Kidney-Pancreas Transplant: Stephen's Story

Stephen underwent simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant at UW Hospital and Clinics in 1993. Here's his story.

Kidney/pancreas transplant patient StephenMy transplant story began in January of 1968, when I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of seven. For the first 22 years I managed the disease well, then in January of 1990 at the age of 29, I suffered a stroke. That’s when the doctors told me I had kidney failure, and that they wanted to send me to UW Hospital and Clinics for a kidney/pancreas transplant. Off to Madison, Wisconsin I went.

After being evaluated, I was placed on the transplant list. On April 11, 1993, I received the call from UW that they had a donor who was a good match for me. Within an hour and a half I was on a charter flight out of Norfolk, Virginia.

Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the staff and Dr. Sollinger informed my mother and me that everything was ready to go. When I woke up after surgery, I was told that everything had gone well and that my kidney had started working right on the operating table.

Within a few days I felt like a new person and after a seven-week stay in Madison, I was released to return to Virginia, where my local doctors would take over my care to ensure my transplanted organs continued to function.

It is now 19 years later, and I am still doing great! At my last doctor visit in June, my labs were good and my creatinine was 1.2. All I can say now is a big "thank you" to the staff and doctors at UW Hospital for their dedication and caring.

May God bless them all!