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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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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 safely. Duke performs about 200 kidney transpl ...

Duke Pediatric Heart Surgeons Perform World’s First Partial Heart Transplant
Duke Pediatric Heart Surgeons Perform World’s First Partial Heart Transplant

Owen Monroe was only 17 days old when he became the world’s first partial heart transplant recipient. The revolutionary surgery was performed in April 2022 by ...

New Dad Gets Heart and Liver Transplants at Duke
New Dad Gets Heart and Liver Transplants at Duke

Despite being young and active, Stefan Rucker felt sluggish and weak in his early forties. In October 2020, the 16-year veteran police detective was diagnosed ...

Back to Surfing After Best Friend Donates Kidney for Kidney Transplant at Duke
Back to Surfing After Best Friend Donates Kidney for Kidney Transplant at Duke

Zach Stroud knew he could develop kidney disease after his 60-year-old father was diagnosed with kidney failure due to polycystic kidney disease (PDK). However ...

Domino Heart Transplant Offers New Opportunities for Children with Congenital Heart Disease
Domino Heart Transplant Offers New Opportunities for Children with Congenital Heart Disease

When three-month-old Asher Hobby needed a heart transplant, his parents eagerly agreed to help to save another life at the same time. In June 2023 at Duke Heal ...

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 ...

25 Years After Lung Transplant at Duke, New York Man Still Going Strong
25 Years After Lung Transplant at Duke, New York Man Still Going Strong

Not much holds Gary Klausner back these days. The Long Island, NY native was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 10 but was physically active until he d ...

Life-Saving Stem Cell Transplants Now an Option for More People with Blood Cancer
Life-Saving Stem Cell Transplants Now an Option for More People with Blood Cancer

People who need a stem cell transplant but do not have a matched donor now have another option -- a transplant using a new stem cell product called omidubicel. ...

Liver Transplant Options for People with Low MELD Scores
Liver Transplant Options for People with Low MELD Scores

Because more people in the U.S. need a liver transplant than there are donors, many in need may have a long wait for a donor liver. Most potential recipients a ...

Study Looks at APOLO1 and Kidney Disease in Black People
Study Looks at APOLO1 and Kidney Disease in Black People

Black Americans experience kidney failure at four times the rate of other ethnic groups in the U.S., but until recently no one knew exactly why. Then in 2010, ...

Hepatitis B-Positive Liver Transplant Saves Charleston Man with End-Stage Liver Disease
Hepatitis B-Positive Liver Transplant Saves Charleston Man with End-Stage Liver Disease

John White endured countless hospital visits, falls, disorientation, and pain before he was diagnosed with a host of conditions including nonalcoholic steatohe ...

Hand Transplant Now an Option for Limb Loss
Hand Transplant Now an Option for Limb Loss

If you have lost one or both hands, you may be a candidate for a hand transplant. This surgical approach is being researched and is part of a new category of o ...