Transplant Articles

Bryant Dabney

01/28/2014 | Transplant

Bryant Dabney, 44, celebrates a birthday on Feb. 3 every year and again on Nov. 12.  Doubling up on the celebrations isn’t just an excuse for cake; to the contrary, cake is a rare indulgence, due to living most of his life with diabetes.  November 12 is the day Bryant, a life-long Michigan…

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Eugene Kase

01/22/2014 | Transplant

Physically active doesn’t begin to describe Eugene Kase’s lifestyle. The 53-year-old former engineer and father of three does it all—biking, swimming and running—competing in nearly every form of “athon” there is. Add in the energy and motivation he expends as a cycling…

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Pat Hertaus

10/24/2013 | Pulmonology & Respiratory CareTransplant

Pat Hertaus, 56, leads what she says is a “simple life.” With her three grown daughters and their families—including five grandkids, with one on the way—all living near Pat and her husband Rich, in the Lake Station, Ind., area, it’s certainly a full one. Twenty-one years…

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SaDeria Cheatem

10/21/2013 | Transplant

We often say that people who are especially kind have big hearts. In the case of SaDeria Cheatem, this statement applied to her from birth, not only because of her sweetness but also in a more literal way. SaDeria was born with an enlarged heart. Her heart also had a hole in the left ventricle. In order…

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Annika Wampler

10/21/2013 | Transplant

The remarkable story of Annika Wampler stems not from an organ transplant, but instead from the doctors' ability to help her avoid an organ transplant. As a baby, a large tumor formed in Annika's abdomen, but the attempts to shrink the tumor through chemotherapy proved fruitless. After these…

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Ramonie Smith

10/21/2013 | Transplant

When she was only 20 months old, Ramonie Smith was diagnosed with a rare immune system disorder. This disease, called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), has no cure and experts are unaware of the cause. Despite the efforts that her family and the hospital took to treat the FSGS, it caused her…

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Shayla Giese

04/24/2013 | Transplant

Drive by Edwards County High School in Albion, Ill., on prom night and it’s a lot like being at the Academy Awards—Midwest style. Crowds of parents, friends and neighbors from the tiny community line the driveway to the school for what’s known as The Grand March, a red-carpet welcome…

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Josh Hatton

11/24/2012 | Nephrology & Kidney DiseasesTransplant

Ask Josh Hatton, a growing 14-year-old high school freshman, about his favorite foods and cheese tops his list. Mac and cheese, grilled cheese, pizza — they’re staples in the diet of the healthy, active Pittsboro, Ind., teen. “I love cheese,” Josh says, “It’s definitely…

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Ashley Zavela

04/24/2012 | Heart & VascularTransplant

If you were to see 33-year-old Ashley Zavela’s lean, muscular body, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn she follows a low-fat diet, participates in 5k events—10 this year alone—and has an active 3-year-old daughter to keep up with. What probably would surprise you is, although…

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Leslie Walker

03/24/2012 | Transplant

Leslie Walker loves being on the go, spending time with her husband, Joe, and two children Rebecka, 15, and Joseph, 9. Biking, camping and playing baseball top her list of activities she enjoys, but after years of waiting for a lung transplant, just being able to carry her own purse has earned a spot…

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