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Transplant

Saving hearts and lives: A behind-the-scenes look at the heart transplant process

When the transplant team at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas gets the call about a possible donor heart, many processes and people start moving—quickly. And if multiple calls happen back-to-back, that’s where the team really springs into action. The heart transplant team has an unwavering focus on giving hope to people living with heart …

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Busting 6 common myths about organ donation

More than 100,000 people in the US are waiting for a lifesaving transplant. One person is added to the national waiting list every nine minutes. Despite the need, there remain a lot of misconceptions about the process of donating organs. We turned to Cinda Courtney, an abdominal transplant nurse manager, to debunk some myths about …

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

When I received my liver transplant in 2004, I knew that in order to protect this incredible gift of life, I would stay on anti-rejection medication for the rest of my life. “Sure thing,” I thought. “I will do everything possible to keep this liver healthy and happy so I can spend as much time …

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A life-changing kidney transplant and a major milestone: Baylor University Medical Center celebrates 10,000th transplanted organ

When Jose Suarez moved to Dallas in the mid-80’s, he worked as a high-rise window washer. He remembers washing the windows at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, and wondering what it was like inside the big Dallas hospital. This summer, Jose got a firsthand look at what happens behind …

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A dynamic donor duo: Husband and wife both donate kidneys to strangers

Becoming a living organ donor for a friend or relative is an unparalleled act of kindness. And donors who decide to give the gift of life to a perfect stranger? They fall into an entirely different category. Katie and Chris Morrow are a remarkable couple with a deep resolve to help others and now a …

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After years of chronic pain, islet autotransplantation changed this man’s life

Chronic pancreatitis can lead to debilitating, life-limiting pain. That pain routinely stopped David Wright in his tracks.  “I would literally double over and couldn’t move,” he said. Medication would sometimes reduce the attacks. Pain blocks administered by an advanced endoscopist at Baylor University Medical Center worked for a while, too. But the chronic pancreatitis pain …

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Islet cell transplant frees teen from life of chronic pain

13-year-old Randy Lopez is no stranger to pain. Ever since he was a toddler, Randy has battled the pain of a genetic disease called chronic pancreatitis — until now. Thanks to a total pancreatectomy with islet cell transplantation, Randy is looking forward to life without pain. Searching for answers to chronic pain For years, Randy’s …

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A gift of love: Wife saves husband’s life through organ donation

As a successful practicing attorney, father of two young children and supportive husband, Joel Elliott is quite accustomed to the on-the-go lifestyle. So much so that his wife Cristy explains, “He is the gas, I am the brake.” With 18 years of marriage down and many more to go, the couple did not let the …

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Martial arts helps chaplain thrive after heart transplant

For Eric Daniell, everything has come full circle. He spent more than a decade ministering to others as a hospital chaplain. At the Dallas VA Medical Center, he found his calling lending a hand to veterans returning from the battlefield. And in his own time of need after a lifesaving heart transplant, it was a …

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