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Transplant

Read about people whose lives were changed with transplant surgery at Duke, and learn how Duke transplant specialists use new procedure and techniques to give people a second chance at life.

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Becoming a Living Donor
Becoming a Living Donor

If you are considering becoming a living kidney, liver, or lung donor at Duke, the following information should answer some of your questions.

Mom’s Selfless Liver Donation Saves Her Baby from a Serious Disease
Mom’s Selfless Liver Donation Saves Her Baby from a Serious Disease

When King Hibbler was born in March 2021, he appeared healthy aside from jaundice, a common condition in newborns that often resolves on its own. Neither docto ...

World’s First Heart Transplant, Cultured Thymus Implantation Performed at Duke
World’s First Heart Transplant, Cultured Thymus Implantation Performed at Duke

Duke pediatric heart and immunology experts performed the world’s first combined heart transplant and cultured thymus tissue implantation in a child born with ...

A Stem Cell Transplant at Duke Changes Future for Baby with Life-Threatening Genetic Disease
A Stem Cell Transplant at Duke Changes Future for Baby with Life-Threatening Genetic Disease

When Everett McNaughton was born, he loved to eat and cuddle, said his mother, Morgan McNaughton. No one suspected that he had a rare genetic disorder called s ...

Advances at Duke Fast-Track Second Heart Transplant for Charlotte Man
Advances at Duke Fast-Track Second Heart Transplant for Charlotte Man

Thanks to congenital heart disease, Dan Kummer had a heart transplant before he could even legally rent a car. His troubles returned 20 years later when his tr ...

Duke Surgeons First in U.S. to Place New-Generation Artificial Heart
Duke Surgeons First in U.S. to Place New-Generation Artificial Heart

For the first time in the U.S., heart surgeons at Duke University Hospital successfully implanted a new-generation artificial heart as part of a clinical trial ...

Duke Heart Surgeons Perform First Pediatric Heart Transplant of its Kind in the U.S.
Duke Heart Surgeons Perform First Pediatric Heart Transplant of its Kind in the U.S.

Duke surgeons successfully performed the first "donation after circulatory death” (DCD) heart transplant in a pediatric patient in the U.S. The transplant team ...

Mother and Daughter Receive Organ Transplants at Duke One Month Apart
Mother and Daughter Receive Organ Transplants at Duke One Month Apart

Tyra Ingram, 19, of Laurinburg, NC was born with more than one congenital heart defect and needed three major heart surgeries and a pacemaker before she was fi ...

Child with a Rare Genetic Disorder Is Full of Spunk After a Kidney Transplant at Duke
Child with a Rare Genetic Disorder Is Full of Spunk After a Kidney Transplant at Duke

A few weeks before Gunner Hart was born, his parents learned that he had a rare genetic disease that could cause irreparable damage to his kidneys, liver, and ...

Kidney Transplant Gives Child with Chronic Kidney Disease a Normal Childhood
Kidney Transplant Gives Child with Chronic Kidney Disease a Normal Childhood

Born with just one, poorly functioning kidney, Abrielle Barber faced significant challenges in her first five years of life, including getting nutrition from a ...

Living Kidney Donations Help Black People with Kidney Disease Get Transplanted Faster
Living Kidney Donations Help Black People with Kidney Disease Get Transplanted Faster

Black Americans are more likely to experience kidney failure and less likely to receive a transplant from a living donor than non-Black people. That racial dis ...

A Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Cures Boy with Rare Genetic Disease
A Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Cures Boy with Rare Genetic Disease

Sebastian Sancho seemed perfectly healthy when he was born in the spring of 2012. Within two months, however, he was diagnosed with chronic granulomatous disea ...