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November 1st, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Marathoner and Ironman Michael Koetting Back in the Race After Donating Kidney

By danasparks danasparks

Michael Koetting running race

This patient story originally appeared August 13, 2015 in Sharing Mayo Clinic.

As an endurance athlete who has completed six Ironman triathlons and more than two dozen marathons, Michael Koetting does not fear physical challenges. So when he learned he could use his good health to help a stranger in need, he never hesitated.

In December 2014, Michael, 47, of Orono, Minnesota, donated one of his kidneys to an anonymous recipient. Mere months later, he is back on the road, clocking competitive times in the sports he loves. His experience shows that dedicated athletes can give the gift of life through organ donation without jeopardizing their fitness.

Many living donors choose to give an organ directly to a loved one or friend in need. But people can also donate to strangers through anonymous living donation, also known as good Samaritan, non-directed or altruistic donation. More than 122,000 people nationwide are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, a public-private partnership to increase the number of and access to transplants. Living donors can spare patients awaiting kidney, liver and bone marrow transplant a lengthy and uncertain wait for an organ from a deceased donor. Read the rest of Michael's story.

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Tags: #Newsapp, ironman, kidney transplant, marathon, Michael Koetting, Organ Donation, running, Sharing Mayo Clinic

July 29th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Am I Too Old To Donate: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

By jstreed jstreed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Scott Nyberg address the question "am I too old to be an organ donor?"

To listen, click the link below.

Am I Too Old To Donate

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Tags: Dr Scott Nyberg, Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Organ Donation, podcast

May 28th, 2015 · Leave a Comment


By danasparks danasparks

heart transplant surgery with Dr. Daly

Human organ transplantation has come a long way since the first heart transplant in 1967. But despite advances, there are still more than 100,000 people in the U.S. waiting for a donor organ. We'll get an update on the state of organ transplantation from the director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Transplantation and Clinical Regeneration at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Brooks Edwards. We'll also hear from transplant surgeon Dr. Charles Rosen, who led teams that performed five liver transplants in one 24-hour period. Also on the program, springtime allergies are at their peak, and allergy specialist Dr. Rohit Divekar has tips for reducing symptoms. And pediatric surgeon Dr. Christopher Moir explains how to prevent pediatric falls among young children.

Myth or Matter-of-Fact: The first organ to be transplanted in a human was a kidney, not a heart.

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Tags: allergies, Childhood Accidents, Dr. Brooks Edwards, Dr Charles Rosen, Dr Christopher Moir, Dr Rohit Divekar, Mayo Clinic Radio, Organ Donation, organ transplants, Pediatric Falls, Pediatrics

May 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Making Organ Transplant Work for Courtney

By ddouda ddouda

Double organ transplant patient Courtney Kidd

Medical innovation has helped a Chicago-area woman receive a lifesaving double organ transplant, even after she’d been told it wasn’t an option. Previous surgeries had made her risk of organ rejection too high. Her Mayo Clinic doctors, however, turned her dire situation into an advantage. Here’s Dennis Douda with the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Courtney is working to raise organ donor awareness. Anyone who’d like to wish her well can do so at her Facebook page.

Journalists: The broadcast quality video package and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script. 


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Tags: Dr Sudhir Kushwaha, Heart and Liver Transplant, Heart Transplant, HL, liver transplant, Organ Donation, Organ Transplantation, Pkg, transplant rejection

April 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Heart Transplant Saves Last Surviving Brother

By ddouda ddouda

April is National Donate Life Month. Nearly 125,000 Americans are currently on the national transplant waiting list.

A heart transplant has spared a Michigan man from the fate that took the lives of all of his brothers. Ernie Balcueva inherited a condition that caused him to develop heart failure. It’s been a long journey, but he has a bright future ahead once again. From the Mayo Clinic News Network, Dennis Douda has his story. [TRT 6:00]

Journalists: Broadcast quality video and additional b-roll are available in the downloads. Click here to read the full script.

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Tags: congenital heart defects, Congenital Heart Disease, Dr. Brooks Edwards, Dr. Richard Daly, Heart Transplant, HL, Organ Donation, organ transplant, Pkg

April 15th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

April 17 is ‘Donate Life Day’ in Rochester

By gplumbo gplumbo

Wear blue and green, attend ‘Walk of Remembrance’ and flag ceremony to commemorate

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Friday, April 17, is “Donate Life Day” in Rochester, an annual recognition to raise awareness about organ donation. LifeSource, Gift of Life Transplant House and Mayo Clinic Transplant Center are hosting a “Walk of Remembrance” and flag ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. on the Saint Marys Hospital campus. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.Gift of Life Transplant House

More than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States. Nearly 2,000 of those are children. Mayo Clinic has over 3,000 patients on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national waiting list. An average of 21 people die each day in the United States waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs.

Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email:

April is National Donate Life Month, and events are happening across the country to increase support for organ, tissue and eye donation. In addition to the Donate Life Day event in Rochester, there are several other ways to participate or observe Donate Life Month: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Gift of Life Transplant House, LifeSource, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Minnesota news release, National Donate Life Month, News Release, Organ Donation

April 14th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Free Webinar for Donors and Patients on Living-donor Kidney Transplants

By gplumbo gplumbo

Kidney transplant surgeon

Dr. Mikel Prieto

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Prospective kidney transplant patients, families of adult and pediatric transplant candidates, and potential living kidney donors are invited to attend a free, public webinar about living-donor kidney transplants hosted by Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic is a leader in kidney transplants, performing approximately 550 kidney transplants each year and has one of the largest living-donor kidney transplant programs in the United States.

“As living organ donation, especially non-directed or ‘Good Samaritan’ donation, becomes more widely known and accepted, we want to provide more information about innovations in donation and transplantation,” says Mikel Prieto, M.D., surgical director of Kidney Transplantation at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “We also want to provide a forum to answer questions for prospective donors, recipients, and their family members.”

What:  Free Webinar

When:  April 14 at noon CDT

Topic: What Patients and Donors Need to Know About Living-Donor Kidney Transplants

Host:  Mayo Clinic Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program


MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Carl Cramer, Dr. Mikel Prieto, Dr Phil Fischer, kidney transplant, Minnesota news release, Organ Donation, transplant

December 8th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Liver Transplants: Mayo Clinic Radio

By jstreed jstreed

In this Mayo Clinic Radio episode,  Julie Heimbach, M.D., and Charles Rosen, M.D., join us to talk about dramatic changes happening in the world of liver transplants. For instance, it wasn’t long ago that patients with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or a certain type of tumor would not have been eligible for a liver transplant. That's no longer true.  We’ll also discuss a fairly novel approach to patients with obesity-related liver disease, which is to combine liver transplant with bariatric surgery. Obesity is one of the fastest growing reasons for needing a liver transplant. We hope you’ll join us.

Here's the podcast: Mayo Clinic Radio Full Show 12-6-14

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Tags: Dr Charles Rosen, Dr Julie Heimbach, liver, Mayo Clinic Radio, Organ Donation, podcast, transplant

November 10th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Last Brother’s Heart

By ddouda ddouda

A Detroit area man has a very special appreciation for the value of organ donation. It helped him survive a medical condition that has decimated his immediate family. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, Dennis Douda has the story of the last brother and the efforts to help him be well again. [TRT 1:50]

Journalists: A broadcast quality video package and additional b-roll video are available in the downloads. To access the script, click here

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Tags: Cardiology, Dr. Brooks Edwards, Heart Transplant, HL, noncompaction cardiomyopathy, Organ Donation, Pkg

July 29th, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Familia Bacardi faz doação para contribuir com avanço da pesquisa da medicina regenerativa na Mayo Clinic

By kevinpunsky kevinpunsky

JACKSONVILLE, Flórida — Imagine que no futuro pode ser possível criar novo pulmão, usando o próprio material celular do paciente; ou um dia em que será possível repor com uma injeção células que permitam curar uma lesão no cérebro, nos nervos ou em outros tecidos.



A medicina regenerativa não é mais ficção científica. É uma doação substancial de Jorge e Leslie Bacardi, das Bahamas,  irá acelerar significativamente as pesquisas do Centro de Medicina Regenerativa da Clínica Mayo, em Jacksonville, na Flórida. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tags: Dr Cesar A Keller, Dr Thomas A Gonwa, Jorge Bacardi, Leslie Bacardi, Lung Disease, Matthew Clark PhD, Mayo Clinic in Florida, Organ Donation, portugues, Portuguese, Portuguese news release, regenerative medicine, Transplantation