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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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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 s ...

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 ...

Second Opinion at Duke Leads to Successful Liver Transplant
Second Opinion at Duke Leads to Successful Liver Transplant

Lemuel Stewart was on track to being approved for a liver transplant when he got the bad news: His age and previous heart surgery disqualified him for a transp ...

Swift Path to Kidney Transplant, After a Decade of Kidney Disease
Swift Path to Kidney Transplant, After a Decade of Kidney Disease

At age 27, Barb Lavalette learned she had a disease that, over time, could severely damage her kidney function. For more than a decade, she managed her kidney ...

Liver Transplant Saves Critically Ill Patient
Liver Transplant Saves Critically Ill Patient

Ray Thompson was a teenager when doctors first suspected something was wrong with his liver. He was an adult when he learned his condition was autoimmune hepat ...

Living Healthy After Liver and Kidney Transplant at Duke
Living Healthy After Liver and Kidney Transplant at Duke

Kenn Wiggins, 40, enjoyed five years of good health after undergoing a liver transplant near his home in Charlotte, NC. However, when his autoimmune hepatitis ...

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.

Brothers Thrive After Lung Transplants at Duke
Brothers Thrive After Lung Transplants at Duke

U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Bonnette and his brother Robert, a volunteer firefighter, are used to saving the lives of others. After developing pulmonary fib ...

Eleven-Year-Old Boy Receives Kidney for Christmas at Duke
Eleven-Year-Old Boy Receives Kidney for Christmas at Duke

After battling kidney disease his entire young life, 11-year-old Kaleek Beatty got the best present he could ask for, just five days before Christmas 2016. Duk ...

Pediatric Liver Transplant for Teen Hockey Player
Pediatric Liver Transplant for Teen Hockey Player

Colby Heath was a growing teenage boy, so his penchant for sleep didn't concern his mother. Nor did his occasional nosebleeds. Yet, as Colby's family now knows ...

Duke’s Short Lung Transplant Wait Saves CF Patient
Duke’s Short Lung Transplant Wait Saves CF Patient

Cystic fibrosis patient Aimee Driscoll was given just hours to live. With no donor lungs available near her home in Maine, she was flown to Duke.

Duke University Hospital Has Nation's Best Outcomes for Adult Liver Transplants
Duke University Hospital Has Nation's Best Outcomes for Adult Liver Transplants

Duke University Hospital has the nation's best outcomes for adult liver transplants from deceased donors, according to data from 2016.