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Double-Lung Transplant Gives Man New Outlook on Life
Apr 30, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Double Lung Transplant Joseph McCanne and FamilyJoseph McCanne was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at just three years old. That diagnosis began a long journey that would ultimately include two double-lung transplants at Emory Transplant Center – with each transplant giving him a new opportunity to enjoy life at its fullest.

Declining Health, Steps Toward Transplant

At first, Joseph was hesitant to consider a double-lung transplant, despite his declining health. His cystic fibrosis was creating several serious health issues, including constant bouts of pneumonia that were sending him regularly to the hospital and lung function that eventually dropped to 13 percent. It wasn’t until 2009 when he began to envision a brighter, healthier future – and that was all thanks to one person in particular: Kayse, the woman who would become his wife. “I wanted to stick around a little longer,” he admits. After years of [...]

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Friend Receives a Life Saving Surprise of a Kidney Transplant
Apr 23, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Kidney Transplant Josiah and BritniMusic brought two friends together – Josiah Martin and Britni Ruff – and now they share an everlasting connection. Josiah was born with a genetic kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which destroys the kidneys. Now at the point of end stage renal failure, Josiah was in need of a kidney transplant. In stepped Britni who would change Josiah’s life forever. Britni reached out to the Emory Transplant Center to donate her kidney, and learned she was a blood and tissue match. Emory reached out to Josiah to tell him he had a living donor, but Emory couldn't tell him who his donor was, and neither could Britni. "I didn't think he would let me do it," Britni said. "If I would have told him, he would have told me, 'No, don't do it. You're too young'." Watch this heartfelt story of surprise unfold from FOX 5 Atlanta. Emory Transplant Center has a [...]

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Becoming an Organ Donor: Common Questions About Organ Donation
Apr 1, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

National Donate Life Month 2019 logoCurrently, more than 110,000 men, women and children are waiting for a new organ. And while organ donation is overwhelmingly supported – 95 percent of adults agree organ donations save lives – only 58 percent of adults are registered organ donors. This hesitancy is caused by many different reasons - from not realizing the importance of registering to misconceptions about the organ donation process. Today, in honor of National Donate Life Month, we’re answering some of the most common questions about how and why it’s important to donate an organ. Discover the difference you can make in someone’s life.

Do Registered Organ Donors Receive Different Care?

Though it’s a common misconception that organ donors receive a lower level of care, the answer is absolutely not. Doctors, surgeons, nurses and all health care providers are trained professionals committed to improving [...]

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End-Stage Renal Failure Treatment Options: Dialysis or Kidney Transplant
Mar 14, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

kidney transplantYour kidneys are small but mighty organs tasked with the job of filtering 200 quarts of blood and about two quarts of waste and water every day — all in an effort to keep your body running smoothly. When your kidneys aren’t working as well as they should – because of a chronic disease or acute illness – waste can back up into your body. Chronic kidney disease, which affects nearly 30 million Americans, can also put you at higher risk for serious issues, including heart attack and stroke. There are many stages and treatment options for individuals managing kidney disease – from antibiotics to treat infections, to minimally invasive options when the disease is in its early stages, to complex surgical procedures, such as kidney transplants, during end-stage renal failure. End-stage renal failure is the last stage of chronic kidney disease.

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Life on Anti-Rejection Medications After Transplant
Jan 23, 2019 By Emory Transplant Center

Our bodies are wired to defend themselves against foreign invaders. After a patient undergoes an organ transplant, the body responds to the new organ as if it were a foreign object. The immune system goes into overdrive trying to reject it. This is why it is vital for transplant patients to take anti-rejection medications or immunosuppressant drugs immediately following transplant surgery and for the rest of their lives.

Potential Side Effects of Anti-Rejection Medication After Transplant

While necessary to keep transplant patients alive, anti-rejection medications do come with a few potential side effects. This is especially true of the drug tacrolimus, which is one of the most common anti-rejection medications available. Because this medication suppresses the immune system, the patient has a higher risk of infections and infectious complications. The drug can also cause high [...]

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Grandmother's Kidney Donation Secures Kidney Voucher for Granddaughter, Starts Chain of Kidney Transplants
Nov 28, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Jamie McNeil is a 56-year-old grandmother of two-year-old twins. As a nurse by trade, she was aware of the benefits of living-kidney donation for needy recipients. But when her twin granddaughters Adele and Aubrey were born two years ago, one was diagnosed with multicystic kidney disease. This was when McNeil began researching how she could play an active role in helping Adele. Online research brought McNeil to the National Kidney Registry’s (NKR) donor voucher program website. The National Kidney Registry’s (NKR) Donor Voucher Program allows donors to donate their kidney many years before their intended recipient may need a kidney transplant. Voucher recipients receive a “virtual voucher” for a living donor kidney to redeem when and if they may need it, and are registered on the NKR’s inactive list, often for many years. This gave McNeil the chance to help her [...]

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Choosing a Transplant Center: Survival Outcomes Data
Oct 30, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Organ transplantation is one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. Just the idea of replacing an organ in the body with another one via transplant is an overwhelming concept. Therefore, it is no surprise that those who are faced with a condition that may require one may feel scared and helpless. If you or a family member are facing an organ transplant in the near future, here are a few suggestions to help you choose the right transplant center for your care. One of the biggest decisions you will make is choosing a center to have your transplant surgery. With more than 250 transplant centers in the U.S., where do you start? Many patients simply choose the facility closest to them, but there are several questions you should ask before making your final decision on a transplant center:

  • What is the transplant center’s experience with performing transplant (transplant
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Teacher Donates Kidney to Student through Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Program
Aug 22, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Kaden Koebcke

Photo source: AJC.com

Twelve-year old Kaden Koebcke was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. He underwent a kidney transplant when he was 5 years old but it was unsuccessful, and the kidney had to be removed within days of the transplant. Kaden continued life on dialysis, undergoing dialysis three times a week, but his condition began to deteriorate. Last year, Kaden’s family started a Facebook page in search of a living donor. Several people volunteered to be tested, including William Wilkerson, Kaden’s 6th grade technology teacher at Grace Christian Academy in Powder Springs. William was tested at Emory Transplant Center, and was found to be a perfect match. Both donor and transplant surgeries took place on August 14th – Kaden’s at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and William’s at Emory University Hospital. Both are reported to be doing well. Read [...]

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Emory Transplant Supports 'Every Community Has Opportunity' Campaign
Jul 17, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Each year during the second and third full weeks of July, Donate Life conducts a two-week outreach campaign where it highlights the importance of organ donation and transplantation in multicultural communities. The campaign, Donate Life ECHO, is a collaborative partnership between the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and Donate Life America. ECHO stands for Every Community Has Opportunity – the opportunity to save and heal lives.

Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation

The Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) was created to increase organ and tissue donation among multicultural communities. Multicultural communities are disproportionately in need of lifesaving organ transplants – especially kidneys. Currently, 58 percent of the U.S. transplant waiting list is comprised of multicultural patients. [...]

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A Mother’s Gift: Mom Saves Son with Liver Transplant
May 22, 2018 By Emory Transplant Center

Elizabeth Melville’s 5-month old son, Wesley, was diagnosed with a rare disease call biliary atresia. After a surgery to treat the disease failed, Wesley would need a liver transplant. That’s when Emory Transplant Center surgeons were able to take a portion of Elizabeth's liver out and then transfer it over to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to be transplanted in Wesley. Watch this heartfelt story unfold from WXIA 11 Alive. Emory Transplant Center has a well-established liver transplant program, performing more than 150 liver transplants each year.

Emory Liver Transplant Program

The first liver transplant in Georgia was performed in 1987 by transplant surgeons at Emory University Hospital. Today, Emory Transplant Center is known for its Liver Transplant Program nationwide. It performs more than 150 adult liver transplants each year. Our program has a long [...]

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