Transplantation

What you need to know about kidney donation

[KARE 11, August 30, 2019] When family members of two women needing a new kidney took to the state fair with signs seeking donors, it sparked media stories and then, lots of questions from the public, the biggest being, how do you donate a kidney and what does it involve. Dr. Mark Hill and Dr. […]

Gift of Life celebration of organ donors and recipients

[KSTP-TV, April 4, 2019] Last year 15 critically ill people received a heart transplant at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Many more donated organs for transplant. The hospital’s annual Gift of Life event celebrated the lives and the donations with recipients and donor families.

Organ donors, recipients come together at Abbott Northwestern for Donate Life event

[KSTP-TV, April 5, 2018] A group of Minnesotans who are living life to the fullest after organ donation met to say thank you Thursday. Two sisters are healthy and happy nine years after one of the sisters donated a kidney to the other. She was battling kidney disease. The two say they celebrate their donation […]

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Kidney donation links Minnesotan, New Zealanders

[Star Tribune, October 21, 2017] The couple from New Zealand figured they each had a kidney to spare. So why not give one away? That’s what Gerard and Lyn Murphy decided when they heard that a Minnesota friend needed a kidney transplant. “If you see a butterfly stuck in a cobweb, you’re not going to […]

Abbott Northwestern organ donors honored on hospital wall

[KSTP-TV, April 7, 2016] As part of National Donate Life Month, Abbott Northwestern staff honored organ donors, recipients and their families today. And, they unveiled a new recognition wall honoring donors and the tremendous impact their gift can make in the lives of transplant recipients was unveiled.

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His heart gaining strength, can he lose the implant?

[Star Tribune, Sept. 30, 2014] Blake Brunner is one of the first patients to be evaluated for an “explant” at the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. A final decision might come this week. And two other patients are lined up behind him. “Pretty much any heart should show some signs of […]

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Mending a broken heart

[KMSP-TV, Oct. 1, 2014] Two years ago, Collette Koskinen was just an ordinary mortal who sold cars for a living. That all changed when a virus drove her to the hospital and she was placed on life support. Something needed to be done or else her kidneys and other organs would fail. Heart transplant surgery […]

Heart transplant survivors celebrate, honor donors

[KSTP & KARE, Feb. 14, 2013] There’s probably no better day than Valentine’s Day to honor those who have shared their hearts in a most profound way. Last year, Minnesota transplant centers performed a record number of heart transplants. Between Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Minnesota’s two other transplant hospitals, 80 heart transplants were performed here […]

In sickness and in health: Wife donates kidney to ailing husband at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

[Lillie News, posted December 10, 2012] When Terrie and Eldy Rameaux of Woodbury vowed stay at each other’s sides in sickness and in health nine years ago, they didn’t know that someday that vow would lead Terrie to donate one of her kidneys to Eldy. Although Eldy could have survived for years on dialysis, the […]

In sickness and in health: Wife donates kidney to ailing husband at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

[Lillie News, Nov. 28, 2012] When Terrie and Eldy Rameaux of Woodbury vowed stay at each other’s sides in sickness and in health nine years ago, they didn’t know that someday that vow would lead Terrie to donate one of her kidneys to Eldy. Although Eldy could have survived for years on dialysis, the couple […]