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Transplant at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, is one of the world's foremost organ transplant programs.
UW Health physicians are recognized experts in their field, providing care to patients in our heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, intestine, islet cell and pediatric transplant programs.
Watch the videos below to learn more about a few of the patients who have been given the gift of life, and how they feel about the second chance they've been given.
Musician and artist Silas Ritchie was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth. Eventually, his disease led to his need for a double-lung transplant and the wait for his second chance at life began. His friend and fellow artist proposed a project...
12/11/2013 | Portraying the Transplant Waiting List in Photographs: Video
Tom Slattery had his first heart attack at 35, and in 2001 was facing liver failure. He needed both heart bypass and liver transplant surgeries, and came to UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, looking for a chance at life. UW Health Heart, Vascu...
12/02/2013 | Liver Transplant 10 Days After Heart Surgery
When her mom needed a kidney transplant, Becky Broering offered hers, but found her organ to be incompatible. The UW Health Transplant kidney exchange program, which establishes nationwide donation chains to search for compatible organs, provided the...
5/08/2013 | UW Health Transplant Program Kidney Exchange
Kim Lowery had Eisenmenger's Syndrome, a congenital disease that affects the heart. As she grew, her heart condition weakened her lungs to the point that her brother had to carry her from room to room because she was too weak to walk. After year...
4/09/2013 | Heart-Double Lung Transplant: Kim's Story
Heart transplant recipient Tina received a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to bridge the time between the determination that she needed a transplant and the delivery of a viable organ.
1/31/2013 | Left Ventricular Assist Device Provides Bridge to Heart Transplant page
The failure of her first kidney transplant, done outside the U.S., led Hadasa Soudak and her daughter Galia to the Internet to search for an outstanding transplant program. In their own words, learn why they chose the UW Health Transplant Program, an...
1/14/2013 | From Israel to the U.S. for Kidney Transplant
After returning from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, Chaplain Tom Winslow developed a series of lung problems that led to organ failure. He turned to UW Hospital's transplant program for a new chance at life.Note: Sadly, Tom passed away in August...
8/27/2012 | Chaplain Tom Winslow's New Chance at Life
Jay Deppe, who underwent a pancreas transplant five years ago at UW Hospital and Clinics, recently met the family of Kevin Folden, the man who donated the organ Jay received.
4/27/2012 | Organ Recipient Meets Donor Family for First Time
A liver transplant recipient at age 7, Ben Ziehr says the Transplant Games, to be held in Madison starting July 30, are a joyful way to celebrate the miracle of organ transplantation with fellow recipients and donor families. To register for the...
4/27/2012 | Liver Transplant Recipient Prepares for 2010 Transplant Games
In 1996 21-year-old Dan Linzmeier lost his life in a car accident. His decision to be an organ donor inspired Dan's mother Sherry to become an organ donation educator and activist.
4/27/2012 | Organ Donor's Mother Now Advocates for Donation
During the 2010 National Kidney Transplant Games, organ recipients and donor families came together to celebrate the gift of life. Among the many memories from that game are those that Kim Messenger and Theresa Marchetti will hold dear. During t...
4/27/2012 | Helping Others Live a Better Life: Donor Family and Recipient Meet
Always physically active, Sallie was having trouble breathing and experienced severe fatigue. A trip to the doctor revealed idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease that necessitated a transplant.
4/27/2012 | IPF Prompts Life-saving Lung Transplant
Nancy's islet cell transplant addressed her sever hypoglycemic episodes and has allowed her to once again enjoy the good, simple things - a relaxing walk, time in the outdoors.
4/27/2012 | Islet Cell Transplant Allows Lifelong Diabetic to Enjoy the Simple Things