Tag: liver transplant

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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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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Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Former mayor of Quincy, Illinois, advocates for organ donation after lifesaving transplantation

Charles “Chuck” Scholz, 62, of Quincy, Illinois, has always been an active member of his community and served as the town’s mayor for three terms, from 1993 to 2005. After receiving a liver transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in early 2015, his community involvement has focused on a specific cause: spreading the word about the lifesaving

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Liver Transplant Means Healthier Days Ahead

Liver Transplant Means Healthier Days Ahead

Nick Elizondo was born with heterotaxy syndrome, a disorder that results in certain organs forming on the opposite side of the body. “My liver was on my left side and disconnected, so surgeons had to reconnect it when I was 9 years old,” Elizondo says. “It was always assumed that at some point I would need

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First adult liver-double lung transplant patient celebrates milestone

First adult liver-double lung transplant patient celebrates milestone

Life changing. That’s how William Drabant II describes receiving the call he had been waiting for after spending eight-and-a-half months on the organ transplant list.
The 34-year-old from Baldwin City, Kan., has battled cystic fibrosis (CF) since birth and also suffered from severe liver disease. Both took a dramatic toll on his body.
When donor

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Transplant center programs recognized for maximizing the gift of life

Transplant center programs recognized for maximizing the gift of life

The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Transplant Center continues to solidify its reputation as one of the premiere programs in the country.
The Department of Health and Human Services awarded a silver medal of honor to the kidney/pancreas program and a bronze medal of honor to the liver, kidney and lung programs. The annual HHS

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MTS Candlelight Memorial Celebration

MTS Candlelight Memorial Celebration

Last night, hundreds of people filled the memorial park adjacent to the Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) offices for the Candlelight Memorial Celebration. It was a beautiful night to remember and honor the selfless act of giving demonstrated by organ and tissue donors and their families.
Before the ceremony, several musical performers took the stage, including

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Barnes-Jewish liver transplant nurse is patient’s “Guiding Light”

Barnes-Jewish liver transplant nurse is patient’s “Guiding Light”

The Guiding Light was the longest running drama in television history. The show’s title came from a lamp shining in the window of one character’s house  as a beacon to guide people looking for comfort or advice.  A Barnes-Jewish Hospital transplant nurse, Pam Thurston, RN, CCTN, was honored on Transplant Nurses Day, April 18, as

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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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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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