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Extending a life with a lung transplant

Published: Mar 30th, 2017

An uncontrollable cough led Tampa Bay-area resident Mike Preston to seek medical attention. Preston visited his primary care physician and specialists to find out the cause. Within five months, Preston […]

Liver transplant restores Florida woman to health

Published: Mar 23rd, 2017

First, Maria Rivera noticed the fatigue. Next, she noticed the swelling in her stomach and the weight gain.

First patient receives kidney through Sacred Heart Health System and UF Health collaboration

Published: Mar 15th, 2017

On Feb. 2, Renwick Avant, 47, of Pensacola, received a new kidney at the hands of UF Health’s Rick Stevens, M.D., Ph.D., FACS, and Sacred Heart vascular surgeon Christopher LeCroy, […]

XVIVO Lung Perfusion System increases transplant options

XVIVO Lung Perfusion System increases transplant options

Published: Sep 1st, 2016

Robin Thomas lived one struggling breath at a time. Diagnosed with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, her only option for survival was a lung transplant. However, the odds of finding […]

Read the Summer 2016 issue of The Stitch

Published: Aug 7th, 2016

Robin Thomas was the first patient at UF Health to receive a pair of lungs placed on the XVIVO system.

Breathing easier after lung transplant

Published: Apr 28th, 2016

Tiago Machuca, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine, recently performed UF Health’s first lung transplants using organs treated on the XVIVO […]

Mom’s plea for son’s kidney transplant goes viral and raises awareness about process

Mom’s plea for son’s kidney transplant goes viral and raises awareness about process

Published: Dec 11th, 2015

Kenneth Andreoni, MD, surgical director for kidney and pancreas transplants at UF Health, performed a kidney transplant on Johnathan Rye just one week after his mom posted a photo on […]

Baby who received UF&Shands’ first pediatric liver transplant since program reactivation now thriving

Published: Mar 5th, 2013

Now that Chelsey Hoyle is rid of her scarred, dysfunctional liver, the 1-year-old can really get down to the business of being a baby.

Chelsey received part of an adult liver during a transplant operation in early November, less than a month before her first birthday. The operation was UF&Shands’ first pediatric liver transplant since the program’s seven-month hiatus and its reactivation in April 2012. The program is one of only two in Florida.

Transplant without borders

Published: Oct 31st, 2012

For many transplant patients, the call for a lifesaving organ usually comes in the middle of the night. For ReAnne Walcott, it came while she was on vacation outside the […]