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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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First Hand Transplant Recipient in NC Gains Use of New Hand (Video)
First Hand Transplant Recipient in NC Gains Use of New Hand (Video)

On May 27th, Duke doctors performed the first-of-its-kind hand transplant surgery in North Carolina on 54-year-old Rene Chavez.

First Hand Transplant in North Carolina
First Hand Transplant in North Carolina

The first hand transplant surgery in North Carolina was performed by Duke surgeons on Rene Chavez of Laredo, TX, whose hand was severed in a childhood accident ...

Duke Children's Hospital performs its first combined heart-and-kidney transplant (video)
Duke Children's Hospital performs its first combined heart-and-kidney transplant (video)

Duke Children’s Hospital performed its first heart-plus-other-organ transplant, giving Shania Harris, 9, a new heart and kidney. Watch Shania's story.

Duke Nurse Donates Kidney to Husband, Also a Duke Nurse
Duke Nurse Donates Kidney to Husband, Also a Duke Nurse

Duke life flight nurse Nichole Diacumski carried out her most personal rescue mission when she donated a kidney to her husband, Jason, a fellow Duke nurse. The ...

Stranger Gives Infant Gift of Life
Stranger Gives Infant Gift of Life

Baby Elijah is doing well after being diagnosed with a rare liver disease at birth. He owes his life to a stranger who offered to donate a portion of her liver ...

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 under investigation and is part of a new category o ...

Weight Loss Leads to Successful Liver Transplant, Better Health
Weight Loss Leads to Successful Liver Transplant, Better Health

At nearly 100 pounds overweight and suffering from severe liver disease, David Tedrow could not get the life-saving transplant he desperately needed until he l ...

Good Samaritans Give Kidneys to Two Strangers in Need
Good Samaritans Give Kidneys to Two Strangers in Need

February marks 50 years since the first kidney transplant was performed at Duke and in North Carolina. Recently, a Good Samaritan started a chain reaction that ...

A Double Organ Transplant for Christmas
A Double Organ Transplant for Christmas

On March 8, 2012, 33-year-old Stephen “Mac” McKiernan woke up and knew he didn’t feel right. As he was dressing, he noticed how swollen his feet were. “I could ...

Duke Celebrates 1,000th Heart Transplant
Duke Celebrates 1,000th Heart Transplant

A record-setting 189 heart transplant recipients helped Duke Health celebrate its 1,000th heart transplant, an impressive milestone that has only been achieved ...

Duke Leads National Effort to Improve Lung Transplant Survival
Duke Leads National Effort to Improve Lung Transplant Survival

A $12.95 million NIH grant awarded to Duke researcher Scott Palmer, MD, will fund a network of centers dedicated to improving patient survival following lung t ...

Heart Transplant Gives New Lease on Life
Heart Transplant Gives New Lease on Life

Al Milek competed in the Transplant Games of America two years after undergoing a heart transplant, the result of a massive heart attack.