How Hepatitis C-positive heart transplants could help address the organ donor shortage

Jane Poston received a lifesaving heart transplant two years ago at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health. Hospitalized and extremely ill, Jane relied upon her husband Charles to make critical medical decisions. Charles’ choice to accept a hepatitis C-positive heart for Jane was the first step in saving her life … Continue reading How Hepatitis C-positive heart transplants could help address the organ donor shortage

Baylor Scott & White transplant surgeon named to TIME 100

Every year, TIME magazine releases a list of the world’s 100 most influential people, honoring individuals whose work has changed the world for the better. The list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the most influential people across the globe — think names like Beyoncé, Pope Francis and Steve Jobs. This year, Giuliano Testa, … Continue reading Baylor Scott & White transplant surgeon named to TIME 100

From the Mother: “We consider ourselves profoundly blessed to have been a part of this study”

On Friday, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas announced that a baby had been born to a mother who received a uterus transplant as part of a landmark clinical trial conducted over the past year and a half. The patient and her family have asked for privacy at this time, but they did want to … Continue reading From the Mother: “We consider ourselves profoundly blessed to have been a part of this study”

Baylor University Medical Center announces first baby born in U.S. from transplanted uterus

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, today announced that a baby has been born to a mother who received a uterus transplant as part of a landmark clinical trial conducted over the past year and a half. “We want to thank the family for allowing us to … Continue reading Baylor University Medical Center announces first baby born in U.S. from transplanted uterus

Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Lifesaving it may be, organ transplantation carries a life sentence, so to speak — that is, anyone who receives a donor organ also gets a lifetime prescription for anti-rejection medication. It’s for good reason: These drugs suppress your immune system’s natural defenses so that your body doesn’t attack (or “reject”) the new organ. But in … Continue reading Can transplant recipients be “weaned” off anti-rejection drugs?

Restoring hope for patients with severe chronic pancreatitis

What is chronic pancreatitis? The pancreas is a vital organ necessary for the production of insulin, a hormone that helps control blood sugar, which is known medically as glucose. When the pancreas becomes inflamed due to illness or injury, pain can result — pain that can easily become chronic and debilitating. “Non-cancer pancreatic diseases account … Continue reading Restoring hope for patients with severe chronic pancreatitis

Islet cell transplant restores quality of life for man with chronic pancreatitis

Tommy Stone remembers two years of pain and discomfort, several surgeries, many hospitalizations and overwhelming frustration. The 42-year-old resident of Roanoke, Texas, and father of two, turned his frustration into resolve to get to the bottom of what ailed him. Based on his symptoms, he and his wife began researching pancreatic diseases. After talking to … Continue reading Islet cell transplant restores quality of life for man with chronic pancreatitis