first year of her new life

Edwardsville transplant recipient looks back at first year of her new life

The Belleville (IL) News Democrat caught us up on a couple we first told
you about last year. Shelly Mouser of Edwardsville, IL, needed a new kidney and hoped to get it from her husband, Dave.
Dave wanted to give one to her, but wasn’t a good match. In addition, doctors found a tumor on

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