With dialysis looming, Kenny’s living kidney transplant was the gift of a lifetime

Ja’Niece DeCay promised to love her husband through sickness and in health. What she didn’t realize was that one day she would offer an even greater sacrifice to her husband’s brother — her own kidney. The search for a lifesaving kidney Kenny DeCay was encouraged to get tested for kidney disease after his twin brother … Continue reading With dialysis looming, Kenny’s living kidney transplant was the gift of a lifetime

Hospital staff honors 21-year-old organ donor in moving “Walk of Respect”

For a few moments, time stood still at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple. Employees from all areas of the hospital gathered and lined the hallways to pay tribute to the life and legacy of 21-year-old Matthew Spahn. Matthew’s final farewell lap Nearly two weeks after being struck by a vehicle early in … Continue reading Hospital staff honors 21-year-old organ donor in moving “Walk of Respect”

72-year-old lung transplant recipient honors organ donor by competing in Transplant Games

“Why don’t you compete in the Transplant Olympics?” A friend asked me this question back in early May 2018. “I’ve never heard of the Transplant Olympics,” I replied. But despite my lack of knowledge, I was intrigued. After doing some research, I learned the purpose of Transplant Games of America (TGA) is to honor organ … Continue reading 72-year-old lung transplant recipient honors organ donor by competing in Transplant Games

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

Women in Medicine: How this female transplant surgeon inspires

In Women in Medicine, read stories of Baylor Scott & White physicians, leaders and employees who are paving the way for women in the field of medicine. As early as age 5, Tiffany Anthony, MD, knew she wanted to become a doctor. The personal impact of a pediatrician inspired her to pursue a career in medicine. … Continue reading Women in Medicine: How this female transplant surgeon inspires

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

Baylor University Medical Center to offer uterus transplants in clinical trial

They say motherhood is a gift. It’s that surreal and unforgettable moment of holding your newborn in your arms for the first time, gazing into a tiny face you feel like you’ve known your whole life. But for some, life throws a curve ball, extinguishing high hopes of motherhood for many women diagnosed with infertility. … Continue reading Baylor University Medical Center to offer uterus transplants in clinical trial