Kidney Transplant and Dialysis Access Patient Stories
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The University of Maryland Medical Center has many patients who have received kidney transplants.
Here are a few of their stories.
Maurice Davis, Director of Security at the University of Maryland Medical Center, received a kidney from his son, Michael Davis.
Lee Adams and Marla Zielinski met in 2008 through the University of Maryland Transplant Center’s Donor Buddy Program. Both donated kidneys to loved ones and became lifelong friends because of the process.
Jim Schneider was diagnosed with diabetes at 17. Since then, he experienced a number of medical complications.
He had a successful pancreas transplantation in 1999 at UMMC, but his diabetes had still damaged his kidneys and he eventually required a kidney transplant, too. His wife, Susan, was his donor.
As Joseph's kidney disease worsened over time, he knew he had to make a change. When medications, regular exercise and healthy eating weren't enough, his sister Donna stepped up to be his living kidney donor.
When Yousef Alobaid elected to donate his kidney to Solaiuman, he was shocked to find out that his kidney had three arteries instead of the usual one. The pair traveled all the way from Saudi Arabia for complex transplant surgery at UMMC.
Lenox Trams, an Easton police officer, received a new lease on life with a kidney transplant from coworker Jill Garvey.
After a horrific automobile accident, Elisa was in need of a new kidney. Her brother agreed to be her living donor, but his kidney's multiple renal arteries complicated the surgery. Luckily, UMMC has a proven track record of successfully performing the procedure. Elisa and her brother trekked 3,000 miles from Seattle for surgery.
Mindy’s unhealthy, non-stop NYC lifestyle caught up to her in the form of end-stage renal failure. Kai saw her mother’s faltering health and decided to turn her own life around in order to be well enough to donate her kidney to her mom.
When Kristen left UMMC after donating her kidney, the only evidence of surgery was a Band-Aid covering the single-incision site in her belly button.
Brothers and successful NFL players Ma’ake and Christopher now enjoy a feeling even better than winning a Super Bowl ring: the special bond between an organ recipient and donor.
Lisa Heaton had polycystic kidney disease but never showed signs that the disease was in advanced stages. But in 2014, symptoms for end-stage renal disease showed. She eventually received a kidney transplantation at the University of Maryland Medical center.
A case of strep throat caused Betty’s kidneys to fail, which in turn caused her to go blind. A kidney transplant was her only hope of restoring her eyesight. Now, more than four decades later, Betty’s transplanted kidney is still going strong!
Husband and wife go through kidney transplant together and come out healthy afterwards.
Madhu knew she would need a kidney transplant from a young age. When she was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) in her 20s, she began her search for a donor.
When Peter learned that UMMC surgeons routinely remove PKD kidneys and transplant a new organ in one surgery, he and his wife journeyed from New York to Baltimore for a life-changing opportunity.
Wayne's kidneys were failing due to PKD and his wife Michelle was not a match. Then they learned about the paired kidney exchange program. She donated a kidney to someone out of state, and Wayne received a kidney from another out of state donor.
“Even though I didn’t get a kidney from her, I got a kidney because of her.”
David had been on dialysis for five years and knew something had to change. When his wife Frances was found to not be a match, they learned about joining a kidney chain. Court, an altruistic donor and a match for David, gave his kidney to David while Frances’s kidney went to another family.
Emmet and his wife Julie knew that family friend Sean Menard, 10, needed a kidney to avoid going on dialysis. Although neither Emmet nor Julie was a match for Sean, the UMMC transplant team asked Emmet if he would be part of a PKE that would result in Sean getting a kidney.
Sean’s kidneys have been failing since birth, due to a congenital abnormality. It was at the point where Sean would have needed dialysis had he not received a new kidney soon.
Nakia managed her kidney failure with dialysis for two years. During that time she was on the kidney transplant waiting list, but never received a call. Nakia was also diabetic, and at a regular checkup at UMMC she learned that she could get a kidney transplant much faster if she also listed for a pancreas transplant.
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