Transplant News Archive

Transplant News Archive

Transplant News Archive

Milestone Transplant: Sibling Offers Life-Saving Gift to Gurnee Woman: A Gurnee woman no longer needs dialysis thanks to her younger brother's ultimate gift.


A Mother's Gift: Mom donates part of her liver to daughter: Arnela Hadzic, 21, has a rare liver disease. She received a transplant from a deceased donor when she was 7 years old, but it was failing. So two weeks ago, she received a partial liver from a living donor at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


Dr. Abecassis Wins 2018 Tripartite Prize: Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, has been named the winner of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 2018 Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize in Translational Science and Education.


After a Hepatitis C Diagnosis: What to Expect From Your Treatment: More than 90 percent of people with chronic hepatitis C can be cured. Here are the steps that you and your doctor can take. Article features Steven Flamm, MD.


A mom watched her daughter, 24, die from alcoholism. Now, hospitals are rethinking liver transplants for these patients: Chelsea Oesterle was 24 when she died of complications from acute alcoholic hepatitis, a liver inflammation brought on by drinking. During the nearly two months that Chelsea was hospitalized, her mother begged to have her put on the liver transplant waiting list. Article features Dr. Michael Abecassis and Dr. Josh Levitsky.


Anonymous Kidney Donations Create Huge, Rare Donation Chain That Connects Them All in Remarkable Way: Six donors had no idea where their kidneys were going, but the recipients created a 12-person chain that miraculously connected all of them through their personal relationships.


Chicago Father Saves Son's Life With Kidney Transplant: Ricky de la Cruz is a 19-year-old who was born with half a heart and has been sick all his life, his mom said. Cruz's father was able to save his life by donating his own kidney. 


Gurnee Prayer Service Connects Man with Kidney Donor: Heidi Houdek and David Young were strangers a few months ago attending different services. But in May, Young shared with members he needed a kidney transplant.


U.S. News Sits In as Surgeons Carry Out an 8-Person Kidney Exchange: Four people received new leases on life via the transplant 'chain' at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Article features John Friedewald, MD, and Joseph Leventhal, MD.


Chicago Police Officer in Need of Liver: A Chicago police officer is in need of a liver transplant and is fighting to survive. Officer Jacinta “Frannie” O’Driscoll, an 18-year veteran, has been commended numerous times. But what most don't know is that she needs a liver transplant and has needed one for years.


Dad Dying of Cancer Sees 2-year-old Son Get a Kidney from High School Classmate: A mother’s desperate plea on Facebook for a kidney for her 2-year-old son reunited her with a high school classmate, who was willing to donate her kidney.


8 Person Paired Kidney Exchange nicknamed "Matches Made in Heaven": For two days in June, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Kidney Transplant Program made simultaneous surgeries, involving four living-donors and four grateful recipients possible. The four anonymous pairs consisted of two married couples, an aunt and son, and a good Samaritan to a man in need.


Q & A: How to Identify Patients with HCV: May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. In recognition, Healio spoke with Steven Flamm, MD, about risk factors and comorbidities of HCD.


Illinois Hospital Commit To Increasing Organ Transplants: More than 5,000 Illinois residents are waiting for organs, according to Gift of Hope. About 300 Illinoisans die each year waiting for a transplant, according to the Illinois Secretary of State's office. Representatives of the state's leading medical centers spoke Tuesday about how they plan to pitch in. Article features Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA.


Strangers donate their kidneys to save lives: One man needed a kidney to survive and the other wanted to donate it. But they weren't a match. However, what happened next turned out to be much bigger than they ever imagined.


NM Mag Mile Float Highlights Transplant Community: This year's Northwestern Medicine float honored patients, donors and families from the Kovler Organ Transplantation Center and Transplant Village Transplant Advisory Council.