Category: Transplant

New lungs, new life

New lungs, new life

In November 2015, Steve Nix, then 46, started feeling tired all the time and had difficulty catching his breath, but he considered these things minor problems and didn’t think much about them. Then his symptoms got much worse and couldn’t be ignored.
Nix says he reached a point when he couldn’t complete even the easiest

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The gift of life—times three

The gift of life—times three

Last year, Michele Melvin gave birth to healthy twins. A remarkable feat, certainly—as all births are. But for Melvin, the twins represent something bigger, something she thought she would never experience. At an early age, Melvin was told she would not be able to have children.
When she was born, Melvin was diagnosed with complex

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Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

Heart Transplant Gives Marine a New Mission

James Williams is the kind of guy who has worked at keeping himself in shape. In his line of work, it’s a smart thing to do. A former high-school athlete, Williams served in the Marine Corps Reserve, including a stint in Desert Storm, and spent 23 years in law enforcement.
But in 2007, at age

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30 Years of Heart

30 Years of Heart

Hank Mihelcic spends a lot of time working in his yard. That doesn’t sound out of the ordinary until you learn that Mihelcic is 84. Even more amazing is the fact that 30 years ago, he received a new heart.
Mihelcic was the 29th adult patient to undergo a heart transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, previously

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When Liver Disease Affected the Mind and Body, a Liver Transplant Was the Answer

When Liver Disease Affected the Mind and Body, a Liver Transplant Was the Answer

Jay Duncan is a creative guy. For decades he worked in advertising in Chicago – first for big agencies like BBDO and later as the head of his own firm. So when he started experiencing cognitive problems—trouble focusing , difficulty communicating—it was devastating.
“My job requires me to use my brain very actively,” Duncan says.

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2016 Transplant Nurses Day

2016 Transplant Nurses Day

For patients needing an organ transplant, the process—from evaluation to transplantation—can feel pretty overwhelming. The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center helps its patients by offering a program that ensures they don’t navigate the complex process alone.
Each transplant patient is paired with a transplant nurse coordinator, who manages and facilitates the entire process, starting

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Successful lung transplant inspires giving back

Successful lung transplant inspires giving back

Dave Kneib has spent his entire adult life helping others—first in the Air Force and then in law enforcement for more than 30 years. But when he developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), his life changed drastically. COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a progressive disease that damages the lungs and makes breathing

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When a Liver Transplant Becomes a Birthday Gift

When a Liver Transplant Becomes a Birthday Gift

On March 6, 2015, artist Lenard Hinds turned 64. He expected to spend the day at the Missouri History Museum, which was featuring some of his paintings in a special exhibit. Instead, he got a new liver.
“What a birthday present! It was just wonderful,” Hinds says.
Hinds’ liver problems began with hepatitis C, a

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Combined Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Recipient Exceeds Age Limits

Combined Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Recipient Exceeds Age Limits

After living with type 1 diabetes for more than three decades, Mark Mastroianni knew the ins and outs of life with a chronic disease. But he still wasn’t prepared for the news his nephrologist gave him in early 2015.
“He told me I had about 17 percent of my kidney function. It was a pretty

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ECMO to LVAD to Heart Transplant: John Hamblin’s Race to Recovery

ECMO to LVAD to Heart Transplant: John Hamblin’s Race to Recovery

John Hamblin began running in half marathons—the majority of them in the St. Louis area—when he was in his mid-40s. Then he discovered 50-in-50 clubs, members of which set the goal of running half or full marathons in all 50 states. Hamblin was inspired, and between 2009 and 2015, he ran half marathons in 15

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