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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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Big Ambitions After a Second Double Lung Transplant at Duke
Big Ambitions After a Second Double Lung Transplant at Duke

Finishing a 60-mile endurance march is a major accomplishment for anyone. It is particularly impressive for 49-year-old Sara Kominsky, who completed the event i ...

Feeling Grateful After a Double Lung Transplant at Duke
Feeling Grateful After a Double Lung Transplant at Duke

Rodney White was no stranger to an active life. A former athlete, the 53-year-old enjoyed regular visits to the gym and mowing his lawn. So when a routine emerg ...

New Options Make It Possible for More People to Receive Heart Transplants
New Options Make It Possible for More People to Receive Heart Transplants

Heart transplantation is the most effective treatment for end-stage heart failure; however, the nationwide shortage of donor hearts may mean a long wait on the ...

Alternatives to Heart Transplant? You Have Options
Alternatives to Heart Transplant? You Have Options

Heart transplantation can be a life-saving treatment for severe heart failure, but it’s a serious operation that requires a lifelong commitment. As a result, a ...

Daughter and Mother Get Heart Transplants at Duke Two Years Apart
Daughter and Mother Get Heart Transplants at Duke Two Years Apart

Carrie Hollander was just 31 years old when she was diagnosed with heart failure. Within three years, she needed a heart transplant. Since she was not a candida ...

Can a New Device Make More Hearts Available for Transplant?
Can a New Device Make More Hearts Available for Transplant?

Michael Woods’ heart and kidney disease were slowly worsening as he waited for a heart and kidney transplant in early 2020. With limited hearts available, he co ...

5 Facts About Being a Kidney Donor
5 Facts About Being a Kidney Donor

Being a living kidney donor is truly a gift of a lifetime, but many people don’t realize they can give this gift of life without endangering their own. Duke per ...

Six Myths and Facts About Kidney Transplantation
Six Myths and Facts About Kidney Transplantation

If you have kidney failure, a kidney transplant can help you feel better and live longer. Unfortunately, many myths persist about kidney transplant, including w ...

North Carolina’s First Double Hand Transplant Recipient Grateful for Gift
North Carolina’s First Double Hand Transplant Recipient Grateful for Gift

In April 2017, Debra Kelly developed an invasive strep A infection that almost killed her and required her hands and legs to be amputated. Just 10 months after ...

Donated Kidney Saves Best Friend’s Life
Donated Kidney Saves Best Friend’s Life

Glenn Graham and Cecil Hogue have been best friends since third grade. That friendship took a step beyond the routine in 2018 when Graham donated a kidney to sa ...

Liver Transplant Cures Rare HEHE Liver Tumor
Liver Transplant Cures Rare HEHE Liver Tumor

Teresa Cumbie’s liver cancer was so rare that her Myrtle Beach, SC oncologist had never seen anything like it. After her biopsy samples were sent for medical op ...

Duke Performs North Carolina’s First Abdominal Wall Transplant
Duke Performs North Carolina’s First Abdominal Wall Transplant

Johnathan Nauta, 37, had suffered with intestinal obstructions for most of his life. After more than 20 surgeries failed to fix the problem, he had run out of o ...